News came late Thursday night that the Michigan Republican Congressman Mike Rogers, who chairs the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, is bowing out and plans to launch a new career as a talk radio guy. What a laugh!
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers plans to leave Congress after this year to host a talk radio show for Cumulus Media Inc, the Michigan congressman said on Friday.
“I had a career before politics and always planned to have one after. The genius of our institutions is they are not dependent on the individual temporary occupants privileged to serve. That is why I have decided not to seek re-election to Congress in 2014,” the Republican said in a statement.
Speaking earlier to a Detroit radio station, Rogers said he plans to start his Cumulus show in January, the Detroit News reported.
“They may have lost my vote in Congress, but you haven’t lost my voice,” he told WJR-AM, according to the newspaper.
Mike Rogers is a hypocrite and is typical of why Washington, DC is so corrupt. He’s leaving for two very simple reasons. First, he learned that he will not be reappointed to chair the Intel Committee. Second, he wants to cash in and try to make some money.
Rogers is part of a damnable revolving door. He has been a key figure in blocking a full investigation of what happened at Benghazi. Part of the explanation comes via his Chief of Staff on the Intel Committee who is now going into business with Democrats aligned with Hillary Clinton:
Meet Beacon Global Strategies.
The online bios for its founders and managing directors suggest no group knows more about the Benghazi terrorist attack and the Obama administration’s response. Yet the consulting firm has deep ties to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and others involved in the controversy – ties so intertwined with the administration and Capitol Hill that they raise questions about an upcoming hearing where former CIA Acting Director Mike Morell is slated to testify.
“It is like a revolving door on steroids,” Bill Allison, whose Sunlight Foundation is a nonprofit that supports government transparency, told Fox News, adding that Washington’s “revolving door” is a bipartisan problem.
“Republicans have gone through the revolving door, Democrats. … It says an awful lot about Washington and how hard it is to really be independent in Washington.”
But there is another part to this story. Mike Rogers wife was the CEO of a defense company that was also providing services to the CIA:
So it seems rather interesting to note that Rogers’ wife, Kristi Clemens Rogers, was, until recently, the president and CEO of Aegis LLC a “security” defense contractor company, whom she helped to secure a $10 billion (with a b) contract with the State Department. The company describes itself as “a leading private security company, provides government and corporate clients with a full spectrum of intelligence-led, culturally-sensitive security solutions to operational and development challenges around the world.”
Hmm. Sounds like a company like that would benefit greatly to seeing a big ramp up in cybersecurity FUD around the globe, and, with it, big budgets by various government agencies to spend on such things. Indeed, just a few months ago, Rogers penned an article for Washington Life Magazine all about evil hackers trying to “steal information.” In it, there’s a line that might sound a wee-bit familiar, referring to the impression of hackers as being “the teenager in his or her parent’s basement with bunny slippers and a Mountain Dew.” Apparently, both of the Rogers really have a thing about teens in basements. The article is typical FUD, making statements with no proof, including repeating the NSA’s ridiculous allegation that hackers have led to the “greatest transfer of wealth in American history.” It’s such a good line, except that it’s completely untrue. The top US companies have recently admitted to absolutely no damage from such attacks. The article also lumps in “hacktivists” like Anonymous, as if they’re a part of this grand conspiracy that needs new laws.
What was Kristi Clemons Rogers’ company doing for the CIA in Benghazi? Was Mike Rogers covering up for her? These are questions that merit an investigation and some clear answers.