First Cabal Member: We need to have Bauer arrested on trumped-up charges again before he finds out what we're really planning, which will have nothing whatsoever to do with anything that has happened so far.
Second Cabal Member: What are we really planning?
First Cabal Member: Those episodes aren't written yet.
— Dave Barry, "24: The Ultimate Script"
It's all about power: grabbing it, keeping it, using it... Power is our currency, our DNA, our God.
We control the world. We provide the blueprint and we give the instructions. We're the people in grainy photos on grassy knolls; we're the shadowy faces in smokey backrooms and darkened boardrooms. We're right here, hiding in plain sight, buying and selling favours: blackmail, treason, deceit- these are our stock in trade.
We work the magic of the drunken evenings with senators and chiefs of staff. We shake down demons, and negotiate with sorcerers. We have stocks in Hell, and compromising photos of Angels. We use any means necessary regardless of the cost, because the world is a bad place, and you can either do or get done.
Mayor: Er, Master Betty, what is the Evil Council's plan?
— Kung Pow!: Enter the Fist