It’s strange that 9/11 has passed into history. For those of us who were alive in 2001, that day is fresh in our minds. I don’t think I would ever have thought that I’d be able to watch a “based on a true story” piece of entertainment about it, even nearly 20 years later.
But The Looming Tower on Hulu has drawn me in. It’s based on Lawrence Wright’s book of the same name, and told from the perspective of Ali Soufan, an FBI agent who was investigating the men who would become the perpetrators of the terrorist attacks. He had an idea of what was coming, if nothing was done to stop it from coming. Soufan’s boss for a time was John O’Neill, a colorful character (one way to put it) who was frustrated by the lack of intelligence sharing between the CIA and the FBI.
Two episodes in, the tale has me hooked. I rate it as worth signing up for a free trial of Hulu, at the very least.
This is not a criticism, but I don’t remember the 1990s looking so much like the 1970s. One fun thing for me is that my former boss, U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White, makes an appearance now and then. When you’re watching, just imagine me behind my desk at 100 Church Street, typing up a motion to dismiss and signing it—proudly, every time—under her name. Those were the days.