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FRONTLINE: Are We Safer?

Airs Friday, January 21, 2010 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Washington Post reporter Dana Priest investigates the vast domestic intelligence apparatus built since 9/11 that stores and analyzes information on thousands of U.S. citizens.

In this film, FRONTLINE goes inside The Washington Post's major two-year examination into the massive, unwieldy, top secret world the U.S. government has created in response to 9/11.

Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter Dana Priest investigates the terrorism-industrial complex that grew up in the wake of 9/11. Against a backdrop of recent mail bomb threats from Al Qaeda in Yemen and growing concerns about homegrown terrorists, Priest explores the growing reach of homeland security, fusion centers, battlefield technologies, and data collecting into the lives of ordinary Americans.

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Above: A major examination by Washington Post reporters Dana Priest and William Arkin is the subject of the FRONTLINE documentary, "Are We Safer," produced by veteran producer Michael Kirk. The Post's two-year investigation looks at the top secret world the government created in response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001—a world that has become so large, so unwieldy and so secretive that few know how much money it costs, how many people it employs, how many programs exist within it or how many agencies duplicate work being done elsewhere.