06/20/06 PBS FRONTLINE: The Dark Side
On 9/11, deep inside a White House bunker, Vice President Dick Cheney was
ordering U.S. fighter planes to shoot down any commercial airliner above
America. At that moment, CIA Director George Tenet was meeting with his
counterterrorism team in Langley, Va. Both leaders acted fast to prepare
their country for a new kind of war. But soon a debate would grow over the
goals of the war on terror, and the decision to go to war in Iraq.
After 9/11, Vice President Richard Cheney seized the initiative. He pushed
to expand executive power, transform America's intelligence agencies and
bring the war on terror to Iraq. But first he had to take on George Tenet's
CIA for control over intelligence.