WASHINGTON (AP) US intelligence officials said Wednesday that the government shutdown is seriously damaging the intelligence community’s ability to guard against threats. They said they’re keeping counterterrorism staff at work as well as those providing intelligence to troops in Afghanistan, but that the danger would increase daily with fewer spies to track targets. Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper told Congress Wednesday that roughly 70 percent of the civilian workforce including staff from the CIA, National Security Agency and Defense Intelligence Agency have been furloughed. Clapper told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he has tried to keep on enough employees to guard against imminent threats to life or property, but may have to call more back to work if the shutdown continues. “The risk is 75 percent more than it was yesterday,” Clapper said, when asked to quantify the damage. “The danger here… will accumulate over time. The damage will be insidious,” Clapper said of the information lost because he has fewer staffers to track targets. “So each day that goes by, the jeopardy increases,” he said.
Looks like the Obama administration is building a case to implement more “forceful” negotiations.