Dianne Feinstein: Government Shutdown Increases Terrorist Threat

Wednesday, 02 Oct 2013 02:08 PM

By Dan Weil

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The government shutdown that began Tuesday raises the danger of a terrorist attack against the United States, says Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein.

Much of the government closed
after the House and Senate failed to agree on a bill to fund the government beyond Sept. 30.

"This is, simply stated, unacceptable," Feinstein said on the Senate floor, The Hill reports.

"The failure of this Congress to perform its most basic functions means our country is more at risk of a terrorist attack. Our shutdown is the biggest gift we could possibly give our enemies."

Furloughs have sent home 72 percent of civilian intelligence employees, Feinstein said. The analytic work of those staffers helps prevent terrorist attacks, she said.

"What we are doing now is putting lives at risk," Feinstein stated. "What we have done damages our national security directly."

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