Clapper: Shutdown 'Seriously Damages Our Ability to Protect'

Director of national intelligence addressed congress as 70 percent of intelligence staff is furloughed.
3:00 | 10/03/13

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Now, to the impact the shutdown could have on homeland security. The nation's top intelligence official raising the red flag, saying intelligence workers are out of a job right now. And the risks from that are real. Pierre thomas with that story. Reporter: Good morning, robin. That top intelligence official had a blunt warning. This is about more than politics. It may be making us all less safe. Here's what james clapper, the director of national intelligence, told congress. This seriously damages our ability to protect the safety and security of this nation and its citizens. I've never seen anything like this. Clapper went on to talk about the civilians that are out. 70% of the staff. This is real here, pierre. Reporter: Sources tell me there's so many people out of the office that there's real concern that critical analysis will be slowed down. The question is, can a smaller intelligence workforce keep pace with the amount of intelligence coming in? Is there some file that could be critical that they might not get to? That's the question, robin. This goes beyond politics right now. Pierre, thank you very much. I know you're staying on top of it.

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