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February 9, 2016

Mike Rogers Retirement Leaves Big Hole in the House

(File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The retirement announcement of Intelligence Chairman Mike J. Rogers Friday morning leaves a big hole for the House — and the Sunday talk show circuit — to fill.

Rogers, who will become a radio talk show host, had become in some ways the face of the intelligence community on television, racking up more Sunday show appearances than any other member of Congress each of the last two years. The telegenic former FBI agent repeatedly defended the National Security Agency against attacks following the avalanche of leaks by Edward Snowden, often taking a harder line than the White House.

Rogers had been a hawk against leaks — at one point suggesting the death penalty should be considered for Chelsea Manning for leaking documents to Wikileaks.

Inside the dome Rogers led a narrowly successful fight against his fellow Michigan Republican, Justin Amash, to end the NSA’s blanket collection of telephone records. Here’s a clip from last year’s floor debate:

He referenced 9/11 and said that, after the 2001 terrorist attack, Americans asked “what if” there were a way we could have prevented the attack.

“What if we had caught it?” Rogers asked. “The good news it’s not theoretical. Fifty-four times this program stopped and thwarted terrorist attacks here and in Europe, saving real lives. This isn’t a game. This is real.”

Rogers said the amendment would have returned the nation to where it was on “Sept. 10.”

At one point, Rogers seemed to take a personal dig at Amash, who has enjoyed a flood of social media support during his NSA battle. Rogers asked his House colleagues, “Are we so small that we can only look at our Facebook likes in this chamber?”

Rogers has now outlined new bipartisan legislation that would end the NSA’s massive collection of telephone metadata in concert with President Barack Obama’s announcement that he wants to instead require the telephone companies to turn over the information when asked.

The particulars are sure to set up another battle with Amash and others on the floor.

Rogers’ departure also opens up the post, and there will be jockeying for the job starting now. It’ll be the speaker’s call who will replace him next year. If that’s still John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, it’ll surely be another national security hawk. Boehner has strongly backed the intelligence agencies, although he supported a plan to end the government bulk collection of telephone metadata.

Rogers had flirted with runs for leadership in previous years, and has been touted as a possible pick for any number of possible administration posts, including FBI director. But he’s made his mark on the committee. With Rogers holding the gavel and partnering with Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md., the committee has repeatedly pushed through bipartisan intelligence authorization bills.

Rogers’ departure also adds to the seniority drain for the powerful Michigan delegation, with fellow Republican Dave Camp term-limited at Ways and Means, Democratic Sen. Carl Levin retiring and giving up the Senate Armed Services gavel and dean of the House John Dingell retiring.

There will, meanwhile, still be a Mike Rogers in Congress. That would be Mike D. Rogers, R-Ala.

  • Thomas Brady

    History shows that the opportunity to enjoy the fruits of success will be available to many only in a culture that advances fairly rapidly.

  • Osaka Williams

    Despite claims that individualism opposes altruism, it is egoism that opposes altruism and it is individualism which opposes collectivism.

  • geral sosbee


    The Texas Attorney General (AG) orders the UT Police to comply with the Texas Open Records Act on behalf of Geral Sosbee. *See AG letter in the New Orleans Indymedia link below. Then see my message to the AG below; for more background information see parts 19,19a,19b,19c on my site :

    to: “”
    date: Mon, Mar 31, 2014 at 8:41 PM
    subject: Open Records Case #518589

    Thank you for the above referenced case pending in your office. The task before me is quite difficult, but doable: to gather evidence on the corruption of all branches of the US government (tripartite) and to survive efforts by the fbi and their thugs (including police) to discredit and to silence me.

    Please see my affidavits, both 2007 and 2014:

    and additional recent evidence on federal and state abuses of power on behalf of fbi:

    The assistant Texas AG who opened the above referenced file is honest and is among the few who see the truth in my reports against the criminals inside the UT police and the fbi.

    For your efforts I am heartened. Yet I realize that the ‘tsunami’ of corruption that sweeps over this nation cannot be easily stopped.

    I seek to gather as much evidence as possible for as long as I can. The hijacking of my life in 1988-1989 by the fbi has chained me to a self defense mode for 25 years 24/7, globally, and no end is in sight.

    The UT police obviously relied on a fraudulently obtained civil court order (that was secured by fbi miscreants against me) in order to fabricate a fictitious criminal case which was punctuated with their issuance of a illegal BOLO in an effort to legitimize the phony investigation.

    Few people have access to the evidence against the fbi/police that I have labored to record. Your office has such evidence, direct & circumstantial, if only you could study same.

    Please do not quit this case; I request to know of any developments in this matter.

    Thank you kindly.

    Geral Sosbee

    Tsunami of Corruption:

    Conditioned Response:

    After I posted the above report (at NOIM) the fbi sends at me the same female operative/assassin who has previously assaulted me many times at the library and in my home (by pouring toxic fumes into my residence which resulted in a medical condition requiring antibiotics); on this occasion the woman (a large, horrid, ugly and foul looking beast whom I have previously referenced in many of my reports) walks near me in the library, making sure that I see her. She leaves ten minutes later; that evening I am bombarded all night with increased DEW attacks, causing severe sleep deprivation. As Pavlov noted, ” his dogs would begin to salivate whenever he entered the room.” Each time this animal shows her repulsive face to me, I can reasonably expect a repeat of the same type of torture described above.

    This type of conditioned response played on a human being is evidence of the way this nation intends to handle any activist or political Target.

    Police State:

  • Yonatan YONATAN

    The Republicans have really made voting in the next elections a priority, for those more than two million unemployed workers, which were affected terribly by the failure of the Republicans to pass the unemployment extension bill in the senate. Their total lack of compassion and human decency has caused these millions of families untold suffering and financial damage over the last four months, since running out of their benefits. Senators such as John Boehner, had made every effort to have the bill killed in the senate, and him and his Republican cronies have intentionally dragged their feet and made countless delays, hoping it will go away. These politicians, in their soft jobs and affluent lifestyle, have paid little concern to the plight of these families who had to face evictions, home foreclosures, personal bankruptcy, and homelessness. They continued taking their numerous senate breaks and vacations, while these families were struggling to keep a roof over their heads, and food on their tables at home. This is the party that represents itself as being “the party for family values”. It’s clear that these senators have no family values, but perhaps for their own families. Last week the congress approved a billion dollar or more foreign aid package for the Ukraine. The passing of the package in the congress was swift without delay. However, the same can’t be said about the passing of the unemployment bill. When it comes to spending tax payer’s dollars on foreign aid, and corporate welfare, and Banking and Airline Bailouts, but there’s always a “budgetary concern” when the subject are the poor in this country. This surely isn’t right in a great country like ours

  • geral sosbee

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