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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 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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Entries in war crimes (2)


U.S. Denies ICC Investigation into U.S. War Crimes

The United States has denied U.S. visas for International Criminal Court Investigators who are looking into the quesiton of possible U.S. war crimes by U.S. miliary personnel and CIA officers in Afghanistan after 2002.  This isn't even a question about whether those individuals could be prosecuted by the ICC but about whether there should be an investigation in the first place.  

I am currently at the International Criminal Court in The Hague when this story broke and when the Voice of America, International Edition called, I was all about it.  



[Press TV Tehran] October 29th: Jack Talks War Crimes in Syria

I appear on Press TV Iran on October 29th. The Russians and the Assad regime are claiming that the Americans are guilty of war crimes in their "liberation" of Raqqa. Of course, that sad part is similar claims have been made of the Russians in Aleppo and Assad throughout the country. In the end, only one thing is certain. Hundreds of thousands of civilians have been murdered in Syria and far less likely that those responsible will be help to account.  

I hope worked all over the world and have seem first hand the devastation that civilians have paid in Iraq, Afghanistan, parts of Africa and elsewhere.  I can look back through history and think about civilian casualties from recently to long again.  From Fallujah in Iraq to Mi Lai to Dresden, it is always the civilians who have paid the highest price. Sometimes, it is the liberators who exact the largest toll as they waive flags and kiss babies.

This is a difficult conversation but certainly one worth having. Further, pretty much nobody in the room is innocent here.