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 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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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.


[I24 International] March 19th: Putin Wins Reelection in Russia. I'm shocked!


A Philosophical View

The world is moving faster and is seemingly more interconnected than at any time in human history. And yet, we seem more isolated than ever; more likely to stare at a screen rather than connect quietly, personally. My hope, in my own small way, is to change that. I've been lucky enough to work all over the world, in some of the strangest, most unusual, dangerous and ridiculous places.  Not bad for a kid who grew up in a trailer park. But as I've said, come along. It promises to be . . . well, I am not even sure yet. Maybe that's the best part.  Wherever I go, join me.


Editorial - My New Friend. I Swear We are Brothers.  

An incredible Day 2 teaching trial advocacy to Ugandan lawyers in Gulu. One of my colleagues, Jude Ogik, is an extraordinary Ugandan lawyer and teacher. He was just assigned 21 death penalty cases in the High Court. Contemplate the pressure and the capability it takes to do this. It's amazing.  Frankly the work that he did with former child soldiers with the LRA is nothing short of mindblowing.

I'm learning more than any of the students here and I'm one of the teachers. Incredible.


The Ed Schultz Show- Wednesday, March 23rd - Jack Talks ISIS Terrorism Plot


[Russian Television International] December 1st - Jack Talks ISIL and U.S. Efforts


Editorial - Getting Ready to Go to South Sudan

Well, here we go. So what is the point of life? To me, it is about doing good work and trying to leave this place a little better than when you started if you can. But in end, it is all about the journey. Up next, Ethiopia and South Sudan


[The Jack Rice Show] Archive: Working in Darfur.


[The Jack Rice Show] November 11th: Jack Interviews U.S. Army Recon Sniper Ryan Schmidt

Click here to listen to Jack's interview with Ryan Schmidt.

Ryan Schmidt is the real deal.  Imposing figure?  Hell yes.  But he is far more than that.  Ryan is a retired Sergeant and U.S. Army recon sniper. He served in Afghanistan (2004-2005) and Iraq (2006-2007), and experienced combat injuries, being medivaced out of both countries. Ryan has physical injuries, as well as chronic and severe PTSD. Ryan also served as a Corrections Officer for the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Department.


 His struggles with PTSD lead him to a life of violent crimes and the outlaw biker world. Ryan is currently the founder of Consummate Warrior LLC. He is a consultant on Veteran’s Mental Health issues, a WRAP facilitator, Peer Support Specialist, Veteran Scholar and Fellow with Minnesota Humanities Center. He is a public speaker and advocate for Veteran’s issues relating to mental health and the criminal justice system.

Click here to listen to Jack's interview with Ryan Schmidt.