Edward Snowden

NSA Groupie Rep. Mike Rogers Wants Edward Snowden Charged with Murder

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He does kind of look like singer Meat Loaf, doesn't he?

My original headline described Republican Michigan Rep. Mike Rogers as an "NSA apologist," but then I realized that would indicate he thinks the National Security Agency might have ever done anything wrong. That is not the case, and he has outshown pretty much every other defender of the NSA in his strident attacks on Edward Snowden for leaking information about how the federal government has been spying on its own citizens to a massive, unheard-of degree.

Rogers, also the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, visited the House of Commons in England last night and took his anti-Snowden lecture even further; he says he wants the whistleblower charged with murder. From The Huffington Post:

"The [US] government has pressed charges on Mr Snowden," he said. "We are treating him, as I would argue, the traitor that he is." Rogers added: "And by the way, and this is important, I would charge him for murder." …

The explosive material provided by Snowden to The Guardian exposed the depth and breadth of US and UK global and domestic spying capabilities and activities. However the Michigan congressman said the leak had caused the deaths of American and British armed forces.

"He took information that allows force protection, not only for British soldiers, but for US soldiers, and made it more difficult for us to track those activities. Meaning it is more likely that one of those soldiers is going to get their legs blown off or killed because of his actions," he said. "Anybody that provides information to the enemy is a traitor, period, pure and simple."

At least Rogers has the good sense to realize the American public is not behind him:

Rogers admitted though that despite the fact both Republican and Democrat politicians had condemned Snowden, the public was not on the side of the authorities and believed their private lives were under surveillance. "We are just having a horrible time in the political narrative," he said.

You have to love how he makes all these outrageous, unsupported claims that people don't believe and then complains about not having any control over the political narrative.

Anyway, Rogers will not be a congressman for much longer, retiring after this term to apparently become a conservative talk radio show. I wrote about some of the lowlights of his career back in March, and Ed Krayewski identified him as a politician making fools of us all back in April.

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  1. My original headline described Republican Michigan Rep. Mike Rogers as an “NSA apologist,” but then I realized that would indicate he thinks the National Security Agency might have ever done anything wrong.

    I don’t think that is what apologist means.

  2. Michigan seems to produce all manner of defective products.

    1. Yep. Mike Rogers, Detroit, GM, Chrysler. Oh, wait.

      Michigan Government seems to produce all manner of defective products.

      FTFY.

  3. “We are just having a horrible time in the political narrative,”

    The facts will have that effect.

    Oh, before I forget:

    OOGA BOOGA 9/11 sharia cosmotarians!

    Because I’m just tiresome that way.

    1. Boring on about being called tiresome. So meta!

    2. Yes, you are. Maybe you should think about that instead of getting tiresomely butthurt and tiresomely passive-aggressively complaining about it.

      1. Don’t mind Episiarch. He’s still upset about that Italian internment camp thing.

        1. There was no fresh mozzarella for the pizza! It was a living hell!

          1. Even I must confess sympathy for that injustice.

          2. There was no fresh mozzarella for the pizza! It was a living hell!

            Yep, just read that in Master Shake voice.

            Pure awesomeness.

            1. Reading my comments in Shake’s voice is always a good move. Now go back to Mexico, where you were born, and are from!

              1. Epi’s greatest wish is to be two-dimensional.

                1. I’d say that wish has been granted. I mean, look at his pizza? Two-dimensional.

                  1. Jesus, another unintended question mark. WTF?

                    1. ?

                2. Epi’s greatest wish is to be two-dimensional.

                  If that’s true, he knows all he needs to do is Get bitten.

          3. Was it deep dish?

    3. Jesus, dude. Would you be this upset if I had said something about your whore mother? Because if you wanna talk about tiresome…hoo boy.

      1. Really, I’m just boggled that you would equate mockery of the “Fort Hood was just workplace violence” bullshit with OOGA BOOGA 9/11 sharia.

        Seriously, that’s what you’re doing. And the only reasons for that which I can see are either (a) you think Fort Hood really was just workplace violence or (b) your reading comprehension is impaired.

      2. Jesus Warty, don’t be so mean!

        Seriously, we ALL fucked his mother. You don’t see the rest of us rubbing it in his face, do you?

        1. He’s just mad because she dozed off while he was flailing away.

          Sad, really.

  4. Traitor? Fine. You can prosecute him in absentia right after you arrest, try, and prosecute every single person involved in illegal spying in the U.S. and fucking shut down the domestic spying altogether.

    1. Yep. I would definitely consider deliberately undermining the US Constitution to be treasonable.

      That would catch almost all members of Congress, I think.

      As for the ‘murder’ part, Snowden can go in the dock right after the last few US presidents and Secretaries of State.

      1. I’m willing to sacrifice him to save the Constitution.

    2. Why can’t we try him for treason against the American people?

      1. He’s on my list. Is he on yours? I mean, it’s we the people, right? I declare him a traitor and call for his immediate detention.

        1. How about “Hostis humani generis?”

          1. Yeah, old school. And it crosses borders, too, so we can all join in.

        2. Every politician is on the traitor list, ProL. Even your mom.

          1. Well, there are degrees to these things. For instance, there are some politicians I wouldn’t want to see crucified along. . .what’s the most American of roads? Not an interstate. Needs to be a big road, though.

            1. Route 66? Route 1? The Boston Post Road?

              1. I have an idea, though it’s out of the way. Highway 1, all the way to Key West. That way, visiting Americans can enjoy the crucified in a nice drive through the ocean.

            2. Hmmm. Not sure that the Spartacus analogy is a good one, Pro Libertate.

              I would tend to think that Rogers is more on the side of Marcus Licinius Crassus.

              1. I’m crucifying him. It’s a perfectly apt analogy.

                1. Why not braveheart him?

                  Or, if you want to draw it out, the boats?

                  1. Look, I’m an heir of the old Roman ways, and I was raised in the church. Therefore, crucifixion. I say this despite my genetic descent from Scots and Germans.

                    1. How DARE you ignore your Neanderthal roots? Don’t tell me you’ve been all smitten with Cro Magnon and his smooth good looks.

                    2. If you’re going Roman, how about wrapping him in pitch-covered cloth and lighting it?

            3. Pacific Coast Highway?

              1. Too California. They love government too much to appreciate the spectacle.

      2. It might be easier to implement a Constitutional Amendment creating a “Court Of Political Justice” a la H Beam Piper’s Lone Star Planet.

        When you can beat the snot out of politicians like this and be aclaimed a hero for doing so, it would go a long way to putting these clowns under control.

    3. Starting with the perjury and treason trial of the NSA Director.

      1. Well, yes, naturally. And the ritual casting of feces at him and, of course, the crucifixion.

        1. That may be too good for him. I was thinking we set him on fire, put it out before he dies, and let the infection get him after a week of suffering without pain medication.

          1. Have you ever been crucified?

            1. Once, but I came back.

              1. Well, remember how painful it was? Not to mention, one can always throw stuff or stab the crucified criminal. I mean, look at all the stuff the Romans did to Jesus, and he was a really nice guy and everything. No one will feel that way about these criminals.

  5. “And by the way, and this is important, I would charge him for murder.”

    “Meaning it is more likely that one of those soldiers is going to get their legs blown off or killed because of his actions,” he said.”

    Yes, it’s very important. It shows that he is more than willing to abandon rule of law when someone pisses him off. Even if you follow his logic on his legal justification for a murder charge. He later admits that it’s only “likely” someone will be killed because of the leaks.

    Don’t let the door hit you on the way out Mr. Rogers. You won’t be missed.

  6. Wasn’t this ass a FBI agent? This is the tpye of person employed at NSA,CIA,FBI,ect.They really believe the little people should shut up and let them do their ‘job’ with out interference. These types believe in the greater good are are very dangerous in power. Obama is the worst of the lot.

  7. Anyone here from his district? Why do those voters keep sending him back?

    1. *raises hand, sheepishly*

      I did NOT vote for him, but I am ashamed for the actions of my fellow District Michiganderanianites who put this shitstain in office. Repeatedly.

      1. To be fair, I don’t know who he ran against, so maybe what I’ve increasingly referred to lately as Shallow Bench Syndrome had something to do with it. People who wonder how GA-10 elected Paul Broun so many times are unaware of how much worse even his Republican competition was in the 2007 special election and 2008 primary, and the complete absence of a Democrat in the 2012 race. We’re also weeks away from seeing Jody Hice elected, who will make everyone wish we still had Broun.

  8. More fitting than murder charges for Edward Snowden would be charges of treason against Mr. Rogers, with a separate count for every instance he voted to increase the NSA’s funding or expand its scope.

  9. “Anybody that provides information to the enemy is a traitor, period, pure and simple.”

    Mike Rogers has met the enemy and he is us.

    1. The biggest enemy being the American public, of course.

  10. … retiring after this term to apparently become a conservative talk radio show.

    Don’t leave us in suspense. Which show is he going to become?

    1. How about “The Biggest Asshole”?

  11. Enemies of the state charged with speculative crimes, while actual crimes by friends of the state treated as mere speculation.

    1. Underrated post.

  12. Why is Roger’s leaving? I’d like to think the public’s disgust with the NSA is a motivation.

    1. Why is Roger’s what leaving?

  13. Does anyone else here feel just overwhelming anger when a lying cocksucking coward piece of shit of a human being insults a hero like Edward Snowden?

    I mean the man sacrificed a lot to do what he thought was right, his entire life was turned upsidedown, he has to live in shitty ass Russia right now, and he did it for ZERO person gain. The man stood up to the United States government, that now threatens him with imprisonment and death, all because he wanted the American people to be informed on what their government was doing to them.

    If Snowden isn’t a true hero, then I honestly don’t know what one is.

    Mike Rogers, and anyone else who insults or threatens Snowden can go fuck themselves with an Ebola laced iron rod.

    1. Well the picture kinda looks like he might enjoy that.

      Or even enjoying it while the picture was taken.

    2. I guess I kind of don’t see the heroism. I mean he’s got a girlfriend (allegedly and most likely a russian honey pot) so that proballly seems pretty heroic to the folks at reason.

      I think it’s pretty heroic how libertarains so vociferously argue for the permissive society and tax cuts for the rich that so few libertarians take advantage of. That’s heroism. Selflessly advancing the interests of people getting way more one and done sex and way bigger salaries than they ever will. Thanks cosmos.

      1. I guess I kind of don’t see the heroism.

        An actual, no fooling case of “speaking truth to power” where doing so puts you at very serious risk?

        Close enough for me.

      2. I rather think he has done something heroic, but whether he intended it to be that way or not doesn’t matter much to me. He exposed a great and ongoing criminal enterprise.

      3. So he gave up a good job in Hawaii with a smoking hot girlfriend to become the most hated man in the West and live at the mercy of Vlad Putin, but what the hell he’s got a new girlfriend? Did I summarize that correctly?

          1. Oops, one of those question marks was in error.

            1. Well, he was. Magnum wouldn’t have sought asylum. He and TC would have flown that little chopper right up the NSA’s ass.

        1. As someone who talks to Russian women every day, I feel confident asserting that the new girlfriend probably has more than just looks going for her.

        2. I read something about his former girlfriend moving to Moscow to be with him. He joked she wasn’t too happy with him.

      4. I guess you’re a moral degenerate.

      5. Reread what you just wrote and then hit yourself for being so stupid.

        Because getting a new girlfriend totally makes up for losing your career, your family, your homeland, having to seek asylum in a country most of us would never even want to visit, and having to live under constant threat of the United States government.

        1. How selfish of Snowden! What a DICK!

        2. Is it a new Russian girlfriend? Like Barbara Bach?

        3. Because getting a new girlfriend totally makes up for losing your career, your family, your homeland, having to seek asylum in a country most of us would never even want to visit, and having to live under constant threat of the United States government.

          Slow down now, slow down. That depends on the girlfriend!

      6. Driveby troll.

  14. Rogers, also the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, visited the House of Commons in England last night

    I hope the MPs were wearing protective goggles. Rogers’s chin could easily poke someone’s eye out.

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  16. Yeah, right after Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Obama.

    1. Sure, crucify them, too. After we fix the problems with, you know, the current government.

    2. And Rogers, Schumer, Boxer…You know what, this list would just take too long.

  17. and he has outshown

    Did you mean outSHONE, Scott?

    1. Maybe he meant outshod. As in having much finer shoes.

    2. These things never happened when Tim Cavanaugh was editing.

  18. crucify them, too

    Crucifications for everybody!

    As soon as I get my lobbyists to write the specifications on government-approved crosses in such a way that I shall be the sole supplier of crucifixion hardware to the Justice Department, I’ll be able to write advertorials for my pet tax scams, just like Bill Gates and Kindly Old Grandpa Buffett.

    1. After all, we are not communists.

  19. Crucifications?

    I need some new fingers.

    1. I’ll allow. Crucifixarama.

  20. What selfless thing has Mike Rogers done?` What has he sacrificed for freedom?

  21. Apparently this is the same Mike Rogers whose wife Kristi ran a private defense firm that was in Benghazi. Rogers (R) is one of the reasons that the republicans aren’t very interested in the public finding out what really went on there. He and his wife are the personification of the political class.

    I hope this fucker dies a shunned, drunken wreck lying under a bridge in a pool of his own vomit and bloody stool.

  22. Inside knowledge… I’ve heard from Michiganders Mikey likes to suck ass…

    Not a problem, of course… Sex is free and clear and the bedroom is a place of worship but when you act like a hypocritical born-again jesuit like Mike Fucking Rodgers shit is bound to fly for real and the dude loves licking gaping gay gang-banged rectums… I’d watch it for realz.

    His Lord Jesus image is like a fucking punch to the dickhead… Fuck this butt-slave.

  23. Kind of a trivial side note, but what in the flying fuck are congressmen doing going to foreign countries on the public dime when their job function has absolutely nothing to do with international relations? Not just Rogers either, this happens all the time.

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  25. Mike Rogers is a corrupt buffoon. He says “and this is important…I would charge him with murder” ?

    Yeah, a Congressman – recently chased out of Congress by his colleagues – who has never had, and will never have, powers to charge crimes says its important that he would charge murder. Here’s the Headline:

    Talk Radio Clown Proposes Murder Charges for Snowden.

    Not that anyone should take the clown seriously, I guess it naturally follows that the folks at the NSA who failed to set up processes to protect information are also guilty of murder !

    Or an even better headline:

    Talk Radio Clown Mike Rogers Abuses Office and Public Resources By Saying Stupid Things about Snowden in order to Generate Publicity for his soon to be failed radio career.

    Mike Rogers needs to say stupid things – comes naturally to him – in desperate hopes he can squeeze some ratings out of the Snowden issue. No doubt he and Cumulus figured the press would pick up on it….

    Clown should be charged with abuse of public office.

    JE.

    P.S. Snowden is a hero whose stature will grow, while Rogers is a washed up politician whose stature will shrink and whose radio show will fail. One man’s opinion.

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