WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - With each day that the government shutdown presses on, there is growing concern about our national security.
Could the government shutdown be making us more vulnerable to a terrorist attack? If you ask Brad Robinson, the answer may be 'yes'. "Short staffing could result in something potentially serious," said Robinson, a former CIA Agent who now operates The Millennium Group , a private investigations firm in West Palm Beach.
Robinson used to be on the inside. Now he watches as this shutdown stretches on. "Some terrorist cell somewhere might move up their timetable to coincide with this figuring they're never going to get a better strike than right now," said Robinson.
Tens of thousands of 'non-essential' employees - about 72% of the intelligence community's civilian workforce - have been sent home. They have been furloughed until further notice. "As each day goes by, the impact and the jeopardy to the safety and security of this country will increase," said James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, this week, saying there are holes right now at the CIA, NSA, and virtually every federal agency and department.
Robinson says that is something that all Americans should think about as the shutdown clock ticks on. "The difference between this being a week-long affair and a month-long affair could be huge," he said.
'Essential' employees are still at work right now, meaning national security agencies are still tracking terrorism threats.
Some experts say the job becomes more difficult the longer a shutdown goes on.