U.S. Rep Mike Rogers: Russia aggressive in counter-terrorism

Feb. 9, 2014 at 12:51 PM
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WASHINGTON, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., said Sunday Russia has done well in aggressive counter-terrorism operations during the Olympics.

In an appearance on ABC's "This Week," the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee spoke favorably of Russia's pre-emptive counter-terrorism strike to keep the Olympic games safe in Sochi.

"They are aggressively pursuing leads that they have, some include kicking in doors and taking people down in the way that they did in Dagestan," Rogers said.

"Internationally, the intelligence ... is as good as I've seen it. So ... the Brits are working with the French who are working with the United States and everyone in between to try to find those pieces of intelligence that might help protect the Games," he added.

He said the only weakness he's seen is the sharing of internal information between Russia and the United States.

Rogers said he thinks potential terrorists won't necessarily feel they need to attack an Olympic venue.

"And that's what, I think, makes them more dangerous than the folks that believe they have to have some big event at a venue," he said.

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