About Jack
JACK IS A CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY, FORMER CIA OFFICER, JOURNALIST AND STORYTELLER.   

Jack is a criminal defense attorney, former CIA officer, journalist and storyteller.  As a lawyer, Jack practices exclusively in the areas of criminal defense and DWI/DUI defense.  He is unique across the entire state of Minnesota and the U.S. as the only criminal defense attorney who is also a former Central Intelligence Agency Officer as well as a former prosecuting attorney. Jack's extensive experience, aggressiveness and passion speak for themselves and he is most proud of his reputation as a fighter for the rights of his clients. He has a national reputation and can be seen frequently on MSNBC, Al Jazeera, CNN, and other networks across the country.  He is also a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

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Friday
Sep252009

I'm on MSNBC Today at 10:30 a.m. with Dylan Ratigan.

In light of potential terrorism cases in Denver, NYC, Texas and even Illinois, what is going on?  Is there a connection?  How do you handle such things?  These are the questions I have now been asked for days.  So, I'm appearing on MSNBC with Dylan Ratigan this morning at 10:30 a.m. to talk about what it all means.

Hope you can watch.

Wednesday
Sep232009

I'm Appearing on KOA Radio in Denver to Talk Terrorism Tomorrow.

I'm appearing on KOA Radio in Denver to talk about terrorism and about the arraignment of a terrorist suspect.  A very good friend of mine, Steffan Tubbs, hosts the morning show.  We originally met in Iraq years ago.

How seriously should we take this?  Where do we go next.

Hope you can listen.

Tuesday
Sep222009

Guantanamo Bay Basics.

Guantanamo Bay is located on the southeastern corner of Cuba and encompasses about forty-five miles of land and water.   The U.S. has maintained possession of these forty-five odd miles of Cuban territory since 1898. While it serves as a strategic base for the U.S. Atlantic fleet, its main claim to fame since 2002 has been as the site and symbol of incarceration and interrogation of terrorist suspects.

Over the coming days, I will post a series of pieces that highlight not just the history of this strange place but also the legal and political issues addressing the base's future.  This is all in preparation of my trip to Guantanamo Bay to report on the state of Gitmo.  

 

But it might be helpful to provide a timeline to put the base in a historical context.  The timeline was provided by the U.S. Navy, Official History, and AP Archives.

June 10, 1898: A U.S. Marine Corps battalion -- the first U.S. troops to land on Cuba during the Spanish-American War -- camps at Guantanamo Bay.

Feb. 23, 1903: U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt signs a deal with the new government of Cuba to lease 45 square miles at the mouth of Guantanamo Bay for 2,000 gold coins a year -- now valued at $4,085. The U.S. government continues to pay the lease every year, but Fidel Castro's government refuses to cash the checks.

1934: The United States and Cuba renegotiate the Guantanamo Bay lease, agreeing that the land would revert to Cuban control only if abandoned or by mutual consent.

Jan. 1, 1959: Communist revolutionaries led by Castro overthrow the Cuban government. The United States bans its servicemen from entering Cuban territory.

Jan. 4, 1961: Cuba and the United States formally break off their once-friendly relations, but President Eisenhower declares this "has no effect on the status of our Naval Station at Guantanamo."

Oct. 21-22, 1962: Civilians are evacuated from the base at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis, with the island blockaded by U.S. warships to force the withdrawal of Soviet nuclear missiles. Reinforcements arrive to man the base's front lines, facing inwards toward the island.

November 1991: The Pentagon builds housing for the flood of refugees arriving at the base from Haiti. In 1994, thousands of Cubans join them. Eventually, more than 45,000 Cubans and Haitians are held in tent cities covering much of the base. Most Cubans are admitted into the United States, but most Haitians are sent back home. The last of the Cubans depart in 1996.

April 1999: President Clinton considers plans to house thousands of Kosovo refugees in Guantanamo Bay, but abandons the idea.

Jan. 11, 2002: A U.S. military plane from Afghanistan touches down at Guantanamo Bay carrying 20 prisoners, marking the start of the current detention operation.

Jan. 23, 2009:  President Obama signs an executive order designed to close Guantanamo Bay within a year.

So, will the facility that houses the detainees be closed?  If so, what then?  I leave for Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in a few days to find out.  I will also broadcast my Air America Radio show from the Island.   

 

Tuesday
Sep222009

I'm Appearing on MSNBC Tomorrow Night at 6!

I'm looking forward to appearing on The Ed Show tomorrow with Ed Schultz at 6 p.m. e.t.  With President Obama speaking before the United Nations General Assembly and addressing the question of Afghanistan, it promises to be pretty lively.

Hope you have a chance to watch.

Tuesday
Sep222009

Was DeLay Wearing A Puffy Shirt on Dancing?

I'm not totally sure but was The Hammer, former House Whip, Tom DeLay wearing a puffy shirt last night on Dancing with the Stars.  I swear I almost vomited when he started to swing his hips on national television.  On the other hand, better there than in the House.  Can't possibly cause as much damage there- except to my lunch that is!

Talking about it today on Air America Radio.  Hope you can listen.

Monday
Sep212009

First Soldiers Land at GITMO. I Land Next Week for Air America Radio

Artist's depiction of the first U.S. troop landing on Cuban soil during the Spanish-American War, at Guantanamo Bay in 1898.

Saturday
Sep192009

Mitt May Like Values Voters But He Doesn't Like Me!

Mitt Romney tried to inspire values voters at the Values Voters Conference today in Iowa.  Apparently, he was successful with some but not all.  He came is second place in a straw poll for the Presidency in 2012.  All I know, is that I don't think I inspire Mitt much and he isn't apparently a big fan of mine.  Boo hoo!

Notice the look he is giving me in an interview I did with him during the 2008 Presidential race in New Hampshire.

Saturday
Sep192009

On MSNBC Next Week at 30 Rock!

Looking forward to being in NYC next week for a whole series of things including some Air America stuff, some ACLU stuff and some Gitmo preparation stuff.  While there, I'm going to appear on MSNBC from 30 Rockefeller Center.  Always interesting to be on the set rather than in DC or wherever else in the world I happen to be.  Not sure of the schedule yet but will let you know.

Hope you can watch.

Saturday
Sep192009

I'm Going to Gitmo.

Guantanamo Bay needs to be closed. It needs to be closed not because that would guarantee we wouldn't torture people.  Or that people wouldn't be abused.  Or that people would then automatically be guaranteed their rights.  The reason Gitmo needs to be closed is because it has become the symbol of torture, of abuse and the lack of rights.  And if we ever want to find our place in the international community, we need to close down the symbol of our excesses.  And we need to remember who we are.  That may be one of the most important reasons of all.

I leave for Gitmo in about a week.  And I will be broadcasting live shows from Cuba.  Air America has never done anything like this before.  And I can tell you that the broadcasts, video, still photos and everything else will be like nothing you have ever seen.

Keep checking back for more information.

Friday
Sep182009

All 7 Former CIA Directors Are Wrong.  Prosecute!

Seven former CIA Directors sent a letter to President Obama requesting that he quash the investigation being conducted by Attorney General Eric Holder to determine criminal wrongdoing by CIA personnel.  The President should reject their request because they are simply wrong.  

All seven argue that continuing the investigation will have a detrimental impact up on the ability of the CIA to do its business.  They also argue that it will have an impact on the ability to recruit and retain good officers. While there may be some validity to this, it is not enough.

Two of those seven were my bosses.  And they and the other five are all wrong.  The investigation should be continued and those who committed crimes should be prosecuted.  All of these directors are looking at this question in too narrow of a fashion.  The question is much broader than that and President Obama must consider that.

Very simply, we do not torture.  We don't.  We must not.   And we must hold those responsible for the crimes they commit.  

The President must consider more than just the CIA in rejecting the request.  The President must also contemplate what the United States stands for.  He must consider national character.  This is about far more. It is fundamentally about who we are.  Nothing less.