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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 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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Friday
Jun162017

[MSNBC's AMJoy] June 17th: Jack Talks Philando Castile Jury Verdict

I appear on MSNBC's AM Joy on June 17th at 11 a.m. e.s.t. Another African American has been buried after being shot and killed by a police officer.  But this time, this police officer is going to be held responsible, right? That's what people were saying in St.Paul where I spend a lot of my time practicing law.

I was in the Law Enforcement Center the day Jeronimo Yanez was originally arraigned.  I remember looking into the gallery and seeing lots of faces holding their breath and wondering if this was finally that day?  Today, they learned that today was not that day.  

This is going to be one hell of an appearance. 

Sunday
Jun112017

[MSNBC] June 11th: Jack Talks Comey and Sessions Testimony

Sunday
Jun042017

[MSNBC's AMJoy] June 4th: Jack Talks Latest on London Attacks

I appear on MSNBC's AmJoy on June 4th.  Last night, I received notice that London was hit, again. Considering that there was an attack in March and then the most recent attack on Manchester, this makes three in about as many months. These are horrible developments and the world watches these as well as some of the other horrificic events around the world, including the massive bombing in Kabul, and simply shake our heads.

This is a physical and a philosophical fight.  Clearly, the Brits need to address issues of security and safety.  This is their issue but it is an international one as well.  Sadly, President Trump has made this far more difficult and complicated with this ridiculous America First and Alone concept. Idiocy.

More importantly however is that we all must continue to address and we all collectively need to address the underlying philosophical reasons for terrorism.  This is not an academic exercise but rather an ongoing effort to address those who have hijacked and perverted Islam.  With 1.5 billion Muslims in the world, an simplistic overreaction only provides recruiting poster to those trying to cause mayhem.  

This is going to be an interesting set of conversations this morning. 

Sunday
May282017

[Raw Story] May 27th; Jack's Recent Appearance on MSNBC

‘Americans can die’: Ex-CIA agent hammers Kushner for ‘criminal’ actions involving Russian contacts

27 MAY 2017 AT 13:10 ET                   



In Saturday’s episode of AM Joy, host Joy Reid assembled a panel to discuss the biggest news of the weekend: that Friday night Washington Post news dump that revealed President Donald Trump’s adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner had reportedly set up an undisclosed meeting with Russians to establish a backchannel during the president’s transition.

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Reid cited the Post‘s report that claimed Kushner was aware of how “politically sensitive it would be to meet with the Russians,” and, perhaps even more stunningly, that Reuters reported that a sanctioned Russian bank could provide the president’s son-in-law with loans in exchange for meetings with the president.

“This isn’t just politically-sensitive — this may just be criminal,” said former CIA special agent Jack Rice, one of Reid’s panelists. “There are people in the intelligence community and certainly prosecutors starting to sharpen their knives here.”

“Let’s think about where we are here,” Rice said. “We’re finally at a place where we’re starting to not see lies but this starts to sound like the conspiracy that people in the intelligence community are petrified about.”

As more information about what Kushner “was trying to get to the Russians” is revealed, Rice warned that this is when matters go from the merely naive to the criminal.

“The problem that we really have is that Americans die as a result of this,” Rice said. “People, including our allies, can die because of this. This is why you start to look at this from a criminal perspective. This is the reason you have to start contemplating why you prosecute people who do this sort of thing.”

Later in the segment, Reid, along with retired Naval codebreaker and regular guest Malcolm Nance, discussed the “nexus” of connections between Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak that now appears to include Trump aides like Carter Page, Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn, Michael Cohen, Jeff Sessions and Kushner.

“You’re just going to have to assume there’s an espionage component to this,” Nance said. “Otherwise it would be negligent to not believe these people were being handled by the Russians themselves.”

“It would be a hell of a lot of coincidences,” Reid concluded.

 

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Saturday
May272017

[MSNBC's AMJoy] May 27th: Jack and Pres. Bush's Ethics Lawyer Agree


Its frustrating sometimes.  I recognize how polarized the country has become.  Further, I know that there is this perception on all sides that the other side is simply lying.  However, its important when it comes to this Presidnet to consider one simple point. Just because he decided to call himself a Republican and just because the Republicans hooked their proverbial wagon to this yahoo doesn't mean that he's a consiervative or even a Republican.  There is a very real problem here. 

Today, i happened to be in studio with Richard Painter.  Richard used to be the ethics lawyer from Presdient George W. Bush.  Further, Richard is a conservative and a Republican.  And, check this out, Richard and I whole-heartedly agree on this yahoo.  TYrump is a fraud and frankly a clear and present danger.   

Saturday
May272017

[MSNBC's AMJoy] May 27th: Jack Talks Latest on Trump/Russia Investigation and More

It's gong to be a busy day.  I will appear three different times on MSNBC's AM Joy this morning.  That should keep me out of trouble.  We are going to t look at the latest in the Russia investigation and then we will look at Trump and the troops. Finally, we will turn to Trump's tour overseas trip and just how this impacts our relationships with our allies.  This is going to be a lot of fun.

Hope you can catch all three segments.

Sunday
May212017

[MSNBC's AM Joy] May 21st: Jack Talks Trump Intel Leak to the Russians

What an interesting conversation on MSNBC's AMJoy this morning.  As I watch the latest scandal rolling out of the White House, one story hitting me much harder than most of the others, President Trump's decision to show off to the Russians and dislose highly classified information.  This is a disaster.  

 

Thursday
May182017

[MSNBC's AM Joy] May 21st: Jack Talks the Latest on Trump Investigation

I appear on MSNBC's Am Joy this Sunday. I particuarly appreciate this show. Joy is smart, thoughtful and thinks big picture. This is truly a moment in history and that seems lost on very few. As the Special Counsel finds his office and picks his staff, President Trump continues to tweets denials and conspiracy theories, much to the consternation of his fellow Republicans.  I wonder how much they would all chip into the kitty to hire somebody to take his phone away?  Just a thought.  

This should be fun.  It always it.  I hope you can join in and watch the fun.  

Sunday
Apr162017

[MSNBC w/ AMJoy] April 16th: Jack Talks North Korea and Trump

I appeart on MSNBC's AM Joy on April 16th at 10 a.m. e.s.t.  North Korea was desperately trying to provoke and manipulate President Trump, and he succeeded.  Trump started tweeting back in the middle of the night asnd played right into the Northern Korean dictator's hands.  Foolish beyond belief.  Trump then sent a Battle group into the region causing even more instability.  The ramifications of this game can be catastrophic.  There are 20K U.S. troops in South Korea and between 25k-40k troop sin Japan.  There are 25 million civilians in Seoul alone.  This is absolutely no the way to approach this.  Unfortunately, Donald Trump is nothing but a hammer and to a hammer, everything looks like a nail.  

Saturday
Jul162016

[Editorial] July 16th: The West Doesn't Really Care About Democracy or Freedom - They Want Stability  

Interesting conversation with Brian Williams. I couldn't have disagreed more with the former Turkish Prime Minister who was on right before me. The West said they were standing up for democracy. They don't really care about democracy nor freedom in the Middle East. They desperately want stability above all things. Think . . . Turkey, Egypt, Israel, Iraq, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Iran. The list goes on and on and on. To say the least, the West has a troubled history in the region and that behavior continues.  Gotta give us credit for one thing . . . we are consistent.