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06-14-2006, 11:13 AM
For those of you who haven't seen the program on TV, here is their multi-media website:

PBS Frontline: The Insurgency (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/insurgency/)

Through interviews and never-before-seen footage featuring insurgent leaders and their foot soldiers, U.S. military personnel and journalists, this FRONTLINE report, "The Insurgency," investigates the people who are fighting against U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq.

During the investigation, the FRONTLINE team must rely on creative techniques to record the insurgents on film. Because it is too dangerous to meet in person, the team is able to obtain the extraordinary footage described above only after giving a camera to an intermediary, who deals with insurgents to obtain the gripping video. After receiving the tape, the team then combines the footage with other interviews and independent analysis to build a complex profile of insurgent forces. "The Insurgency" also includes compelling personal video from Australian journalist Michael Ware, Baghdad bureau chief for Time magazine and one of the reporters with the most in-depth access to insurgent leaders.

06-21-2006, 03:18 PM
The Dark Side (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/darkside/)

...FRONTLINE goes behind the headlines to investigate the internal war that was waged between the intelligence community and Richard Bruce Cheney, the most powerful vice president in the nation's history.

"A lot of what needs to be done here will have to be done quietly, without any discussion, using sources and methods that are available to our intelligence agencies," Cheney told Americans just after 9/11. He warned the public that the government would have to operate on the "dark side."

In "The Dark Side," FRONTLINE tells the story of the vice president's role as the chief architect of the war on terror, and his battle with Director of Central Intelligence George Tenet for control of the "dark side." Drawing on more than 40 interviews and thousands of documents, the film provides a step-by-step examination of what happened inside the councils of war...

Tom Odom
06-21-2006, 04:55 PM
I watched it last night. It captures the reality of intelligence as it is understood and misunderstood. I say that because intelligence is ultimately defined by the consumer, not the producer. In the case of this episode, the consumer was heavily into shaping the production.

It is also a tutorial on Washington insider politics and how the agendas of various players become attached to external objectives and then dictate how and whether those objectives are attained.