WASHINGTON – A special congressional panel investigating pre-Sept. 11 intelligence lapses is expected to put former FBI Director Louis Freeh on the hot seat next week, Hill sources say.
The FBI has been accused of missing the Islamic terrorist threat for political reasons.
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Veteran FBI agents say that under the Clinton administration, Freeh and his deputy Robert "Bear" Bryant shifted priorities and analysts and other resources from fighting al-Qaida to going after anti-government militia groups, violent white supremacists, abortion-clinic bombers and other "right-wing extremists," as WorldNetDaily first reported July 25.
The panel, co-chaired by Democrat Bob Graham of the Senate Intelligence Committee and Republican Porter Goss of the House Intelligence Committee, resumes hearings Tuesday.