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On Monday, with a live studio audience hanging on every word, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed Jesse Ventura for a primetime exclusive interview.
Prior to careers in professional wrestling, and then politics, Ventura first served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War, ultimately earning a place as a reservist with the SEAL Team.
Sitting across from host Piers Morgan, Ventura fielded a question that called for his specific brand of expertise:
"Mr. Ventura, my question to you is, as a former Navy Seal, do you agree or disagree with the recently released book by the six member SEAL Team and the objections of the Pentagon?" inquired audience member Oliver Reynolds.
"I don't have a problem with it. The Op. was over over a year ago, and I feel I have a right to know what went on," answered the 61-year-old former governor of Minnesota. "Our entire military is paid by my tax dollars, and I believe I have every right to know what they spend my tax dollars on."
Citing First Amendment rights, Ventura explained that SEAL Team members are permitted to speak freely about a completed mission, assuming it doesn't put anyone in jeopardy. More so, Monday's guest argued that it's the military personnel themselves who can most accurately convey the details of an operation:
"I also would like to hear from boots on the ground. I don't want to hear from the media what happened," said the man once known simply as "The Body." I don't want to hear from bureaucrats in Washington...I would like to hear from boots on the ground, somebody that was actually there, so that I can make a determination."
Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as Ventura goes on to explain why he'd rather the American public didn't even know that the SEAL's existed.
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