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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 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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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.

Sunday
Jan132019

And the Russia/Trump Investigation Continues

Sunday
Jan132019

So Is Trump a Russian Asset?

It is a really interesting and important question.  The FBI apparently opened up an inquiry into exactly that back in 2016. What is missed in the press is why?  Just because he fired James Comey?  I think not.  In fact, it is important to really consider why they would do such a thing.  If fact, I have a feeling that if the Bureau were actually doing more than just murmuring about it to themselves, they had something more.  In fact, the only word for it in the intelligence world is sigint.  Signal Intelligence.  This is some kind of communication that said it was something more than a worry in the back of their minds.

I wrote a short response in Sharq Wa Gharb Newspaper based out of London regarding this issue. There are many in the world who have a deep interest regarding this issue because this President has had a dramatic impact upon foreign policy that makes him different than any U.S. President, including every single Republican, that the U.S. has ever seen.  And, by the way, slogans don't mean anything.  It is what is done that matters.

Tuesday
Jan082019

The Truth is the Truth, Whether its Before Congress or the Justice Department

The truth is the truth is the truth. The Mueller Investigation continues to gain steam. Lots of indictments, multiple convictions and still lots of questions. At the same time, the House Intelligence Committee has continued its own investigation. Under the Republicans, it certainly had a much different approach. However, under the Democrats, it seems to be running in a different direction. It appears that the leadership on the Committee is seeking to cooperate with Mueller in terms of the statements made to both.  The Committee has said it wants to provide transcripts to Mueller for comparison.  

Essentially, it is a crime to lie to Congress and to the Mueller team, the FBI and the Department of Justice in general. However, there has been little cooperation between the House Intel Committee and Mueller, until now. From an investigatory perspective, this should get even more interesting. However, in the end, this process, on all sides, needs to be as apolitical as possible.  Hopefully, cooperation between both make that point clearer.  At the same time, I'm calling for as much transparency as possible.  This is not just of interest to Mueller, or Congress.  The American people should be the ultimate and most important consumer of this information.

I appear on Voice of America International Edition to discuss.   

Wednesday
Dec262018

Archive - Broadcasting Live from Iraq, 2007

Wednesday
Dec262018

U.S. Judge Orders the North Koreans to Pay $500 million to Wambier family.

A U.S. Federal Judge just ordered the North Korean regime to pay the Wambier family $500 million for the wrongful death of their son Otto.  He was held captive for more than 17 months and tortured before finally being released.  He died shortly thereafter.  Applying the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, the Judge held the regime responsible.  While it is unlikely they family may never see a dime, it certainly was a moral win that the family was seeking.

I appear on I24 International News to discuss the ramifications of the ruling and how U.S. citizens sometimes uses this law to hold countries responsible for their bad acts.

Thursday
Oct252018

It is called Murder and the Saudis Did It

The Saudis admitted today that the death of Jamal Khashoggi was "premeditated."  In other words, it was planned.  Premeditated is an interesting word.  As a former Prosecutor and Criminal Defense Attorney, I walk into courtrooms everyday and that is a words that is not thrown around lightly.  In fact, this is the word you use only when this is your cold, thought out and intended decision.  In other words, this is called murder.

The Saudis murdered Jamal Khashoggi.  So, why would the Saudis admit this after lying, and I use these words purposely, every single day?  Simply put, they had no choice.  They were backed into a corner and every story they concocted fell apart and was laughable on its face.

So what's the point?  Simple.  Two things. Protect the King. And protect the Crown Prince.  Ok, so how do you do that? Well, you sometimes have one choice: embrace what is objectively true (because you have no choice) and them find a way to protect them.  So, the answer is that they will claim this was planned without their knowledge and consent.  Further, they themselves will likely change some of the 18 operatives they sent to Istanbul and they will pay the price for the protection of the Kingdom.

Watch.  You'll see.  I appear on Voice of America to discuss.  

Monday
Oct222018

Is Trump Restarting a Nuclear Arms Race?

President Trump told reporters that he is pulling out of the 1987 Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty signed in 1987 by Reagan and Gorbachev.  The Cold War era treaty had one goal, to ban medium range missiles that were then threatening Europe.  Trump claims that the Russians are violating the treaty and it is an anachronism. And just for full disclosure, President Obama said the same thing but decided to stay in the Treaty.

The question is, why now? Will this create a new nuclear arms race?  

There seems to be a couple of reasons for concern.  First, Trump likes weapons, a lot.  He has upped spending even for weapons that might have been useful during the Cold War but have dubious relevence today.  Further, these weapons are irrelevant to the Americans as they have multiple platforms like subs and aircraft which make the weapons.  Another claim, according to the President, is that it doesn't include the Chinese.  So, the answer is to blow something up completely and risk more for a new agreement with questionable results?  He did this very thing with NAFTA and many of the changes were nothing but cosmetic or ones all sides would be been fine with without setting the building on fire

I appear on I24 International News to discuss.

Sunday
Oct142018

Khashoggi's Death is Going to Cost the Saudis

On October 2nd, Washington Post Journalist Jamal Khashoggi walked into a Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.  This was the last time he was ever seen alive.  Since then, the Saudis have come up with a whole list of stories, each less likely to be true the last one.  The problem is that Turkish President Erdogan, no stranger to extremism and dictatorial abuse himself, seems to have substantial information regarding what happened and he is not letting go.

President Trump seems to be providing cover for the Saudis and talking about rogue elements who did this without authorizations.  This is quite astounding and says a lot.  The Americans provide enormous support, weapons, training for the Saudis and the Saudis seem to be a lynch pin for the American Administration.

So what comes next? I will appear on RT Arabic to discuss.  This program is translated live into Arabic and airs throughout the Middle East.  Futher, I will be on with a Saudi official and a Turkish official.  This is expected to be feisty.

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