PBS Frontline details FBI Special Agent John O’Neill’s efforts to sound the alarms about al Qaeda’s growing reach and threat to the U.S., only to be branded a maverick and roundly ignored. O’Neill elf the FBI in the summer of 201 and took a new job as head of security at the World Trade Center, where he died on September 11th.
The 9/11 Commission’s investigation revealed that America’s $30 billion intelligence community, spread over more than a dozen agencies, was disorganized, fractured and impaired by organizational and legal restrictions on the sharing of information.
These disclosures directly relate to John O’Neill’s story. He came tantalizingly close to possibly uncovering the 9/11 plot. But his investigations into the USS Cole terrorist attack and into Al Qaeda’s presence in the United States were both undermined by the CIA and FBI’s failure to share information with each other.