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We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ National Security

October 16th, 2013 - 3:22 pm

McClatchy:

After weeks of planning, the nation’s spy chief sent home nearly three-quarters of the workers at the government’s intelligence agencies when faced with the partial shutdown. The move, James Clapper later admitted himself, put the United States at greater risk of terrorist attacks. He then reversed course and brought thousands of employees back to work.

A review by McClatchy finds that lawmakers, former intelligence officials and national security experts say they were shocked that the administration furloughed the bulk of federal workers at 16 intelligence agencies, many of them tasked with the most important job in the government: safeguarding lives.

“It’s difficult for me to understand,” said Leon Panetta, who served as the director of the CIA and the secretary of defense under President Barack Obama. “People that are involved in our intelligence are critical. You can’t possibly put 70 percent on furlough and not harm national security.”

Everything is politics to the Chicago Criminal Machine. They don’t give a damn about national security past how it can help them politically.

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Sixteen day paid vacation. I bet federal workers are looking forward to the next shutdown.
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To be fair, that only applies to actual federal workers; many, and perhaps the majority, of people currently working in national security today are private contractors who are NOT covered by the agreement to pay federal workers. A lot of lives were disrupted by this "vacation." Some perhaps irreparably.
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If you don't have enough financial wherewithal to handle the loss of two weeks' pay, you're an incompetent manager of money.
1 year ago
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The simpler explanation - one that explains all known facts - is that Clapper is a blithering idiot.
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This is a damn shame. They should have been left at home, even after the budget got sorted out. Hell with Obamacare, let the NSA burn.
1 year ago
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Well, to their credit, they fixed it after a short while, right? Except, who is stupid enough to think that 70% of National Intelligence services are non-essential? Well, those national politicians who lack intelligence, that's who.
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Do you suppose Panetta might help with a coup if we get another 9/11 during this term?
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Steve, Really? You're surprised? Michelle's White House gardeners were furloughed, they and what, 90% of the national security apparatus? Of course the Andrews AFB golf course, not so much. Priorities Steve, it's all about priorities.
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