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Former Michigan Rep. Rogers to host CNN series

David Shepardson
Detroit News Washington Bureau

Washington — Former U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers said Thursday he will host an eight-part series on CNN on the U.S. intelligence community.

The CNN contributor and former Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee from Howell will host the series next year that “delves into true stories of America’s covert operations around the world.”

Each episode will feature a “newly declassified mission told firsthand by the agents who lived it, while getting unprecedented access to the riveting and secret world of espionage.”

Rogers, who currently does radio commentaries and is a former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent, has raised concerns that the United States won’t remain the world’s indispensable nation.

In his farewell address in December, Rogers said he was worried that too many Americans didn't care enough about important foreign policy issues. He lamented the rising debt and U.S. corporate tax system.

“Are we really going to be that first generation to say ... our engagement was just too hard?” Rogers asked.

Rogers quoted Winston Churchill in his address: “America will always do the right thing — after trying everything else.”

In March 2014, Rogers said he would not seek re-election. He also rejected pushes to run for the U.S. Senate.

In January, Rogers joined the Hudson Institute, a Washington think tank, as an expert on cyberwarfare, counterterrorism and other national security issues.

He also is chairman of the group Americans for Peace, Prosperity and Security in a bid to help prod 2016 presidential candidates to focus on important national security issues. The group has been hosting candidates at forums, including one with Republican candidate Carly Fiorina last month in New Hampshire.