December 29th, 2013
01:39 PM ET
4 months ago

Lawmakers react to new Benghazi report

(CNN) – A top Republican and Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee took issue Sunday with a report from The New York Times that states al Qaeda was not involved in the deadly 2012 attack against a U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya.

The Times' investigation "turned up no evidence that Al Qaeda or other international terrorist groups had any role in the assault," according to the report. "The attack was led, instead, by fighters who had benefited directly from NATO's extensive air power and logistics support during the uprising against Colonel Qaddafi."
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Filed under: Al Qaeda • Libya • Mike Rogers
December 22nd, 2013
03:56 PM ET
4 months ago

Did the NSA overreach? Lawmakers spar over data-collection program

(CNN) – Members of Congress are split on whether to rein in the National Security Agency's surveillance activities after intelligence leaks revealed the extent of the government's data-collection program.

A review of NSA surveillance practices ordered by the White House recommended changes to the program including greater judicial oversight and more public transparency in the collection of metadata. And a U.S. district judge said that the mass collection of phone records was probably unconstitutional.
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Filed under: Joe Manchin • Mark Udall • Mike Rogers • NSA • Pat Leahy • Peter King
December 1st, 2013
09:20 AM ET
5 months ago

Terrorists are gaining ground, intelligence committee heads say

Washington (CNN) - The leaders of the House and Senate Intelligence committees said Sunday that terrorists have gained ground in the past two years and that the United States is not any safer than it was at the outset of 2011.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, and Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Michigan, agreed that despite the death of Osama bin Laden and drone strikes aimed at decimating al Qaeda's leadership, President Barack Obama's administration has lost ground in the ongoing battle with global terrorism.

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December 1st, 2013
09:00 AM ET
5 months ago

Rogers: Obama administration 'screwed up' Syria deal

Washington (CNN) – Two and a half months after the U.S. backed off its threat to launch a bombing campaign against the Syrian regime, not everyone in Congress is happy with the easing of tensions.

In an interview that aired Sunday morning, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers told CNN's Candy Crowley that the the sweeping, Russian-brokered agreement prematurely closed the door to a more wide-ranging armistice between the regime and opposition forces. The agreement requires Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime to destroy its chemical weapons arsenal by mid-2014.

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Filed under: Mike Rogers • Obama administration • Syria
November 25th, 2013
08:09 PM ET
5 months ago

Video: Rogers: Secret Iran talks raise suspicions

(CNN) - House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Michigan, said his committee was not informed of months of secret meetings between U.S. and Iranian officials prior to the official deal on Iran's nuclear program reached over the weekend.

"There was no formal notification, certainly that I received, and my understanding was neither did the Senate, which is concerning," Rogers told Wolf Blitzer on CNN's "The Situation Room."
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Filed under: House Republicans • Iran • Mike Rogers
November 24th, 2013
02:13 PM ET
5 months ago

Lawmakers from both parties urge caution on Iran deal

(CNN) – While President Barack Obama hailed the interim agreement to slow Iran’s nuclear program as an “important first step,” some lawmakers were skeptical about the deal on Sunday, including members of Obama’s own party.

Both Republicans and Democrats were cautious about the agreement’s provision to loosen sanctions against Iran. A few called for another round of sanctions to be passed immediately, while more urged a backup plan that would impose new sanctions in six months if Iran fails to hold up its end of the deal.
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Filed under: Charles Schumer • Iran • John Kerry • Mike Rogers • TV-State of the Union
November 24th, 2013
12:52 PM ET
5 months ago

Rogers: Iran deal rewards ‘very bad and dangerous behavior’

(CNN) - Rep. Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said Sunday the interim deal reached between world powers and Iran this weekend to slow its nuclear program sets a bad precedent.

“We have just rewarded very bad and dangerous behavior,” the Michigan Republican said on CNN’s “State of the Union,” blasting the agreement’s provision that allows Iran to continue to enrich uranium, even though it’s to a lower level.
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Filed under: Iran • Mike Rogers • TV-State of the Union
October 27th, 2013
04:53 PM ET
6 months ago

Rogers to European allies: NSA keeps you 'safe'

Washington (CNN) - The House Intelligence chief emphatically told CNN's Candy Crowley on Sunday that the NSA's foreign intelligence gathering operations keep allies "safe."

Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Michigan, said on CNN's "State of the Union" that the vision being presented to the American public of a nation spying on its closest allies does not jibe with reality. According to Rogers, the U.S. counterterror operation abroad "keeps the French safe."

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Filed under: Mike Rogers • NSA • President Obama
October 27th, 2013
10:21 AM ET
6 months ago

Rogers: HealthCare.gov isn't secure

Washington (CNN) - The Republican head of the House Intelligence Committee said Sunday that problems with the Obamacare website might leave its potential consumers at risk of identity theft and other cyber crimes. The website, which is supposed to service enrollees in President Barack Obama's signature health care program, came under fire in congressional hearings last week.

On CNN's "State of the Union," Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Michigan, told Candy Crowley that HealthCare.gov is vulnerable to cyberattacks and that the contractors charged with building the website's infrastructure may need to do a complete overhaul.

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Filed under: cybersecurity • Health care • Kathleen Sebelius • Mike Rogers
September 15th, 2013
11:20 AM ET
7 months ago

Rogers on Syria: 'This was a bipartisan failing'

Washington (CNN) – Republican Rep. Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, argued Sunday that the United States lost all of its leverage in the negotiations over chemical weapons in Syria, giving Russia a win.

If Congress had moved more quickly and given the president authorization to strike Syria, things would look more favorable for the U.S., he said on CNN's "State of the Union."
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Filed under: Mike Rogers • Russia • Syria • TV-State of the Union
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