Road to 9/11

History doesn’t just happen. The theme of Road to 9/11 is that the attacks of 9/11 began long before the first plane struck, 500 years before.

It’s a tense, serialised documentary with revelatory history and the tone of the thriller. The main chronological arch is from 1993-2001, the span between the two WTC attacks. Al Qaeda becomes more lethal, attacking targets around the world, as America slowly wakes up to the threat. We learn surprises like the fact that the Al Qaeda bombers in the 1993 WTC attack were organized in Brooklyn, and were caught when they tried to collect a security deposit on the van they blew up, or that Al Qaeda secretly plotted to kill President Bill Clinton. We meet heroes like FBI special agent John O’Neil who was one of the first to warn that Al Qaeda was becoming a serious threat. He was ushered out of the FBI in 2001, and became the head of security for the WTC where he was killed.

Each episode dives into deep historical roots: The architect of the WTC who in the 1960s based his designs on Mecca, and had once worked for the Bin Laden family; Sayyid Qutb, who as an exchange student to the USA in the 1950s was so disturbed by American women, blue-jeans, and Coca-Cola that he penned books which inspired Osama Bin Laden to embrace jihad; The rise of Wahabbism; And the childhood of Osama Bin Laden, whose incredible father died in a plane crash years before Osama used planes to murder 3,000 people.

Why do they hate us? Why did we not see it coming? This is history and it doesn’t just happen…