1,254. 8/14/1998

FBI Director Louis Freeh spoke of plans by the CIA to bomb forces loyal to bin Laden: “The CIA director [George Tenet] and national security adviser [Sandy Berger] had come to apprise me [on August 14, 1998] of an operation then in the final planning stages. Targets were to be struck simultaneously in Afghanistan and Sudan in retaliation for the bombing a week earlier, on August 7, of the U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. …The embassy bombings were the work of al Qaeda forces loyal to Osama bin Laden, who had taken refuge with the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, and the bombings had been lethal in the extreme, leaving 260 dead and thousands injured. I was becoming increasingly frustrated by the Clinton administration’s unwillingness to confront Iran on the Khobar Towers bombing [in Saudi Arabia]. Here, finally, we seemed ready to take a stand consistent with what had become obvious to me. We were already involved in a global terrorist war.”

 – Louis J. Freeh, My FBI, Page 222

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