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Entries in intelligence (5)

Tuesday
Jul232019

Would Trump Have Been Indicted If He Were Not a Sitting President?

Robert Mueller is preparing to testify before U.S. House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees. This is easily the most anticipated hearing the American people have had in some time. President Trump seems to be ramping up about it, claiming witch hunt and no collusion and talking about Mueller’s conflicts of interest.

In addition, Attorney General Barr has already gone on the record, as has the Justice Department, trying desperately to box Mueller into talking about nothing but his more than 400 page report. They want nothing outside of the report including process, evidence, his thoughts and feelings. Specifically, what the President and DOJ are clearly most concerned about is Mueller’s thoughts on Obstruction of Justice and whether Trump would have been charged if he were not a sitting President. They are equally concerned about whether it was the AttorneyGeneral’s or Congress’s call as to whether Obstruction should be charged.

House Democrats, on the other hand, have much different mission. They are looking at the issue of Obstruction but essentially arguing that there is plenty of evidence that Trump obstructed justice and therefore could face Impeachment. What they are hoping for is a John Dean ala Richard Nixon moment when the American people get to hear about a laundry list of things that Trump did and why he did them.

Robert Mueller himself is now a private citizen and can do just about anything he wants. Of course, this seems to go against everything that he has stood for for decades. Many Trump loyalists have continued to attack Mueller but this former Marine, war hero, patriot who has worked for both Republicans and Democrats has always stayed above political infighting so we will see.

I appear on Voice of America International Edition to discuss. I have been covering this issue with Voice of America for more than a year and in many ways this is the culmination of this story.

Tuesday
May162017

[WCCO Radio Minneapolis] May 16th: Jack Talks Trump's Leaking Intel to the Russians

I'm outraged!  The implications of releasing classified information can mean, simply put, torture and death for the source of the intelligence.  It can also mean a complete drying up of intelligence in the future.  Think about this for a second, what other asset is willing to provide information if they know that a sitting President will release it because he as the "absolute right" to do so?  Let's take this a step further, because this was a intelligence from an ally, not only will this ally but every other ally will look at this and think not just once, twice but maybe three times before they willingly cooperate with the Americans out of fear of what this President might do because he has the absolute right. Finally, consider U.S. intelligence in the same manner.  If I had recruited an asset, I'm not sure I would ask them for anything out of fear that the information itself may end up in the hands of the President.  Understand, in the past, this was always the hope.  If my intel ends of in the hands of the President, that means its important.  And now?  I'd be petrified.

This is just a snippet of what we talked about.  Lots of fun.  

Wednesday
Apr272011

[RT Appearance] Wednesday, April 27th: CIA Director Goes to DOD, Military Takes Agency

I appear on The Alyona Show on RT Television on April 27th.  President Obama is shifting his National Security Team.  It appears that the CIA Director will take the Department of Defense, the Military Commander in Afghanistan takes CIA and more.  The ramifications are huge in the short and long term.  As a former CIA Officer and criminal defense attorney who has followed events closely and has spent time on the front lines on the war on terror, Iraq and Afghanistan, I am stepping into the fight.

Hope you can watch.

Monday
Jul192010

[MSNBC Appearance] Ed Schultz - Monday, July 19th: Talk on Law and Intelligence

I appear on MSNBC's Ed Schultz Show on Monday, July 19th at 6:45 p.m. e.t.  The first of a series of pieces appeared in The Washington Post covering the intelligence community as well as the resources being spent and the amount of waste.  In light of the incredible need across America, why are we doing this?  I will join Ed to talk about this issue and why we do some of the things we do.  

Hope you can catch it.  In addition, read the piece that I'm talk about here.

Tuesday
Jan052010

[Al-Hurra Appearance] Wednesday, January 6th: Talk On TSA Changes Worldwide

I appear on Al-Hurra TV on January 6th at 4:00 p.m.   The Obama White House has announced major TSA changes here in this country as well as changes that will impact those from some 14 countries around the world.  I will appear on Al-Hurra to talk about the impact and whether it will make us safer. 
Alhurra (or al-Hurra) (Arabicالحرّة‎; strict transliteration al-Ḥurra IPA: [ɛ̈l ħʊrrɛ̈], "The free") is a United States-based satellite TV channel, sponsored by theU.S. government. It began broadcasting on February 14, 2004 in 22 countries across the Middle East. U.S. Government sources generally refer to the channel as Al-Hurra. Like all forms of U.S. public diplomacy, the station is forbidden from broadcasting within the U.S. itself under the 1948 Smith-Mundt Act concerning the broadcast of propaganda.