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Politics & Government
3:50 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Michigan congressman defends US spying agencies

Rep. Mike Rogers (R) MI, is the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

The Michigan congressman who heads the House Intelligence committee won't comment on new complaints about alleged U.S. spying.  

France and Germany are angry at reports the U.S. bugged the offices of the European Union.     The allegations are tied to the recent leaks from a former National Security Agency staffer.

Brighton Congressman Mike Rogers chairs the House Intelligence committee.   He says he cannot comment on “any ongoing operation," but he defends the collection of military and other intelligence overseas.

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Law
1:46 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Flint family of jailed former Marine in Iran gets letters

Amir Hekmati (file photo)
Hekmati family

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.

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.

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.

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Politics & Government
11:42 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Dozens turn out for candlelight vigil for Amir Hekmati

Two people struggle to light candles in a light breeze before a candle light vigil for Amir Hekmati, a Flint man being held in Iran of charges of spying for the United States
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

A small crowd gathered on the Mott Community College campus last night in Flint.

They were there to show support for a local man held in Iran on charges he is a spy for the CIA.

Friends and family of Amir Hekmati took part in the candlelight vigil.    Hekmati was arrested on spying charges a year ago.  A U.S. Marine veteran, Hekmati was visiting his grandmother and other relatives in Iran, when he was arrested.   

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The Death of Osama bin Laden
5:04 pm
Mon May 2, 2011

Mike Rogers praises work of U.S. intelligence agencies in death of Osama bin Laden

Rep. Mike Rogers, Brighton, Michigan (R)
Steve Carmody Michigan Radio

Brighton congressman Mike Rogers says the death of Osama bin Laden this week shows the growth of the nation’s intelligence agencies since September 11th.

Rogers chairs the U.S. House Intelligence Committee which oversees the  nation’s spy agencies.  

"I think this clearly demonstrates the new intelligence community, after 9/11, and their ability to find and reach out…anywhere in the world and take care of people who threaten the United States."

Rogers says the operation that ended with the death of bin Laden was one that few other nation’s could accomplish.