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Jack is really a storyteller, international explorer, and humanitarian and everything else rolls out from there. As a writer, its what he does.  As a trial lawyer and trial skills teacher aroud the world, its his most important tool. As a former CIA officer, the only way to truly motivate people is to connect and to tell them a story that they can feel viscerally.  As a media analyst, what better way to make a point.  In the end, he tries to captivate his audience about the world and its people as much as he himself is captivated.

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Saturday
Jun012019

Rule of Law: Its Not that Much Different in the U.S. or the Republic of Georgia

Friday
Apr192019

The Mueller Report (Redacted) in Realeased and Nobody is Really Happy

The Mueller report was released inside the Beltway and nobody is really happy.  AG Barr has tried to spin it in a way that seems uttlerly shocking. He is not the President's private attorney but rather the Attorney for the U.S. However, he certainly isn't acting like it. His conclusions do not seem to reflect the report.  This is an objective fact. Also, the language he is using parrots the President's language even though "collusion" is not what this case was ever about nor is even a term of law.  Further, the report specifically rejects the usage.  Strange.  

The two issued the Report looks at are Conspiracy and Obstruction.  The conspiracy piece seems pretty clean, meaning that Mueller simply didn't find enough to go after Trump.  The obstruction piece actually is much much different. In that case, the Report says it can't exonerate the President and seems to leave it in the hands of Congress. Barr, on the other hand, tries to exonerate Trump on this issue.

There will be a fight.  I appear on VOA to discuss. 

Monday
Apr152019

Will The Country Ever See an Un-redacted Mueller Report?

Attorney General Barr released a four page summary of the 400 page Mueller Report.  Further, Barr decided there was insufficient grounds for an obstruction charge against President Trump.  As a result, Trump claimed complete vindication.  The Democrats don't seem to agree.  

On April 18, Barr is scheduled to release a redacted version of the report.  He was heavily pressured by the Dems to do so who have already threatened extensive subpoenas to get a complete version of the report without redactions.  Barr claims redactions for grand jury info, classified info, material about ongoing info and material affecting peripheral third parties.  We will see. . . 

I appear on Voice of America, International Edition to talk about what it means.  Should get interesting.

Thursday
Apr112019

Heading Back to the International Criminal Court

I have seen trauma, tragedy and the death of innocents around the world.  Iraq.  Afghanistan. Haiti. Mexico. Kosovo.  The list goes on and on and on.  

I have seen where governments have failed, exacerbated the atrocities, were responsible for the atrocities or simply looked the other way. I have seen people from other countries large and small stomp into various corners of the world and act with abandon, not concerned about their behavior or what others do in their name.

Justice? It is a word that means little in some parts of the world.  I'm not saying it should but I'm saying that its what I have seen.

I know that the U.S. signed onto the Rome Statutes but never became members of the International Criminal Court. There are a whole lot of reasons that this is the case. I also know that the ICC is not perfect.  They take too long when handlingh a case from beginning to end.  Due process and presumptions of innocence are critical issues to beupheld. Their investigations can be myopic and miss some of the bigger players. They don't go after all of the bad guys.  They only go after the acceptable ones, according to some.  The list goes on and on.

U.S. Ambassador Bolton has called the Court illigitimate.  And yet, is there really anybody else doing what the do?  

That all being said, I love what the ICC is trying to do. Trying to hold those accountable for what they have done in the world. Trying to stop those who walk with impunity.  And maybe, just maybe, convincing some that in the future they shouldn't go down this path themselves.  

These are some of the reasons that I support the ICC.  This is why I became of member of the ICC Bar Association.  This is the reason I'm going to go back to the ICC in the coming weeks. To learn. To be better. To contirbute if I can.

Thursday
Apr112019

Julian Assange Arrested!

British authorities entered the Ecuadorian Embassy and arrested Julian Assange. Assange has avoided arrest for more than seven years but all of that changed today.

The Brits are holding him on essentially jumping bail.  He was also charged previously with rape in Sweden but those charges were dismissed back in 2017. The biggest charges he faces are from the Americans for essentially hacking.

It is an interesting place. Today, President Trump acted like he knew nothing about Wikileaks and Assange but of course we can't forget that he "loves Wikileaks" to quote the President.  We should also add that, oddly, Wikileaks make actually have placed the decisive role in sinking Hillary Clinton's Presidential bid that resulted in Trump gaining the White House.

I will appear on I24 tonight to discuss why the Americans car so much and how they will try to thread the legal needle in distinguishing the journalism and 1st Amendment claims from the hacking charge. This should be fun.

Monday
Mar252019

Does the Mueller Report Exonerate the President? Not Exactly.

After 22 months, 25 millions dollars, and 500 interviews, Special Counsel Robert Mueller finally gave his final reports to U.S. Attorney General Barr.  Barr then released a 4 page memo outlining the findings. And, drum roll please, Mueller concluded that there was no conspiracy between Trump and the Russians.  As one might imagine, Trump and the GOP jumped on this, claimed complete vindication and exoneration.  They then turned on the Democrats. The problem is, while Trump is apparently correct about the conspiracy piece with the Russians, we still haven't seen the Muller report, just the Barr report.  The problem is that the obstruction question, frequently the one that people get hung up on, think Martha Stewart, is still up in the air.  Barr said it was insufficient, but Mueller didn't say that.  As you might imagine, this where the Democrats are hanging their hats. 

I appear on Voice of America International Ediiton to discuss.  After so long, the country is tired and surly and wondering what comes next.

Thursday
Mar212019

Does the International Peace Palace in the Hague Represent Unbridled Optimism? Oh hell yeah . . . 

The International Peace Palace is in The Hague, the Netherlands. It houses the International Court of Justice, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, The Hague Academy of International Law and the Peace Palace Library. Is it about aspiration and hope? Of course. However, for anybody who has seen war up close and first hand, aspiration and hope are sometimes in short supply. Trust me on this one ...

Sunday
Mar172019

U.S. Denies ICC Investigation into U.S. War Crimes

The United States has denied U.S. visas for International Criminal Court Investigators who are looking into the quesiton of possible U.S. war crimes by U.S. miliary personnel and CIA officers in Afghanistan after 2002.  This isn't even a question about whether those individuals could be prosecuted by the ICC but about whether there should be an investigation in the first place.  

I am currently at the International Criminal Court in The Hague when this story broke and when the Voice of America, International Edition called, I was all about it.  

 

Sunday
Mar172019

When One Gets Really Really Lucky

In life, when one gets really really lucky, they have an opportunity to do something truly greater than themselves. I have been particularly lucky in that regard, in this case for the opportunity to better understand the amazing work of the International Criminal Court. For a man who grew up in a trailer park with the idea that an advanced education and traveling into many dark corners of the world were opportunities belonging to other people, I am enormously blessed and humbled.