Prior to the United States entry into World War II, Nazi spies try to steal American military secrets. Among those whose passions are roused is Kurt Schneider who was court-martialed and dishonorably discharged from the US Army. Schneider is not very bright and is easily swayed by the oratory of Dr. Karl Kassel, a prominent physician who is eventually made the head of the Nazi spy ring. When Schneider's contact is arrested in Scotland, the US military asks the FBI to root out the spies. Agent Edward Renard is put in charge of the case and they methodically arrest all who have been spying.
FRONTLINE and ProPublica investigate American-born terrorist David Coleman Headley, who played a key role in planning the deadly 2008 siege on Mumbai. In this film, Thomas Jennings and Sebastian Rotella update and expand upon their collaborative 2011 documentary, A Perfect Terrorist, to include new revelations that international intelligence agencies had technology in place to spy on one of the Mumbai masterminds, but failed to detect and stop the plot in a historic near-miss as reported in 2015 exclusively by The New York Times, ProPublica, and FRONTLINE based on documents leaked by Edward Snowden. This film presents new analysis that raises questions about the efficacy of mass electronic surveillance programs, showing that spy agencies failed to detect Headley before and after the Mumbai attacks and challenging claims that NSA programs played a key role in his capture. Exclusive accounts from investigators demonstrate how the FBI finally identified, tracked and captured Headley, who became an important witness for the agency. This is a chilling, comprehensive portrait of an American terrorist–and a troubling case study of the limitations of even the most sophisticated electronic surveillance capabilities.
Spy Wars takes a groundbreaking look into the world of high-tech espionage. For the first time former Israeli & American spies explore the technology and tactics behind one of the greatest murder mysteries: who killed Gerald Bull? In March of 1990, on the eve of the Gulf War, Saddam Hussein's top weapons scientist, Gerald Bull, was hard at work on a secret supergun when he was assassinated in Belgium. The prime suspects were the world's premier spy agencies: Mossad, MI6 and the CIA – but the killer was never caught. Now, for the first time ever, former Israeli and American spies reconstruct the technology and tactics of the assassins in an attempt to solve a mystery that's lingered for 20 years.