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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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More Allegations for Al Franken on this Deck - I don't buy it.

I have interviewed Al Franken many times over the years and some of the time in person.  There has been a pretty horrific photo of the Sen back in 2006 apparently groping or acting like he is groping a sleeping young woman. I know nothing about that. I will leave that to others. However, a recent allegation from 2010 has surfaced from a woman who claims Franken grabbed her while at the MN State Fair. I saw the photo and immediately recognized the WCCO Radio booth. I've been on it many times.  See above. 

My problem is this, this is a stage. There is simply no place to hide and people are everywhere. There is an open railing around the stage and people are crowded up to it to get close to anybody and everybody famous. As a result, it Franken actually did this, there would have been at least a dozen or more people who would have been within a couple of feet of it and actually had a perfect view of the grab.  And yet, nothing. In addition, the Republican booth is right next door and they regularly followed people like him around trying to get something on video.  And again, that I've heard, nothing.

Maybe there is something here. I don't know.  But I do know that you couldn't sneeze anywhere on this booth without somebody being so close that they could hand you a tissue, and they would. That's Minnesota. 



[WCCO Radio Minneapolis] October 23rd: Jack Talks CIA Ops in Afghanistan

I appear on WCCO Radio in Minneapolis with my old buddy Dave Lee. He's a good man and he and I have known each other for a very long time.  The New York Times broke a story about the CIA increasing operations in Afghanistan. This is based directly on pressure from the President to be more aggressive. There is one problem: the U.S. is losing this war. It has been going on for 16 years and it is showing absolutely no signs of coming to an end. Sadly, my prediction anyway, is that it never will. Afghanistan tribal groups will fight until the end of time. To them, this was, is and will always be an invasion.

This is a very complex issue and what that can't be explained in a sound bite and that is the reason I frequently like radio more than TV.  You get time to spread out and talk big and small picture.  This will also be fun for me as I spent years working for WCCO Radio.  These were my people so it will be pretty great for me.

Hope you can listen.


[WCCO Radio Minneapolis] June 20th: Jack Talks Youtube's Efforts to Fight Terrorism

I appear on WCCO Radio in Minneapolis on June 20th.  Social media has been under pressure to change their policies to help fight extremism and terrorism.  ISIS has been successful at using various platforms to spread their message of hate and violence and terrorism.  We have seen efforts from Facebook, Microsoft, Google and Twitter back in 2016 but various western countries have been unimpressed.  

In the last few days, British Prime Minister May, the Germans and the European Union have all been looking at expanding requirements and oversight over social media.  And social has been trying desperately to get ahead of the stories.

I will appear on WCCO to discuss Youtube's latest efforts to address exactly this.  They are going to throw money, people and technology at this.  It is a multi pronged effort and should be interesting to see whether it is successful.  

Hope you can listen.


[WCCO TV Minneapolis] May 26th: Jack Talks Two Arrested with Bomb Materials

I appear on WCCO TV on May 26th. Two brothers were arrested in Minneapolis and the police allegedly found a loaded AK47, a grenade and bomb making materials. The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security is looking closely into this issue. At least one of the brothers is very publicly denying he is a terrorist.  

This idea got me thinking  Because these two brothers happen to be of middle eastern decent, does that issue make any difference? So, because they were born in Iraq, this makes them terrorists? I simply don't buy into that. If these two men were white and wearing red Make America Great Again hats and screaming about the 2nd Amendment, would we be having this conversation?  So what makes a terrorist.  It is an interesting conversation.  

I hope you can catch this conversation.


[WCCO Radio Minneapolis] May 9th: Jack Talks Trump Firing Comey

I appear on WCCO Radio in Minneapolis with my friend John Williams.  Pres. Trump's decision to fire FBI Director Jim Comey is an astounding move.  The WH claims it was based upon email accounts used by Hillary Clinton when she was Secretary of State.  However, this doesn't seem to make a lot of sense based upon timing and what Trump has said previously.  Its an amazing story and promises to stay in the news cycle for a long time.  This may even result in a special prosecutor to address the Russia Trump connectionl

Hope you can listen. 


[WCCO Minneapolis] April 7th: Jack Talks U.S. Missile Strike in Syria and What Comes Next

I appear on WCCO Radio with John Williams on April 7th and 3 p.m. c.s.t.  John is a smart guy and thoughtful in his approach to stories and the news.  With President Trump makes a complete about-face regarding his foreign policy stand in Syria, there are enormouse questions to address.  Is this just a one time thing?  Will there be more airstrikes?  Will there be books on the ground?  What about the Russians?  All are issues that we will likely cover.  

This should be interesting.  On a side note, this will also be interesting as I was on air for many years with WCCO.  As a result, it always feels a little bit like old home week.  That should make it a little more fun for me too.


[WCCO Radio] September 8th: Jack Talks Wetterling Case and Criminal Defense Strategy

I appear on WCCO radio tonight to wrap up the sad Wetterling story. We talk interrogations and what drives people to admit to things and we talk the deal that was struck and the ramifications. We even talk about civil commitments and what may be coming down the pike. A great interview.

Hope you can join me.


[WCCO Radio] May 23rd: Jack talks terrorism, trial advocacy and the law.

Appearing on WCCO Radio, my old stomping grounds, with Jordana Greentonight at 10 pm ct to discuss the latest on the terrorism trial in Minneapolis, the Freddie Gray verdict, a place in Mississippi where segregation is apparently alive and well, and my recent assignment teaching trial advocacy skills to lawyers in Uganda. Gonna be a full show.


[WCCO Radio Appearance] September 30th: Jack Talks Law and the Targeted Killing Program

I will appear on WCCO Radio on September 30th.  The Americans, using an unmanned drone, apparently killed Anwar al-Awlaki, the American born cleric who has been causing trouble for some time.  He may have been involved in motivating people to attack an aircraft with the so-called underwear bomber, the Central Park effort, and with the killings at a U.S. military base.  This killing should have a huge impact upon al-Qaida's PR campaign.  However, should the Americans be killing other American citizens without a trial who are not in a warzone and were not even accused of being directly involved in any terrorist activity?  What are the legal implications?

This should be fun!


[WCCO Radio Appearance] September 16th: Jack Talks Criminal Law, Senser and the Media

I appear on WCCO Radio's John Williams Show on September 16th. Amy Senser has been charged.  So, now what?  How do you defend somebody like this?  How do you deal with the media to make sure that she gets a fair trial?  Most importantly, how do you play this so that your client most likely is found "Not Guilty"?

I will talk about this and how criminal law and the media collide.  This should be an interesting conversation.  Hope you can listen.