Mike Rogers

Wave Goodbye to Horrible, Surveillance-Defending, Snowden-Slamming Rep. Mike Rogers

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Don't let the NSA post the surveillance video of the door hitting you in the ass on your way out.
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Michigan Republican Rep. Mike Rogers puts pretty much every other political defender of the National Security Agency's (NSA) surveillance tactics to shame. As chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, he even manages to outdo Sen. Dianne Feinstein's (D-Calif.) defense of NSA intrusions with his fearmongering and accusations that Edward Snowden is under the influence of the Russians.

Rogers was still pushing that story last weekend, with no real evidence. He has introduced his own version of NSA "reform" that experts say is anything but. His "End Bulk Collection Act" doesn't end bulk collection at all and could actually allow the NSA to analyze even more of our data without oversight (Trevor Timm of the Freedom of the Press Foundation explains more here).

But raise a glass and toast: Mike Rogers is retiring from Congress. He announced this morning that he will not run for re-election at the end of his term and will, instead, start a conservative talk radio show. He told a Detroit radio show, "It's a pretty rare opportunity. They don't come around very often." I don't think I need Politifact to assess the accuracy of that observation.

Some more from the parade of awfulness that is Rogers' political career since he joined Congress in 2000:

  • Rogers introduced the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), which promoted sharing of data between the government and private Internet companies for the stated aim of preventing cyberattacks. It was criticized for lacking civil liberties safeguards and died after President Barack Obama threatened to veto it. He referred to critics of CISPA as "14-year-olds in their basements clicking around on the Internet."
  • He has argued that publishers could or should be charged with espionage for printing classified information if they were paid for their work.
  • He called for American intervention in Syria, saying, "This is the time to act. Don't wait until we have 5,000 dead. That's too late."
  • He has co-sponsored multiple bills to outlaw Internet gambling.
  • He was the primary sponsor of the censorious Respect for America's Fallen Heroes Act, the legislation targeting the Westboro Baptist Church that makes it illegal to protest within 300 feet of a military funeral on a federal cemetery an hour before or after the services.

Read his consistently terrible stands on choosing security over liberty here. Farewell, Rogers. Tech and privacy journalists probably beat the candy out of the Big Security piñata you represent weeks ago.

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  1. That face? It’s punchable.

    1. I dunno, that Leno chin could punch back.

    2. I dunno, his awful posture is really bothering me. His poor spine.

  2. His list of “accomplishments” is pretty horrendous, but the last one doesn’t seem that bad. Shouldn’t people be able to conduct funeral without screaming idiots drowning out the service? I can just imagine what Code Pink would do at a funeral for one of the Koch brothers.

    Aren’t most cemeteries privately owned? If not, some simple zoning law to give the grieving some space would seem reasonable.

    People who protest the dead are pretty fucked up.

    1. The Westboro people are very careful to stay on public property, I believe. Their goal is to generate tort suits out of thin air, so they’re pretty careful about details like that.

  3. Good riddance, what an asshole.

    And republicans wonder why people are leaving the party… I’ll stay libertarian, thank you. The unfortunate thing is now that he’ll be able to influence more people with that talk show.

    1. Maybe not. I think all of the same people who listen to Rush listen to Hannity and listen to Mark Levin and etc. They’ll be the same audience that listens to this ass. They’re all one big glob. This guy will do more to dilute the solution than add to the mass.

    2. I am not so sure about that. I bet his listenership will be near zero and he won’t last long.

      Kakistocrat, the listeners of those guys you list is anything but a big blob.

  4. Mike Rogers & D.Feinstein were on Face the Nation after Benghazi, and this sequence is notable for 2 things = Bob tries to ask Mike whether there was knowledge of requests for additional security – before rogers can answer, Feinstein is trying to butt in, and then POOF = Rogers signal is cut off the air.

    http://goo.gl/t9vLpu

    I note that CBS news has edited out the sudden cut-off moment mid-sentence. It was much funnier in the original. also the kind of thing that would make even reasonable people start to wear tinfoil hats.

  5. He referred to critics of CISPA as “14-year-olds in their basements clicking around on the Internet.”

    Mr. Rodgers went on to state “and we know this to be true thanks to our monitoring of every activity on their computer. Apparently, they also like Magic: The Gathering online and Lisa Ann. But everyone likes Lisa Ann.”

    1. I guess I’m 14 now? Awesome… high school here I come.

  6. Let’s take a poll: dead girl or live boy?

    1. Just look at that punchable face. It’s got necrophiliac written all over it.

      Dead girl.

  7. These comments do not seem support Shreek’s assertion that the commentariat is just a bunch of BOOOSH loving Socons. Funny that.

    1. But but but we don’t like Obama! Much Socon!!

      Very BOOOOSSSSHHHHHH

  8. Wouldn’t it be ironic if he was quitting due to blackmail by some dirt dug up by the NSA?

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