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FRONTLINE: The Man Who Knew

Airs Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Grave stone of John P. O'Neill at Holy Cross Cemetery, Mays Landing, N.J. (taken Sept. 11, 2015).

Learn about a man who may have known more about Osama bin Laden than any other person in America.

John O'Neill's official FBI photo

Above: John O'Neill's official FBI photo

FRONTLINE rebroadcasts the extraordinary saga of FBI special agent John O’Neill titled "The Man Who Knew."

As the bureau’s top counterterrorism agent, O’Neill—who investigated the bombings of the U.S. embassies in Africa and the attack on the USS Cole—joined then national security counterterrorism co-coordinator Richard Clarke in believing that the United States should kill Osama bin Laden before Al Qaeda launched a devastating attack on America.

Richard Clarke, then speaking in his first major interview, talks about O’Neill’s battles with the FBI top brass who found O’Neill’s James Bond style an anathema. Forced out of the job he loved, O’Neill took a new position in the private sector—as head of security at the World Trade Center, where he was killed on September 11.

The story of O’Neill’s life and death provides a rare glimpse inside the FBI and helps answer the question: What did the government know?

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