About Jack

Jack is an international known attorney, former CIA officer, journalist and media analyst.  As a lawyer, Jack practices exclusively in the areas of criminal defense and DWI/DUI defense.  He is unique across 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 international 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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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.   


I'm Appearing on MSNBC Tonight.  

Looking forward to appearing on The Ed Show  on MSNBC tonight to talk about the big issues of the day.  Should be a lot of fun. Hope you have a chance to watch.  


Gov. Howard Dean Joins the Program.

Gov. Dean came into Air America Washington studios today for an interview.

Watch videos.

Watch Jack's Interview with Gov. Howard Dean, Part 1.

Watch Jack's Interview with Gov. Howard Dean, Part 2.



Rep. Nadler Joins Me to Talk Repeal of DOMA at 2:30 p.m..

Congressman Jerrold Nadler is introducing legislation today to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.  This act discriminates against legally married same sex couples.

Congressman Nadler will join me today on Air America Radio and airamerica.com at 2:30 p.m. e.t.  Hope you can listen.


Time To Repeal Defense of Marriage Act.

U.S. Representatives Nadler, Baldwin and Polis will introduce legislation to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).  DOMA discriminates against legally married same sex couples and it should be repealed.  Has the time come for Congress to acknowledge the truth?  Or, at least, has the time come for those supporing DOMA to acknowledge their homophobia?

This promises to be a hot conversation tomorrow on The Jack Rice Show on Air America Radio, noon to 3. Hope you can listen.


I'm Appearing on MSNBC This Week!

Looking forward to appearing on MSNBC this week.  Obviously, the fight for health care continues to rage and the Teabaggers came together this weekend here in Washington DC and in other cities around the country.  

Should be a lot of fun.  Keep checking back for a schedule of appearances.