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Oh Look, Rep. Mike Rogers Wife Stands To Benefit Greatly From CISPA Passing...

April 25, 2013 | Telepresence Options

Mike Kristi Rogers


Story and Images by Mike Masnick / TechDirt

It would appear that Rep. Mike Rogers, the main person in Congress pushing for CISPA, has kept rather quiet about a very direct conflict of interest that calls into serious question the entire bill. It would appear that Rogers'�wife�stands to benefit quite a lot from the passage of CISPA, and has helped in the push to get the bill passed. It's somewhat amazing that no one has really covered this part of the story, but it highlights, yet again, the kind of activities by folks in Congress that make the public trust Congress less and less.�

It has seemed quite strange to see how strongly Rogers has been fighting for CISPA,�refusing�to even acknowledge the seriousness of the privacy concerns. At other times, he can't even�keep his own story straight�about whether or not CISPA is about giving information to the NSA (hint: it is). And then there was the recent ridiculousness with him insisting that the only opposition to CISPA came from�14-year-old kids in their basement. Wrong�and�insulting.�

Of course, as we've noted all along, all attempts at cybersecurity legislation have always been about�money. Mainly, money to big�defense contractors�aiming to provide the government with lots of very expensive "solutions" to the cybersecurity "problem" -- a problem that still has not been adequately defined beyond fake scare stories. Just last month, Rogers accidentally tweeted (and then deleted) a story about how CISPA supporters, like himself, had received 15 times more money from pro-CISPA group that the opposition had received from anti-CISPA groups.�

So it seems rather interesting to note that Rogers'�wife, Kristi Clemens Rogers, was, until recently, the president and CEO of Aegis LLC a "security" defense contractor company, whom she helped to secure a $10 billion (with a b) contract with the State Department. The company describes itself as "a leading private security company, provides government and corporate clients with a full spectrum of intelligence-led, culturally-sensitive security solutions to operational and development challenges around the world."�

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