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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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Tuesday
Jun192018

[I24 International News] June 19th: CIA Officer Indicted. Why do they do it?

I appear on I24 International News on June 19th.  Former CIA Officer Joshua Schulte was indicted today for allegedly providing critical cyber intelligence to Wikileaks. The question for some is why. I appear on Israeli TV to discuss a series of spying cases by Israeli citizens and this latest case involving an American.

People are driving by all sorts of reasons to betray their country. Sometimes, it is ideology. They believe that their own government isn't living up to its own standards. Sometimes, it is about letting the public know. Sometimes, its about money, or power and a feeling of importance and significance.  There are many other reasons as well.  

This will be a fun conversation but perspective is everything.  Just like one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter, one man's traitor is another man's hero.  Wacky stuff.

Friday
Jun152018

[Press TV Iran] June 15th: Judge Orders Mueller to Prison

I appear on Press TV Iran on June 15th.  Paul Manafort is in a world of trouble. He has been charged with a whole series of things that could put him in prison for life. Further, a Judge has just ordered him back into custody for additional obstruction and tampering with witness charges.  This despite already posting $10 million in bail.  The real question of course is what comes next.  His right hand man, a former Russian intelligence operative was also charges and there are multiple people who have already agreed to cooperate to help the prosecution.  As I said, this is getting ugly for Mr. Manafort.

This will be interesting.

Thursday
Jun142018

[WKBK New Hampshire] June 14th: Trump Makes Matters Worse in North Korea

I appear on WKBK New Hampshire with my buddy Dan Mitchell.  President Trump thinks he is the smartest guy in the room, and he wants everybody else to believe it too. the problem is that it is not true.  There is a reason that when you are dealing with international negotiations at this level, there is a lot of work that needs to be done prior to the President stepping in.  Of course, this president has no patience for such work and he certainly doesn't want to share the credit with anybody. That simply isn't a part of his DNA.  As a result, is there really any shock whatsoever to anybody with any real experience or willingness to be honest that the meetings were a complete failure? Worse actually, is that it increased Kim's power on the world stage that will actually embolden him later on. Sadly, we haven't seen the last of this . . . 

Join us.  

Sunday
Jun032018

[Voice of America Intl. Edition] June 3rd: Trump Thinks He Can Pardon Himself

I appear on Voice of America International Edition on June 3rd.  So exactly how much power does the President have? According to Rudy Guiliani, the President believes that he has the right to pardon himself of obstruction, even if he obstructed Robert Mueller's investigation into possible Trump wrong doing involving the Russians.  You heard me, he thinks he can pardon himself.  So, this idea of checks and balances and three legs of a stool is nothing but trite garbage according to the President. His ability to obstruct any wrongdoing, any wrongdoing, is apparently unlimited.

Yeah, ok, this should be interesting considering that there has never been a U.S. courtroom that has agreed with the President on this issue. Further, it strikes me as important to consider any President he actually makes this argument without busting out laughing. 

This should be fun.

Saturday
Jun022018

[MSNBC] June 2nd: Trump Argues He Can't Be Prosecuted

I appear on MSNBC on June 2nd. An internal memo was just leaked regarding the White House response to the Russian Investigation regarding Trump. There are many issues vexing the President but the two primary ones that are catching his attention is Mueller's efforts to seek an interview with the President whether he can force it through a subpoena. The other is whether the President can even be prosecuted for obstruction. 

In an extraordinary argument, the President through his lawyers claims that the President is immune from prosecution for obstruction. In other words, he is simply above the law. President Nixon made the same argument but its been almost 50 years since that failed argument was rolled out.  It didn't work then.  Its seem unlikely to work now. 

This is going to be fun.

Monday
May282018

An Incredible Experience Teaching Rule of Law in the Caucuses


Thursday
May242018

[I24 International News] May 24th: Trump's "Witch Hunt" Has 17 Indictments and 5 Convictions.