Turning Point: 9/11 and the War on Terror: Season 1 (2021)


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Turning Point: 9/11 and the War on Terror

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Air date: Sep 1, 2021

Interviews and archival recordings chronicle the chaos that unfolded during the 9/11 attacks, whose origins can be traced to the 1980s.

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Air date: Sep 1, 2021

Survivors recount the horrors they endured on 9/11; immediately after the attacks, President George W. Bush begins charting an aggressive military response.

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Air date: Sep 1, 2021

Learning the hijackers benefited from gaps in U.S. intelligence, the White House justifies a secret surveillance program and "enhanced interrogation."

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Air date: Sep 1, 2021

With no cohesive strategy, the war in Afghanistan squanders early successes, fueling disillusionment, corruption and a Taliban resurgence.

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Air date: Sep 1, 2021

After two decades, the United States aims to end its longest-ever war, but its withdrawal threatens to plunge Afghanistan back into repressive, bloody violence.

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  • 2d ago
    Great series. Unfortunate that in hindsight it all seems so predictable. Other mention bias regarding "the ground zero mosque" speak to the ignorance of a large portion of this country. A man whose ending quote is "there is no more admirable ambition than to try to achieve a lasting peace" is described as "swine." Disregard those reviews. Is it perfect, no, is it ground breaking, not really, but it is a timely, informative, and thought provoking look at the last 20 years of "the war on terror." I would suggest watching w an open mind, I didn't find it biased or partisan, key figures on each side of the isle were able to speak their piece. As a nation I think it is important to be introspective, to try to understand how the decisions of the past directly influence our world today. It is to timely not to quote ….ha I don't know who said it but "those who do not know their history are doomed to repeat it."
  • Sep 13, 2021
    Starts off decent and then becomes a biased rotten tomato. Entirely tone deaf to glorify the Mosque at Ground Zero movement among other things. Not appropriate for children who don't know when someone is masquerading politics as a documentary.
  • Sep 13, 2021
    It was an interesting look into some of the events around 9/11. Really brought back memories of the time. However the 5th episode which covered the most recent events it was easy to see there was a lot of information & context missing, they rushed to get it out for the 9/11 anniversary rather than completing the documentary.
  • Sep 12, 2021
    Shocking and upsetting!!! This American political documentary series explores how the catastrophic events of September 11 changed the course of the nation. It offers illuminating perspectives and personal stories about the background, the chronicle and the aftermath of the terrible catastrophe that shook the world and changed history forever. After 20 years, it is just enraging how this crisis still reverberates nowadays and it may seem like nothing has been accomplished throughout the years. Only pointless war and death.
  • Sep 11, 2021
    An interesting watch, but not only does it fail to present anything new, it misses a lot of key information, and in some instances distorts the event. As an example of this distortion, the documentary splices together air traffic control and NORAD audio to try and make it sound like they knew American 77 was hijacked and heading for Washington, and they were scrambling fighters to go after it. This is a total fabrication. They used NORAD audio responding to information American 11 was still airborne and heading towards DC, cut off the part where they said "American 11" and tried to make it look like they were responding to American 77. Aside from that, there is almost nothing about the 4 pilot hijacker's activities in Germany or the US, very little mentioned about the 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, no mention of the Bojinka plot, glosses over a lot of information surrounding Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar. This documentary says the CIA just didn't talk to FBI for reasons.. nonsense. There was not a lack of information sharing, the fact is the CIA kept this information from everyone, not just FBI. Even right up to the September 4 meeting, when the CIA heads are at the White House begging for action against al Qaeda, they still don't mention that 2 al Qaeda members, known to be involved for Kuala Lumpur planning session, had been in the US for over 16 months. This documentary fails to mention any of this. Overall, it's an interesting watch, but for the amount of praise this documentary is getting I was expecting a lot better. You would be better off watching "The 9/11 Hijackers: Inside the Hamburg Cell", "The Lost Tapes of 9/11", and "The Secrete History of 9/11"
  • Sep 11, 2021
    I can't think of a nice way to say it , this is slow and dull.
  • Sep 07, 2021
    This docuseries was great. The entire crew did an excellent job in bringing the facts and never before heard stories about 9/11 and the war in Afghanistan. There were some very tragic and horrific moments throughout the series that made me speechless. At times the series felt pretty slow because during some of the episodes I nearly fell asleep. Despite all of that, it was still great. If you're a Netflix member, you should watch this docuseries sometime. It's worth watching.
  • Sep 06, 2021
    Imagine how narcissistic you have to be to put your personal pain about not being able to build your mosque over the collective anguish of the 9/11 trauma. Extreme level of tone deafness. The way it was presented was also tone deaf and a lie. This doc does its best to paint America as a villain. There are real reasons to do so, that wasn't one and was a moment of total hubris by this self-proclaimed "visionary" savior. Ironic how that's what's behind these terrorist organizations too, huh. The filmmaker got taken for a ride on this. It was instead distorted as a criticism against Conservatives by playing politics with the issue. Shameful! And to end with that swine! I resent and hate this. How vicious to release this vile crap around Sept 11th when people are still mourning the effects of this.
  • Sep 02, 2021
    Even 20 years on, it's staggering to realise how poor inter agency communications were at the time. Air Traffic Control knew, before any impact, that several planes had switched off their transponders and nobody else in Intelligence, NYPD, NYFD or Port Authority had any idea what was about to unfold ? Until the second tower was hit, they were still quoting the first as a Cessna ? They couldn't even communicate properly with Air Force One. It has to be both the single, largest terrorist attack in the history of mankind AND the biggest lesson to be learned. Ironically, having now pulled out of Afghanistan that same 20 years later, they still haven't learned anything at all ?!

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