One of the Top Republican NSA Cheerleaders in Congress Is Retiring to Become a Right-Wing Radio Host
Photo Credit: ABC News; Screenshot of Rep. Mike Rogers / YouTube.com
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Representative Mike Rogers has a dream.
Apparently, he’s been secretly harboring this dream since his formative days at a small liberal arts college in Adrian, Mich. This dream stayed with him through his time in the U.S. Army, his years as a Special Agent in the FBI and his tenure in the Michigan State Senate.
Nothing can hold back Mike’s dream, not even his safe Congressional seat in Michigan’s 8th District, nor his chairmanship of the powerful House Intelligence Committee.
Mike wants to be a radio talk-show host.
Luckily for Mike, the second largest radio system in America — Cumulus — couldn’t wait to make his long-simmering dream come true. Beginning in January of 2015, the NSA’s devout defender and Congress’ loudest advocate for keeping whistleblowers quiet will be on the air nationally, using his gift of gab to reinforce the idea that Americans should feel insecure about national security.
According to The Detroit News, DJ Mike will reignite his “college passion” by bringing “former intelligence officials and ex-spies on his show.” And what an entertaining show that promises to be! If his incessant appearances on the Sunday Show circuit are any indication, his radio show promises to be just slightly less entertaining than running your pinkie toe into the leg of a coffee table. But hope springs eternal. DJ Mike “joked” to the Detroit News, “I did one radio show when I was in college that was a disaster — let’s give it a whirl — maybe I’ve gotten better at it.”
If nothing else, he’s repeatedly shown the folks at Cumulus that he can read from a script.
Since Edward Snowden broke the NSA’s monopoly on the truth, Rogers has dutifully repeated Big Brother’s talking points — touting foiled plots that were never really foiled, accusing Snowden of spying for Russia without a shred of evidence and asserting that privacy that can only be violated if the person violated somehow finds out about the secret violation.
In DJ Mike’s America, secrets are not lies if the lies remain secret.
It’s a logic echoed in his forked-tongue support for the newly-announced reforms of the NSA’s bulk data collection regime — a regime that Rep. Rogers doesn’t really think needs reforming, but he’s sponsored reform legislation anyway. What desperately does need to be reformed — according to Rogers, his well-funded co-sponsor Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) and President Obama — is the public’s perception of the NSA’s spying machine.
And what better place to reform perceptions than in front of a nationally broadcast microphone that will reach 4,500 affiliate radio stations and 140 million listeners?
His dream notwithstanding, the timing of Rogers’ announcement has some observers looking for clues or insights into the shrouded machinations of America’s Spook State. No doubt, this seemingly sudden decision wasn’t just the whimsical fancy of a capricious free spirit with a heretofore hidden talent. Rogers notified the House Ethics Committee of his negotiations with Cumulus on Jan. 6 of this year, so this has been in the works for months — just like the newly-proposed reforms that Obama promised in his speech on Jan. 17.
We may never know if Rogers somehow transgressed the intel community and perhaps became a liability, or if he’s resigning in quiet protest of these “reforms,” or if he is being “placed” in the media to do what President Obama is trying to do with the reforms — which is to manage perceptions.
And nothing makes perception management — the au courant national security euphemism for good old-fashioned “propaganda” — easier than the relentless media consolidation that spawned Rogers’ new employer.