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        FRONTLINE: United States of Secrets | The White House Responds to 9/11

        Examine how the George W. Bush administration ultimately approved and implemented a secret and controversial surveillance program following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, in this media gallery adapted from FRONTLINE: United States of Secrets. Hours after the attacks, the White House initiated a response that would lead to a historically unprecedented use of presidential powers, including the authorization of a National Security Agency program that would gather the communication data of millions of Americans and search it for suspicious connections. This resource is part of the FRONTLINE collection.

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        "What Else Didn't We Know?"

        In the wake of the September 11, 2001, attacks, the White House begins to use all available avenues to respond to the terrorist threat and prevent future attacks.

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        The President Authorizes the Program

        President George W. Bush approves a secret and controversial new surveillance program at the National Security Agency.

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