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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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[I24 International News] February 14th: Seventeen killed in this school shooting will change nothing, sadly.


[AM950 Minneapolis] February 15th: What Happens When the U.S. Kills Russian Mercenaries.

I appear on AM 950 Minneapolis with my buddy Mattt cNeil on February 14th.  On February 7th and 8th, there was a serious firefight that took place in an oil rich region on Syria. This fact in itself may not generally be terribly significant except for one fact, apparently the combatants were American on one side and the other side were primarily Russian mercenaries. According to reports, the U.S. was using B-52s, AC-130 Gunships and F15s.  As a result of airstrikes and close combat, somewhere between 100 and 300 Russian, Ukrainian and other Southern Republic fighters were killed.  What are the implications.

This is a fascinating story because it highlights the shadowy world of the merc and how and why countries use them.  We will talk that and a lot more.  


[KNUS Denver] February 8th: How Do You Protect the Olympics From Terrorists?

I appear on KNUS Denver with my buddy Steffan Tubbs on February 8th. The Olympics taking place in PyeongChang, South Korea. Every Olympics can be a challenge from a security perspective but if you are only miles away from one of the most volatile countries on the planet, North Korea, the challenge can be especially dicey.

The South Koreans are deploying more than 50,000 soldiers and another 10,000 civilian security personnel. It certainly doesn't end there.  Other countries have also added security expertise.  The Central Intelligence Agency, the Transportation Security Administration and the State Department have also added components.  Others, including the Israelis are certainly going to have some of their own security. 

This will be an interesting conversation.



[I24 International] February 2nd: Hate the facts, attack the messenger


[Nicole Sandler Show] February 2nd: GOP/Trump Rolls the Dice and Releases Memo

I appear on on the Nicole Sandler Show on February 2nd.  The story of the Nunez memo is dominating the political headlines. Everybody wants to know, why would the President decide to ignore the Justice Department and the FBI and release a completely unredacted memo?  Why would he release a memo that by all objective accounts, ignores some evidence in order to provide a slanted, subjective viewpoint? Why would he release classified information that discloses but sources and methods over the objection of both Justice and the Bureau. These are all really important questions and ones that say a lot about the state of the country right  now.

This will be interesting.


[Voice of America Intl. Edition] February 1st: Nunez Memo Attempts to Undercut Russia Investigation 

I appear on Voice of America International Edition with Lori Lundin on February 1st. The Nunez memo will likely come out anytime now. This, despite the FBI and others in the intelligence community saying that there are sources and methods that need to be protected as well as the fact the the memo is inaccurate and creates a false narrative. Nevertheless, the Administration and the GOP seem hell bent on trying to get the American people to ignore the findings of the investigation rather than determining what exactly happened. 

This approach has continued to raise a lot of eyebrows. If you are innocent and weren't involved, then wouldn't it be better to support, cooperate and move the investigation forward? Instead, the Administration has done absolutely the opposite.

There are a lot of questions still to be answered.  This will be fun. 


[AM950 Minneapolis] February 1st: Nunez and Trump Try to Undercut Russia Investigation

I appear on AM950 Minneapolis with my friend Matt McNeil on February 1st.  So Congressman Nunez, the GOP and Donald Trump all seem set on releasing a memo that has been called, incorrect, unreliable, incomplete, and containing classified information that should n't be made public. So, why would they release such a memo? Simply, they are trying to undercut the Russian investigation to determine whether Trump or his people were involve din either conspiring with the Russians or in obstructing the investigation. Simply put, that's it. 

Rather than saying, lets get this thing out there and figure out what happened and what the Russians and maybe some Americans did, they want to get people to ignore the results of the investigaiton itself.  is there anybody who things that that might be a problem?  

This should be interesting.