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Entries in spies (9)

Thursday
Sep162010

WCCO's Jason DeRusha's Article Featuring Jack Rice

Good Question: Who Are Americans Spying On?  Click here for link to WCCO website.

Reporting

Jason DeRusha

(WCCO)

Three Americans detained in Iraq are accused of spying. They deny it, as does the U.S. government. But we know that Americans are in fact inside foreign countries doing undercover surveillance. So, who are we spying on and what are we looking for?

"We're spying on everybody," said Jack Rice, a Minneapolis criminal defense attorney, former WCCO radio talk show host and former C.I.A. case officer. "Believe it or not, we have interests, we don't have friendships. That was a saying at Langley."

 "We're going after the Russians, like we always have. We're going after Iranians. We're going after Iraqis. We say we're not going after Europeans because they're our friends. But do we care what they're doing? Of course we do," added Rice.

While that means that we aren't doing extensive spying on our friends, Rice said that we certainly are keeping an eye on them. We're watching Israel, for example.

And while he said he has no reason to believe that Sarah Shourd, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal are spies, it's certainly possible that they were not hiking along the Iran/Iraq border and they were undercover.

 "A really good spy, honestly, shouldn't look the way you expect. So, do you expect to see a bunch of guys in trench coats and sunglasses there? No! You expect to see something else. Am I suggesting they're spies? I would never suggest that!" said Rice.

 "What would happen if you had three Iranians hiking in an area that was of interest to us? Would we say 'He was just a hiker?' No, we'd say 'they don't have hikers -- he must be a spy!'" said Rice.

 The nature of spying has changed over the years, with an increasing focus on electronic surveillance: listening to conversations via satellite, analyzing e-mail communications and bank accounts.

"You know why it went technical? There was no blowback. You're not going to be on the ground and have people find you," said Rice.

After the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and the Pentagon, there's been an effort to increase the number of spies undercover in various countries.

 It's not just the C.I.A. spying, "it's all the acronyms," said Rice, including the Department of Defense, Energy, and State.

 In his view, the U.S. doesn't have the patience that Russia and China have shown, leaving spies in country for decades until they find out information.

 "We want answers by the end of this quarter. If we don't have it, we're pulling the plug. That's what we do in the intelligence world, too," Rice said.

 "Sometimes, it takes 20 years where you know the country, you know the language, and you know where the tents are," he added.

 So, what are we looking for?

"It's shifted. During the cold war, a lot of it had to do with weaponry. But it started to shift even at the end of that into economics," he said. "When we are out in the world now, we're trying to figure out who's paying whom, how it's being paid, who's actually taking the money, where they are actually spending it. If you follow the money, what you really follow is the influence and who has it."

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Friday
Jul232010

[Russian TV Video Appearance] July 23rd: Talk on Spies and Foreign Corporations

Friday
Jul092010

[NBC Nightly News Video Appearance] July 9th: Talk on Law and Russian Spies

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Friday
Jul092010

[KARE 11 Appearance] July 9th: Talk on Law and Russian Spies

I appear on KARE 11 on Friday, July 9th.  With the biggest spy swap since the Cold War, there are a lot of questions about who won in the swap.  that is a very difficult question and both sides had different goals.  However, one this is very clear.  Spying has never stopped and will likely increase as intelligence is more important than ever before.

Hope you can watch it.

Friday
Jul092010

[NBC Nightly News Appearance] July 9th: Talk on Law and Russian Spies

I appear on NBC Nightly News on Friday, July 9th at 6 p.m. e.t.  With the biggest spy swap since the Cold War, there are a lot of questions about who won in the swap.  that is a very difficult question and both sides had different goals.  However, one this is very clear.  Spying has never stopped and will likely increase as intelligence is more important than ever before.

Hope you can watch it.

Thursday
Jul082010

[WTOP Radio Appearance] July 8th: Talk on Law and Russian Spies

I appear on WTOP Radio in Washington DC on July 8th at 8:30 p.m. e.t.  With 10 Russian spies being and convicted and promptly sent back to Russia, along with 4 Russians being sent to the U.S., it represents the largest spy swap since the Cold War.  In fact, it feels very Cold War-esque.  However, there are a lot of reasons that this is taking place.  I will talk about the legal ramifications as well as the intelligence ramifications.

Hope you can catch it.

Friday
Jul022010

[MSNBC Appearance] The Ed Schultz Show, Friday, July 2nd: Talk on Law and Russian Spies

I appear on MSNBC's The Ed Schultz Show on Friday, July 2nd at 6:30 p.m. e.t.  With the story involving the alleged Russian spies continues to develop, I will join the program to talk about the intelligence implications and also about the possible criminal charges that they face.  It is strange how this story feels like a throw back to the Cold War.  Pretty wild.

Hope you can watch.

Thursday
Jul012010

[MSNBC Appearance] Hardball with Chris Matthews, Thursday, July 1st: Talk on Russian Spies and the Law

I appear on MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews on Thursday, July 1st at 5:30 p.m. e.t.  With questions continuing to arise involving alleged Russian spies, there is a real question on the ramifications of what these spies might do and also about how much danger they actually posed to U.S. interests. I will also talk about the legal ramifications.

Hope you can watch.

Wednesday
Jun302010

[KOA Radio Appearance] Wednesday, June 30th: Talk on Law and Russian Spies

I appear on Denver, Colorado based KOA Radio on June 30th at 9 a.m. e.t. The fallout continues to spin regarding the 10 alleged Russian spies who have been scooped up by federal authorities.  Upon closer inspection, this truly feels like a blast from the past.  However, as a former CIA officer, I recall having conversations with other CIA colleagues about what foreign intelligence services would do after the fall of the Berlin Wall.  The shift has frequently turned economic and about international business.  I will join KOA to talk about what it means and the legal ramifications.  As a criminal defense attorney, I will talk about how to defend somebody charged with this.

Hope you can listen.