About Jack

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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[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.


[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.


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.






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.



[MSNBC Appearance] Friday, January 15th: Talk on Haiti Peacekeeping

I appear on MSNBC's Ed Schultz Show on Friday, January 15th at 6:48 p.m.  With Haiti in crisis and tens of thousands of dead and dying in the streets, the American military is moving in the help provide security.  How does peacekeeping work?  I have seen it up close in Kosovo, in quiet parts of Iraq and elsewhere.  Should  be interesting.

Hope you can watch.


Would We Use This Photo If These People Were White?

AP Photo

I look at this AP photo and I find it overwhelming.  At the same time, I think to print the photo makes sense as it is a true reflection of what is going on in Haiti.  That being said, I have a question.

Why is it that we don't hesitate to show such a photo or dead bodies if it takes place in Africa, Asia or Latin America?  Would we be willing to do the same thing if this happened in Boston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis? Would be willing to do it if it were dead American soldiers piled up in Afghanistan?  My guess is no!

I guess I just worry that the double standard that I so frequently find around the world continues with the latest tragedy.  Makes me wonder whether the value of human life is a flexible thing based upon race.  

I certainly hope not!


[Jack Rice Quoted] CNN-What Happened in CIA Attack in Afghanistan

Read CNN Article regarding CIA Attack Killing 7 Officers in Which Jack Rice is Quoted.

Former CIA Agent Jack Rice told CNN that frequently, suicide bombers' explosive vests are wrapped in "things like nuts and bolts and ball bearings.

So what you create is this massive amount of shrapnel that kills everybody in the entire area," he said.Rice, who just returned from Afghanistan, said it was unusual to have so many officers present for a debriefing, but if they believed al-Balawi's claims that he had direct links to al Qaeda's top leadership, the excitement on the base would have been high.

Remember, this is a career opportunity for all of these people. If you could take down al-Zawahiri, if you could take down Osama bin Laden, you are a hero for the rest of your career. Everybody wants to be in the room," Rice said.

Read CNN Article regarding CIA Attack Killing 7 Officers in Which Jack Rice in Quoted.


[CNN International Appearance] Tuesday, January 12th: Talk on CIA Effectiveness

I appear on CNN International on Tuesday, January 12th as noon e.t.  The show is based out of Dubai and reaches out to the Muslim world and wider.  I will be talking about Americans intelligence and its effectiveness.  I will also analyze what recent attacks may have done to the Agency and the Agency's possible response.

Hope you can catch it.



[MSNBC Appearance] Monday, January 11th: Talking with Ed Schultz 

I appear on MSNBC's The Ed Show on Monday, January 11th at 6 p.m. e.t.  At the beginning of a new week and so much to talk about.  While terrorism is in the news, question arise regarding questionable statements made by Sen. Harry Reid as well as the viability of a health insurance reform package.  All are potentially on the docket as I appear with Ed tonight on MSNBC.

Hope you can catch it.


Jack Rice Makes the Cover of Talkers Magazine