Rep. Mike Rogers: Enemies See Weak Spot on Southern Border

Sunday, 03 Aug 2014 01:21 PM

By Greg Richter

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America's enemies, including terrorists, have found a weak spot along the border with Mexico for getting into the country, says House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers.

Appearing Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union," pointed to a foiled plot by the Iranian government in 2011 to assassinate the Saudi ambassador by hiring Mexican narcotics traffickers.

"Clearly, our enemies and our adversaries understand that it is a weakness," Rogers said.

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Recent reports have said Korans, Muslim prayer rugs and a Kurdu-to-English phrasebook  have been found along the border.

Rogers said there has been a rise in individuals from countries linked to terrorist activity being apprehended at the border.

"The scary part about that is, those are just the ones that get apprehended," he said.

"So a porous southern border is now on the advertising list for those who want to do nefarious activities entering the United States," he said.

Rogers also talked about the CIA hacking into computers used by the Senate Intelligence Committee.

He said he disagreed with a New York Times editorial calling the CIA a "lawless culture," blaming the actions on a few individuals who overstepped their bounds.

"I would be cautious to say that they're rotten to the core," Rogers said.

He agreed that someone should be held accountable, but said that he is not certain laws were broken since the computers were owned by the CIA and were being used by the Senate and were not actually Senate-owned computers.

He admitted it would be a crime if the intent was to spy on the Senate, but said he does not believe at this point that is what happened.

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