CISPA Sponsor Rep. Mike Rogers Will Not Seek Reelection

While it's never good to revel in someone's departure from public service, privacy and internet reform advocates probably can't help to feel some satisfaction in hearing that one of its biggest adversaries in Congress will not seek reelection.

On Friday, Representative Mike Rogers said that he would not be seeking re-election to Congress. The Michigan Republican is the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and has been highly critical of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden's classified documents leaks and reporter Glenn Greenwald (who revealed a majority of those leaks in news stories and interviews with Snowden), and has supported some of the worst legislation in recent memory including the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), which he introduced in 2011 and then reintroduced in 2013. He is obviously a strong supporter of the NSA's spying activities and the Patriot Act.

Rogers defended CISPA in 2013, saying that the bill’s typical opponent was a "14-year-old tweeter in the basement."

"I have always believed in our founder's idea of a citizen legislature,” Rogers said in a statement to The Detroit News. "I had a career before politics and always planned to have one after. The genius of our institutions is they are not dependent on the individual temporary occupants privileged to serve. That is why I have decided not to seek re-election to Congress in 2014.”

Rogers’ resignation marks the end of a 14-year tenure in the House of Representatives. He will continue to serve on the House Intelligence Committee until his term ends.

Source: Ars Technica

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