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April 4th, 2011
11:31 AM ET

Jesse Ventura's new book excerpt: what the "government doesn't want you to read"

Jesse Ventura is a guest tonight on "Piers Morgan Tonight," and the wide-ranging interview touches on foreign policy, American politics and conspiracies – a subject he speaks passionately about during the hour and on his TruTV show. Ventura also discusses his new book, out today, "63 Documents the Government Doesn't Want You to Read."

During the hour (9pmET/PT) you'll see Ventura and Piers Morgan square off over the validity of some of the conspiracies Ventura believes, but below – check out an exclusive excerpt from Ventura's new book (the full introduction):

“There is little value in insuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it. And there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment.” – John F. Kennedy.

This book is titled 63 Documents the Government Doesn’t Want You to Read, lest we forget that 1963 was the year that claimed the life of our 35th President. The conspiracy that killed JFK, and the cover-up that followed, is the forerunner for a lot of what you’re going to read about in these pages. In fact, the idea behind this book came out of writing my last one, American Conspiracies. There I presented a close look at whether or not our historical record reflects what really went on, based on facts that most of the media have chosen to ignore – from the Kennedy assassination through the tragedy of September 11th and the debacle on Wall Street. In poring through numerous documents, many of them available through the Freedom-of-Information Act (FOIA), I came to realize the importance of the public’s right to know. And I decided to see what new picture might be revealed if you laid out certain documents that the powers-that-be would just as soon stay buried.

Everything in this book is in the public domain and, for the most part, downloadable from the Internet. I’m not breaking any laws by putting these documents in book form, although some of them were classified “Secret” until WikiLeaks published them. I’ll get to my view on WikiLeaks in a moment, but let me begin by saying how concerned I am that we’re moving rapidly in the direction President Kennedy tried to warn us about.

According to a recent article in the Washington Post, there are now 854,000 American citizens with Top Secret clearances. The number of new secrets rose 75 percent between 1996 and 2009, and the number of documents using those secrets went from 5.6 million in 1996 to 54.6 million last year. There are an astounding 16 million documents being classified Top Secret by our government every year! Today, pretty much everything the government does is presumed secret. Isn’t it time we asked ourselves whether this is really necessary for the conduct of foreign affairs or the internal operation of governments? Doesn’t secrecy actually protect the favored classes and allow them to continue to help themselves at the expense of the rest of us? Isn’t this a cancer growing on democracy?

After Barack Obama won the 2008 presidential election, I was heartened to see him issue an Open Government Initiative on his first full day in office. “I firmly believe what Justice Louis Brandeis once said, that sunlight is the best disinfectant,” Obama said, “and I know that restoring transparency is not only the surest way to achieve results, but also to earn back the trust in government without which we cannot deliver changes the American people sent us here to make.” After eight years of Bush and Cheney’s secretive and deceitful ways, that sounded like a welcome relief. Obama ordered all federal agencies to “adopt a presumption in favor” of FOIA requests and so laid the groundwork to eventually release reams of previously-withheld government information on the Internet.

Well, so far it hasn’t turned out the way Obama sketched it out. An audit released in March 2010 by the non-profit National Security Archive found that less than one-third of 90 federal agencies that process FOIA requests had changed their practices in any significant way. A few departments – Agriculture, Justice, Office of Management and Budget, and the Small Business Administration – got high marks for progress. But the State Department, Treasury, Transportation, and NASA had fulfilled fewer requests and denied more in the same time period. “Most agencies had yet to walk the walk,” said the Archive’s director Tom Blanton.

Things went downhill from there. In June 2010, the New York Times carried a Page One story detailing how Obama’s administration was even more aggressive than Bush’s in looking to punish people who leaked information to the media. In the course of his first 17 months as president, Obama had already surpassed every previous president in going after prosecutions of leakers. Thomas A. Drake, a National Security Agency employee who’d gone to the Baltimore Sun as a last resort because he knew that government eavesdroppers were squandering hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars on failed programs, is today facing years in prison on ten felony charges including mishandling of classified information. An FBI translator received a 20-month sentence for turning over some classified documents to a blogger. And the Pentagon arrested Bradley Manning, the 22-year-old Army intelligence analyst, who for openers had passed along to WikiLeaks the shocking video footage of a U.S. military chopper gunning down Baghdad civilians.

Then, in September 2010, the Obama Justice Department cited the so-called “state secrets doctrine” in successfully getting a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit on “extraordinary rendition” (a phrase that really means we send suspected terrorists to other countries to get held and tortured). In fact, Attorney General Eric Holder was hell-bent on upholding the Bush administration’s claims in two major cases involving illegal detention and torture.
Also in September, the Pentagon spent $47,300 of taxpayer dollars to buy up and destroy all 10,000 copies of the first printing of Operation Dark Heart, a memoir about Afghanistan by ex-Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) officer Anthony A. Shaffer. We first interviewed Lt. Colonel Shaffer for American Conspiracies, because his outfit (Able Danger) had identified Mohammed Atta as a terrorist threat long before he became the supposed lead hijacker on 9/11.
With Operation Dark Heart, publishing executives and intel outfits couldn’t remember another instance where a government agency set out to get rid of a book that was already printed. Some months earlier, the Army reviewers who’d asked for and received some changes and redactions said they had “no objection on legal or operational security grounds” to the final version. But when the DIA saw the manuscript and showed it around to some other spy operations, they came up with 200-plus passages that might cause “serious damage to national security.” By that time, several dozen copies of the book had already gone out to reviewers and online booksellers. (Those went on sale on eBay for between $1,995 and $4,995.)

So Operation Dark Heart was hastily reprinted with a number of paragraphs blanked out and, guess what?, it became a best-seller. Here are a few of the things that got canned, which the New York Times first pointed out. Everybody’s known for years that the nickname for the NSA headquarters at Fort Meade is “the Fort.” Censor that one! Another big secret – the CIA training facility is located at Camp Peary, Virginia. You can find that on Wikipedia but not anymore in this book! And did you know that Sigint stands for “Signals Intelligence?” You don’t see that anymore in Operation Dark Heart. (I can’t wait for the censors to pull my book from the shelves for revealing all this). Oh, and they removed a blurb from a former DIA director who called Shaffer’s “one terrific book.” Shaffer has now gone to court looking to have the book’s complete text restored when the paperback comes out.

To Obama’s credit, early in November 2010 he issued an Executive Order establishing a program to manage unclassified information that rescinded a Bush-era order designed to keep still more documents away from public scrutiny by putting new labels on them (“For Official Use Only” and “Sensitive But Unclassified.”)

But soon thereafter came WikiLeaks’ release of 250,000 secret State Department cables. This followed the group’s disclosures earlier last year of 390,136 classified documents about the Iraq War and 76,607 documents about Afghanistan. As everybody knows, the politicians and the media commentators went ballistic over the cables being in the public domain – even though the New York Times, among others, was running front-page stories every day about their contents.

Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, was for a moment our biggest bogeyman since Osama. Sarah Palin says he’s “an anti-American operative with blood on his hands” who should be pursued “with the same urgency we pursue al Qaeda and Taliban leaders.” She stopped short of saying he should be hunted down like the caribou she shoots in Alaska. Hillary Clinton calls what he’s done “an attack on the international community.” (I’ve never known Palin and Clinton to be this cozy in the same bed, so to speak). Mike Huckabee called for the execution of whoever leaked the cables to WikiLeaks. Newt Gingrich referred to Assange as an “enemy combatant.” Joe Biden described him as “closer to being a hi-tech terrorist” than a whistleblower, and some liberal democrats would like to see Assange sent to prison for life. He’s also been labeled an old-fashioned anarchist, mastermind of a criminal enterprise and, at best, a control freak and a megalomaniac.

This smacks of worse than McCarthyism – we’re in a lynch mob moment, folks. Didn’t Thomas Jefferson say that “information is the currency of democracy” and that, if he had to choose between government and a free press, he’d take the latter? Ron Paul is one of the only folks to have spoken up on Assange’s behalf. Paul made quite a statement on the floor of the House, when he asked his colleagues what had caused more deaths – “lying us into war or the release of the WikiLeaks papers?” He added, “What we need is more WikiLeaks….In a free society, we’re supposed to know the truth. In a society where truth becomes treason, then we’re in big trouble. And now, people who are revealing the truth are getting into trouble for it.”

Paul’s point is important. Nobody has died as a result of Wikileaks’ disclosures, but maybe we’ve forgotten that the whole Iraq war was based on fake evidence manufactured by the Bush-Cheney White House and the Brits, resulting in 4,430 American troops dead and about 32,000 wounded as of early December 2010. In Afghanistan, the toll is climbing fast – close to 1,500 Americans dead and almost 10,000 wounded. This doesn’t take into account, of course, the hundreds of thousands of civilian casualties. Do you think it’s possible, as one Internet columnist has written, that Julian Assange is the scapegoat for arrogant American officials who’d rather point the finger at someone else than admit the blood on their own hands?

Personally, I think Julian Assange is a hero. It’s a classic case of going after the messenger. Our diplomats get caught writing derogatory remarks and descriptions of foreign leaders, then turn around and accuse WikiLeaks of putting our country in danger. WikiLeaks is exposing our government officials for the frauds that they are. They also show us how governments work together to lie to their citizens when they are waging war.

Here are a few things we’ve learned from WikiLeaks’ document releases that we didn’t know before: The CIA has a secret army of 3,000 in Afghanistan, where the U.S. Ambassador in Kabul says there’s no way to fix corruption because our ally is the one that’s corrupt (one Afghan minister was caught carrying $52 million out of the country). In Iraq, there are another 15,000 civilian casualties that haven’t been brought into the light, and our troops were instructed not to look into torture tactics that our Iraqi allies were using. U.S. Special Operations forces are in Pakistan without any public knowledge, and our Pakistani “allies” are the main protectors of the Taliban in Afghanistan!

I mean, let’s face it: WikiLeaks exists because the mainstream media haven’t done their job. Instead of holding government accountable as the “fourth branch” the founders intended, I guess the corporate media’s role today is to protect the government from embassassment. Assange has pioneered “scientific journalism” (his term) – a news story is accompanied by the document it’s based upon and the reader can make up his own mind. WikiLeaks’ small team of reporters has unveiled more suppressed information than the rest of the world press combined!

Assange is the publisher, not the one who revealed the “classified information.” That’s apparently Private Bradley Manning, who somehow found a security loophole and now is being held in solitary confinement at our Quantico, Virginia base facing up to 52 years in prison. Are we surprised that the United Nations’ special investigator on torture is looking into whether Manning has been mistreated in custody? As for Assange, how our government wants to try him under the Espionage Act of 1917 is beyond me. Come on, he’s an Australian citizen and his Internet domain is in Switzerland. (By the way, he also received the Sam Adams Award for Integrity in 2010, and the Amnesty International Media Award in 2009).

And what about these cyberspace sabotage attacks against WikiLeaks that are being carried out across national borders by our government? As far as I can determine, these are illegal under both U.S. law and international treaties. Meantime, it blows my mind that students at Columbia and Boston University and probably other institutions of “higher learning” are being warned not to read any of these documents if they want to get a government job in the future. The Office of Management and Budget sent out a memo that forbids unauthorized federal employees and contractors from accessing WikiLeaks. The Library of Congress has blocked visitors to its computer system from doing the same. The Air Force started blocking its personnel from using work computers to look at the websites of the New York Times and other publications that had posted the cables. Instead, a page came up that said: “ACCESS DENIED. Internet Usage is Logged & Monitored.” Over in Iraq, our troops who’d like to even read articles about all this get a “redirect” notice on their government network telling them they’re on the verge of breaking the law. And a lot of these same soldiers have security clearances that would have allowed them to see the cables before they were leaked.

Given the close ties between the government and large corporations, I can’t say I’m surprised that Amazon, PayPal, Mastercard, Visa and Bank of America took action to make sure that WikiLeaks could no longer receive any money through their channels. And I can’t say I’m upset that a group of young “hacktavists” calling themselves Anonymous have taken retaliatory action against some of those same companies. They call it Operation Payback. “Websites that are bowing down to government pressure have become targets,” a fellow named Coldblood posted. “As an organization we have always taken a strong stance on censorship and freedom of expression on the internet and come out against those who seek to destroy it by any means. We feel that WikiLeaks has become more than just about leaking of documents, it has become a war ground, the people vs. the government.”

More than 500 “mirror sites” now possess all the cables, and Assange has said we ain’t seen nothin’ yet if he meets an untimely demise. As I write this a couple of weeks before the New Year in 2011, he’s living in a friend’s mansion in England and fighting extradition charges. I’m sure a whole lot more will have developed by the time this book is published. I say let the chips fall where they may as WikiLeaks puts the truth out there. If our State Department is asking diplomats to steal personal information from U.N. officials and human rights groups, in violation of international laws, then shouldn’t the world know about it and demand corrective action? Maybe if they know they’re potentially going to be exposed, the powers-that-hide behind a cloak of secrecy will think twice before they plot the next Big Lie.

I agree with Daniel Ellsberg, the former military analyst who leaked the Pentagon Papers during the Vietnam War. He faced charges, too, back in 1971, but they were thrown out by a judge. He’S called Private Manning a “brother” who committed “a very admirable act” if he’s the one who provided the documents to WikiLeaks. “To call them terrorists is not only mistaken, it’s absurd,” Ellsberg said.

The book you’re about to read is undertaken in the same spirit. I’ve divided the book into five parts, starting out first to show links between deeds our government perpetrated in the past and what’s going on today. If you don’t know your own history, you’re doomed to repeat it. You’ll come across documents on some pretty scandalous behavior, including:

• The CIA’s secret assassination manual and experiments to control human behavior with hypnosis, drugs, and other methods.
• The military’s Operation Northwoods, a chilling attempt by the Joint Chiefs of Staff to stage a terror attack on our own citizens and make it look like Cuba was behind it – using a hijacked airliner, no less!
• After President Kennedy was trying to get our troops out of Vietnam, the military faked the Gulf of Tonkin attacks in order to expand the war.
• Our chemical and biological warfare capability back in 1969, leading you to wonder about the real origin of things like AIDS and lyme disease.
Part two delves into a series of government, military and corporate secrets, opening with excerpts from two recent reports on how our military and intelligence outfits put Nazi war criminals to work after World War Two. From there, you’ll see some eye-opening documents including:
• The CIA’s “Propaganda Notes” designed to shore up the Warren Commission’s lone-gunman conclusion.
• How Oliver North collaborated with Panama’s drug-running dictator Manuel Noriega.
• What America knew, and ignored, about the genocide happening in Rwanda in the mid-1990s.
• How we still turn a blind eye to Gulf War Illness and our veterans.
• The frightening background for our military to intervene in domestic affairs, set up “emergency relocation facilities” for our citizens, and establish a Civilian Inmate Labor Program.
• How failed inspections and ignored science are impacting our food supply and our bees, while we push to promote Monsanto’s biotech agenda.
• What our military really knows about the dangers of climate change.
• How companies like CitiGroup and Koch Industries promote their “plutocracies” at the expense of the rest of us.
Part Three I’ve called Shady White Houses, starting with “Tricky Dick” Nixon and his astounding plan to bring peace to Vietnam by pretending to nuke the Soviet Union! You’ll also learn about:
• How the Bush White House stole the presidential elections in 2000 and again in 2004.
• The Obama State Department’s call for our own diplomats to spy on the United Nations.
• Whether “cybersecurity” could mean the end of the Internet as we know it.
Part four focuses in on a subject I’ve explored a great deal in recent years, and that’s whether we’ve been told the truth about the terrible events of September 11, 2001.
• A think tank called the Project for a New American Century anticipating “a new Pearl Harbor” to promote its agenda for “Rebuilding America’s Defenses.”
• Clear warnings the Bush Administration ignored that something was coming.
• The “Stand Down” order that kept our military from responding on 9/11.
• Evidence that Building 7 was taken down by a controlled demolition.
• The role of insider stock trading in advance of 9/11.
And finally, part five examines the so-called “war on terror” and the terrible price we’re paying in terms of our liberties and the lives being lost in Iraq and Afghanistan. You’ll first read excerpts from a long memo by Bush’s Justice Department that subverts the Constitution by shredding a number of civil rights, followed by Bush’s justification for America’s torture of “unlawful combatants.” * The “Media Ground Rules” that keep the truth hidden at Guantanamo.
• The torture techniques, and medical experiments, being conducted there and the paper trail on the CIA’s destruction of 92 torture videos.
• Decapitation of a detainee in Iraq, by our own troops!
• How the CIA “spins” the war in Afghanistan, and the fact that drugs are fueling that country’s economy.
• The State Department’s revelation that Saudi Arabia is actually “a critical source of terrorist funding.”
• A report by the Rand Corporation showing that military force has never worked in combating terrorism.

Following the 63 documents, you’ll find an Epilogue of Internet resources to use in your own pursuit of the truth about what’s going on behind-the-scenes.

Here’s what should concern us all: if you look back at the US Patriot Act that Congress passed almost unanimously in the wake of 9/11, the Bill of Rights was already in peril. Let me offer a brief outline of how things changed:

The First Amendment is about freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and the right to assemble. The Patriot Act says that the government is free to monitor religious and political institutions without any suspicion of criminal activity. The government can also prosecute librarians or the keepers of any other records (including journalists) related to a “terror investigation.”

The Fourth Amendment speaks to our right to be secure “against unreasonable searches and seizures.” The Patriot Act says the government can search and seize Americans’ papers and effects without probable cause.

The Sixth Amendment entitles anyone accused of a crime to “a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury.” The Patriot Act says the government can jail Americans indefinitely without a trial.

The Sixth Amendment says an accused person has “compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.” The Patriot Act says the government can monitor conversations between attorneys and clients in federal prisons and even deny lawyers to Americans accused of crimes.

The Sixth Amendment also says an accused criminal must “be confronted with the witnesses against him.” The Patriot Act says Americans can be jailed without even being charged, let alone face any witnesses.

What troubles me more than anything is how Congress can simply vote to supersede the Constitution. They’re not allowed to do that, to vote in new rules arbitrarily. Changing the Constitution requires you to go through many hoops. How can we allow this kind of unprecedented change to happen?

At the same time, it’s recently been reported that our government is building up a huge domestic spying network to collect information on us all, involving local police, state and military authorities feeding information into a database on people who’ve never been accused of wrongdoing. Homeland Security has given billions of dollars in grants to state governments since 9/11, and there are now more than 4,000 organizations in the domestic apparatus. The FBI keeps the ultimate file, with profiles on tens of thousands of Americans reported to be “acting suspiciously.” (I’m sure I’m one of them.) Also the technologies we’ve developed for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are now being used by law enforcement agencies at home – hand-held fingerprint scanners, biometric data devices, unmanned aircraft monitoring our borders with Mexico and Canada.

In other words, we the taxpayers are funding our own government to keep tabs on what we do! This is outrageous, but it’s been a long time coming. Our tax dollars have paid for mind control experiments and assassination attempts and fake attacks to draw us into war. Our tax dollars have funded drug runners and “extraordinary rendition” of detainees. And they’ve not been used in places where they should be going – like to help our veterans cope with Gulf War Syndrome and to keep the nation of Rwanda from mass genocide. What right does the government have to abuse our money like that? This is diabolical!

I’ve put together this book because it’s become crystal-clear that our democracy has been undermined from within and it’s been going on for a long time. We the people have got to wake up and start demanding accountability! Let’s never forget the words of Patrick Henry: “The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them.”

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  1. HelenHull102951

    Anyine that does'nt believe that the US Gov is corrupt and dishonest is a fool, the past 4 admin. have been and are now more corrupt than most of the countries we are at war with. This gov cannot be trusted at any level!!! I've always thought that the 911 attackes were known to be coming by the Bush admin and they decided to let it happen just for a reason to go into Bagdad and Afganistand, I also can't accept that some 300,00 men can't find one man. Someone within this gov keeps Osama one step ahead of our troops and CIA..

    April 4, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • 21st century minuteman

      Osama didn't do 911, it was our own government !
      It's easy to blame things on someone, when the people your talking to are brainwashed idiots !
      I saw the trade center blown up live on TV with my own eyes !
      I saw the explosive charges being set off along the outside columns live on the news coverage !

      April 4, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ira Dernotsei

      Yes, no one but the most gullible faux patriot understands the corruptibility and fallibility of our government, of any government. The politicians make promises they can never hope to keep, but in a winner-takes-all race for powerful positions, what they don't promise, the other guy will. But to imagine the level of conspiracy some people concoct in the echo chambers of the mind is beyond reason. Every now and then you have to get out Ocaam's razor and question something so complex and unsustainable actually playing out. Parsimony is our friend when these theories are brought to our attention.

      THAT being said, however, never underestimate the forces of chaos, in business, banking, politics, and personal scandal. Never assume that when someone makes a claim or a statement that it can miraculously contradict predictable self-interest and self-preservation, so Mr. Ventura no doubt has some solid stuff in his portfolio of conspiracies, perhaps most of it, but the glue that purportedly stringing it together is really just a series of synaptic misfires in his cranium. Or, content for a best seller that appeals to those with synaptic misfires (most of us!).

      I find it humorous among the comments here that some would place our pro-wrestler friend in the middle of a set of his own conspiracies, pitting conspiracist against conspiracist. To be realistic, beyond a faked lunar mission (oops, still can't find the original telemetry tapes, not that they were important enough to archive) and the Fed's zig zag bullet to silence Kennedy, oh, and the Tonkin Golf thing, most of what the US government does is a muted day-to-day expression of what it takes to preserve the freedom and financial well being of her citizenry with particular attention to keeping power players happy.

      In the end, the smart money is to be honest, true, valiant, and do good by your fellow man, expect that what comes around goes around, and avoid the temptation to immerse in controversies, either as a participant, observer, or commentator. Nothing to see here, folks, move along.

      April 5, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Ira Dernotsei

        "Yes, no one but the most gullible faux patriot understands"

        Oops, meant to say "ANYONE but the most gullible"... kinda changes the meaning a bit...!

        April 5, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. 21st century minuteman

    Jesse is a true American Hero !!!
    I've been telling people that these things are true for years, now I have proof in writting. The majority of the American people are total morons, who don't care about anything until it's to late.
    Wake the hell up !!!
    Obama is your enemy !

    April 4, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Big R

      Thanks for the post brother, its time to stop the new world order, what ever it takes, most Americans are sheep.
      Yes Jessie is a hero, and by the way Plers go the f,,, back home and get the hell out of our country, is that little dick head Gayyyyyyy.
      Wake up America.

      April 4, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. David Howard

    Google "China Syndrome at the WTC" ...

    April 4, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. michele uplinger

    any plans to interview Def Leppard?

    April 4, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. bob

    TRUTH! Your government funded and trained Al Qaeda

    April 4, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Clay McKenzie

      Pierce is an IDIOT!! The same ignorant folk who believed there is no global warning, kennedy was assasinated by a single gunman and the war in IRAQ was for moral reasons. Where was he when we fought and died in Vietnam for NO US GAIN!! He is the most uneducated jack(*& I can think of. Guess what folks – Jet Fuel CANNOT burn hot enough to melt steel gurders and the great Loizo family could not have dropped the towers any more perfect. What a dishonor to one of the last true journalisitic organizations in the world? Go work for Ruppert Pierce, he lives the lies you wish to propagate!! MMmm.... no coverage videos of the falls on public TV less than 24 hrs after the event....wonder why – DumbA$$!!!

      April 4, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • mike l

        of course it had to be controlled demolition. it's perfectly reasonable to think that a demolition crew could spend every night for weeks or months rigging the building to come down along with cleaning up every morning before people arrived. No one would notice a thing and none of the demolition crew workers would mutter a peep after. No cleaning crews would come out later and mention anything odd they had seen. Yes, that seems perfectly plausible. I suppose when you want to believe the worst about our government any story is believable.

        April 6, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jackson

      prove it

      April 4, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • RVN54

      I have agreed with what you wrote all along! And now here it is the end of April and whats in the news, Lybia! Now Obama and Hillary want to SUPPLY weapons to the rebels to aid in their fight with Kadaffi. Guess what, the rebals are NOT the good guys! They are Al Queda!!! No kiddin', the same ones that had a hand in 9/11. Now i didn't say that they were totally responcible for the devistation, but they had a role.

      April 25, 2011 at 8:30 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Carla

    Piers, this is what makes America so great! We are allowed to go on tv and express our opinions. There are many Americans who dont believe what our government tells us, and think that they are very capable of being deceptive. I am suprised you believe everything our government tells you. Truly, I can't believe that you are so shocked at what Jesse believes to be true. Like I said, many American Joes and Janes think what he is saying has a lot of truth.

    April 4, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Kathy

      Why are you talking to Piers like you have to explain everything American? He's not retarded. Please stop representing Americans.

      April 11, 2011 at 12:39 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. M Holt

    Seriously, Jesse, you're egotistical demeanor is repulsive and I am all for the truth but your truth is all about how much hype you can put out there to further you're bottom dollar. $$$$$$$$ go away, please!

    April 4, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. joan christian

    Way to go Piers. I loved this interview with Jessie. I thought he was going to shake himself right out of his chair or walk off the show and you still didn't back down. Way to go Piers.

    April 4, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • shayne the christian

      What in the world are you talking about... Don't be a Sheep... do some research about the things that jesse mentioned.. you sound terrible

      April 5, 2011 at 1:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. bob

    ^ you sir are a moron.

    April 4, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. reb

    I cannot take this man seriously... he is rocking back and forth like a lunatic, and his hair... ??? what is that look? He appears to be on the brink of a breakdown. Does he not have a loved-one or manager to give some guidance? Very weird. And it's not that I cannot consider (some) of what he purports. Most of it sounds like ravings of some off-balanced internet junkie – but some I'm willing to consider – but JESSE: You look and have some behaviors like you just escaped from an asylum!

    April 4, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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      April 4, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. peirsblows

    3rd time watching Piers show and he did it again. What a horrible interviewer, and even a worst journalist. I understand most CNN shows are just entertainment and not news. I guess that is why they hired Peirs. Great entertainer!!! but journalist don't berate. They don't talk more than their guests. Journalists don't interrupt every sentence and they don't put words into guests mouths. Can't CNN find an AMERICAN journalist???. I mean I think BBC is much better than CNN, but wow, this guy sucks!

    April 4, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bobby B

      Totally agree. Peirs has never listened to himself. He is the most obnoxious interviewer I have ever wtched or listened to. He asks a question and answers it himself and wont llet his guest TALK ! What incompetent punk kid in a management position at CNN hired this jerk ? He simply is NOT qualified for a network news gig. His British accent is disgusting and irritating to listen to as well. I simply refuse to listen to CNN as long as Peirs is on.

      April 5, 2011 at 12:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • santa

      I agree Piers is no journalist. $500 haircut on a $5 empty head. Piers can call people idiots? No that's the kettle calling the pot black. Of 350 million Americans, isn't there someone CNN could hire to do his job?

      April 5, 2011 at 12:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Irish


      April 5, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. mo cowbell

    Piers Morgan is the worst host ever! A good "interviewer" doesn't argue with the quest or insert his personal views! I question Jesse Ventura's judgement to appear on this ego-maniac's show.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jackson

      then how come Jesse complimented Pierce at the end of the interview.....I think he even said something like CNN made a smart choice.

      April 4, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Alaine

        Great point!

        April 5, 2011 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
      • magistre

        Jackson, in reference to what Jesse said: You really don't understand polite sarcasm, do you?

        April 25, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  13. Zunny

    I thought at first that Piers was the most nieve person to ever hold the position of "edgy" cable host but you know, the more I listened, the more I think a man of his travel experience, news gathering expertise and with necessary insider information, could not be as god awful uninformed as he appeared to be. He must, as Jesse said, be in his position to bring ratings (my words) by pushing people's buttons. If Piers truly represented his full take on 9/11, President Kennedy's death among other topics and really feels that our government is totally honest and that no "evil" persons can find their way into high positons of government then I have a bridge I'd like to sell to him for $2.50.

    Thank goodness for Jesse. May he continue to question our leaders as his right and ours!

    April 4, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. reb

    I agree Pires is no bright bulb – but still, cannot get past Jesse's presentation.... sorry, not sounding/looking stable!

    April 4, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. mike scruggs

    once again mr.morgan is showing his ignorance of america and americans by calling an american icon like jessy ventura a coward. he tried to back up after he said it but he is still a jerk for trying to bait jessy by calling him a coward. i guess where hes from they do that to their ex-military men and women. most of my friends and my self were willing to give him a shot but this was the end of it. he probley lost about half his listerners after tonight.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Citizen Jane

    Once again that pompous, priggish, overbearing Brit was totally obnoxious and hateful on tonight's show. I have never been able to watch a whole episode of Piers Morgan because I find him so offensive and rude. Mr. Ventura was insulted, baited and bullied by Mr. Morgan. I keep hoping his show will be pulled off the air and the valuable time slot given to a talented American journalist in his place. Let's give that plum job to one of our own and dump that supersilious British jerk who even has the gall to insult our president!

    April 4, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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    April 5, 2011 at 12:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • d

      Im always wary of people who like to expose other peoples dirt. If you are blameless lets open up your life to public scrutiny! Further, after character assassination, what else do you have? Can you challenge his theories in a clear concise fact based manner? Rather than, (as Jesse would say) 'Kill the messenger' why not challenge the message? All that tryin to out people is weak....seriously..

      April 6, 2011 at 4:21 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • jim

      cnn, fox.msnbc,are propaganda machines run by the richest people in the world.Any american who can"t see that have thier heads stuck up you know where.Piers is just doing what he is told company man.Deny. Disinformation: thats what they do.Gas could be 8 dollars a gallon and piers will go on tv and tell america it has nothing to do with the wars and as insane as it sounds there are Americans who will think he is telling the truth without doing reasearch till he finds out what the truth really is. sad but very true the mind is a terrible thing to waste.Seek and you shall find Knock and it will be opened.

      April 10, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Simp

      Jesse Ventura Really needs to stay in his lane.. he really makes himself look dumb asking why he doesn't have a clearance he only did 6 years years and he should know that he doesn't keep that.. And also if he was such a dedicated seal he would hold his tongue and the dumb question he is posing to the government. as a Military man is-insane he knows nothing about government policy and or Military.. issues Sit down You May soon be called a fraud

      June 8, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  19. tim

    Well, I guess it comes down to who's lies one wants to believe, and who's system one wants to live under; the Western Hemisphere's, or the Muslim's sharia law. They are all lieing, and want to control the populations, no doubt. If I have to pick a fantasy world to live in, it would be the one we have here in the U.S., as opposed to Iran's or Saudi Arabia's!! So before we get out and scream "Down with the Empire", we'd better consider the altternatives. With capitalist China and Russia drooling over who's gonna take over and control the US, we'd better be careful not to destablize our government. Revolutions in the 21st century cannot happen in the relative safety of isloation that they did 100 years ago.

    April 5, 2011 at 1:14 am | Report abuse | Reply
  20. tim

    If you folks think Piers is an attack dog, you ain't seen the British show I think called Straight Talk on the BBC. Now that guy is guzzling tiger's blood! I think overall Piers digs in pretty good, no matter who he has on. It certainly beats the fluffy happy banter that Larry King oozed for so long. (But I thought Larry was a good inteviewer for what he did; it just wasn't anything consequential to the real world. Michael Jackson's important?...Pleeeease!)

    April 5, 2011 at 1:19 am | Report abuse | Reply
  21. tim

    Regarding the 911 theory Jesse puts forth...Piers did a great job of seperating the facts from the conclusions drawn. Yes, Cheney, Ashcroft, & Co. DID know something was going to happen! They were explicitly warned by Amhad Massoud who was killed on 9/9/2001 by Al Queda! They let it happen! But that doesn't mean Muslim fundamentalists weren't the perpetrators behind it!!! And it doesn't mean that Cheney & Co. didn't let it happen because they wanted to get into wars with the Middle Eastern countries for what ever reason (probably oil $). Get a brain people, and analyze each statement in of and by themselves. Conclusions are another story.

    April 5, 2011 at 1:56 am | Report abuse | Reply
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      April 5, 2011 at 2:22 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • tim

        Great comment "shayne the christian"! Nobody is yelling in your can just quit reading anytime you want. Your screaming is irrelevant to the conversation. Does thinking hurt your poor little brain cel? I guess this is what we can expect from religious zealots, be they Christians, Muslims, or whatever. Dumb and dumber, but day be believers! My parrot makes more intelligent comments than you do.

        April 5, 2011 at 2:39 am | Report abuse |
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  22. Dynamo61

    As Lincoln said: "Better to keep silent and be thought a fool, than open your mouth and remove all doubt." It never ceases to amaze me how so many people hold forth in public (Ventura included), with little thought to how their appearance, manner, and use of language, spelling and grammar eclipse whatever point they are trying to make. These posting boards are increasingly populated by infantile, dropout hillbillies

    There are SO MANY lines of reasoning Jesse could have used to defend his position, but he let Morgan frame the debate, and made Truthers look like a bunch of wild speculators. Ashcroft not flying was NOTHING compared to, for instance, tower 7 falling at free-fall speed without being hit, Thermate residue in all of the dust, put options on the effected airlines before the event, etc, etc,. Obviously, Morgan and Co. are toeing the party line and using their bully pulpit to perpetuate a chilling effect on free inquiry and expression. The tactics are obvious and shopworn, but effective to the average lazy modern American mindset: ridicule, condescension, never addressing ONE issue in a head-on, thorough fashion. And then, cutting the thing together, and giving Morgan the last, predictable, smug word. Jesse! Remember for next time: they will ALWAYS try to draw you offsides by leading off with the question that will reduce your credibility immediately. They want a declaration of who knew what, and when. These facts are not yet known to anybody. 911 truth is based on a mosaic of individual factors which point to the only conclusion we actually know: that we have not been told the truth. And if you expect to find it from the MSM, keep dreamin'!

    April 5, 2011 at 6:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • magistre

      So Jesse is on the "Nobama Debate Team"?

      April 6, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Zunny

    Dynamo61, I couldn't have said it better.

    April 5, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  24. kg

    Piers is the real deal... a trained poodle. I can't watch this guy embarrass himself. He's at the top of my 'deport them asap' list. Charge: imitating a talk show host. Pathetic.

    April 5, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  25. R K

    Piers Morgan's interview of Jesse Ventura was absolutely pathetic! How can CNN call him an "interviewer" when he won't let the guest speak? Oh well, I guess CNN got what it paid for. . . absolutely NOTHING! I won't be watching again!

    April 5, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  26. JLF

    I am watching Jesse Ventura's interview. It is horrible – he is crass, idiotic, defiant for no reason – could you PLEASE select intelligent guest for intelligent conversation? I am turning off the TV – it is so bad.

    April 5, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Ghosty Harding.

    i am 70 years old and had never heard of Jessy Ventura until that pommy pansy on TV last night tried to pull him on i tolerated Larry king for many years but Piers baby i am not too sure i will be making much of whats left of my life watching you.

    Go Jessy Go.

    April 6, 2011 at 2:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
  28. truth USA

    Maybe CNN Pierce Morgan should get a glass of JP8 jet fuel which is basically refined cleaned chem diesel in other words you can put jp8 in you diesel cars, trucks. and yes get a match and put it a glass of JP8, aviation jet aircraft fuel. and it will put the match out. But he probably thinks like alot of America planes run on Rocket fuel LOL. here is many prop aricraft that run off gasoline which is highly flammable. Jesse Ventura is right but he is just tired of trying to convince idiots. The media just sell us the BS because they told to buy there bosses the same people who are corrupting our government is the same people who own the new medias, there is no more journalism, it is acting for pay to sell more BS. Jesse Ventura is the only true Ameircan becuase he is the only one that stands on the line but there is many more who are doing the saem thing but the media will not cover them because they have proof, but they are silenced by our treasonous media. To tell a lie-crime and to go with the lie you are complicit of a crime in covering it up. There is no patirotism in America look at our companies who will sell sold out america, look at our people we even elect draft dodgers as commander and chiefs.. PIerce no the AIRCRAFTS that hit the empire state building were noit small. The lie continues NO the buildings did not fall from one aircraft hitting it on 9.11 and the pentagon was not hit by a commerical aricraft and even in Penn that was not an aircraft crash bodies, do not just disappear. See the coroner report., get real, go back to school and take some chemisty and physics, I cannot believe you news media people are that ignorant. Maybe not ignorant but you have seen what happens when you telll the truth on tv, you get fired
    I hope he and ron paul runs for president, ron paul and x Governor Jesse ventura AMerica we need this badly but AMerica is too stupiiad and brainwashed by the media for common sense. The rest are company bought items who are destorying this nation. The one thing Mr. Ventura should of told him UNTIL WE BAN all lobbying we will never get our government back, ban lobbying and term limits for all. 2 terms and thats it. yes he is right why do we need 289 military bases who are we in war with inviable people. If we had real immigration laws and if the government stops giving out American visas to terrosit which they all had we would have terrosim, they do not swim here, they are let in.Oh JLF is one those 1000 so called security companies that the government hired to play obiedient dumb American. JLF, leslie DAvis,reb the problems he is to intelligent for your small brain.

    April 6, 2011 at 2:35 am | Report abuse | Reply
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  30. Eva

    hilarious interview. i will watch the show more often.

    April 6, 2011 at 8:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
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  32. Karen

    I was truly appalled at the interview with Gov. Ventura. Mr. Morgan, no journalist but a proponent of infotainment, was incredibly rude and obviously unprofessional in every sense of the word. As an American History teacher who is in her 60s, I was alive when JFK was assassinated and the follow up assassinations of RFK and MLK. It taught me early on that people who challenge the status quo are silenced in any way possible. I also know that history repeats itself and the revisionist history of the extreme right wing in this country has made convincing people that government is always telling the truth-when they agree with the government-is so UnAmerican. My family fought in the Revolutionary War and watching Mr. Morgan's arrogance, I don't think much has changed in terms of awareness. Mr. Morgan's brother's rank in the military was cited as reason to believe that there is no ulterior motive in our wars, that his gut feeling is all that is needed for his ideas about politicians to be credible and that speaking over the guest is acceptable in an intereview. Gov. Ventura has taken a courageous stance to put himself on the line by exposing things that need correction. Mr. Morgan needs to get a job where his ego and lack of awareness/education are not a hindrance-show business where he truly can be comfortable with the superficial sound bite instead of real journalism. I shall not be watching Mr. Morgan nightly as I would prefer to see something of value.

    April 10, 2011 at 4:20 am | Report abuse | Reply
  33. KENDRA

    I have to say- Piers Morgan is the one who is the "coward" after seeing this interview. Jesse Ventura shut him down one after the other, and is an intelligent person. I can't say the same about Piers. Piers thought interviewing Ventura would be easy but once he realized this wasn't true he kept cutting to commercials. Every time Piers realized that he didn't have an answer to one of Ventura's questions he got exasperated and took a break. It is INCREDIBLY unprofessional for an interviewer to call the guest a "coward" or an idiot, and because Piers is fine with that is absolutely crazy. He is definitely not a journalist- he should stick to being a judge on X Factor. Who the hell hired this idiot to replace Larry King? My God, does CNN have no one better to hire than this fool?

    April 10, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Zunny

    Here's my summation take on the entire Piers-Ventura show. I have stopped watching Piers. The recent fascination with Brtish reporters on CNN has baffled me. No matter, I saw a video of a conference, Scholars for 9/11: Truth and Justice. There is much evidence leading to the need for another investigation of 9/11. Ventura had legitimate concerns and Piers, well Piers was hired to agitate and create interest in his latest "hit." I guess we fought that Revolutionary War for nothing. But then, what else is new.

    April 10, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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    ok why is it when jesse interviewed a man he said he heard an explosion from under the building and that there was a closed door interview when the towers came down. why wasn't the stuff in that room checked for explosives ask your selves that. what are they hiding.

    July 26, 2011 at 8:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
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    Jesse, you mean well, however, you leaves us standing at the end of the road, with no logical solution. Your comment "We the people have got to wake up and start demanding accountability."
    Alas, you leave us absolutely no methods of how to do just that! I think I know why? and so do you!!!!!
    Jesse, thank you, but no thanks to a "dead-end street" with no solutions. I'll save my money, you sell your books, buy a new car, etc.

    August 16, 2011 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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