Government shutdown 'extremely damaging' to U.S. intelligence operations
October 2nd, 2013
11:43 AM ET
12 months ago

Government shutdown 'extremely damaging' to U.S. intelligence operations

(CNN) - The government shutdown is "extremely damaging" to U.S. intelligence operations, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Wednesday.

Clapper noted that he has worked in the intelligence field for 50 years, and "never seen anything like this."

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  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    God forbid we get attacked during this shutdown. Congress will never hear the end of it and heads will roll.

    October 2, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  2. just saying

    what a total crock of bs. so obamacare is being jammed down our throats while our national security and spy operations are affected??? yeah right. got any more ridiculous statements clapper?

    then again, maybe obama and the democrats would sacrifice our national security in order to jam this disaster down our throats.

    October 2, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    It's costing us $300 million a day, $1.6 billion per week. You'd think the national security slash budget experts could figure it out. Actually, they have. They figure that they can blame everything on Pres. Obama, which their base will simply eat up.

    October 2, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  4. Kenny K

    @just saying

    what a total crock of bs. so obamacare is being jammed down our throats while our national security and spy operations are affected??? yeah right. got any more ridiculous statements clapper?

    then again, maybe obama and the democrats would sacrifice our national security in order to jam this disaster down our throats.
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    Are you one of those people who have been using emergency room for free before because you have no health insurance, and now you can't take it that you have to pay for something now.

    October 2, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    just saying

    what a total crock of bs. so obamacare is being jammed down our throats while our national security and spy operations are affected??? yeah right. got any more ridiculous statements clapper?

    then again, maybe obama and the democrats would sacrifice our national security in order to jam this disaster down our throats.
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    What's the matter? The facts are not falling your way? The Senate voted on the House bills, but the House has yet to vote on any of the Senate bills. Those are the facts. All the noise you're making is meaningless. America has learned to "trust but verify" what the right wing says....and we have George W. Bush to thank for that.

    October 2, 2013 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    BS.

    We are not FOOLS, out here, to believe that, in any way.

    October 2, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  7. rs

    just saying

    what a total crock of bs. so obamacare is being jammed down our throats while our national security and spy operations are affected??? yeah right. got any more ridiculous statements clapper?

    then again, maybe obama and the democrats would sacrifice our national security in order to jam this disaster down our throats.
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    Fool- I think if you peer out of your kangaroo pocket, you'll note it was the idiots in the GOP that decided to link the ACA to the national budget process- you reap what you sow.

    October 2, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  8. sonny chapman

    If this were the Bush/Cheney/Rove Administration, they'd accuse their political opponents of "emboldening the enemy".

    October 2, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  9. just saying

    Kenny K
    Are you one of those people who have been using emergency room for free before because you have no health insurance, and now you can't take it that you have to pay for something now.
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    hahahaha... got a nice top of the line plan thank you. pay for it myself. what about you mr. government dependent?

    but since obama won't be verifying people's income for obamacare, maybe i'll just cancel my insurance, lie about my income and get on the government gravy train like the millions of frauds already doing it? i might as well get som ebenefit for the thousands they steal from me regularly.

    October 2, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  10. sonny chapman

    Maybe if George W. hadn't simply leafed through the PDR at The Ranch in Crawford in Aug. 2001, we wouldn't have had to spend the TRILLION $$ that the REAL 9-11 has cost us.

    October 2, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  11. OK

    just saying

    what a total crock of bs. so obamacare is being jammed down our throats while our national security and spy operations are affected??? yeah right. got any more ridiculous statements clapper?

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    What a load of horse crap. Jammed down out throats? Thr President was elected and reelected based on his stance on health care. The law was passed by both houses. The law was upheld by the Supreme Court. There are only two things you need to know regarding this shutdown. 1) If Boehner would put a clean CR in front of the house to vote on, it would pass with bipartisan support 2) Boehner will not allow the house to vote on a clean CR.
    He owns it.

    October 2, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  12. Thomas

    Any politician who's contributors profit financially do to the government shutdown should be charged with insider trading and conspiracy to commit fraud .

    Republicans love going short on America .
    Follow the MONEY !

    October 2, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Government shutdown of Republicans is as about as well thought out as starting the Iraq War. No Plan B. We'd welcomed like heroes, they'd predicted. Not. Obama will fold before the end, they'd told themselves. Not.

    October 2, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  14. just saying

    OK
    What a load of horse crap. Jammed down out throats? Thr President was elected and reelected based on his stance on health care. The law was passed by both houses. The law was upheld by the Supreme Court.
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    how many lies were told to the american people about obamacare? too many to count. every day brings new lies to the front pages. the american people were conned from the start on every aspect of obamacare.

    not a tax, a fine?
    pay less?
    keep your doctor?
    keep your current healthcare plan?
    special exemptions for democrat friends
    special treatment for congressional staff

    this was massive scam from the start. it had nothing to do with reform. It was all about creating a huge new government healthcare entitlement costing trillions, which they also lied about.

    October 2, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "Government shutdown 'extremely damaging' to U.S. intelligence operations"

    Yeah, but unsurprising...GOP "intelligence" is extremely damaging to the entire government's operations

    October 2, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "special treatment for congressional staff

    100% debunked and explained why that is a complete and utter lie. Keep repeating it tho...it's super helpful to your credibility, we promise.

    October 2, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    just saying wrote:

    how many lies were told to the american people about obamacare? too many to count. every day brings new lies to the front pages. the american people were conned from the start on every aspect of obamacare.
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    There were countless lies told about "Obamacare" by the right wing. Democrats and the administration had traditionally referred to the law as the "Affordable Care Act". They've always referred to it that way until late last year during a presidential debate with Mitt Romney, when Pres. Obama embraced the term

    .... which was two years after it was passed, several months after it was upheld before the Supreme Court, and several weeks before it was upheld at the ballot box.

    October 2, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    Guest wrote:

    Both parties still see this as a zero sum game. They're both playing for all or nothing and as long as they're doing that we get stuck with a non-functioning government.
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    Both parties just might see this as a zero sum game, but it is the only the Tea Party who is playing all or nothing. Democrats have not brought a laundry list of demands to the table, but the Tea Party has. Democrats could be demanding anything from a jobs bill, to background checks, to the DREAM Act, but they're not.

    Democrats have tried to sit down and have this discussion since the Senate passed a budget in late May. But, Sen. Cruz, the architect of this shutdown, blocked the budget conference between the Senate and the House. Republicans have declined to discuss anything. Republicans have been busy bragging to their constituents, "No Compromise." The Tea Party members have been promising to shut down the government since they campaigned on it in 2010.

    Your words may sound nuetral to you, but they are obviously misleading and deceptive to people who know the facts, the voters.

    October 2, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  19. just saying

    Sniffit
    "special treatment for congressional staff
    100% debunked and explained why that is a complete and utter lie.
    -–

    so you are claiming that obama did not take action unilaterally to change obamacare as written with regards to congressional staffers??? seriously??? of course he did. it is public knowledge.

    October 2, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |