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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 international human rights 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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Monday
Mar252019

Does the Mueller Report Exonerate the President? Not Exactly.

After 22 months, 25 millions dollars, and 500 interviews, Special Counsel Robert Mueller finally gave his final reports to U.S. Attorney General Barr.  Barr then released a 4 page memo outlining the findings. And, drum roll please, Mueller concluded that there was no conspiracy between Trump and the Russians.  As one might imagine, Trump and the GOP jumped on this, claimed complete vindication and exoneration.  They then turned on the Democrats. The problem is, while Trump is apparently correct about the conspiracy piece with the Russians, we still haven't seen the Muller report, just the Barr report.  The problem is that the obstruction question, frequently the one that people get hung up on, think Martha Stewart, is still up in the air.  Barr said it was insufficient, but Mueller didn't say that.  As you might imagine, this where the Democrats are hanging their hats. 

I appear on Voice of America International Ediiton to discuss.  After so long, the country is tired and surly and wondering what comes next.

Thursday
Mar212019

Does the International Peace Palace in the Hague Represent Unbridled Optimism? Oh hell yeah . . . 

The International Peace Palace is in The Hague, the Netherlands. It houses the International Court of Justice, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, The Hague Academy of International Law and the Peace Palace Library. Is it about aspiration and hope? Of course. However, for anybody who has seen war up close and first hand, aspiration and hope are sometimes in short supply. Trust me on this one ...

Sunday
Mar172019

U.S. Denies ICC Investigation into U.S. War Crimes

The United States has denied U.S. visas for International Criminal Court Investigators who are looking into the quesiton of possible U.S. war crimes by U.S. miliary personnel and CIA officers in Afghanistan after 2002.  This isn't even a question about whether those individuals could be prosecuted by the ICC but about whether there should be an investigation in the first place.  

I am currently at the International Criminal Court in The Hague when this story broke and when the Voice of America, International Edition called, I was all about it.  

 

Sunday
Mar172019

When One Gets Really Really Lucky

In life, when one gets really really lucky, they have an opportunity to do something truly greater than themselves. I have been particularly lucky in that regard, in this case for the opportunity to better understand the amazing work of the International Criminal Court. For a man who grew up in a trailer park with the idea that an advanced education and traveling into many dark corners of the world were opportunities belonging to other people, I am enormously blessed and humbled.

Thursday
Feb282019

Michael Cohen Faces Congress over Mr. Trump, Again.  

A racist. A con man.  A cheat.  These were all words used by Michael Cohen before Congress to describe the man whom he had previously said he would take a bullet for. Donald Trump, or as Michael Cohen puts it, Mr. Trump. Cohen spoke for almost six hours and said a lot of things that we knew but also a couple of things that we didn't.  He talked a little bit more about The Trump Hotel deal in Moscow.  He talked about paying off porn stars and he talked about Roger Stone and Wikileaks.  All of these were interesting and significant but whether that even matters is still up in the air.  One additional piece that was also clear was that the Republicans weren't interested in any of it. Over those six hours, they asked no questions about what Cohen knew.  Rather, they focused on tearing him down as much as possible.  I guess the old adage applies, if you don't like the message, kill the messenger.

I will appear on Voice of American, International Edition to discuss.

Saturday
Feb232019

Trial Skills International Continues to Gain Steam Across the World.

Saturday
Jan262019

Is Roger Stone's Indictment the Missing Link between Trump and the Russians?

So where exactly is the Russia/Trump Mueller investigation going?  With half a dozen convictions and dozens of indictments, is there enough to go after a sitting President? Can they go after Donald Trump?  This is the question that many continue to ask and the Administration is resting their argument behind that same question and claiming that the answer is no.  Well, Roger Stone may provide the answer. However, at this point, Stone was essentially indicted for lying to Congress and the Mueller team, not for "helping the Trump campaign conspire with the Russians."  

Simply put, during a the campaign in July, 2016, Trump asked the Russians to release more Clinton emails during a stump speech.  Were the Russians listening? Of course they were.  Is that enough? Nope.  You really need an unbroke chain. This is what Mueller is trying to build as we speak.

Not long thereafter, Wikileaks released those emails.  What we seem to know now is that Russian intelligence provided those emails to Wikileaks.  We also seem to know that Roger Stone, a long time, Trump advisor, was having direct contact with Wikileaks about those emails.  We also seem to know that Steve Bannon, the Trump campaign senior advisor, was pushing Stone to do exactly that.  How close was Kushner, Trump Jr. and even the President himself?

Now, it is important to remember one point: it is illegal for a campaign the benefit from the efforts of a foreign government.  If the Trump campaign sought the help of the Russians, that is a crime and anybody involved is equally guilty. The question now is whether Stone, Bannon and other knew that the Wikileaks emails were from the Russians and sought their help. If so, it is a crime.  Further, if Trump himself also knew, he is equally culpable. This is where we sit right now.  

I appear on MSNBC today to discuss.  

Monday
Jan142019

Will the Govt Shutdown and Russia Probe be the One Two Knock out For Trump

Monday
Jan142019

Little is Private in the Presidency and There is a Reason For That.

Stories have come out and seem, to have been confirmed been confirmed by the President, Trump has met on at least one or more occasions where there are no notes, tapes and/or confirmation of the contents of the conversations. While that might be just fine if this or any President were a private citizen, as President, this simply shouldn't happen.  

A sitting President is the proverbial leader of the free world. What he or she says matters. As importantly, when the President says something, it impacts how the Country responds and can impact everything that happens thereafter. However, if nobody else knows what is said, that institutional knowledge simply breaks down.  There is nothing to establish what was said, what it meant and what happens next.  

I'm purposely excluding anything nefarious from this conversation.  Of course, records help keep everybody honest and anonymity encourage it.

I appear on Voice of America International Edition to discuss.  Should be interesting.