Rep. Rogers says al-Qaeda interested in bioweapons

U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers (R – Mich.) recently spoke about al-Qaeda’s plans to acquire weapons of mass destruction and what the United States can do in response.

Rogers, the chairman of the House Select Committee on Intelligence, said evidence gathered from Osama bin Laden’s compound showed that al-Qaeda is still interested in chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons, according to

Last week, Rogers introduced a bill aimed at protecting the United States from attacks by weapons of mass destruction.

"What this does is encourages the private sector to engage in research and development to develop the next generation of vaccines for radiation exposure for biological weapons attacks, small pox, anthrax, and chemical weapons attacks,” Rogers said, WXYZ reports. “God forbid any of that happening, but we need to be prepared.

"It's like the fire department.  You want them there even though you never want to have to use them."

Rogers, who once worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Army, recently met with Pakistan’s intelligence chief. He said that he is as pessimistic about U.S.-Pakistan relations as he has ever been.

"We continue to have dialogue with them even today to try to get us back on track," Rogers said, according to WXYZ.