What is in fact the "war on terror"? Why, when innocent people are being killed terrorists — it's bad, but when it does the same thing the U.S. government, it's good? What's going on there, where the U.S. and its allies "have brought freedom and democracy"? In search of answers to these questions, John Pilger goes to where the unfolding "war on terror." The author gives all parties to speak — an American whose brother was killed on Sept. 11, and Afghan women, whose family was killed by "retaliation for the attacks on September 11." He speaks with Afghan ministers and activists, international human rights organizations, representatives of the State Department and the U.S. Department of Defense, serving and former intelligence officers. The film of 2003.