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.
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.