About Jack

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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This is Cuba.

Guantanamo Bay is a strange place.  It has been controlled exclusively and completely by the Americans since 1898.  And they have leased it for more than one hundred years despite arguments from the Cubans.  The Americans contend that it is a lease, not sovereign American territory.  And this is important.  In fact, one of the reasons President Bush chose Guantanamo Bay is for that very reason.  If detainees were brought to American soil, they would have rights per the Consitution.  If they were brought to this place, they would be in no-man's-land.  They would have no rights.  They would . . . disappear!

That is why this place, despite the American flag, is Cuba!


Pres. Obama Must Not Backtrack on Gitmo.

Three days after the Inauguration, President Obama said he would close Guantanamo Bay within one year. And now?  He seems to be backtracking.  I know that he has to set priorities and must choose his fights. However, closing Gitmo is not just a promise, there is something more important at work.  And if you think I am going to cut this President slack, please think again.

I leave for Gitmo in a couple of hours and am checking and double checking equipment.  Upon arrival, I am going to analyze what preparations are being taken to close this base and how things have changed over the years.  I was previously reporting from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba when Khalid Sheikh Mohammad arrived on the island.

I will be reporting from Cuba, broadcasting live radio programs for Air America Radio and broadcasting live reports for MSNBC.  In addition, I will be shooting lots of videos, taking lots of photos, interviewing lots of people, and writing lots of reports.

Check back frequently as I will be updating the site constantly.


Ken Burns and Gen. Barry McCaffrey in the Same Room?

I had a very strange morning.  I knew I was supposed to go to MSNBC so I got up and found a coat and tie.  I had to push all of my equipment out of the way because I leave in a few hours for Gitmo. 

So I get dressed and head over to MSNBC studios.  They first sit me in a chair and put makeup on me for TV. I'm somewhat used to it by now but I still find it strange.  I have no idea how women do this everyday!  It makes me feel claustrophobic.  

So, I'm sitting in the Green Room getting ready to do a couple of hits related to Iran, terrorism and politics. And in walks Gen. Barry McCaffrey.  A pretty interesting guy considering his background and experience around the world.  So we start talking Iran, Afghanistan, Gen. McCrystal and President Obama in Afghanistan.  Very interesting.  I agree with some of what he says and I disagree with some.  Not really too surprising.  We spend some of the time talking about our children and the ties they buy us.  Yeah, pretty deep philosophical stuff, right?  interesting how we could debate issues all day but agree on ties and kids ... 

Anyway, McCaffrey leaves to do his appearance and then I do a few of my own.  I come back into the Green Room to do another one and in walks Ken Burns, the documentary film maker.  While I have interested Ken a couple of times, it has always been in the radio so I have never met him in person.  

I find this guy to be great.  Ken is very smart - no surprise.  But more importantly from my perspective, I find him to be engaging, funny.  Interesting.

Sadly, I have to go on the air quickly thereafter so I shake hands with Burns and hit the road.  

As I sit here in my house just outside of Washington DC getting ready to leave for Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, I have to say without hesitation the my life sometimes surprises me.  I'm just a normal guy who came from nothing, and nowhere, worked hard, but got very lucky.  I've been able to do a lot and continue to do even more.  But I could just as easily ended up working in a liquor store.  Sometimes, seems like a good idea.  

Now, if I can just find the rest of my equipment and fit it into one backpack and within the strict weight restrictions, I'm good to go.

Cuba, here I come!



Is Obama's Multilateralism Working with Iran? Jack on MSNBC.

President Obama and the rest of the Security Council have finally boxed Iran into a corner.  The Iranians have already invited the UN to look at this nuclear facility in Qom.  However, more importantly, it appears that the Russian may agree to sanctions if the Iranians don't come to the table.  This leaves the Chinese . . . They do not want to stand alone with the Iranians.  This is the power of multilateralism.

I appear on MSNBC tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m. to talk about it.




I appear on MSNBC Sunday Morning - Talking Terrorism.

With terrorism related arrests in Denver, New York City, Dallas, and Springfield, Il, how seriously should Americans take the threat? This is the question I have been asked and asked again.  I will talk about it on MSNBC on Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m. e.t.  

Hope you can watch.


I Appear on MSNBC Tuesday Night from Gitmo!

President Obama seems to be backtracking on his promise to close Gitmo within one year.  We are a couple of months away and the excuses are starting to roll out of the White House.  So, I will be at Gitmo all next week. And I will appear on MSNBC on Tuesday evening in the 6 p.m. hour live from Cuba to report on what is happening.

Hope you can watch.


I'm on NBC Nightly News Talking Terrorism Tonight.

Busy day talking terrorism.  Just finished an MSNBC interview when Pete Williams who came to me and I sat down for an interview that will air tonight on NBC Nightly News.  Pete is a smart guy.  We will see just how much of it airs.

Hope you can watch.


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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.


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.


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.