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In the ten years since the attacks on September 11, 2001, the nation has gone through a process of
Download Audio as MP3 mourning, reflection, and learning. The intelligence community, criticized for its failure to identify or stop the al Qaeda plot, is no exception. It changed its structure and tactics, and has endured a deep and often-painful debate over its ethics and practices. How has the American intelligence community evolved over the last decade? Has it learned the right lessons from 9/11 and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq? Was the capture of Osama bin Laden the new norm, or merely a stroke of good luck?
Representative Mike Rogers (R-MI), chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, will assess these questions and weigh the challenges facing the nation in the coming year.
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REPRESENTATIVE MIKE ROGERS (R-MI), Chairman of the US House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
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Chairman Mike Rogers is the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in the 112th Congress. The committee oversees the seventeen agencies that make up the US intelligence community, including operations and budgetary oversight, and it is the primary committee responsible for overseeing implementation of the intelligence community restructuring. Chairman Rogers helped write the USA Patriot Act and its renewals; shaped America’s strategy for fighting jihadists and the rugged border area between Pakistan and Afghanistan; wrote the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority to protect against chemical and biological threats; identified and addressed massive, unguarded munition sites in Iraq; and identified Miranda warnings given to terrorists. Chairman Rogers earned his reputation as a leader during his service as a US Army officer/company commander (1985-88), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) special agent investigating public corruption as a member of the Chicago Bureau’s organized crime unit (1988-94), and in the Michigan Senate (1995-2000), where he served as Senate majority floor leader (1999-2000). Chairman Rogers is also a cofounder of E.B.I. Builders Inc., a family-owned home construction business in Brighton, Michigan, and is a member of several chambers of commerce. Chairman Rogers served in the University of Michigan Reserve Officer Training Corps, belongs to the Society of Former Special Agents for the FBI, and is an honorary member of Brighton Rotary Club.