Shutdown makes U.S. more vulnerable to terrorist attacks, intelligence officials warn

U.S. intelligence officials warned Wednesday that the government shutdown is making the nation more vulnerable to terrorist attacks and other security risks by forcing U.S. spy agencies to send tens of thousands of employees home.

Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. testified that the furloughs of civilian employees could have an “insidious” effect, degrading intelligence-gathering capabilities in ways that may not become fully clear for weeks or months.

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