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40 Minute Raid (02:52)


On May 1, 2011, United States Navy Seals raid Osama Bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. President Barack Obama addresses the nation about the death of Bin Laden. The CIA's hunt takes two decades.

Sisterhood (02:17)

In the early 1990s, the CIA begins to focus on a new kind of terrorist organization. During this time, those with deep Al-Qaeda expertise are women. Agent Cindy Storer begins tracking Bin Laden for the CIA in 1995.

American Infidels (01:25)

In 1993, Bin Laden incriminates Americans for supporting Jews who are killing Muslims. He believes America drives the world movement against Muslims.

A Blank Slate (02:21)

Agent Storer creates a link chart showing the connection between Abdullah Azzam, the father of global Jihad, and Osama Bin Laden.

Alec Station (02:45)

Director John McLaughlin explains how the constant flow of ambiguous intelligence makes the job difficult for an analyst. In 1995, the CIA creates a Bin Laden unit.

Terrorism Tracking (02:38)

Agent Storer describes the team of six women working on the Alec Station. Agent Barbara Sude discusses why the rest of the CIA organization's opinion of terrorism analysts.

CIA Spies (02:40)

Agent Nada Bakos describes the personality traits of operation spies who retrieve intelligence. Marty Martin is a case officer who runs spies in the Middle East.

Recruitment and Propaganda (02:27)

Reporter Peter Bergen explains Bin Laden's recruiting system. A magazine called "Jihad" references a man called Abdullah Azzam, which is the pen name for Bin Laden.

An Analytical Judgment (03:24)

After the Soviet-Afghan War, training camps, set-up by Bin Laden and others, convert to guerrilla war camps or Al-Qaeda groups. After many bombings around the world, CIA agents issue a warning.

Declaration of War (06:24)

In 1997, Peter Bergen secures Bin Laden's first television interview. Bergen and cameraman, Peter Jouvenal, explain what occurred on the day they met Bin Laden. See interview footage.

Al-Qaeda's Growing Confidence and Power (02:51)

Bergen explains why many American's did not take Bin Laden's declaration of war seriously. In 1998, Al-Qaeda begins to attack globally and create propaganda videos.

No Real Answers (02:52)

Bin Laden threatens a psychological war to shatter the American prestige. Agent Sude and other CIA agents know an attack was coming, but cannot develop actual intelligence. On August 6, 2001, Agent Sude writes a memo to warn the president that Bin Laden is planning on striking the United States.

Manhattan Raid (04:30)

An Al-Qaeda video shows Bin Laden's account of September 11, 2001. Members of the Alec Station and others explain the moment they heard news of the attacks.

The Blame (02:22)

Agent Storer wishes she'd done more to prevent 9/11. A CIA internal investigation casts blame on some of the original members of Alec Station.

Sheik Went Crazy (03:50)

In Yemen, a FBI team builds a criminal case against Bin Laden; they interrogate his former bodyguard six days after 9/11. FBI Agent Ali Soufan explains how he got the bodyguard to connect Bin Laden to the 9/11 attacks.

World Wide Attack Matrix (03:16)

Agent Martin explains how Washington D.C. repudiates the women of the Alec Station. On the day of the attacks, President Bush requests a war plan from the CIA.

Attack on Al-Qaeda (04:56)

Jose Rodriguez takes charge of the CIA's counter-terrorism center after 9/11. Agent Martin leads the CIA's war on Al-Qaeda; they capture Abu Zubaydah and interrogate high-level terrorists. FBI Agent Ali Soufan explains materials used when interrogating Al-Qaeda leaders.

Traditional vs. Enhanced Interrogation Techniques (03:00)

Zubaydah stops cooperating and the CIA receives White House approval for enhanced interrogation techniques. There are 12 new techniques including nudity, forced grooming, and waterboarding.

Controversial Waterboarding Technique (02:18)

Zubaydah gives CIA agents the playbook on how to find every Al-Qaeda chief of operations. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of 9/11, is captured. CIA agents waterboard Mohammed 183 times; the FBI pulls out.

Where Is Bin Laden? (03:09)

In late 2004, Bin Laden releases his first video in three years. Martin explains Bin Laden's escape route after 9/11. Director Rodriguez receives constant questions about Bin Laden's whereabouts.

Targeting Officers (02:19)

The CIA moves from strategic intelligence to tactical intelligence, and many of the Alec Station agents take on new jobs. Targeting officers track the digital trail of terrorists.

Targeters in the Field (02:40)

The CIA begins sending targeters into war zones. Agent Bakos travels to Iraq; her target is the leader of the Iraqi Al-Qaeda, Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi.

War Theater (02:38)

Agent Bakos' job as a targeting officer is to help point soldiers or air strikes toward a target. General Stanley McChrystal explains his theory of what war is and the damage it creates.

Intelligence Collection Force (03:20)

General McChrystal states that in August 2004, his forces conducted 18 raids in Iraq. In August 2006, his forces conducted 300 raids.

The Breakthrough (04:17)

Agent Bakos discusses the dynamics between Zarqawi and core Al-Qaeda. Bin Laden sends Hassan Ghul to assert control; Agent Bakos and her team track him. CIA agents question Khalid Sheikh Mohammed about Bin Laden's courier.

Endgame Begins (02:41)

In late 2007, agents from the Alec Station inform Director Michael Hayden that they are going to use the courier network to build a strategy. CIA retrieves the true name of the courier, Ibrahim Saeed.

CIA Informant (03:54)

The CIA's Bin Laden targeters, including Jennifer Matthews are sent into the field. In early 2009, CIA agents convince a blogger from Jordan, Humam Al-Balawi, to be a CIA informant.

Insider Spy (02:54)

Once Balawi enters Pakistan, he disappears for three months. Balawi, a doctor, treats the number two leader of Al-Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri. The CIA sets up to meet with Balawi.

Khost Bombing (04:13)

Balawi gets through three checkpoints at a U.S. base, and 14 CIA officers line up to greet him. Balawi detonates a bomb and kills almost everyone in the vicinity, including Jennifer Matthews.

Osama Bin Laden's Mistake (03:33)

From 2005, Bin Laden lives in Abbottabad; his family does not leave the compound. His courier is the only link to the outside world. Mustafa Ansair explains how Bin Laden's biggest mistakes are his love of power and his need to stay relevant.

Why is the Enemy the Enemy? (03:59)

Agent Sude explains her reaction when she learned that the CIA captured Bin Laden. General McChrystal does not think American's are fully aware of why the operation was needed, and what fuels the hatred from the Middle East.

Credits: Manhunt (01:50)

Credits: Manhunt

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The May 1, 2011 raid on Abbottabad, Pakistan that culminated in the killing of Osama bin Laden took 40 minutes. The CIA’s hunt for bin Laden took two decades. An official selection of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, Manhunt tells the remarkable true story of the nearly 20-year pursuit of the world’s most notorious terrorist. Directed by Emmy®-nominee Greg Barker, the film features testimony and recollections – some shared for the first time – from top CIA officers, many of them women, who labored to eliminate bin Laden’s terrorist organization and eventually the man himself. Based on the book “Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden – from 9/11 to Abbottabad” by Peter Bergen, this documentary feature is a real-life spy thriller that reveals behind-the-scenes accounts from CIA analysts, targeters and operatives, who testify to the disagreements, frustrations, tragedies and triumphs that make up this fascinating yet painful chapter in American military and political history. How the pieces of this ever-changing puzzle come together – of Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda, and their violent determination to strike the United States – is the backbone of the story. An HBO Production. 

Length: 103 minutes

Item#: BVL115018

Copyright date: ©2013

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