Then-CIA Director George Tenet wrote, on November 5, 1998: “I directed Cofer Black, who had become head of the Counterterrorism Center, to put together a new strategy to attack al-Qa’ida. We called it simply ‘The Plan.’ The Plan recognized that our first priority was to acquire intelligence about Bin Ladin by penetrating his organization. …The Plan laid out a strong, focused effort, using our own sources, our foreign partners, and enhanced technology, to gather the intelligence that would let us track and act against Bin Ladin and his associates in terrorist sanctuaries, including Sudan, Lebanon, Yemen, and most important, Afghanistan.”

 – George Tenet with Bill Harlow, At the Center of the Storm, Pages 117-118