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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 international human rights and criminal lawyer and trial skills teacher around the world, 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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[AM 950 Minneapolis] October 30th: Jack Talks Indictments of Trump Associates

I appear on AM 950 Minneapolis with Matt McNeil. A lot of extraordinary things are coming out of Special Counsel Bob Mueller's office.  Two have been charged and one has pled guilty. Paul Manafort and Rick Gates have been charged with twelve counts in a Federal indictment.  This is pretty extraordinary considering that Manafort was the Chair of Trump's campaign. In addition, while many of the counts involved their behavior prior to his involvement with the Trump campaign, the Feds are arguing that they were continuing to launder monry while they held positions with the Campaign.  In addition, the third, George Papadopoulos pled guilty to obstruction. This is extraordinary as this may mean that he has not only cooperated with the Feds, he may have reached back out to others who could face charges in the future.

This is going to be a pretty wild conversation.



[CNN Appearance] Wednesday, May 18th. Jack Talks Law and Intelligence

I appear on the Elliot Spitzer Show on CNN on Wednesday, May 18th.  As the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff testified to Congress about operational security, I will appear on CNN to talk about what it means as well as the need for transparency.  I will also talk about how the law should apply.

Hope you can watch.


[RT Video Appearance] Wednesday, April 6th. Talk on American Hypocrisy in the Middle East


When It Comes to Professor Gates, Was It Race or Ego?

I've been thinking about this for days.  I have been mulling over the story in my mind.  It starts with a "neighbor" making a call about two African Americans breaking into a house.  Why didn't she know Dr. Gates lived there?  Who knows . . .

An officer shows up and Dr. Gates is in the house.  What does Gates expect?  What does Sgt. Crowley expect?  Is it race or is it something else?

For lack of another word, maybe what both were looking for, demanding, was deference.  And for whatever reason, neither was satisfied by the other's response, justifiably or otherwise.  And everything accelerated from there. 

The only problem is that if Dr. Gates were unhappy, he had little recourse.  On the other hand, Sgt. Crowley did have several options.  He could have walked away.  he could have apologized and said, have a good evening.  However, he also had another option.  And he exercised it.  He arrested Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. 

Is this racism or just egotism on steroids?  Sadly, it almost makes no difference when you're in a cell waiting for your mug shot to be taken.