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Criminal Defense Attorney, Former CIA Officer, Media Analyst and Public Speaker 

Jack Rice practices exclusively in the areas of criminal defense and DWI/DUI defense.  He is unique across the entire state of Minnesota and the U.S. as the only criminal defense attorney who is also a former Central Intelligence Agency Officer as well as a former prosecuting attorney. Jack's extensive experience, aggressiveness and passion speak for themselves and he is most proud of his reputation as a fighter for the rights of his clients. He has a national reputation and can be seen frequently on MSNBC, Al Jazeera, CNN, and other networks across the country.  He is also a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

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The Jack Rice Show, Tuesday, May 16, 2006.

President Bush spoke to the nation last night about immigration. This very complicated issue has split the nation and Washington as well. The President discussed a temporary worker program, strengthening the border, and whether we wants to acknowledge it, eventual amnesty.

As the President put it, "an immigration reform bill nees to be comprehensive, because all elements of this problem must be addressed together, or none of them will be solved at all."

We will take your calls.

Can you afford to Retire? Frontline takes a look at the 20, 30 and 40 something's retirement dilemna.

Executive Producer Hedrick Smith, Pulitzer Prize-winning former foreign correspondent, editor, and Washington Bureau Chief for The New York Times, joins the program to talk about your future.

Nando Parrado, a survivor of the Andes Mt. plane crash joins us with his new book "Miracle in the Andes". Nando describes the indescribable. Could you do what he and his compatriots did?
I think that, as you listen, the answers are not so easy. I should also add that of the many books that I read, this one is particularly extraordinary. While it is about survival, it is as much about love of family, priorities, and purpose. If you aren't weeping at the end, you better check your pulse.

Could President Bush Make President Nixon's Actions Legal?

President Bush has ordered the NSA to look at Americans’ phone records. And according to a result poll, only 51% of Americans have a problem with the NSA looking at these records without first getting a warrant. This is an outrage! The problem is that the American people are being asked the wrong question. Really!

Imagine if they had been asked this question: Should our Commander in Chief have the right to unilaterally decide when to tap phones? In order to answer this question, we need to stop the rhetoric and look at the ramifications.

The President believes that he must do whatever is necessary to protect us from terrorism. If we allow him to make the call about tapping phones without a warrant, and without Congressional oversight, we will establish this precedent that allows all Presidents to make the call, without a warrant and without Congressional oversight.

Now, let us assume that President Bush’s motivations are pure. Let us assume that he truly wants to protect us. Wants to keep us safe from terrorism. So, we go along. After all, he does seem earnest.

Now, in 2008, President Bush leaves office and somebody else is elected. At this point, we have no idea who it is, but here is one thing that we do know. The new President has the right to listen to Americans’ phone calls whenever he wants to do so. And there is no requirement that he get a warrant. And Congress can’t say a thing about it. We have established the precedent. Remember?

If this new President’s motivations are pure, we are fine. He or she will do what must be done to protect us from terrorism and will do everything necessary to protect our civil liberties. But what happens if our new President’s motivations are not so pure? What happens if our new President is a scoundrel?

Let me give you a hypothetical. Imagine a President who is fighting a war. There are men and women in harm’s way. And this President is doing everything that he can to win this war.

Now, imagine somebody trying to weaken this President. No. Imagine somebody trying to challenge this President’s authority. Consider what this does overseas for our fighting men. Consider what this does to the status of a sitting President amongst his friends and foes while the war continues.

Wouldn’t it be a good idea for this President to find out about what this troublemaker is doing? Wouldn’t it be a good idea to find out exactly what this rabble rouser is planning? Wouldn’t it be a good idea to tap some phones in order to protect the people of this country? To protect the troops? And ultimately, to protect the President? Well, of course it would.

Now, tell me. Wasn’t this the very thinking for President Nixon when he made the decision to tap phones at the Watergate Hotel. To attack against his political enemies in the Democratic party.

But there would be one difference between Nixon and this new hypothetical President and all future Presidents. All future presidents could do exactly what Nixon did, except legally, because presidential power will have expanded under President Bush.

Remember the question? Should our Commander in Chief have the right to unilaterally decide when to tap phones?

The problem with the NSA question is that we need to look at it from a non-partisan perspective. And as importantly, whether or not the President has good intentions is irrelevant. The only question is whether the President, any President, should be able to do what he wants, when he wants, and how he wants without anybody saying a word. If you are a Republican or a Democrat, don’t forget, there will be an opposing party president in the White House someday.

Do you want to give them the power?

Aaron Brown Joins the Program

Journalist and former CNN Anchor Aaron Brown joins me in studio today to talk about his career, his time at ABC, CNN and elsewhere. And, of course, during 9/11, he seemed to become the backdrop for the entire country. Every night, we all seemed glued to the television trying to understand, as Aaron put it, "what we know and what we don't!"

The Jack Rice Show, Thursday, May 11, 2006

Jack took calls on your feelings about the $70 billion tax cut the Senate is preparing to vote on.

Former Congressman and Chairman of Patriots to Restore Checks and Balances Bob Barr talks about the NSA and the new head of CIA General Michael Hayden.

Holly Johnson, Ex. Dir. of North American Deer farmers Assoc. and Pres. of MN Deer Assoc., Rep. Rod Hamilton (R) Mountain Lake and Rep. Joe Hoppe (R) Chaska all discuss a piece of legislation to ban big game farms.

Patriots to Restore Checks and Balances www.checksbalances.org/

I Can See the Sign Now: The University of Minnesota Sex World Stadium!

What’s in a name? An old line to be sure, but maybe still a relevant question. The Minnesota House passed legislation that would allow TCF Bank to have the naming rights for the new University of Minnesota Gophers stadium to be built on the Minneapolis campus. The Senate just passed a bill excluding the naming rights. Now, I guess, the disagreement, among many, will have to be hashed out in committee. All that being said, let me get straight to the point. Selling the naming rights to this stadium is bad policy.

Look, I’m a Gopher Alumni myself. And anything that would lower my taxes seems like a good thing. Obviously, TCF bellying up with $35 million is $35 million we don’t have to pay. I get that, but . . .

If we are going to accept that $35 million from TCF, does that mean we need to make sure TCF is on the up and up and good for the community? Now, I have no reason to believe that TCF is not a great company. But how do we know? Does that mean we have to require TCF to open their books to insure that they are “okay?” And if the answer is no, then doesn’t that mean we should take money from the highest bidder?

For instance, let’s say that Sex World, another Minneapolis establishment that apparently pays its bills, offered $36 billion for the naming rights, would it be okay to change the name to The Sex World Stadium? Why not? What is the difference? It would certainly save us an additional $1 million in taxes. The justification is exactly the same, right?

I can just see it now. In bright neon letters, The University of Minnesota Sex World Stadium. Imagine, Sex World could have space right at the entrance to sell their wares. I could watch a game, go and pick up a hot dog, a soda and ah ah ah. Well, you get the picture. By the way, NO, I haven't been there!

I guess it is like a really bad joke I once heard. A man offers a woman a ten million dollars to sleep with him. She says, “For that kind of money, okay!” He then says, “okay, how about $10?” Her response, “what kind of person do you think I am?” And he says, “I think we’ve established that. Now we are just negotiating.”

If we decide we can slap anything on the side of a building so long as it lowers our taxes, haven’t we already established who we are?

I know that it has been done in the past. I know that everybody is doing it. I know that it might lower our taxes. I know that TCF might be a fine company. But if we are willing to sell anything, everything to the highest bidder, then we are the bad joke.

The Jack Rice Show, Tuesday, 05/09/06

The stadiums proposals continue to change. Are we getting closer to a bill all can agree upon?

The Senate rejected limits on medical malpractice. Who really wins and loses when limits are set in malpractice suits?

How should Kirby Puckett's ashes be split or should they?

Should a bigamist be sent to prison for his crime and if so, shouldn't a spouse who has a secret, long term affair be sent to prison too?

The Jack Rice Show, Monday, 05/08/06

What has happened to the CIA since Porter Goss took control 18 months ago and what is the future when a military man is running the show?

Are sports fans getting more out of hand than ever?

Michael Hersh, Sr. Editor of Newsweek talked about the latest peace agreement in Darfur.

Warren Richey of Christian Science Monitor talked about the United States now being under the microscope and scrutiny of hte U.N. over our intelligence gathering on terrorists.

Christian Science Monitor piece: http://search.csmonitor.com/search_content/0508/p01s01-usfp.html

Gen. Hayden As CIA Director?

As former head of the NSA and now number two man under Director of National Intelligence John Negropante, Hayden appears to be well qualified to take this role. However, there have been some, including senior Republican officials that are questioning this pick.

Associated Press Photo.
General Michael Hayden may be the next CIA Director. But is he the best choice?

Hayden was the architect of the domestic spying program and the use of warrantless wiretaps here in this country since 9/11. While there appears to be no justification in the 4th Amendment or in the FISA Courts, the President and Gen Hayden moved forward with this program arguing that it was for national security. No doubt, a Senate confirmation process will focus upon this issue.

Another issue is that Hayden is a General. Well, he isnt the first. However, is does make the point that now the NSA, DIA and CIA are all being run by military men. That, I admit, does give me some heartburn. My fear is that they will all look to the Pentagon. And the orginal purpose of the CIA was to be outside of the Pentagon.

Another more significant issue is competency. The biggest problem for the Agency is a lack of HUMINT, human intelligence and then proper analysis. Hayden's expertise in the past has been in technical intelligence, i.e. satellites. The Agency got into trouble with this same obsession in the 80's and 90's.

While this is sexy, it doesn't help with terrorism cases very well. We need more people on the ground in tents in Afghanistan and North Africa. Whether or not Hayden can do this remains to be seen. If he fails, we will not be any safer. In fact, we will be less safe.

Overall, my biggest concern is that this is just another flow chart change. We don't change anything. Rather, we just change the headings. That way, I guess we say we are doing something when we are doing nothing.

Only time will tell.

Porter Goss Resigns from CIA

Porter Goss resigned as the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency this afternoon. While there is a lot of speculation as to his motivations, one thing is perfectly clear. During his tenure, there has been a massive exodus of experienced officers. In fact, more than 300 years of institutional knowledge seems to have been flushed down the proverbial toilet. Losses include the Deputy Director, his Deputy, the chief of the Cladestine Service, the Chief of Intelligence, and more. Worse, it also appears that leadership in the Agency has become more political than ever.

Unfortunately, it appears that the administration isn't smart enough to keep politics away from the intelligence community. As a result, the intelligence can often be skewed and I guess, you get what you look for. This is all the worse when we wrap ourselves in the flag and talk about patriotism and then do this. What an embarrassment.

The Agency has made huge mistakes. However, intelligence should know no political affiliation. It is not left or right. Until we figure that out, we will never be able to straighten out many of the problems that still exist.

I will join Keith Olbermann on MSNBC to discuss Porter's resignation, its implications and any possible successors.

The Jack Rice Show, Friday, 05/05/06

Jack discussed a bill introduced that would allow the use of deadly force against an attacker anywhere as long as the person reasonably feels an eminent threat.

Lynn Reed of the Minnesota Taxpayers Association and Mark Steffer of Education Minnesota discussed the $10 billion shortage in the Minnesota Pension fund.

Donald Simon, a campaign finance expert talked about the latest proposed lobbying reform. What are the real world effects of government corruption on ordinarty Americans?

David Sirota discusses this in his book Hostile Takeover.
Hostile Takeover: www.davidsirota.com/hostiletakeover/

The Jack Rice Show, Thursday, 05/04/06

Jack took calls on the fate of Zacarias Moussaoui.

Journalist Robert Scheer has interviewed every president in the past three decades yet none, he says, have prepared him for George W. Bush.

Jeffery Sachs, superstar economist and special advisior to Secretary General of the U.N. Kofi Annan discusses poverty.

Playing President: www.akashicbooks.com/playingpresident.htm
End of Poverty: http:

A Call For More Government Regulation

Some lawmakers are finally willing to back higher gas mileage standards here in the U.S. Oh, how nice for them. While we pay $3.00 per gallon and try to determine how we can take a second mortgage on the house to fill up our tanks, a couple of people do something they should have done years ago. Our President says he wants it now but always fought it himself in the past.

Let me make this point clearly. More regulation in the automobile industry would be a good thing. In fact, more government regulation across the board would be a good thing.

In the last thirty years, we have been buried in speeches about why government is bad and that deregulation is good. That argument just doesn't hold water. Consider.

Media deregulation. Fewer and fewer own more and more and control more of what we hear, say and often think. Imagine one guy controlling multiple radio stations as well as TV news stations as well as the newspaper. Is that good policy?

The savings and loan industry is another example. We deregulated and they spun out of control Profits became paramount and corruption ran rampant. And we never understood what was good on. Think Gordon Gecko, "Greed is Good."

How about the airline industry? Almost every airline has been bankrupt and their pensions are teetering on the edge. The industry is weaker than ever before, not stronger.

Consider the electric prices across the country. How are your bills looking? Study after study have shown that deregulation has resulted in higher profits for them and higher energy prices for you and me. See, that worked great.

The pharmaceutical and health care industry. Massive profits and worse service. Enough said.

The oil industry. Well . . .

And the list goes on and on and on.

Business has one just and only one job. They are designed to make money. They are not designed to be good public stewards. They are not designed to do public good. And worse, because of the way they are organized, they need to make quick profits for the stockholders and for their CEOs who are also almost exclusively paid in stock. Think United Health.

Therefore, only government has the public mandate and the ability to control what is happening. Only government has the ability to require good stewardship. Only government can ensure legal oversight.

Leaving all of this to private industry and pray to God that they do good and simply inconsistent with what business is all about. It is not a slam on it. It is just an acknowledgement of what business is supposed to be.

So enough with the government is bad line and the deregulation is good line. Bad government is bad. Good government is good. Deregulation has been a disaster in many industries and both parties need to take a closer look and remember who they represent, them or us!

The Jack Rice Show, Wednesday, 05/03/06

Jack discussed the latest twist on the stadium issue where a 0.5 percent 7 county tax with a bonus for mass transit was proposed.

Mexico may approve a law that will decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, cocaine and other drugs to concentrate on fighting bigger drug gangs. Should we follow Mexico’s lead and loosen up our drug laws?

According to a recent poll, nearly one third of young Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 couldn’t locate Louisiana on a map. Only four out of ten could find Iraq.

Mary Endorf, Graduate School of Eduation at Hamline talked about well-rounded education.

Senator Mark Dayton explained why he voted against the Senate Homeland Security Governmental Affairs Committee's report on the federal response to Hurricane Katrina.

National Geographic Geography poll: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/roper2006/findings.html

The Jack Rice Show, Tuesday, 05/02/06

Jack talked about the latest twist on the Twins stadium.

What can we expect for gas prices this summer.

Col. David Hunt and Jack discuss our nation's security;

Journalist Paul Raffaele took us on a trip to Venuatu, an interesting group of islands near Fugi where the islanders pray to a god named John Frum.

David Hunt's book "They Just Don't Get it": www.randomhouse.com/catalog/display.pperl/9781400097425.html

Raffaele's piece "In John They Trust": www.smithsonianmag.com/issues/2006/february/john.php

A Day of Protest

Hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrant workers and their supporters and their allies intend to march in the streets across this country today. From New York to L.A. to Minneapolis, they will show their force in terms of numbers and economic power.

Associated Press Photo

Some have argued that this show of support is good for those seeking legal status. Others, also supporters have argued that this causes fear and mistrust and makes some believe that immigrants are a threat. Even Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa urged students to stay in school and to refrain from using any flags but the American flag.

Those opposed to a plan being discussed in the U.S. Senate for an immigration plan say the cost of immigration is too high and ignores that providing legal status will only encourage more people to come. The Minuteman Civil Defense Corps of California, a self proclaimed citizen defense group spent today beuilding a six foot barb wire fence to support their belief that fences make good neighbors.

However, if we build fences, won't immigrants just climb over them? Or dig under them? Or walk around them? Wouldn't you? If you were not lucky enough to have been born in this country, wouldn't you come here if it made your and your family's lives better, even if it were illegal?

With no end in sight, all sides are struggling to come up with an answer.

We will go live to Los Angeles and New Yrok today to discuss the matter. In addition, we will talk with experts here in town as well as at least one undocumented worker about how he feels about this "Day of Protest." Finally, we will be taking your calls at 651-989-9226 or 1-800-327-8255.

Middle East Troubles Continue

Violence continues to erupt around the Middle East. In Tel Aviv, a suicide bomber killed himself and nine others while two Palestinian terrorist organizations have claimed responsibility. I remember walking the streets of this city and I try to imagine the terror of never knowing whether today will be your last.

Also, Iran and Qatar have agreed to continue funder the Hamas lead government of Palestine while much of the rest of the world has boycotted such support because Palestine has continued to deny Israel's right to exist. Also, Hamas has called for the destruction of Israel.

Finally, mulitple attacks continue to plague US and Iraqi troops in Iraq. Some 12 more bodies have been found in a Baghdad suburb at the time of the writing but those numbers are expected to grow; they always seem to do so.

Iraq has also failed to establish a so-called unity government. Some are saying things are improving while other seem dubious. Al-Jaafri may have the support of his own party but many in the Sunni and Kurdish parties continue to reject him.

From my perspective, the numbers don't lie. Death has continued in the streets on a staggering pace and whether or not enough good is being done to overcome it is the real question at the moment. Only time will tell.

Hugh Hewitt on the future of the Republican Party

Republican strategist and nationally syndicated talk show host Hugh Hewitt will join the program today to discuss the future of the Republican party. The Party has a tent but is it too big? What do Republicans stand for?
What happens when many in the Party are split when it comes to issues like Iraq, immigration, the deficit and more? Hugh will join us to discuss the future, the upcoming elections, and his new book, Painting the Map Red.

Gov. Howard Deans Joins the Program to Talk the Future.

The political atmosphere across America is heating up and mid term elections approach. Both Republicans and Democrats are fighting for your vote, your interest, your money. Both are trying to argue that they are the best to lead. But who will prevail?

Today, I will be joined by Democratic National Committee Chairman Gov. Howard Dean. He will discuss the future and the possibility of a Democratic majority in either the House or Senate in November.

My first question: With the mounting disasters facing the Republicans, including Iraq, Katrina, Scooter Libby, NSA wiretapping and lobbying scandals, why can't the Democrats seem to get any traction? Are the Democrats simply incapable or do the American people not care about these topics?

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld Joins the Program

U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld will join me today to discuss the war in Iraq and the war on terrorism.
AP Photo

Looking at recent polls, the great majority of Americans are not happy with the direction of the war in Iraq. My impression is that staying the course, as the President has stated, will result in more of than same and that that seems to be the problem. But will it?
Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld will discuss this and whether we are failing in the war of ideas around the world.
He will appear at 12:50 central time today. I hope you can join us.

Exhausted and Thrilled All at the Same Time

March 17, 2006
Kuwait International Airport

I'm on my way home and I'm exhausted. Following the story all day and then trying to get it on the air after that has worn on me. But something else has worn on me too. We were mortered almost every night I was in country. And the IED that hit too close for comfort.

As I write this from the airport, I keep hearing a boom. I'm not sure if it is Expolsive Ordinance Disposal (OED) getting rid of explosives on the Ali Al Sabah Airbase or just a door being banged shut. Either way, every time I hear it, I feel the need to duck. But I guess that is nothing.

The people who stay here when I leave deal with this everyday. I know that all have to find ways to cope. Many are scared and told me so. Makes complete damn sense to me. I was scared. Some joke. Some bluster. Some feel nothing. However, it manifests itself, this is one of the costs of us being here.

I am about to jump on a plane for home, to my wife Marlo, to my daughters. But I won't forget all of the stories, all of the faces. Some made it to the air. Many did not. There is only so much time. But the privilege was mine to hear each and everyone of the them.

Good night and my next correspondence will be from American soil.