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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[I24 International News] June 1st: Jack Talks Comey Testimony Before Senate

I appear on I24 News on June 1st.  According to the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee, Former FBI Director James Comey has agreed to testimony before the Committee in both public and closed door sessions.  At this point, it appears that Mr. Comey is prepared to provide additional facts about how President Trump tried to coerce him to swear loyalty to the President as well as to close the Russia/Trump collusion investigation.  This is potentially explosive as this testimony could support that claim that the President was trying to obstruct a criminal investigation.  As Special Counsel Bob Mueller is conducting a separate investigation, this is simply a story that refuses to go away, much to the President's chagrin.  

Hope you can catch it.


[KGO San Francisco] May 31st: Jack Talks Trump Investigation and Real News

I appear on KGO San Francisco on May 31st at 8:30 p.m. e.s.t. with my old friend Chip Franklin. Its interesting how Trump and his minions continue to call the Russia investigation "fake news" when it is anything but. Specifically, and most recently, I'm talking about the investigation about Jared Kuchner establishing a covert communication with Russia.  Then of course, the Administration comes out and verifies the so-called "back channel."  Again, let me be clear, this is not a back channel.  

Nobody of even limited compentence would allow an adversary to establish and completely control a secret covert communication that purposely excludes the Legislative branch, the Judicial branch and evemn the Executive branch and leaves all of it in the hands of an adversary. He purposely was trying to exclude the Justice Department, the CIA, the FBI, the NSA and everybody else. Consider and compare how Trump treats the Russians compared to one of our oldest and strongest allies, the Germans. In fact, consider how the Russians would want the U.S. to treat the Germans?  Coincidence?  I think not!

Hope you can listen.  


[Voice of America Intl. Edition] May 29th: Jack Talks Trump, Kushner, and the Russians

I appear on Voice of America International Edition. President Trump just returned from an international trip. His hope was to change the story and try to focus on something, anything, rather than continue talking about the question of Russian complicity and conspiracy. However, in his absence, the story broke regarding Senior Advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner's apparent efforts to set up a covert comminution system with the Russians out of the Russian embassy. It is an extraordinary story and one that is terribly disconcerting as it has the potential to open up Kushner and the President to blackmail. Of course, that is unless they were actually recruited by the Russians. Of course, at this point, nobody knows all of the answers but there are many many questions that remain unanswered. This is an extraordinary story;

Hope you can listen.


[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.


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


[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.   


[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.


[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? 


[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.


[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.