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 international human rights and criminal lawyer and trial skills teacher around 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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Prohibido. A Sign I Remember as a Child

When I was young, I remember sitting in the backseat of a car with my brother as our parents drove up the California coast toward Disneyland. As we were on the freeway, I saw a sign similar to the one posted here. It was a picture of a family in silhouette on a yellow background with a man, woman and a child being pulled behind. Below the picture, written in Spanish was the phrase, Prohibido.

I remember seeing the picture and wondering who these people were. And, to be honest, I remember thinking how sad it was that some sneaking into this country as their only means of bettering their lives.

More than 10 million people have moved to the United States without proper documentation. We don't know who they are. We don't know if they are here to work or to hurt us. I think some aren't sure whether or not they provide a service or they make things worse.

President Bush is in Tucson today to kick off his effort to reunite his party and take another look at our immigration laws. The President is talking about beefing up border security with a combination of new hires with the border patrol as well as using more high tech security inclding a new fence of over 2000 miles. At the same time, he is trying to address conservatives' concerns about his plan to grant temporary legal status to millions of illegal workers already in the United States.

However, tension exists on several fronts. Business uses the cheap labor and we all benefit from that when we buy produce, buy some manufacturing goods, and in other ways. At the same time, people here illegally use our social services and may take jobs away from American citizens.

So, what do we do? Remove them all? Grant amnesty? Temporary visas? We tried amnesty years ago and all that it did was convince more people to come here. Are there any answers or do we just continue to throw up our hands?

We are taking your calls on The Jack Rice Show. 1-800-327-8255 or 651-989-9226 or leave your comments below.


EU Warns European Countries about Secret CIA Jails

Any European Union state that hosted a CIA prison faces loss of its voting rights, according to an EU Commissioner today.

Last month, the Washington Post reported the existence of secret CIA facilities in Eastern Europe including Poland and Romania. Other allegations suggest the Agency has used at least 8 other countries as transport locations. Further, both the Italians and the Swedes have claims the Agency may have violated the laws when the Agency conducted operations in their countries, respectively.

These revelations have caused an uproar in Europe. And the EU has responded.

According to Franco Frattini, European Union commissioner for Justice, Freedom and Security, said that under EU law, if reports of secret CIA jails were true, states would face "serious consequences, including the suspension of the right to vote in the Council. "The United States has told the European Union it needs more time to respond to media reports that the CIA set up secret jails in some European nations and transported terror suspects by covert flights, the top EU justice official said Monday.

Frattini also warned that that any of the 25 bloc nations found to have operated secret CIA prisons could have their EU voting rights suspended.

We will discuss events today on The Jack Rice Show. 651-989-9226 or 1-800327-8255 or leave comments below.


Happy Thanksgiving

They are light brown, suede. As I look closely, I can see the matching stitching along the seams and a piece of braided rope across the middle to make them look good. Turn them over to find what we used to call when I was a kid waffle stomper treads. On the inside, white fleece feels soft to the touch. I'm not sure if it is real or not but I lie to myself and say that it is. I look at the inside label and am sad to see, though not shocked, that they are made in China.

Oh well, not sure if we make anything here anymore. I guess we better get used to that. A matching zipper alongside makes them a little more functional to put on too. Especially if you forget and put your gloves on first. But these boots work for us - or at least for my four children.

Our oldest, the 14 year old, hates the fact that her three younger sisters have the same winter boots that she herself wears. Of course, our 14 year old, like most, hates just about everything everybody does, regardless. But that's still not true. I've seen her smiling when they all put them on at that same time - when no one is looking, of course.
For my part, in some small way, because of her vocal outrage at matching her sisters, and her inner smile, I love the boots even more.
Strange at the things that make you thankful. I must admit that I never would have expected to look in my front room and see four matching pairs of small boots. But here they are.

Far more than I expected. Far more than I deserve.

For this, I am truly thankful.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005 on The Jack Rice Show - Open Phones

KARE 11 will change its mid-morning talk show into an "advertainment" program. Whoever pays gets to push their products. Does this weaken the credibility of KARE 11 and further blur the lines between journalism and entertainment? Or do you even care? Or, in the end, do you think the media is always pushing something anyway and this just puts it out in the open?

Britain is preparing to allow more pubs to be open across the country 24 hours a day. In Minnesota, there are many places where we can't buy a drink and even then , the hours are curtailed. If we aren't doing anything wrong like causing a disturbance or driving drunk, should it be the government's business telling us when and where we can drink? Should we allow bars to stay open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

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The Face of a Fantasy, or of a Sexual Predator? Or Both

Debra LaFave. Florida resident. Middle school teacher. Child Molestor.Today, Debra Lafave sat in Circuit Court Judge Wayne Timmerman's courtroom at the Hillsborough County Courthouse in Tampa, Fla. and . . . pleaded guilty to having sex with one of her 14-year-old middle school students in her classroom, in her home and in her car while the 14 year old's 15 year old's cousin drove. And yet, with all of this, LaFave will avoid going to prison.I've been involved in both the prosecution and defense of sexual offenders in the past. I've stood next to people in court who have been charged and/or convicted of such offenses and have seen how people view men, yes men, like this. These men are almost universally seen as monsters, as Satan incarnate. But not Debra!Debra reminds me of the French teacher in my Junior high school. All of the boys lusted after her. We all walked by her class room just to see her. To smell her perfume. Debra is like that. Boys seem to see her as a goal, as a fantasy. Apparently, not just boys.
Certainly, not as the Satan that I recall while standing next to those convicted of such crimes in courtrooms.
Did this play a part in her avoiding prison?
Life is fascinating. It is amazing what lovely blond hair and piercing blue eyes provides you.
I'm not suggesting that she does not have her mental issues nor a story that is probably much deeper than has been heard in the media. All sexual offenders have such stories. It is just interesting that people seem interested in hearing hers!
Lafave, 25, will serve three years of house arrest and seven years' probation. She pleaded guilty to two counts of lewd and lascivious battery. Hillsborough Circuit Judge Wayne Timmerman said LaFave also will forever lose her teaching certificate, must register with the state as a sexual predator, may not have any contact with children including the victim, and will not be allowed to profit from the sale of her story or personal appearances.
If convicted at trial in Hillsborough County, LaFave could have faced up to 15 years in prison for each count.
What part, if any, did gender or beauty, have in the outcome of this case? And if it did, why?


Frontline - Katrina: A Closer Look at What Worked and What Didn't

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, FRONTLINE investigates the chain of decisions that slowed federal response to the devastation in New Orleans. The film exposes how and why federal and local officials failed to protect thousands of Americans from a broadly predicted natural disaster and examines the state of America's disaster-response system, restructured in the wake of 9/11, on The Storm.
Producers of The Storm will join The Jack Rice Show on November 22 to discuss what worked and what didn't and the surprizes they found while investigating in the rubble that was the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

First Hand Experiences In War

Anthony Shadid is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and Arabic speaker with the Washington Post who was in Iraq before the bombs fell and stayed even as the fighting continued. Rather than spending his time looking at U.S. actions from the American point of view, he looked at the impact of the fighting on the people of Iraq. He looked at the little stories like those of a young girl writing in her diary about the difficulties and struggles faced by her and her family.
He looked at people he called his friends, some who were thrilled with the coming onslaught and others less certain. He focused on the the tension between occupier and liberator, the tension between security and freedom.
His accounts are useful because when we make political or military decisions, we need to determine how those decisions are perceived by the people whom we say we are their to protect. Of course, Anthony will also talk about the future of Iraq.
Cathy Sulton is an American who moved to Beirut with her Lebanese Doctor husband and their two children. She provides a shocking account of living among the carnage in this remakable city. Further, she talks about the struggles faced by many trying to raise her children and get along with her in-laws, while trying to avoid being killed during a devastating civil war that killed thousands. Cathy will join me in studio to discuss her life.

The purpose for having both Anthony and Cathy on The Jack Rice Show is to avoid the mistake of always going big picture when it comes to conflict, be it the Iraq War or past wars. Rather, the purpose for both is to provide clarity by going very, very small picture. Often, only when looking at the very small picture can we truly see the impact of conflict and understand individually what it means.
Both Anythony and Cathy will be on the program Monday. It promises to be truly memorable.

Stay the Course or a Flawed Policy

An increasing number of House members and senators, looking to off-year elections next November, are publicly worrying about a quagmire in Iraq. They have been staking out new positions on a war that is increasingly unpopular with the American public, has resulted in more than 2,000 U.S. military deaths and has cost more than $200 billion.
According to Rep. John Murtha, a former Marine and Bronze Star and 2 time Pruple Heart recipient, "Our troops have become the primary target of the insurgency." He continued, "The (insurgency) is united against U.S. forces and we have become a catalyst for violence. The war in Iraq is not going as advertised. It is a flawed policy wrapped in illusion."
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The Jordanian Mukhabarat and Tension Between Security and Freedom

According to the Jordanian Government, the General Intelligence Department [GID], frequently known as The Mukhabarat or Secret Police, is tasked with collecting and analyzing information to assist the government in political decision making. It is also responsible for countering illegal organizations whose goals are to spread havoc within the country through means of sabotage or psychological warfare, as well as to counter espionage. But what happens when freedom causes havoc?

Today, we will go live to Jordan and Egypt to take a closer look at the tension between freedom and democracy one side and security on the other. Can they truly work independently? How can one exercise freedom without security? Can the ever pervasive Mukhabarat actually extinguish any hopes for freedom, in the name of security? See the official seal of the Jordanian Mukhabarat above