Movies: Terrorists Get Their Close-Up

Before a terrorist attack can take place, a weapon must be assembled. Volatile ingredients must be combined, a trigger put in place, a timer set ticking. That weapon is the mind of the terrorist. But since 9/11--and before--pop culture has focused mainly on the other sort of bombs.

It's a shame. As much as we rely on the government for security intelligence, we rely on artists to offer moral intelligence about how evil works. "It's like they say, Know your enemy," says Ethan Reiff, a co-executive producer, with Cyrus Voris, of Sleeper Cell, a 10-hour Showtime mini-series (running over two weeks...

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