Clapper: Sequestration ‘disastrous for intelligence’

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Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said that sequestration would be “disastrous for intelligence” if it’s allowed to happen.

Speaking at the GEOINT Symposium in Orlando, Fla., Clapper said on Tuesday that every major intelligence programs is “in jeopardy of being wounded” because the budget deficit deal Congress passed last year does not allow the intelligence community any flexibility to prioritize needs.

“The current arrangement pre-supposes that everything we do in intelligence is of equal import and we all know that’s not the case,” Clapper said.

Clapper said the nation is facing the most diverse set of threats he has seen in his nearly 50-year career and called on Congress to “avert this train wreck” when it returns to Washington in November.

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