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FBI warned of 9/11 type plot/targets in 1995?

 
 
Reply Fri 16 Oct, 2015 04:06 pm
Was the FBI informed of a terrorist cell in the continental United States, with plans to hijack commercial airliners and crash them into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and other targets, way back in 1995?

This CNN transcript from CNN's website, dated September 18, 2001 suggests it was (excerpt):

MARIA RESSA, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): A small fire in an apartment in Manila six years ago led investigators to a plot that may not have been taken seriously enough at the time. Ramzi Yousef, the man behind the first bombing of the World Trade Center, was planning to recruit pilots to hijack U.S. jetliners and crash them into government buildings. That apartment fire tipped off police to Yousef's hideout. He fled, but agents caught his right-hand man, Abdul Hakim Murad. And Murad soon was telling a chilling tale.

RODOLFO MENDOZA, JR., PHILLIPINE INTELLIGENCE OFFICER: (INAUDIBLE) Murad narrated to us about a plan maybe (INAUDIBLE) cell in the continental U.S., to hijack a commercial plane and run it to the CIA quarters in Langley, Virginia and also the Pentagon.

RESSA: Investigators also found evidence targeting commercial towers in San Francisco, Chicago and New York City.

GOBERTO TIGLAO, PRESIDENTIAL SPOKESMAN: The targets they listed were CIA headquarters, Pentagon, Transamerica, Sears and the World Trade Center.

RESSA (on camera): Investigators in Manila say the information was turned over to the FBI in 1995. Those who worked on the case here say the story sounded far-fetched then, until much of it became all too true a week ago.

http://www.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0109/18/tpt.00.html

What I want to know is whether documentation exists that the FBI actually received the warning that Philippines law enforcement authorities claim in this interview to have given in 1995. Any links to documents released under the Freedom of Information Act, or any denials issued officially by the FBI, would be appreciated.
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Reply Fri 16 Oct, 2015 04:49 pm
@puzzledperson,
puzzledperson wrote:
Was the FBI informed of a terrorist cell in the continental United States, with plans to hijack commercial airliners and crash them into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and other targets, way back in 1995?

The FBI was surely told of the Bojinka plot in 1995 (I even think I heard something about it on the news).

They were not told of a cell in the US in 1995, because no such cell existed in 1995.


puzzledperson wrote:
GOBERTO TIGLAO, PRESIDENTIAL SPOKESMAN: The targets they listed were CIA headquarters, Pentagon, Transamerica, Sears and the World Trade Center.

The targets in 1995 were:

CIA headquarters
The Pentagon
An unidentified nuclear power plant
The Transamerica Tower in San Francisco
The Sears Tower in Chicago
The World Trade Center
John Hancock Tower in Boston
US Congress
The White House


puzzledperson wrote:
What I want to know is whether documentation exists that the FBI actually received the warning that Philippines law enforcement authorities claim in this interview to have given in 1995. Any links to documents released under the Freedom of Information Act, or any denials issued officially by the FBI, would be appreciated.

I've no idea, but try googling the term "Bojinka" and see what turns up.
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Reply Fri 16 Oct, 2015 06:06 pm
@oralloy,
Colonel Rudolfo B. Mendoza of the Philippines National Police, who commanded its Special Investigations Group and who personally conducted Murad's interrogation, says that Murad's talk of pilot training in the U.S.was separate from Bojinka. This comes from an April 19, 2002 interview of Mendoza by journalist Peter Lance. See the latter's book Triple Cross, Ch. 18 ("The Third Plot"), p. 183 (hardcover edition).

Mendoza believed on the basis of Information received from Murad under interrogation that such a cell existed, and it is officially claimed in the CNN interview transcript above that this information was passed on. "Who are the other pilots met by Murad in the U.S.? That is an enormous question." (Mendoza quoted in Lance, ibid.)

The question is whether the Philippines authorities did pass this on as claimed, and what was done with it by the FBI or CIA if so, or were the Philippines authorities trying to cover themselves for failing to pass it on (they admit in the CNN transcript to have regarded it as farfetched at the time).
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Reply Fri 16 Oct, 2015 06:28 pm
@oralloy,
Also:

"We told the Americans about the plans to turn planes into flying bombs as far back as 1995. Why didn't they pay attention?"

-- Avelino Razon, the former colonel from the Philippines Presidential Security Group who ran the Bojinka investigation. (Lance, ibid., p. 185, citing Ed Offley, "First Questions for the Inquests into 9-11", Defense Watch, January 9, 2002.)
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Reply Fri 16 Oct, 2015 06:38 pm
@oralloy,
P.P.S. " At the 1996 Bojinka trial of Yousef, Murad and Wali Khan in the Southern District, the Feds restricted their disclosure of the laptop's contents to the non-suicide Bojinka plot and to the initial plan to pilot a Cessna-like plane into CIA headquarters. But a blueprint for virtually the entire 9/11 plot was also contained on that laptop and the Philippines National Police got the details in early January 1995." (Lance, ibid., p. 185)
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