David B. Grinberg
The intelligence and national security communities should follow Sec. Hagel's lead asap and bring furloughed feds back to work -- including the National Intelligence Directorate, NSA, CIA, FBI, etc.
As the Washington Post recently stated in an editorial:
Government shutdown puts U.S. security at risk
"Republicans are putting U.S. embassies across the world at risk with their shutdown of the U.S. government."
"More broadly, they are endangering national security at a time when the United States remains under threat from al-Qaeda and affiliated groups."
"Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chair of the intelligence committee, said on the floor of the Senate on Tuesday that 72 percent of the civilian intelligence agency workforce has been furloughed."
“This means that, with the exception of a few intelligence agencies that have a significant number of military personnel, the lights are being turned off and the majority of the people who produce our intelligence, analyze that intelligence and provide warning of terrorist attacks or advise policymakers of major national security events will be prevented from doing their jobs,” she said.
In short, America cannot afford to let its guard down as global terrorism still threatens us at home and abroad. A safe America is a strong America.
Good Bless the U.S. military and all the gov agencies which protect the homeland and U.S. interests abroad.
These feds are absolutely essential whether deemed "essential" or not by their respective agencies. They should never have been furloughed at the expense of U.S. national security.
Being them back to work now!