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Entries in torture (14)

Friday
Jan272017

[The Nicole Sandler Show] January 27th: Jack Talks Media in the Trump Era

I appear on the Nicole Sandler Show on January 27th at 3;30 p.m. e.s.t. with my old friend Nicole Sandler.  She have known each other since the Air America days and beyond.  President Trump has declared war on the media and his watch dog Steve Bannon has upped the charge.  He says the the Media should just shut up and listen.  That's fascinating considering when what Mr. Trump continues to say is verifiable lie after verifiable lie. By the way, I am not using the term lie here loosely.  What he is saying regarding a whole series of things has been verified false by source after source after source.  When POTUS continues to repeat the lie and claim that it is true, regardless of how many times it has been pointed out, I believe that the term lie is appropriate.  We will talk about the role of the media and why now, more than maybe ever, the media needs to stand up to politicians.

On a separate issue, we will also discuss torture and the CIA.  Apparently, POTUS believes in waterboarding and may be arguing for its continuation.  This is quite extraordinary and should result is an amazing conversation.  I have some very specific ideas about it and contemplate what it might be like to prosecute this President in the Hague for crimes against humanity.  

This promises to be interesting.

 

Friday
Aug142015

[Russian TV International Appearance] August 14th - Jack Talks Torture and Gitmo

Friday
Oct312014

[The Jack Rice Show] Archive: Reckoning with Torture after Gitmo

This was shot at a Reckoning with Torture event back in 2009 in Washington DC.  I shared the stage with some legends of the civil rights movement and some famous actors and writers.  Quite an experience.  I had just returned from Gitmo right before this event so I was pretty revved up.  LOL

Saturday
May212011

[ACLU/PEN Appearance] May 24th: Jack Appears at Lincoln Center in New York City 

  

 

"“Reckoning with Torture: Memos and Testimonies from the ‘War on Terror,’” will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. 

I first became involved with the American Civil Liberties Union years ago.  Their willingness to stand up for liberty and justice is something truly rare.  This is particularly true when they also are willing to advocate for some of the weakest, most disenfranchised and yes, hated, people in the country.  In this case, it is about those who have been tortured by the U.S. Government after 9/11.

As a former CIA officer, I have extremely strong feeling about this.  However, as a criminal defense attorney who walks into courtrooms everyday to stand up for the rights of my clients, I feel the need to stand up as well.  Because if we don't, who will.

I appeared at the first Reckoning with Torture event back in 2009 at Cooper's Union in Manhattan.  It was an amazing event because of the support we received but also because Abraham Lincoln had once spoken from this same stage.  I remember thinking about how wild it was to be standing in the same spot.  Incredible.  I should add that I had just returned from another trip to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba so the event had a particular significance for me.

In 2010, we took the event on the road and appeared in Washington DC.  It was emotional, significant and I felt lucky to be involved.  This time around, a couple of members of Congress joined in the event.  Aasif Mandvi of the Daily Show was also involved.  A really smart and funny guy.  Pretty amazing.

A few months ago, we did a similar event at the Sundance Film Festival.  Again, wild.  The support we received from the Utah Chapter of the ACLU was incredible.  A lot of people participated.  We had a lot of Hollywood stars including Robert Redford, America Ferrera, Ellen Barkin as well as some Pulitzer Prize Winning writers.   It was great.  However, there was also one other addition. The event was directed by Doug Liman (director of Fair Game, The Bourne Identity, Mr. and Mrs. Smith).  He changed it.  Added to it.  He made it even better.  

This time around, filmmaker Doug Liman will will be directing and is also working on a documentary on the topic.  In addition, Russell Banks writer, Col. Morris Davis former military prosecutor, Peter Godwin writer, Beth Gutcheon writer, Rula Jebreal writer, Dahlia Lithwick writer, John Buffalo Mailer writer, Kati Marton writer, Lili Taylor actress, and Dianne Wiest actress will take part. Also both Jameel Jaffer Deputy Legal Director, ACLU and Larry Siems Director, PEN Freedom to Write program will take part.

Presented by:
THE ACLU, PEN AMERICAN CENTER, AND FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER.

Click here to purchase tickets.

Wednesday
May112011

[ACLU/PEN Appearance] May 24th: Jack Appears at Reckoning with Torture Event in Manhattan

 

 

 

"“Reckoning with Torture: Memos and Testimonies from the ‘War on Terror,’” will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. 

I first became involved with the American Civil Liberties Union years ago.  Their willingness to stand up for liberty and justice is something truly rare.  This is particularly true when they also are willing to advocate for some of the weakest, most disenfranchised and yes, hated, people in the country.  In this case, it is about those who have been tortured by the U.S. Government after 9/11.

As a former CIA officer, I have extremely strong feeling about this.  However, as a criminal defense attorney who walks into courtrooms everyday to stand up for the rights of my clients, I feel the need to stand up as well.  Because if we don't, who will.

I appeared at the first Reckoning with Torture event back in 2009 at Cooper's Union in Manhattan.  It was an amazing event because of the support we received but also because Abraham Lincoln had once spoken from this same stage.  I remember thinking about how wild it was to be standing in the same spot.  Incredible.  I should add that I had just returned from another trip to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba so the event had a particular significance for me.

In 2010, we took the event on the road and appeared in Washington DC.  It was emotional, significant and I felt lucky to be involved.  This time around, a couple of members of Congress joined in the event.  Aasif Mandvi of the Daily Show was also involved.  A really smart and funny guy.  Pretty amazing.

A few months ago, we did a similar event at the Sundance Film Festival.  Again, wild.  The support we received from the Utah Chapter of the ACLU was incredible.  A lot of people participated.  We had a lot of Hollywood stars including Robert Redford, America Ferrera, Ellen Barkin as well as some Pulitzer Prize Winning writers.   It was great.  However, there was also one other addition. The event was directed by Doug Liman (director of Fair Game, The Bourne Identity, Mr. and Mrs. Smith).  He changed it.  Added to it.  He made it even better.  

As this event, Doug will apparently be directing again.  It should be truly incredible.  I feel lucky to be involved and hope you might be able to make the event.  This issue is so significant not just because of the failures of the Bush Administration.  Those seem obvious to me.  Rather, it is the continuing failures of the Obama Administration to not address the wrongs that make this event as relevant as ever.  Besides, it is the Lincoln Center.  How strangely revolutionary!

Monday
May092011

[MSNBC Appearance] Monday, May 9th. Law, Torture and Osama

I appear on MSNBC's The Ed Schultz Show on Monday, May 9th.  Vice President Dick Cheney has come out saying that torture has been vindicated.  According to Cheney, it was the torture that led to Osama bin Laden.  That is fascinating considering it took countless false leads from that torture, an entire reorganization of the CIA, the largest reorganization of government to make the Department of Homeland Security, massive numbers of people on the ground, two wars, and trillions of dollars to bring this man down.  Frankly, the torture probably delayed getting Osama.  What do you think of that?  As a criminal defense attorney, I will be talking about that and how law works in interrogations of criminal suspects here in the United States.  

Hope you can watch.

Tuesday
May032011

[CNN Appearance] Tuesday, May 3rd. Talk on Intelligence, Law and bin Laden

I appear on CNN's The Elliot Spitzer Show on Tuesday, May 3rd.  So exactly how did the Intelligence Community and Special Forces do the operation that killed Osama bin Laden?  I am going to do through this step by step, from Eastern Europe, to Gitmo, to Afghanistan and Pakistan as to what happened, might have happened and should have happened.  This is going to be interesting.

Hope you can watch.

Saturday
Mar052011

[RT Video Appearance] Friday, March 4th: Is Bradley Manning Being Tortured?

Friday
Feb112011

Jack Appears at Reckoning with Torture at the Sundance Film Festival, 2011.

Tuesday
Jan042011

[ACLU Appearance] Saturday, January 29th: Jack Appears at The Sundance Film Festival

I appear at the ACLU's Reckoning with Torture event at the Sundance Film Festival on January 29th.  One of my favorite organizations in the country is the American Civil Liberties Union.  They regularly stand up for unpopular people and even unpopular causes but always for the right reasons.  That is what makes them so astounding.

I originally appeared at the ACLU event, Reckoning with Torture, in Manhattan back in 2009 in which we looked at American government policy and willingness to torture individuals to make us safe.  I took this appearance very personally as I had just returned from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba literally a couple of days before the event.  

We repeated the event at the Georgetown Law School in Washington DC sometime later.  This was equally fun as well because some of my favorite politicians and public figures were also involved including Assaf Manvi and Congressman Keith Ellison.  

This time around, we are continuing with our On the Road tour as we go to the Sundance Film Festival.  We will appear on January 29th to again focus on American willingness to accept torture as American policy.  And lest you think that it is simply Republican bashing, I assure you that it is not.  President Obama has done almost everything in his power to ignore the issue and in some ways is less transparent than the Bush Administration ever was.  

This should be a lot of fun and important.