Senator Feinstein on the Shutdown's Consequences for the IC, and for National Security

By Wells Bennett
Wednesday, October 2, 2013, 12:56 PM

The Chairman of the Intelligence Committee, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), made a lengthy floor statement yesterday on the ongoing government shutdown.  Her remarks dedicated a section to the fiasco's consequences for Intelligence Community personnel, and for the national security of the United States.   Here is an excerpt:

I spoke yesterday with Director James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence.  At my request, he sent me a short report on how the shutdown will affect the largest intelligence agencies.  In addition to the 72 percent overall figure, his report lists how the shutdown will cripple the CIA, the NSA, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, the National Reconnaissance Office, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, to include the National Counterterrorism Center.

Every single agency I listed will lose the majority of its civilian workforce.  Many of them don't have a sizable military component that is exempt from the shutdown.  The numbers are still classified, but any Senator who wants to see how our failure to fund the government is harming the intelligence community is welcome to find out and read this report.  It is in the intelligence office on the second floor of Hart.  The intelligence agencies at the Departments of State, Treasury, Energy, and Homeland Security are hit even worse.

I wholly regret that we are in this situation.  I regret that across the country national parks are closed and Federal safety inspectors are sidelined.  For 4 years we have squeezed the discretionary appropriations levels to the point that every part of the Federal Government has had to cut back and make do with less.  What we are doing now puts American lives at risk[.]  It is an abdication of congressional responsibility.