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“There was ‘not the slightest doubt’ that bin Laden was planning new attacks, [CIA director George]Tenet said [in a statement to the Senate Armed Services Committee on February 2, 1999, titled ‘Current and Projected National Security Threats‘]. The CIA director issued this warning in public and in private. He saw evidence that bin Laden had contacts inside the United States. Tenet anticipated ‘bombing attempts with conventional explosives,’ he told Congress and the White House. Bin Laden’s operatives were also ‘capable of kidnappings and assassinations.’ He worried that al Qaeda might acquire and use weapons of mass destruction. Tenet believed a chemical or biological attack by bin Laden or his allies was now a ‘serious prospect.’ ”

 – Steve Coll, Ghost Wars, Page 453

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