WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former FBI Director Louis Freeh says the bureau has worked closely with intelligence agencies and local officials in fighting terrorism. But some lawmakers aren't convinced.
"I think we've got a long way to go," Sen. Bob Graham, D-Fla., said Tuesday after Freeh appeared before House and Senate intelligence committees conducting a joint inquiry into the Sept. 11 attacks.
The top Republican on the Senate panel, Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama, said Freeh's testimony "goes against all the testimony that we've heard in closed and open sessions."
In weeks of hearings, lawmakers have heard from inquiry staff and witnesses about how legal and cultural barriers prevented intelligence agencies from sharing information before the attacks.
Freeh, who served eight years as director before resigning in June 2001, agreed that legal obstacles limited some sharing of information. But he said the FBI and CIA worked closely and fought terrorism side-by-side.
"There is an absolute misperception if there is a notion that we have a culture where information is not shared," Freeh said under questioning by Rep. Ray LaHood, R-Ill.
Lahood was skeptical. "When it comes to terrorism and fighting terrorism, with all due respect, I think there is a disconnect, and there was a disconnect," he said.
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