Mar 18, 2007

Being in the minority helps Rogers develop a conscience

Mike Rogers has finally gained a conscience and gained the desire to try and place a check on the Bush Administration’s roll back of civil liberties, actually do some oversight and conduct an investigation of some of this administration’s wrong-doing. What’s the reason for the conversion of Bush’s biggest cheerleader? Simple. He’s in the minority.

The Livingston County Daily Press & Argus –long a supporter of Rogers - reports:
U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Brighton, has been a strong supporter of the Patriot Act. However, he said a lack of clear guidelines may make it too easy for unwarranted views into private personal and business records.
Rogers said a congressional committee he sits on should look into possible FBI mismanagement of domestic intelligence-gathering methods. Rogers, a fourth-term representative, is a former FBI agent.
A recent U.S. Department of Justice report found weak internal control over "national security letters," a tool created by the Patriot Act in 2001 to ease the collection of information — like business and phone records — in national-security investigations.

Is this a new thing? Of course not, but since the committee is now controlled by Democrats there will finally be some oversight and accountability for a change. Where was Rogers for the last six years?

Although we know Rogers had no choice on what the committee looks at because he is a minority member, we can rest assured there will be no tough questions from him. Rogers remains a Bush cheerleader, although not quite as vocal, and we just need to take a look at his stance on U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Despite other Republicans asking for his resignation over the firings of Bush appointees who refused to illegally target Bush enemies, the controversy over renewal of the Patriot Act and a report last week that the FBI had underreported its use of national security letters to snoop on Americans, Rogers said Gonzales should stay.

Rogers, typically a strong supporter of the Bush administration, also said that the recent controversy over U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and the firing of several U.S. attorneys was not handled well. The administration has denied accusations that the attorneys were let go for political reasons.
"It was generally not well-done," Rogers said, but he refused to join a handful of Republicans who have called for Gonzales to resign. He said he'd rather let the situation play itself out.


Anonymous said...

Um, Guru ... Rogers has developed a "conscience," not a "conscious."

And I'm pretty sure he's always had one.

Republican Michigander said...

Considering your push for speech regulation ("Fairness doctrine") and your distate for the 1st Amendment, you're the last person that should be saying anything about civil liberties.

Communications guru said...

I don’t know where to start with that ridiculous, outrages lie, especially from someone who wants to stifle debate and only wants to hear one side of the debate (Fairness Doctrine). The 1st Amendment is my bread and butter, kind of like if anyone dares place any reasonable regulations on dangerous firearms – hell, even bullets – you scream “gun grabber.” That’s just a lie based on your imagination. I guess you based it on the fact that don’t agree with you because it’s not based on facts or anything I have ever said.

Communications guru said...

Thank you for the correction, who-ever-you-are. I agree with your first paragraph, but not the second one.