Director Clapper Warns CIA Agents will Switch Sides Over Government Shutdown


I believe it was Allen Dulles who said that James Bond had no loyalties. That if the liquor and women were better in Moscow, he would have been across the border in a shot.

Apparently Director of National Intelligence James Clapper thinks that American intelligence agents are no better and will defect because of a delay getting their paychecks. If that’s true, then maybe after Edward Snowden, currently enjoying Moscow hospitality, it’s time to seriously reevaluate who is working for us.

Could Russia or Iran exploit the Washington budget impasse to recruit American spies? Director of National Intelligence James Clapper seems to think so.

Taking the warnings about the impact of the partial government shutdown to new levels, Clapper suggested Wednesday during a Senate hearing that cash-strapped spies might be tempted to switch national loyalties.

“This is a dreamland for foreign intelligence services to recruit,” Clapper said, citing the “financial challenges” facing intelligence employees from both the current stand-off and furloughs driven by the sequester. He said roughly 70 percent of civilians doing intelligence work have been furloughed.

“The danger here of course (is) that this will accumulate over time. The damage will be insidious. So each day that goes by, the jeopardy increases,” he said.

Clapper, testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he’s “never seen anything like this,” and that the damage from the partial suspension of government services, on top of the sequester, will “seriously” damage national security.

The sequester was Obama’s doing. So Clapper can talk to his boss about that. And why would any worker deemed non-essential have access to enough intelligence to be a security risk. For that matter, why are 70 percent of civilian intelligence workers deemed non-essential?

“I can’t believe that 70 percent of the intelligence community is being furloughed and we’re still being able to meet our national security responsibilities,” Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said.

Me either. In more ways than one.

  • Gee

    I think that Direct Clapper and his big mouth did more harm to the community than anything else. He just questioned the loyalty of each and every member of the community. If I were still in that field I sure as hell would be thinking about being someplace else where my loyalty wasn’t in question

  • A Z

    I have not heard any commentators say Clapper was worth what the government pays him.

    So why should we care what he says.

  • A Z

    In February, 2011, when mass demonstrations were bringing down Mubarak’s presidency in Egypt, Clapper told a House Intelligence Committee hearing that:

    “The term ‘Muslim Brotherhood’…is an umbrella term for a variety of movements, in the case of Egypt, a very heterogeneous group, largely secular, which has eschewed violence and has decried Al Qaeda as a perversion of Islam,” … “They have pursued social ends, a betterment of the political order in Egypt, et cetera…..In other countries, there are also chapters or franchises of the Muslim Brotherhood, but there is no overarching agenda, particularly in pursuit of violence, at least internationally.”

    – wiki

    • defcon 4

      “Intelligence Committee” LOL. Maybe they should be looking in a mirror to be determining who the enemies of liberty, freedom, equality and the US Constitution are.

    • Mike_Travis

      More political obfuscation. In Texas, we call it TREASON! You know what traitors get.

  • A Z

    ” will defect because of a delay getting their paychecks.”

    By that logic the whole U.S. military is at risk for defecting and have been at risk since the 1st shutdown during Jimmy Carters 1st year in office.

    • Gee

      I remember that time – was in the Army then and no we would not have defected. We would have demanded and gotten automatic Honorable Discharges for the government’s failure to live up to our signed contracts.

      • defcon 4

        You served in both the US military and the IDF?

        • ziggy zoggy

          You caught that too?

        • Drakken

          Yes he has, and good for him.

          • defcon 4

            I remember reading about a Jewish US war veteran who fought not only the nazis in WW2, but the islam0nazis in ’48’. I’m sure he’s not the only one either.

  • ziggy zoggy

    Russia and China don’t need spies in America. Not anymore.

    Obama does more to destroy America every morning before breakfast than a billion screaming Asian commies ever could.

    • defcon 4

      Who’s afraid of Communists anymore? Muslimes have slaughtered more US citizens on US soil than the Communists of old could ever dream of.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      Their spies are on OUR payroll!

    • gerry

      To the delight of China and of Russia,and what is more at no cost at all.Win win situation.

      • Guest

        Do you really think the Muslims do not get support from Russia and China to attack us? Yes they hate each other, but that doesnt mean they cant cut deals.

    • Mike_Travis

      So true! So where are the republicraps on this? Oh that’s right. They are too busy getting haircuts, manicures, and artificial tans so they can run for office. Like Bernie Goldberg said, Wackos to the left of me and Wimps on the right. In my book they are all TRAITORS and deserving of a traitor’s punishment using the laws they despise.

  • cj

    This is just a ploy to ‘cave’ into the progressive agenda and extend the debt ceiling….a veiled threat, if you will. If our intelligence people have no more loyalty than their paycheck, it may be time to look closer at who we are… take it further, is he saying that Americans are only loyal to their country because they get a regular paycheck? Nonsense.

  • antioli

    I had hoped that the military would not defect to the Jihad but would come and help organize ordinary people into a political movement that would eventually replace the Cheats that sit in congress.
    If the Military that negotiated with the Taliban and the war lords they could be able to activate us common folk to engage in politics. The public seems ready for a move. They need to be organized.

  • JacksonPearson

    “Director Clapper Warns CIA Agents will Switch Sides Over Government Shutdown”

    He should know! /Sarc

  • truebearing

    Clapper is just projecting. He knows that Brennan is a Muslim, as is Obama, and Clapper is as treacherous as either of them, so the most serioius defections have already occurred.

    This is classic fear herding…..panic the stupid citizens in whatever direction necessary.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      “Clapper is just projecting. He knows that Brennan is a Muslim, as is Obama, and Clapper is as treacherous as either of them, so the most serioius defections have already occurred.”

      He’s setting up explanations in case he every has to explain how it ever happened.

      Bush, Republicans, government shutdown…racism. Not my fault.

  • sherwool

    Allow me to say that people who are considered “non-essential” in the present circumstances have enjoyed access to information the release of which could be very harmful the the USA. This may be particularly true for system administrators and various information technology types who have access to certain information as part of their jobs, even though they do not act on the information that may pass through their hands.

  • Rikki

    Clapper is an admitted lying p.o.s. Even if what he sometimes says is true, who can tell. I don’t get why these people aren’t ashamed to speak in public ever again.

  • DogmaelJones1

    If it was Dulles who said that about James Bond, he was wrong. In the Fleming novels, Bond more than once states that he is patriotic and loves his country, and becomes very upset when villains threaten it. But, to judge by the latest Bond movies, perhaps Dulles, who never saw them, might have had a point, given the state of Britain today.

    • ziggy zoggy

      The last Bond movie was excellent. It eschewed all the politically correct self loathing and anti-Western crap in the previous two.

  • onecornpone

    Pure scaremongering tripe!

    I also heard one of o-Bunghole’s toadies pontificating that the gov suutdown would mqke the USA more vulnerable to terrorist attack.

    These clowns are pulling out all the stops, ain’t they?

  • objectivefactsmatter

    So…park rangers used to shut down monuments are essential, CIA agents working with our enemies…not essential?

    These guys are such liars. They think the voters are “unbelievably” stupid. Given the outcome of the last presidential election, I guess they have that part down pat.

    • truebearing

      Of course they padded the number of stupid voters with people that are dead or are cartoon characters.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        There’s that, but they still couldn’t do it without an enormous number of live “educated” (indoctrinated) dummies.

        • ziggy zoggy

          Are you saying Obama isn’t the One we’ve been waiting for? Dear Heavens!

    • Drakken

      Well, so far the Obummer voters have proved that they are unbelievably stupid, so this isn’t much of a stretch.

    • Mike_Travis

      Half the voters ARE that stupid. The problem is that the majority of the other half are too busy working to support the dead beats to spend much time putting the DC criminals in prison.

  • jawja

    It’s not the agents that’ll turn without the money; it’s their owners; Carlyle Group(Bushes, cheney’s, Saudi princes).

  • deacon_2112

    why should we believe anything that a self serving spy czar has to say, especially when it’s obvious that he’s projecting his own lack of ethics, morals, and patriotism onto his agents?

  • Mike_Travis

    Thanks for your service. It is good to know there are still good people out there. We will need you when the SHTF. I just hope we can find you, or you can find us!