House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers says that his impending career change — he’s becoming a radio host next year after retiring from Congress — is all about finding ways to foster “smart debate.” The Michigan Republican told CNN over the weekend that an obvious place to start, given his background, is the National Security Agency:
The NSA is a substantive conversation. What is the status of American surveillance? Now, on a lot of talk radio, I hear absolutely incorrect information. It works great, people love it, they call in and say, yeah, the government is spying on me. I happen to be the guy that knows the answer to those questions. I’m going to challenge the listeners. They’re going to challenge me. I’m going to bring on guests that know those answers, the former director of the NSA has already agreed. He said yes, if you have a show, I’m coming on. Keith Alexander. To me, that’s smart controversy.