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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

Monday
Jan142019

Will the Govt Shutdown and Russia Probe be the One Two Knock out For Trump

Monday
Jan142019

Little is Private in the Presidency and There is a Reason For That.

Stories have come out and seem, to have been confirmed been confirmed by the President, Trump has met on at least one or more occasions where there are no notes, tapes and/or confirmation of the contents of the conversations. While that might be just fine if this or any President were a private citizen, as President, this simply shouldn't happen.  

A sitting President is the proverbial leader of the free world. What he or she says matters. As importantly, when the President says something, it impacts how the Country responds and can impact everything that happens thereafter. However, if nobody else knows what is said, that institutional knowledge simply breaks down.  There is nothing to establish what was said, what it meant and what happens next.  

I'm purposely excluding anything nefarious from this conversation.  Of course, records help keep everybody honest and anonymity encourage it.

I appear on Voice of America International Edition to discuss.  Should be interesting.

Sunday
Jan132019

And the Russia/Trump Investigation Continues

Sunday
Jan132019

So Is Trump a Russian Asset?

It is a really interesting and important question.  The FBI apparently opened up an inquiry into exactly that back in 2016. What is missed in the press is why?  Just because he fired James Comey?  I think not.  In fact, it is important to really consider why they would do such a thing.  If fact, I have a feeling that if the Bureau were actually doing more than just murmuring about it to themselves, they had something more.  In fact, the only word for it in the intelligence world is sigint.  Signal Intelligence.  This is some kind of communication that said it was something more than a worry in the back of their minds.

I wrote a short response in Sharq Wa Gharb Newspaper based out of London regarding this issue. There are many in the world who have a deep interest regarding this issue because this President has had a dramatic impact upon foreign policy that makes him different than any U.S. President, including every single Republican, that the U.S. has ever seen.  And, by the way, slogans don't mean anything.  It is what is done that matters.

Tuesday
Jan082019

The Truth is the Truth, Whether its Before Congress or the Justice Department

The truth is the truth is the truth. The Mueller Investigation continues to gain steam. Lots of indictments, multiple convictions and still lots of questions. At the same time, the House Intelligence Committee has continued its own investigation. Under the Republicans, it certainly had a much different approach. However, under the Democrats, it seems to be running in a different direction. It appears that the leadership on the Committee is seeking to cooperate with Mueller in terms of the statements made to both.  The Committee has said it wants to provide transcripts to Mueller for comparison.  

Essentially, it is a crime to lie to Congress and to the Mueller team, the FBI and the Department of Justice in general. However, there has been little cooperation between the House Intel Committee and Mueller, until now. From an investigatory perspective, this should get even more interesting. However, in the end, this process, on all sides, needs to be as apolitical as possible.  Hopefully, cooperation between both make that point clearer.  At the same time, I'm calling for as much transparency as possible.  This is not just of interest to Mueller, or Congress.  The American people should be the ultimate and most important consumer of this information.

I appear on Voice of America International Edition to discuss.   

Wednesday
Dec262018

Archive - Broadcasting Live from Iraq, 2007

Wednesday
Dec262018

U.S. Judge Orders the North Koreans to Pay $500 million to Wambier family.

A U.S. Federal Judge just ordered the North Korean regime to pay the Wambier family $500 million for the wrongful death of their son Otto.  He was held captive for more than 17 months and tortured before finally being released.  He died shortly thereafter.  Applying the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, the Judge held the regime responsible.  While it is unlikely they family may never see a dime, it certainly was a moral win that the family was seeking.

I appear on I24 International News to discuss the ramifications of the ruling and how U.S. citizens sometimes uses this law to hold countries responsible for their bad acts.

Thursday
Oct252018

It is called Murder and the Saudis Did It

The Saudis admitted today that the death of Jamal Khashoggi was "premeditated."  In other words, it was planned.  Premeditated is an interested word.  As a former Prosecutor and Criminal Defense Attorney, I walk into courtrooms everyday and that is a words that is not thrown around lightly.  In fact this is the word you use only when this is your cold, thought out and intended decision.  In other words, this is called murder.

The Saudis murdered Jamal Khashoggi.  So, why would the Saudi admit this after lying, and I use these words purposely, every single day?  Simply put, they had no choice.  They were backed into a corner and every story they concocted fell apart and was laughable on its face.

So what's the point?  Simple.  To things. Protect the King. And protect the Crown Prince.  Ok, so how do you do that? Well, you sometimes have one choice: embrace what is objectively true (because you have no choice) and them find a way to protect them.  So, the answer is that they will claim this was planned without their knowledge and consent.  Further, they themselves will likely change some of the 18 operatives they sent to Istanbul and they will pay the price for the protection of the Kingdom.

Watch.  You'll see.  I appear on Voice of America to discuss.