Government shutdown is compromising the ability of U.S. intelligence to guard against threats, U.S. intelligence officials told Congress today. Although counterterrorism staff has been kept on duty, roughly 70 percent of the intelligence workforce has been furloughed.

“I think this, on top of sequestration, seriously damages our ability to protect the security and safety of this nation and its citizens,” said James R. Clapper, Director of National Intelligence.

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