American Conspiracies by Jesse Ventura
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A New York Times Best Seller! Jesse Ventura, acclaimed author and former governor, returns with a riveting exploration of government cover-ups and secret agendas. In his latest book, American Conspiracies, Ventura sheds light on the hidden truths that the government would rather you didn’t discover.
Ventura delves deep into the dark underbelly of American history, exposing the stark contrast between what the government knows and what it discloses to its citizens. He challenges the mainstream narrative by presenting alternate viewpoints often dismissed by the media.
Unafraid to ask the tough questions, Ventura adopts a fearless stance, refusing to be intimidated. He boldly confronts the authorities, demanding answers, and shedding light on the lies that have been perpetuated for years.
True to his words, this updated edition includes new revelations, such as the CIA torture scandal and the financial meltdown of 2008. With a critical eye, Ventura exposes how the government continues to infringe upon our civil liberties, urging readers to take a stand for what is right.
American Conspiracies is not just about accepting everything presented within its pages; its true value lies in provoking deeper thought and critical analysis. It challenges readers to question the information they have been fed and to consider alternative perspectives.
Skyhorse Publishing, along with our Arcade imprint, is dedicated to publishing a wide array of historically focused books. From World War II and the JFK assassination to conspiracies and ancient civilizations, we aim to shed light on overlooked subjects and give voices to authors whose work may not have otherwise found a home.
Jesse Ventura on American Conspiracies: Privatization, Military Mercenaries, and Growing Government
I understand that there may be some individuals who will criticize me for not engaging in a debate where I overpower you physically, but as a 58-year-old, I no longer participate in activities like arm wrestling. It’s been 20 years since I’ve been involved in wrestling, hard to believe. However, let’s delve into the other issues that you wish to bring to the attention of the public. Privatization, as you mentioned, appears to be a major concern of yours. What specifically troubles you about privatization?
Privatization, to a certain extent, is something that I appreciate. However, I have noticed certain issues with regards to the military becoming privatized, mainly utilizing the services of mercenaries. It is disconcerting to see more mercenaries deployed overseas in Iraq than actual soldiers. Companies like Blackwater, for instance, operate outside the authority of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. These individuals behave like cowboys, armed with guns, and have been involved in incidents that some might consider murderous, although I personally hesitate to use that term.
The level of privatization accelerated during the Bush years, and I would like to know if there have been any improvements since Barack Obama assumed the presidency?
Regrettably, there haven’t been substantial improvements because Barack Obama campaigned promising to extricate us from these wars, yet he seems to have escalated them. Yes, he did shift the focus back to Afghanistan, but why wasn’t Afghanistan addressed initially? We became diverted with Iraq, which made me question the events of 9/11. When I learned that Bush was planning to invade Iraq, I couldn’t help but wonder about the alleged 19 hijackers who targeted the World Trade Center. Not a single Iraqi among them. To me, it seemed akin to Pearl Harbor, where if the Japanese attacked us at Pearl Harbor, it wouldn’t have made sense to go after Korea simply because they were also Asian.
There are people who speculate that regardless of the circumstances, we would ultimately have invaded Iraq because there were individuals within the Bush administration who were interested in doing so.
Indeed, discussions were already taking place about going into Iraq even before Bush was elected. In fact, on the day after 9/11, amidst all the testimonies, when Richard Clarke was told to find a connection to Iraq, their intentions were quite apparent.
I have also learned that a significant amount of torture that took place in Guantanamo was an attempt to extract false confessions tying individuals to weapons of mass destruction and al-Qaeda. This was an effort to support the erroneous assertions made by the government.
When you ran for governor, did you have the same opinions about the government?
Not entirely. My decision to run for governor was primarily influenced by my role in radio talk shows. I felt trapped because if you lose credibility, it could be detrimental. Consequently, I offered myself as a candidate and the people took me seriously.
What motivated you to run for governor?
It all started in the late 90s when the economy was flourishing, and budget surpluses were abundant. However, the year before I ran for governor, the surplus was spent recklessly, which outraged me. I firmly believed that if the government took in more money than what was budgeted due to a strong economy, that surplus should be returned to the people. So, my campaign was centered around this idea. During the prosperous times, I even issued three consecutive rebate checks to the people of Minnesota, reimbursing them for the extra money the government received.
What did the government spend the extra money on?
Typically, the money is allocated towards public programs. However, the issue arises when the economy takes a downturn, and these new programs continue to exist, needing financial support. This leads to the growth of government as these programs result in larger and larger government structures. I personally believe that our government has become excessively large, and an alarming report in USA Today supports my concerns. It states that on average, federal government employees earn more money than individuals in the private sector. This stark inequality raises serious questions about the role of government, as it is the private sector that sustains the government.