About Jack

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, 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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The Jack Rice Show, Wednesday, June 21, 2006.

Jack discusses the tragic story of the three young boys who allegedly killed their neighbor's little puppy. Should the parents of these children be held responsible? What should be dine? Should laws change protecting pet owner's pets from harm and death by recognizing pets as family members rather than mere property or livestock?

More than 460 men are still being detained in Guantanomo Bay. The UK and the EU say that GTMO should be closed. Even President Bush said he would like to close but sees no alternative. Well, in order to get a clearer picture of the situation, Jack will go directly to the Pentagon to talk with Cully Stimson, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense in charge of Guantanamo Bay to discuss if GITMO is necessary.

As mid-term elections are heating up, and as we look to the Presidential electionsin 2008, some are questions the role of women in politics. According to a recent study, the US ranks 68th in the world in terms of the number of women holding national political office. There has never been a woman President. There has never been a woman even on the ballot to be President from a major party. Theere has only been one women on the VP ticket and that was Geraldine Ferraro in 1984. Why? Would women do a better job? Is there something that women would bring to the table as politicians just because they are women?

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The Jack Rice Show, Tuesday, June 20, 2006.

The National Guard has been called to patrol the streets in New Orleans, along with patroling the Mexican boarder and fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. Is the Guard over used? From a policy standpoint, is this continuing pressure on our weekend warriors destroying these organizations?

MySpace is being sued by a mother of a 14 year-old alleging assault by another MySpace user. Who is responsible, MySpace or the parents?

Polar Explorer, Will Steger joins the program to describe his experiences on the polar caps and the impact upon global warming on the earth.

Finally, Frontline producer, Mike Kirk, joins the program to discuss "The Dark Side." This is a more in-depth look at the role that VP Dick Cheney has undertaken since 9/11.

Frontline Joins the Program to Discuss a Documentary on VP Dick Cheney


FRONTLINE presents
Tuesday, June 20, 2006, 9 to 10:30 P.M. ET on PBS

Amid daily revelations about prewar intelligence and a growing scandal surrounding the indictment of the vice president's chief of staff and presidential adviser, Lewis "Scooter" Libby, FRONTLINE goes behind the headlines to investigate the internal war that was waged between the intelligence community and Richard Bruce Cheney, the most powerful vice president in the nation's history.

"A lot of what needs to be done here will have to be done quietly, without any discussion, using sources and methods that are available to our intelligence agencies," Cheney told Americans just after 9/11. He warned the public that the government would have to operate on the "dark side."

In The Dark Side, airing June 20, 2006, at 9 P.M. on PBS (check local listings), FRONTLINE tells the story of the vice president's role as the chief architect of the war on terror and his battle with Director of Central Intelligence George Tenet for control of the "dark side." Drawing on more than 40 interviews and thousands of documents, the film provides a step-by-step examination of what happened inside the councils of war.

Early in the Bush administration, Cheney placed a group of allies throughout the government who advocated a robust and pre-emptive foreign policy, especially regarding Iraq. But a potential obstacle was Tenet, a holdover from the Clinton administration who had survived the transition by bypassing Cheney and creating a personal bond with the president.

After the attacks on 9/11, Cheney seized the initiative and pushed for expanding presidential power, transforming America's intelligence agencies, and bringing the war on terror to Iraq. Cheney's primary ally in this effort was Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

"You have this wiring diagram that we all know of about national security, but now there's a new line on it. There's a line from the vice president directly to the secretary of defense, and it's as though there's a private line, private communication between those two," former National Security Council staffer Richard Clarke tells FRONTLINE.

In the initial stages of the war on terror, Tenet's CIA was rising to prominence as the lead agency in the Afghanistan war. But when Tenet insisted in his personal meetings with the president that there was no connection between Al Qaeda and Iraq, Cheney and Rumsfeld initiated a secret program to re-examine the evidence and marginalize the agency and Tenet. Through interviews with DoD staffers who sifted through mountains of raw intelligence, FRONTLINE tells the story of how questionable intelligence was "stovepiped" to the vice president and presented to the public.

From stories of Nigerian yellowcake to claims that 9/11 hijacker Mohamed Atta had met with Iraqi agents in Prague, The Dark Side dissects the now-familiar assertions that led the nation to war. The film also examines how that stovepiped intelligence was used by the vice president in unprecedented visits to the CIA, where he questioned mid-level analysts on their conclusions. CIA officers who were there at the time say the message was clear: Cheney wanted evidence that Iraq was a threat.

At the center of the administration's case for war was a classified October 2002 National Intelligence Estimate that found evidence of an Iraqi weapons of mass destruction program. But Paul Pillar, one of the report's principal authors, now admits to FRONTLINE that the NIE was written quickly in a highly politicized environment, one in which the decision to go to war had already been made. Pillar also reveals that he regrets participating in writing a subsequent public white paper on Iraqi WMD. "What was the purpose of it? The purpose was to strengthen the case for going to war with the American public. Is it proper for the intelligence community to publish papers for that purpose? I don't think so, and I regret having had a role in it," Pillar says.

For the first time, FRONTLINE tells of George Tenet's personal struggle in the runup to the Iraq war through the accounts of his closest advisers.

"He, I think, asked himself whether or not he wanted to continue on that road and to be part of it. And I think there was a lot of agonizing that George went through about what would be in the best interest of the country and national interest, or whether or not he would stay in that position and continue along a course that I think he had misgivings about," says John O. Brennan, former deputy executive director of the CIA.

Tenet chose to stay, but after the failure to find Iraqi WMD, the tension between the agency and Cheney's allies grew to the point that some in the administration believed the CIA had launched a covert war to undermine the president. The film shows how in response, Cheney's office waged a campaign to distance itself from the prewar intelligence the vice president had helped to cultivate. Under pressure, Tenet resigned. Cheney's chief of staff, Scooter Libby, would later admit to leaking key sections of the NIE -- authorized, he says, by Cheney. Libby also stated that the vice president told him that President Bush had declassified the material. Insiders tell FRONTLINE that the leak was part of the battle between the vice president and the CIA.

The Dark Side is a FRONTLINE co-production with the Kirk Documentary Group. The producer, writer and director is Michael Kirk. The co-producer is Jim Gilmore. FRONTLINE is produced by WGBH Boston and is broadcast nationwide on PBS. Funding for FRONTLINE is provided by the Park Foundation and through the support of PBS viewers. FRONTLINE is closed-captioned for deaf and hard-of-hearing viewers. FRONTLINE is a registered trademark of WGBH Educational Foundation. The executive producer for FRONTLINE is David Fanning.

The Jack Rice Show, Monday, June 19, 2006.

Jack takes a different look at the homeless preoblem. There is the humanitarian side but this alone sometimes motivate local, state and national authorities to do what they should. Now, apparently, the costs of homelessness have become so high that they are taking another look. Jack speaks with national expert, Philip Mangano the Director of Interagency Council on Homelessness. Jack then goes local and speaks with Sgt. Paul Paulos the Chair of Project Homeless Connect and St. Paul Police officer, Sue Abderholden the Executive Director of NAMI, MN and Nancy Abramson the Executive Director of Mental Health Resources and discusses what can be done to relieve the financial stress from communities that homelessness can cause.

The Global Refugee Population Has Now Surpassed 12 Million People.

The global refugee population has risen to more than 12 million, thanks in part to instability in Iraq, according to "World Refugee Survey 2006" of the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), a non-profit group tracking the problem worldwide.

Tuesday, June 20th is World Refugeee Day and as a part of that, we have begun a series on refugee programs around the world. One of the leading organizations helping people across the world is the American Refugee Committee.

Over the next few days, I will sit down with experts from around the world including

Jerry Ferrell, ARC's Darfur Program Director in Sudan;

Gary Dahl, ARC's Fishing Boat Project Direcvtor in Thailand;

Louise Paterson, ARC's Pakistan Director;

Igor Radonjic, ARC's Balkans Director;

Barry Wheeler, ARC's Rwanda Director;

Tom Vincent, ARC's South Sudan/Uganda Director;

and more to come.

All of these people risk their lives on a daily basis to try and make this world a better place to live. As we all learned with some clarity after 9/11, the world is much smaller than we once thought. The things that happen around the globe can have a direct impact upon us.

We will highlight their work this week.

The New Media Seminar in New York City

According to Talkers Magazine, it is known as The Talk Rumble. One of the most anticipated panel events associated with the New Media Seminar in which leading talk hosts from around the country bat around the hot talk radio issues of the day, the Talk Rumble was moderated by Fox News Radio and Fox News Channel star Alan Colmes and WOR Radio Network syndicated talk sensation Dr. Joy Browne. Panelists included: Jim Bohannon, Westwood One; Jerry Doyle, Talk Radio Network; Mike Gallagher, Salem Radio Network; Sam Greenfield, WWRL, New York; Lars Larson, Westwood One/KXL, Portland; Michael Medved, Salem Radio Network; Jack Rice, WCCO, Minneapolis; and Lincoln Ware, WDBZ, Cincinnati. Some of the topics the panel took on included the controversy of Ann Coulter’s new book, immigration reform, gay marriage and indecency on the radio and TV.

Jerry Doyle summed up his feelings about Ann Coulter with a quote that brought the house down: “Ann Coulter is Cheese Whiz for the mentally challenged.”

A number of the more conservative talk hosts on the panel disagreed over the proposed amendment to ban gay marriage. Mike Gallagher said the public backs his take. “I think most Americans resonate with defining marriage as between a man and a woman.”

Lars Larson says he suspects the real reason gays want to get married isn’t about love. “I’d like to see the government out of marriage. I don’t think it’s big government’s business. But I tell my gay friends that it’s all about money. Wanting cash is a craven reason for government approval.”

Michael Medved had a more traditionally conservative perspective. “Gay marriage has to do with some of the worst messages from the 1960s. One is that men and women are the same. They are not. It’s also about detaching love from marriage. One of the things that’s most important to society is the sanctioning of marriage for the sake of children.”

When it comes to illegal immigration, the panelists had differing views on how difficult the problem will be to solve. Jim Bohannon said the immigration policies of the past and the fact that there are millions of illegals already here mandate what must be done. “We have to have a pathway to legal citizenship. We’ve backed ourselves in to a corner on that one and we also have to protect our borders.”

Lincoln Ware noted the difference in the way we treat Mexican illegals and Haitian illegals. “If we treated them like they treat Haitians we wouldn’t have this problem. When Haitians come over on a raft they pick them out of the water and send them right back. As for the fence, we don’t need that. It won’t work. It’s just a way to make it look like the politicians are doing something about it.”

Sam Greenfield said the problem crept up on Americans and now they’re stuck. “For years we’ve made jokes about illegals and all of a sudden, they’re not funny anymore and we want them to pack up and leave. That’s just not going to happen.”

Jack Rice said the backlash against radio and TV because of the Janet Jackson incident several years ago has put a damper on the creative aspect of the medium. “There are the seven dirty words and people know not to use those but we now pull back from the others because we don’t want to offend anybody. That’s because we don’t know how anything even close to the line is going to be taken.”

The U.S. Supreme Court Makes A Major Position Shift

According to a new ruling by the U.s. Supreme Court, drugs and other evidence seized at a home can be used in a trial even if the police ignore the law and go into the house without announcing their presence. Previously, the Court required the police to announce their presence, even if for a few seconds, before moving into a house. If the police failed to do this, any evidence they acquired as a result, was suppressed.

This is a major position shift for our judicial system.

Four justices complained in the dissent that the decision erases more than 90 years of Supreme Court precedent.

"It weakens, perhaps destroys, much of the practical value of the Constitution's knock-and-announce protection," Justice Stephen Breyer wrote for himself and Justices John Paul Stevens, David Souter and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

The Bush Administration has worked hard to change the make-up of the Court. Well, they have succeeded. In a truly landmark decision, this shift could mean more arrests and convictions, certainly. However, it could also encourage some officers to ingore law and requirements and simply do "what they think" they need to do.

The Jack Rice Show, Thursday, June 15, 2006.

Jack talks about gated communites as Minnesota will have it's second gated community built in Blaine. Does the walling off of our communities break up our sense of community? Are we keeping everybody out or are all of the walls keeping all of us in?

Louise Paterson, American Refugee Committee's Pakistan director joins the program today. The Scottish native talks about earthquake relief operations and working in such a violent region of the world. She spends much of her time along the Pakistan/Afghanistan border.

Mother Antonia is the subject matter of the book, "The Prison Angel." Shewas born into a weatlhy privileged background in Beverly Hills. She was married and diverced twice and raised 7 children by herself. Now, as if this weren't enough, she decided to do something most of us wouldn't even consider. She became a nun and moved into the La Mesa Prison in Tijuana, Mexico. This was the prison made famous by the movie, Traffic. She will also be joined by one of her helpers and a former prisoner who turned his life around because of her.

Jack Appears as the Keynote Speaker for the Salvation Army

Jack Appears with Susie Jones tonight during a Salvation Army Harbor Lights Shelter function. Jack will be the keynote speaker to talk about making the most out of your life, his recent trips around the world, and, or course, the challenges of being a father of four daughters.

Should an Owner of his Own Business be Allowed to Discriminate?

At a famous Philadelphia cheese steak restaurant, the owner has posted a sign saying "This is America - when ordering, speak English." At Geno's the owner Joey Vento, the grandson of Italian immigrants said he has no plans to remove the sign. "I don't see why I should remove it. It's my freedom of speech."

At the same time, civil rights watchdog groups have opened an investigation into the sign to determine whether it violates any ordinance.

We will open up the phones on the program to your calls. Should Joey Vento have the right to discriminate? Call The Jack Rice Show at 651-989-9226 or 1-800-327-8255 or leave your comments below.