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Jack is really a storyteller, explorer, and humanitarian and everything else rolls out from there. As a writer, its what he does.  As a trial lawyer, 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 as much as he himself is captivated. 

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Sunday
May282017

[Raw Story] May 27th; Jack's Recent Appearance on MSNBC

‘Americans can die’: Ex-CIA agent hammers Kushner for ‘criminal’ actions involving Russian contacts

27 MAY 2017 AT 13:10 ET                   



In Saturday’s episode of AM Joy, host Joy Reid assembled a panel to discuss the biggest news of the weekend: that Friday night Washington Post news dump that revealed President Donald Trump’s adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner had reportedly set up an undisclosed meeting with Russians to establish a backchannel during the president’s transition.

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Reid cited the Post‘s report that claimed Kushner was aware of how “politically sensitive it would be to meet with the Russians,” and, perhaps even more stunningly, that Reuters reported that a sanctioned Russian bank could provide the president’s son-in-law with loans in exchange for meetings with the president.

“This isn’t just politically-sensitive — this may just be criminal,” said former CIA special agent Jack Rice, one of Reid’s panelists. “There are people in the intelligence community and certainly prosecutors starting to sharpen their knives here.”

“Let’s think about where we are here,” Rice said. “We’re finally at a place where we’re starting to not see lies but this starts to sound like the conspiracy that people in the intelligence community are petrified about.”

As more information about what Kushner “was trying to get to the Russians” is revealed, Rice warned that this is when matters go from the merely naive to the criminal.

“The problem that we really have is that Americans die as a result of this,” Rice said. “People, including our allies, can die because of this. This is why you start to look at this from a criminal perspective. This is the reason you have to start contemplating why you prosecute people who do this sort of thing.”

Later in the segment, Reid, along with retired Naval codebreaker and regular guest Malcolm Nance, discussed the “nexus” of connections between Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak that now appears to include Trump aides like Carter Page, Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn, Michael Cohen, Jeff Sessions and Kushner.

“You’re just going to have to assume there’s an espionage component to this,” Nance said. “Otherwise it would be negligent to not believe these people were being handled by the Russians themselves.”

“It would be a hell of a lot of coincidences,” Reid concluded.

 

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Saturday
May272017

[MSNBC's AMJoy] May 27th: Jack Talks Latest on Trump/Russia Investigation and More

Saturday
May272017

[MSNBC's AMJoy] May 27th: Jack and Pres. Bush's Ethics Lawyer Agree


Its frustrating sometimes.  I recognize how polarized the country has become.  Further, I know that there is this perception on all sides that the other side is simply lying.  However, its important when it comes to this Presidnet to consider one simple point. Just because he decided to call himself a Republican and just because the Republicans hooked their proverbial wagon to this yahoo doesn't mean that he's a consiervative or even a Republican.  There is a very real problem here. 

Today, i happened to be in studio with Richard Painter.  Richard used to be the ethics lawyer from Presdient George W. Bush.  Further, Richard is a conservative and a Republican.  And, check this out, Richard and I whole-heartedly agree on this yahoo.  TYrump is a fraud and frankly a clear and present danger.   

Saturday
May272017

[MSNBC's AMJoy] May 27th: Jack Talks Latest on Trump/Russia Investigation and More

It's gong to be a busy day.  I will appear three different times on MSNBC's AM Joy this morning.  That should keep me out of trouble.  We are going to t look at the latest in the Russia investigation and then we will look at Trump and the troops. Finally, we will turn to Trump's tour overseas trip and just how this impacts our relationships with our allies.  This is going to be a lot of fun.

Hope you can catch all three segments.

Friday
May262017

[Editorial] More Than Muscle Memory

These belong to another.  They cannot be mine.  The intersecting lines across these palms that run together, the broken knuckles and oddly shaped fingers, a lifetime’s scars, criss-crossing them like a patchwork quilt.

These are the hands of an old man.  A man who has blown out too many candles, seen too much, felt too much. Maybe even forgotten too much.

The man who possesses these must have smothered his dreams with a pillow by now.  Or at least, driven them into silence or submission.  Right? 

And yet, if this is all true, why does a simple thumb and forefinger still create a space gun? 

Friday
May262017

[WCCO TV Minneapolis] May 26th: Jack Talks Two Arrested with Bomb Materials

I appear on WCCO TV on May 26th. Two brothers were arrested in Minneapolis and the police allegedly found a loaded AK47, a grenade and bomb making materials. The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security is looking closely into this issue. At least one of the brothers is very publicly denying he is a terrorist.  

This idea got me thinking  Because these two brothers happen to be of middle eastern decent, does that issue make any difference? So, because they were born in Iraq, this makes them terrorists? I simply don't buy into that. If these two men were white and wearing red Make America Great Again hats and screaming about the 2nd Amendment, would we be having this conversation?  So what makes a terrorist.  It is an interesting conversation.  

I hope you can catch this conversation.

Thursday
May252017

[AM950 Minneapolis] May 25th: Jack Talks Trump, NATO & Terrorism

I appear on AM 950 today with Matt McNeil. Donald Trump just met with other NATO leaders in Europe and the ramifications of his words matter. Unfortunately, the statements he made sounded much more like a campaign speech to his faithful rather than a speech from one world leader to other world leaders. To make it worse, his analysis regarding NATO funding is actually incorrect.  As result, Trump's credibility continues to slide. Agreements currently in place apply to national defense funding for each member state, not NATO funding.  The distinction is critical.  In additionto NATO, we also talk about terrorism and the recent Manchester bombing.

So much to talk about.  

Wednesday
May242017

[RT America] May 24th: Jack Talks Manchester, Terrorism Threats and Muslim Bans

I appear on RT America with Ed Schultz.  As we continue to take a closer look at the Manchester bombing, there is a fundamental point that is continuingly missed.  The bomber is a British citizen.  In fact, he was born in Britain.  And yet, Donald Trump has argued that banning refugees from Muslim countries is the answer.  Really?  Would that have made a difference in this case?  Would it have man a difference in Paris?  In Belgium?  Even in the States? The answer is no. I expect this to be a really interesting conversation.

Hope you can catch it.  

 

Tuesday
May232017

[KOA Denver] May 23rd: Jack Talks the Manchester Bombing

I appear on KOA Denver to discuss the recent bombing in Manchester, England. This is a particualrly difficult case as this bombing targeted children. Unfortunately, this case seems to display some of the telltale signs of ISIS.  With more than a dozen dead and more than 50 injured, the entire world is watching this case.  The facts are emerging slowly but people have lots of questions  Again, unfortauntely, at this point there are few answers. However, I will discuss the importance of cooperation between intelligence organizations to address this issue. 

Hope you can listen. 

Tuesday
May232017

[Kare 11 Minneapolis] May 23rd: Jack Talks Super Bowl Security

I appear on Kare 11 Minneapolis to discuss terrorism and security. The terrorist bombing in Manchester highlighted how easy it is to target public spaces.  How hard will it be to protect a public space and soft targets around the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis during the SuperBowl in 2018? This is a question that is being asked by a whole range of people. And frankly, that's a good thing, Coordination is critical. Local law enforcement is only one piece of the puzzle. National law enforcement and intelligence from around the world are also critical elements.

Hope you can watch.