spy http://michiganradio.org en Michigan congressman defends US spying agencies http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-congressman-defends-us-spying-agencies <p>The Michigan congressman who heads the House Intelligence committee won't comment on new complaints about alleged U.S. spying.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>France and Germany are angry at reports the U.S. bugged the offices of the European Union.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The allegations are tied to the recent leaks from a former National Security Agency staffer.</p><p></p><p>Brighton Congressman Mike Rogers chairs the House Intelligence committee.&nbsp;&nbsp; He says he cannot comment on “any ongoing operation," but he defends the collection of military and other intelligence overseas.</p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 19:50:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 13319 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan congressman defends US spying agencies Flint family of jailed former Marine in Iran gets letters http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-family-jailed-former-marine-iran-gets-letters <p>DETROIT (AP) - The family of a former Marine detained in Iran for nearly two years says he's finally receiving visits from an uncle there and has been able to send letters to immediate family members in the United States.<br><br>The Flint Journal reports Amir Hekmati's family holds out hope the developments could signal some movement toward the 29-year-old's release and eventual return to Michigan.<br><br>Sarah Hekmati says the letters are "the first time he's been directly able to express his thoughts." Hekmati's family says he went to Iran in 2011 to visit his grandmothers.<br> Tue, 07 May 2013 17:46:57 +0000 The Associated Press 12448 at http://michiganradio.org Flint family of jailed former Marine in Iran gets letters Dozens turn out for candlelight vigil for Amir Hekmati http://michiganradio.org/post/dozens-turn-out-candlelight-vigil-amir-hekmati <p>A small crowd gathered on the Mott Community College campus last night in Flint.</p><p></p><p>They were there to show support for a local man held in Iran on charges he is a spy for the CIA.</p><p></p><p>Friends and family of <a href="http://www.freeamir.org/">Amir Hekmati</a> took part in the candlelight vigil. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amir_Hekmati">Hekmati </a>was arrested on spying charges a year ago.&nbsp; A U.S. Marine veteran, Hekmati was visiting his grandmother and other relatives in Iran, when he was arrested.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 26 Sep 2012 03:42:59 +0000 Steve Carmody 9239 at http://michiganradio.org Dozens turn out for candlelight vigil for Amir Hekmati Mike Rogers praises work of U.S. intelligence agencies in death of Osama bin Laden http://michiganradio.org/post/mike-rogers-praises-work-us-intelligence-agencies-death-osama-bin-laden <p><a href="http://www.mikerogers.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=238831">Brighton congressman Mike Rogers</a> says the death of Osama bin Laden this week shows the growth of the nation&rsquo;s intelligence agencies since September 11<sup>th</sup>.</p><p>Rogers chairs the U.S. House Intelligence Committee which oversees the&nbsp; nation&rsquo;s spy agencies.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&quot;I think this clearly demonstrates the new intelligence community, after 9/11, and their ability to find and reach out&hellip;anywhere in the world and take care of people who threaten the United States.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Rogers says the operation that ended with the death of bin Laden was one that few other nation&rsquo;s could accomplish. Mon, 02 May 2011 21:04:18 +0000 Steve Carmody 2317 at http://michiganradio.org Mike Rogers praises work of U.S. intelligence agencies in death of Osama bin Laden