“On April 5, 1997, Sudan’s president, [Omar Hassan] al-Bashir, wrote a letter to Congressman Lee Hamilton, the ranking Democrat [from Indiana] on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, inviting an FBI team to visit Khartoum and examine their intelligence files on bin Laden. When the FBI requested permission to examine the Sudanese files, they could not get a go-ahead from either Madeleine Albright at the State Department or Sandy Berger at the National Security Council.”

 – Gerald Posner, Why America Slept, Pages 116-117