In The Footsteps of Bin Laden -- CNN - Wednesday, August 23, 2006 - 9:00 p.m. (EDT)
As the 5th anniversary of the September 11th attacks approaches, expect to see a number of TV specials (as well as theatrical features) recalling the devastation wrought on that day by Islamic militants. One special this week stands out from the pack, in part because it is reported by the excellent Christiane Amanpour, but also because of its direct subject -- the evil mastermind of the worst domestic attack in United States history -- Osama Bin Laden. CNN Presents: In The Footsteps of Bin Laden examines Bin Laden's transformation from quiet, wealthy but religious schoolboy into radical jihadist. This two-hour special (which will be rebroadcast on Saturday, August 26 and Sunday, August 27) employs the words of those who know this elusive man best -- those who knew and lived with him, as well as the journalists who covered him. One particularly interesting segment features CNN Producer Peter Bergen, Reporter Peter Arnett and others describing the network's groundbreaking interview with the then-not-well-known Bin Laden back in 1997. In an ABC interview with Reporter John Miller the following year, Miller says Bin Laden told him, "I predict a black day for the United States, after which the United States will never be the same."