In The Shadow of 9⁄11 tells a bizarre story of the US Government’s watershed post-9⁄11 domestic counter-terror sting operation. The subject of sustained, frantic press coverage, hailed as a major counter-terror victory by the US Attorney General at the time, the case of the “Liberty City Seven” has largely been forgotten. The problem for these “terrorists”, and with many of the FBI’s counter-terror “sting” cases is that the defendants had no contact whatsoever with any terrorist organisation. In the words of Rod Vereen, one of the defence attorneys: “The FBI invented the players, they invented the theme, they invented how it was gonna go down. They wrote this script…” Questioning the diversion of huge federal resources and labour away from crime-fighting into counter-terror cases involving no actual terrorists, the film sheds light on troubling methods of the FBI’s post-9⁄11 hunt for domestic terrorists which has perversely increased the public’s fear of terrorism while making the country less safe for those who live there.
Watch the live Q&A here on Tuesday 8 June at 20:00 BST
Our biggest Jury is you - the audience! Go to sheffdocfest.com/vote and enter the voting code df21on to rate this film.