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House Intel Chair Mike Rogers Calls Chinese Cyber Attacks ‘Unprecedented’

ABC(WASHINGTON) -- House Intelligence Committee Chair Mike Rogers, R-Mich., said Sunday on ABC News' This Week it was “beyond a shadow of a doubt” that the Chinese government and military are behind growing cyber attacks against the United States, saying “we are losing” the war to prevent the attacks.

“They use their military and intelligence structure to steal intellectual property from American businesses, and European businesses, and Asian businesses, re-purpose it and then compete in the international market against the United States,” Rogers said.

“It is unprecedented,” Rogers added. “This has never happened in the history of the world, where one nation steals the intellectual property to re-purpose it – to illegally compete against the country…and I’ll tell you, it is as bad as I’ve ever seen it and exponentially getting worse. Why? There’s no consequence for it.”

American businesses have been hesitant to complain about Chinese cyber espionage due to fears of losing opportunities in the growing economic power, according to ABC News’ George Will.

“They’re dealing with a very difficult, frankly a gangster regime in China right now,” Will said. “And no one wants to make them unhappy.”

While Will noted that the U.S. also engages in cyber espionage, citing attacks against the computer systems running Iran’s nuclear facilities, Rogers said that the difference is the U.S. does not seek economic gain as the Chinese have.

“This is an important difference. The United States does not participate, use its military intelligence services for economic espionage,” Rogers said. “We do not do it. It’s prohibited.”

Rep. Eliot Engel, D-NY, ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said that there have to be greater consequences for Chinese cyber espionage, calling for sanctions and indictments against those responsible, as well as limiting access to visas.

“I think we have to make it very clear to them that they – this cannot be business as usual,” Engel said. “If they’re going to continue to do this to the extent that they’re doing it, there’s a price to pay.”

Rogers agreed that the U.S. should pursue criminal action against cyber espionage to send a message to China that “if you want to be an international player, you can’t act like a thief in the night.”

“If someone comes into your office and steals your sensitive intellectual property and walks out the door with it, that’s a crime,” Rogers said. “What difference does it make if I do it in person or I do it through my computer?”

Beyond economic concerns, the cyber attacks have increasingly focused on areas that may become a national security threat.

A report in The New York Times last week outlined links between the Chinese military and cyber attacks against the U.S. focused on companies tied to American infrastructure, including the power grid and oil and gas lines.

“Here’s the scary part of this. It’s already part of military planning for the Russians, for the Chinese, and here’s where it gets interesting. Now, the Iranians,” Rogers said, citing a sophisticated attack on a Saudi company by Iran.

Will said that such attacks may be seen as a way for China and other nations to compete with the U.S. militarily.

“What if China is thinking, look, we can try and compete with the United States. Build a big blue water Navy and aircraft carriers and all the rest, or maybe we can just learn how to disable the massive infrastructure of our potential… adversary,” Will said. “There’s an intellectual blank slate right now on which the international community needs to write rules and laws about a new form of weapons.”

But Rogers warned that the U.S. is not yet prepared to deter such cyber attacks from continuing.

“If you’re going to punch your neighbor in the nose, best to hit the weight room for a couple of months,” Rogers said. “We’re not ready yet, we are completely vulnerable to this.”

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Rep. Eliot Engel: The Sequester Is ‘Stupid’

ABC (WASHINGTON) – Speaking Sunday morning on ABC News’ This Week, Rep. Eliot Engel, D-NY, called the automatic spending cuts — also known as the “sequester” — that are scheduled to go into effect on March 1 a “stupid thing.”

“I think the sequester was a stupid thing. I voted against it the first time it came up. Congress keeps kicking the can down the road. It’s really a ridiculous thing to do. The fact is that we need to do things that are smart, not take a meat cleaver and just hack cuts,” Engel said. “I think Congress should sit down and avoid the sequester. And if the sequester kicks in, for a week or two, we should then fix it so it doesn’t become a permanent thing.”

Engel, the Foreign Affairs Committee ranking member, was joined on the This Week roundtable by House Intelligence Committee Chair Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., who warned that sequestration would affect national security.

“There will be [an] impact on national security, there is no doubt. And I think there’s some misnomers. So it’s really only 2 cents on the dollar over the whole federal budget, but they’ve scrunched that down into seven months and highlighted, or at least put most of the burden on the Defense Department. So that is going to have an impact. That’s a 13 percent cut,” Rogers said.

Rogers went on to argue for making the departments responsible for giving the cuts “flexibility” to ensure the cuts are made wisely as opposed to indiscriminately.

“There’s a big difference from a sailor on the Eisenhower out in the Mediterranean and the travel coordinator at the EPA.  You can’t treat them the same.  And the way this is structured it treats everyone the same. Can’t do that,” Rogers said. “We have intelligence operations that could get slowed down or stopped.  That’s a problem.”

Automatic spending cuts will go into effect on March 1 if a deal to avert it is not reached before that time. Lawmakers, unable to agree on the makeup of a possible deal, have not been able to reach a deal to avoid the looming cuts. President Obama has called for an alternative that includes both spending cuts and new revenue. Republican leaders have said new revenue is off the table.

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FBI Chief Briefs Select Lawmakers on Petraeus Events

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- FBI Director Robert Mueller had a 90-minute closed-door meeting on Wednesday with Rep. Mike Rogers, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, to brief the lawmaker on the events that led to the resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus.  

The meeting was also attended by Maryland Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, the ranking Democratic member of the committee, and FBI Deputy Director Sean Joyce.

CIA acting director Mike Morrell was also on Capitol Hill to brief the two lawmakers.

Senate Intelligence Chairman Dianne Feinstein and ranking GOP member Saxby Chambliss were also briefed on the Petraeus matter by Mueller.

After their meeting, Feinstein and Chambliss issued a joint statement: “Today we received a comprehensive briefing from FBI Director Robert Mueller and Deputy Director Sean Joyce on the events that led to the resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus.  They answered our questions.  Because this is an ongoing FBI investigation, we will have no further comment.”

Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Patrick Leahy of Vermont met with Mueller, as well.

The Intelligence and Judiciary committees have oversight of the FBI.

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House Intel Chairman: 'Step on the Gas,' 'Break Back' of Al Qaeda

United States House of Representatives(WASHINGTON) -- The chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Rep. Mike Rogers, says that with al Qaeda confused and on the run now that its leader Osama bin Laden is dead, now is not the time scale back the intelligence communities presence in the Middle East, but rather the time to “step on the gas” and “break the back” of the terrorist organization.

Rogers, R-Michigan, appeared at the Council on Foreign Relations Wednesday to warn policy makers against scaling back policies that contributed to the successful elite Special Forces operation that killed Bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan May 2.

“Al Qaeda is alive and well. They are hurt, they’re damaged, their inspirational and operational leader has been taken off of the battlefield, which is a huge opportunity for us. The confusion with them is opportunity for us and this is the time to step on the gas and break their back,” Rogers said. “We need to make sure all the policy makers from the executive branch to Congress understand that all of the things that led up to Osama bin Laden have to be a) improved on and b) they need to have the leadership behind them so they can continue to produce the kind of information that will get us [al Qaeda No. 2 Ayman] al-Zawahiri.”

“This is our chance to break the back of al Qaeda,” he added. “It’s no opportunity for us to retreat.”

Rogers said “9/11 was result of what didn’t happen” and pointed to cuts to intelligence services in the 1990s as a critical error in enabling al Qaeda to get stronger and most sophisticated  – two elements that eventually proved to exceed intelligence estimates in the years leading up to the September 11, 2001.

Rogers insisted that now is the “wrong time to back off funding” the intelligence community and said calls from some Members of Congress to cut the nation’s intelligence posture in the wake of Bin Laden’s killing “couldn’t be further from the truth.”

The chairman also revealed that CIA Director Leon Panetta told him that if Bin Laden were to be captured alive, the only facility deemed secure enough to cage Public Enemy No. 1 was the Guantanamo Bay U.S. military prison that President Obama had campaigned to close down.

“The director of the CIA said if we got Bin Laden, he would have to go to Guantanamo Bay because that’s the one facility that not only is protected from  people inside from getting out, but also from outside people getting in,” Rogers said. “We do need to have a place to put [captured high value targets]. If we get Zawahiri off the battlefield, where do you put him?”

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Don't Arm Libyan Rebels, Intel Committee Chairman Says

MUSTAFA OZER/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In a terse and strongly worded statement, the House Intelligence Committee chairman says, essentially, he’s not going to play Charlie Wilson in the Libyan conflict. Arming the rebels in Libya the way we armed the rebels in Afghanistan during the 1980s, he says, would be a mistake.

“It’s safe to say what the rebels stand against, but we are a long way from an understanding of what they stand for,” Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., said.  “We don’t have to look very far back in history to find examples of the unintended consequences of passing out advanced weapons to a group of fighters we didn’t know as well as we should have.”

“We need to be very careful before rushing into a decision that could come back to haunt us.”

Rogers was an early advocate of using the U.S. military to impose a no fly zone.

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