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Saving the Pentagon from Itself
On September 10, 2001, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld presents his vision for a new type of military that relies heavily on privatization.  Rumsfeld claims that he is not trying to destroy the Pentagon, but “save it from itself.”  At the exact time that he is giving his speech, four radical Jihadists are checking in to the Marriot Hotel in Herndon, VA. Less than 24 hours after giving his speech, Donald Rumsfeld would no longer be talking about war in the figurative sense.  He would be involved in it literally, as he bravely rushed into the embers of the West Wall of the Pentagon to save lives. 
How did four highly decorated American soldiers become prisoners of war in their own country? This series re-examines the US Department of Justice’s controversial prosecution following a controversial battle in Baghdad. Why did the DOJ hold multiple trials for over a decade? Was the DOJ seeking justice? Or playing politics?
Civil War
As the civil war in Iraq grows, the United States looks to private contractors to provide critical security services.  Blackwater emerges as the poster child of private military contractors (PMCs).   They are willing  to take on any mission, regardless of the danger it presents both to their contractors' safety and the company's portrayal in the media.  
Unintended Consequences: 1 Vindictive Judge, 19 Suicidal Hijackers, and 3,000 Innocent Victims
The decision of a notoriously vindictive judge destroys the career of a promising FBI agent and creates a chilling effect among every branch of law enforcement.  As a result, several known terrorists travel freely in the United States before murdering 3,000 people on 9/11.  As American soldiers risk their lives overseas, different law enforcement employees reveal how that decision prevented them from sharing information about the HIjackers with the FAA and other law enforcement agencies.  
Universal Deceit
What would you do if nearly every institution we are supposed to trust - the government, the media, and the judiciary - conspired to lie about you?  That is exactly what happened to four Blackwater contractors who now sit behind bars for crimes that they did not commit.  George Orwell famously stated that “In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” After years of interviews and research, the revolution officially begins with this episode.   
Ground Truth
The U.S. government’s mistakes in its occupation of Iraq coalesce in a deadly firefight on Sept. 16, 2007 in Nisour Square, in the heart of violence-ravaged Baghdad. The gun battle between Blackwater’s Tactical Support Team and armed insurgents echoes the struggle of U.S. Armed Forces to distinguish friend from foe in a country teetering on the brink of civil war. Innocent lives are tragically lost in the crossfire.
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Jun 16th, 2019
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Dec 13th, 2019
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