Mike Rogers, a Republican representative from Michigan, is chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
I was disappointed that an Oct. 14 Post editorial argued that American companies and critical infrastructure operators must cope alone with serious cyberthreats. Most American companies work hard to secure their networks, but U.S. companies are targeted daily by nation-state actors such as China and Iran. That’s not a fair fight. Congress must act, and we must not let a misguided leaker dissuade us from doing our jobs.
The Post editorial suggested that because of the recent public debate about national security programs, the chance has “evaporated” to pass legislation to better defend against advanced cyberthreats from nation-states. Expectations for Congress may be low, but that is simply too low. Congress does not get a pass from attending to its highest constitutional responsibility — providing for the common defense.