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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, 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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Friday
Jun162017

[AM 950 Minneapolis] June 16th: Jack Talks Philando Castile Verdict

I appeared on AM 950 just after 3 p.m. local time and I had just learned that Jeronimo Yanez was found not guilty of all counts after shooting Philando Castile at a traffic stop in 2016 in Ramsey County.  Sadly, this feels very much like another statistic in a long line of statistics of African American men being killed by police officers and then the police officers are never charged or if they are, they are acquitted.

A jury of seven men and five women decided his fate.  Ten were white while only two were people of color.  In the end, as I wasn't in their position, they decided that the state failed to meet its burden to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. Yanez was guilty.  For the family of Mr. Castile, the verdict must be heartbreaking. For an entire community that has watched this case very closely, I have a feeling other emotions are also breaking the surface.

This is a tough interview for me.  Ive stook in front of many juries and I have talked about race, color, national origin.  And I have talked to juries that want the world to be a certain way.  They want the police to be the good guys even when sometimes, they aren't.  I've talked about hate, and fear, and anger, and resentment.  

I can't imagine just how hard it would be to look into the eyes of an African American child and tell that that their life is as valuable as everybody else's life is.  As I said, this is a tough interview.  

I hope you can find it somewhere . . .  

 

Friday
Jun162017

[KOA Denver] June 16th: Jack Talks Possible Death of ISIS Leader in Syria

I appear on KOA Denver on June 16th at 8:10 a.m. e.s.t to discuss the possible death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.  This could be an extraordinary blow to the organization.  Last year his worldwide organizational deputy was also killed.  Forces from the West and Middle East are currently pounding Raqqa. 

The Russians claim that they may have kill al-Baghdadi in an airstrike outside of Raqqa back on May 28th.  The Caliphate may be on its last legs if Raqqa falls in Syria.  This could spread the orgainzation around the world but there would be no central physical location for the leadership to operate. With al-Baghdadi's possible death, this could cause additional logistical problems for ISIS and slow any coordinated efforts around the globe.  

An interesting development if it can be confirmed. 

(Photo courtesy of AFP/Getty Images) 

Thursday
Jun152017

[AM 950 Minneapolis] June 15th: Jack Talks Trump's Political Allegiance

I appear on AM 950 Minneapolis with Matt McNeil on June 15th.  For years, decades even, people have questioned President Trump's party affiliation. Frankly, these are reasonable questions because from a policy perspective, he has been all over the board.  In fact, sometimes things would simply change based upon with whom he was speaking.  However, over the years, he has established one standard, he is a wild card.  He is not a Republican and he is not a Democrat.  Trump is about Trump and whatever it takes to put him in the right position, he would do it, say it, be it.  However, and this is where it gets weird, because of the ongoing investigation regarding Trump and the Russians, Trump has absolutely chosen a party. 

Trump is not simply a Republican now, he is an extreme, zealous, Bible banging conservative who will find his way to the right of almost anybody he comes across. You see, Trump needs friends, terribly. In fact, he realizes that as this investigation continues, the only thing truly protecting him is a Republican party that is constantly balancing the question of whether he helps or hurts them more. As a result, Trump needs to make himself useful and valuable.  

This promises to be an interesting conversation. 

Thursday
Jun152017

[KOA Denver] June 15th: Jack Talks Congressman Shooting in DC Suburb

I appear on KOA Denver on June 15th at 8:20 a.m. e.s.t.  The shooting of Congressman Scalise from Louisiana along with four other in a Washington DC suburb is an attack on America.  I want to be clear on this one.  Violence against public servants with differing views can never be acceptable.  This was equally true regarding Congresswoman Giffords in Arizona back in 2011.  Some have argued that this is about partisanship in the country.  Others have argued that it is about guns.  Some have just talked a general incivility in the world.  I'm not sure.

I will appear on KOA to discuss.  

Thursday
Jun152017

[AM 950 Minneapolis] June 14th: Jack Talks Sessions Testimony

 appear on AM 950 in Minneapolis on June 14th.  Attorney General Sessions had a very interesting conversation with the Senate Intelligence Committee.  His intention was to address some of the questions raised by fired FBI Director Jim Comey.  However, one of the biggest questions he raised was why he tried to use Executive Privilege to refuse to answer most of the most pertinent questions.  First, the executive privilege can only be asserted by the President.  Second, the President did not assert that privilege.  Third, the AG doesn't have the right to preemptively assert that privilege.  As a result, it left some member of the Committee certainly scratching their heads.  

Interesting stuff.  

Tuesday
Jun132017

[Russian TV with Ed Schultz] June 13th: Jack Talks Trump's Response

I appear on Russian TV with Ed Schultz on June 13th.  Its interesting. I regularly ask myself about whether it is appropriate to even appear on Russian TV considering what the Russians did in the last election.  My decision to occasionally do it is based upon this belief: if I say what I truly believe to be true, even if it is delivered by the Russians, I'm fine with that. I'm not here to blindly support the American point of view just because it is American or this Administration's point of view just because it currently speaks for the Americans.  It is far more nuanced than that. 

Today, I think one of the issues we are going to discuss President Trump and what he should do now. Strangely, and I do believe this to be true, Trump has fundamentally misjudged this crisis.  He honestly thought that if he kept calling the Russian op fake news, people would buy it.  People didn't and the Russians really did this. Secondly, he has been reactive when he needs to be proactive.  

Coming from an Intelligence background as well as a legal background and even a media background, I think this may be right up my alley today.

This is going to be fun and interesting. 

Tuesday
Jun132017

[I24 International News] June 13th: Jack Pushes Back on Conspiracy Theories

This is going to be a really interesting conversation on I24 International News.  I will be debating somebody who I disagree with on many many levels.  While we will address the testimony of Jim Comey and the upcoming testimony of Jeff Sessions, it appears that this interview will spend a substantial amount of time addressing the question of whether the Russians attempted to hurt the U.S. and also whether this is really about the destruction of President Trump.  

Let me be clear:  I have absolutely no desire to destroy this President.  That's not my job.  That being said, I also think that it is critical to understand exactly just how successful the Russians were at hacking into U.S. elections.  Further, it is critical to determine whether Trump and/or and member of his team, pre or post election, was complicit in helping the Russians.  If this results in the destruction of this Presidency, so be it.    

This promises to be fun.  Watch if you can.  

Sunday
Jun112017

[Voice of America Intl. Edition] June 11th: Jack Talks Sessions and Trump Wanting to Testify

I appear on Voice of American International Addition on June 11th.  After Jim Comey's testimony, Attorney General Jeff Sessions stated that he wants to set the record straight and testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee.  To make the story even bigger, Donald Trump has punched back against his own communications people and his attorney and his fellow Republicans on the Committee regarding what happened and how this all played out. The President has stated that he wishes to testify as well.  We will see where this goes. Its all pretty surreal.

Hope you can listen. 

Sunday
Jun112017

[MSNBC] June 11th: Jack Talks Comey and Sessions Testimony

Sunday
Jun042017

[CNBC New York] June 5th: Jack Talks London Terror Attack and Responses

I appear on CNBC on June 5th at 10 a.m. e.s.t. Terrorissts first his in March. Then again, they hit Manchester. Then finally, London again, killing 7 and at least 48 injured. And as British courses are on their highest alert, the obvious question is how do you stop people driving down a busy street, or on a busy bridge, in a large busy city? In a free society, is it possible to simply lock everything down?  Frankly,would you really want to? This is the question.  How fr do you go to keep your populace safe and just how much freedon are you willing to give up for safety? These are questions that societies have grappled with since Athens. This is certaibly nothing new.  

We will discuss freedom, responsibility and even appropriate reactions to this latest string of attacks.

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