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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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Sunday
Jan242010

[MSNBC Appearance] Monday, January 25th: Talk on bin Laden

I appear on MSNBC on Monday, January 25th at 3:00 p.m. .e.t.  Osama bin Laden just released a tape regarding Al Qaida responsibility for the Christmas Day attempted attack.  I will appear to talk about the intelligence as well as the political ramifications of such a tape.

Hope you can watch.

Sunday
Jan242010

[Al Jazeera Appearance] Sunday, January 24th: Talk on Osama bin Laden

I appear on Al Jazeera on January 24th at 1:00 p.m.  Osama bin Laden released a tape regarding the Christmas Day attack along with connections to Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.  The Americans are claiming Osama bin Laden is irrelevant.  However, bin Laden is still very relevant.

Hope you can catch it. 

Friday
Jan222010

[Huffington Post] So The Chamber of Commerce Senator Meets The Exxon Congressman

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So, I can imagine just how this is going to play out.  You don't think that if a corporation or series of corporations could the possibility of making billions, they wouldn't spend hundreds of millions?  You don't think they would buy their own Senators and Congressmen?  What is to stop them.  In fact, according to this conservative court, absolutely nothing!

I can see it now . . . pretty soon, corporations will start sponsoring their own politicians just like they do for sports stadiums.  How much of a stretch is it to move from The Pepsi Center to the Pepsi Senator?  The Chamber of Commerce Congressman?  I'm sure those politicians would represent "the people."

 

This is an article I wrote for Huffington Post about the U.S. Supreme Court and what happens when corporations gain more power than individuals.

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Friday
Jan222010

[Commentary] Obama's Gitmo Detainee Policy is a Disaster

President Obama's approach to Guantanamo detainees is a disaster.  He has decided to hold onto approximately 50 of these people, apparently, forever.  I guess we are just supposed to believe they are bad guys.  Thank God we don't have to prove it in a courtroom  Otherwise, the country might fail.  At least, that seems to be the argument at the Justice Department.  

According to The Washington Post:

A Justice Department-led task force has concluded that nearly 50 of the 196 detainees at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, should be held indefinitely without trial under the laws of war, according to Obama administration officials.

This is an absolute disaster.  In some ways, especially when it comes to this issue, and terrorism issues in general, seems like the new boss same as the old boss.

 

Friday
Jan222010

[MSNBC Appearance] Ed Schultz: Friday, January 22nd: Talk on Direction of Dems

I appear on MSNBC's Ed Schultz on Friday, January 22nd t 6:45 p.m. e.t.  There is a real question on the direction of the Democrats when it comes to healthcare.  The GOP is trying to argue that they should go to the right.  The right? Are you serious?  If they went any further to the right, they might as well tattoo elephants on their asses!  Should be a lot of fun.

Hope you can watch.

Thursday
Jan212010

Jack Rice Makes the Cover of Talkers Magazine

Wednesday
Jan202010

[MSNBC Appearance] Wednesday, January 20th: Talking on the politics of National Security

I appear on MSNBC on January 20th at 10 a.m. e.t.  I will talk about hearings before Congress regarding national security issues.  National security and privacy frequently create tension and when one adds politics into the mix, it gets interesting indeed.

Hope you can watch.

Sunday
Jan172010

[MSNBC Appearance] Sunday, January 17th: Talk on U.S. Govt. Efforts in Haiti

I appear on MSNBC on Sunday, January 17th at 9 p.m. e.t. As the world continues to pour aid into Haiti, I will report on U.S. efforts and their effectiveness.  Because we really are in day 5 of events on the ground, efforts are shifting from rescue to recovery.  In some ways, the challenges will become harder how than easier.

Hope you can watch.

Sunday
Jan172010

Martin Luther King Jr. Day. A Day for All To Celebrate.

A Day to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Courage is really an interesting thing.  It is not the lack of fear. Rather, it is probably best described as being petrified and doing the right thing regardless of that fear.  And in my mind, Martin Luther King Jr. truly exemplifies this concept of courage.  Knowing that he wasn't just hated by some but actually targeted for death, Martin Luther King Jr. continued in his civil rights work.  That is why, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we as a nation, should celebrate not just what this man accomplished but also his courage while doing it.

 

 

 

 

Saturday
Jan162010

As the Death Toll Rises in Haiti, I Hope to Leave for the Island Next Week.

In the last couple of days, the entire world has been watching the devastation in Haiti.  I have been watching alongside everybody else.  And since the 7.0 earthquake that has killed tens if not hundreds of thousands, I have been trying to get to Haiti to report on events.

I thought I was going in with a humanitarian relief organization today.  Unfortunately, they ran out of space. This happens and frankly makes sense.  I have to squeeze on where I can and if food, medicine, water pushes me off the plane, so be it.

I'm keeping my eye on this one and hope to report from the region in the coming days.  I will keep you in the loop.