Jesse Ventura on Homeland Security
Former Independent MN Governor
I'd rather face terrorists than lose any of my freedoms
Are we ready for martial law? I think we are, because everybody's sitting back and watching our freedoms being taken away. Guess what? The terrorists are winning because our country has changed in the last decade, and not for the good. We're a country
that's now living in the last decade, and not for the good. We're a country that's now living in fear and so are willing to trade our freedoms for safety--which I stand against and will go to my grave stating: "I'd rather face the terrorists on a daily
basis than lose any of my freedoms."
Let's look at how the government has been intent on keeping us safe. First, did you know that the Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) already had detention centers in place since it was established in March 2003
Second, the Army went on to establish a Civilian Inmate Labor Program back in 2005. "This regulation provides Army policy and guidance for establishing civilian inmate labor programs and civilian prison camps on Army installations."
Source: 63 Documents, by Gov. Jesse Ventura, p.128-129
, Apr 4, 2011
Federal surveillance is a waste of taxpayer dollars
Let's focus on rethinking the meaning of surveillance. Certainly in the case of Malcolm X, as well as Dr. King, being shadowed by government agencies seemed to lead inevitably to their death. There is too much secrecy in our government, and surveillance
today is even more widespread that it was then, at a considerable waste of taxpayer dollars. Let's also teach our young people that a willingness to change your attitude, as Malcolm X was willing to do, is a mark not of weakness but sometimes of greatnes
Source: American Conspiracies, by Jesse Ventura, p. 52
, Mar 9, 2010
Why were there no black boxes from any of the 9/11 planes?
The official story is that, for the first time in history, the black boxes were not recovered. Not from any of the four planes. For the TV pilot I did about 9/11 on TruTV, we spoke to a guy who knew about the existence of three black boxes.
He physically saw one, and his partner saw two more. He says they were taken away in a black government van. Another thing I find very interesting:
Also for the first time in history, no attempt was made to reconstruct the planes with whatever parts they could find. They even did this with TWA flight 800 that went down in 1996 in the Atlantic, and for that they had to dive down 1,200 feet.
Pearl Harbor, General Martin Shore and some admirals were fired because of their alleged negligence. After 9/11, not a single employee at the FAA or NORAD got punished. In fact, all the major military men involved received promotions.
Source: American Conspiracies, by Jesse Ventura, p.154
, Mar 9, 2010
Vietnam War was all about somebody making money
My questioning of the "official" line goes back to my school days, being taught that we had to fight in Vietnam to stop the domino effect of Communism. That's what I learned in school, but my father--who was a World War II vet--took the exact opposite
position at the dinner table. He said that was a load of crap, that the Vietnam War was all about somebody making big money off it. At first I thought my dad was crazy, because I could not believe they would lie to me in school.
I fought with him over it, and he'd keep doing his best to debunk what I was saying.
When I, in turn, went into the service and learned a whole lot more about Vietnam, I had the good fortune to come home and tell my father that he was right. Especially
growing up in the Midwest, you never even contemplate that your government might not be telling the truth. You don't realize until you get much older that government is nothing but people--and people lie, especially where money and power are concerned.
Source: American Conspiracies, by Jesse Ventura, p. x-xi
, Mar 8, 2010
Lesson from JFK: Don't let feds investigate momentous events
A second gunman assassinated the president from the grassy knoll, while Oswald was set up as the fall guy. The perpetrators behind Oswald are tied into the CIA, the Pentagon, and the Mob.
What Should We Do
One lesson we can take away from the tragedy in Dallas is that the federal government shouldn't be allowed to supersede state and local laws, when it comes to having an "official" investigation into events as momentous as a
presidential assassination or a terrorist attack. We also need to pay close attention to how big media stopped doing their job as the eyes and ears of our democracy, refusing to acknowledge that something might be going on beyond a "lone nut" assassin.
The pattern of denial continues, and we the people must demand thorough investigation and honest, unbiased information.
Source: American Conspiracies, by Jesse Ventura, p. 43
, Mar 8, 2010
I'm more afraid of the culture of fear than of al Qaeda
Given all the illegal activity that the non-elected Bush Administration engaged in since the millennium, we can't be too surprised at the reaction. A government that played on people's worst nightmares to achieve its own ends created a culture not only
of fear, but mistrust to the point of insurrection--which is what they secretly seem to have been longing for.
I've gone to some lengths to trace these developments since 9/11, because I'm a lot more afraid of this than an assault by al-Qaeda.
What's going on inside our military also frightens me. More and more, we're seeing an army run by Christianist extremists and an accompanying cadre of what can only be described as neo-Nazis. Since the endless "war on terror" began, our armed services
have been turning a blind eye to their own military statutes. A 2005 DoD report said: "Effectively, the military has a 'don't ask, don't tell' policy pertaining to extremism." White supremacists are walking as enlisted men around our bases.
Source: American Conspiracies, by Jesse Ventura, p.194-195
, Mar 8, 2010
1999: Special Ops ID'ed several 9/11 hijackers, but ignored
Ever heard of an army project called Able Danger? It was established in 1999 as part of the Special Operations Command. Able Danger was an offensive counter-terrorism project which was designed to kill senior al-Qaeda leadership. It wasn't long before th
Able Danger squad uncovered al-Qaeda cells in the NYC area, one of whose members was Mohamed Atta. At least six witnesses later recalled seeing Atta's picture on a chart they'd drawn up back in January 2000. Turns out three more of the alleged hijackers
had been ID'ed by Able Danger before 9/11, as well.
But when the 9/11 Commission came up with reasons for leaving Able Danger out of its report, the media nodded off again. One 9/11 expert concluded that the commission and the Pentagon were "covering
up dangerous information that suggested Atta was being protected. Combine this observation with the money reportedly sent to Atta--the Able Danger evidence provides additional reason to suspect that the 'hijackers' were really paid assets."
Source: American Conspiracies, by Jesse Ventura, p.159-160
, Mar 8, 2010
War isnít civilized; donít expect warriors to be
A Navy SEAL will defy death at least twice a week. When you get that kind of familiarity with death, barriers go down, and anything else seems insignificant.
I donít like what happened in the navyís Tailhook scandal; I think what those officers did
was wrong. But I understand why it happened. When you get a force of that many hundreds of warriors together, thereís bound to be trouble. Weíre responsible for making them what they are. You just canít bring them back into civilization and expect that
everything that was drilled into them is going to go away.
When youíre dealing with death face-to-face, there are no rules. Itís all about survival. After that, bad behavior doesnít affect you all that much.
War isnít civilized. War is failure.
Itís the ultimate result of a breakdown in public policy, and soldiers are the machines that handle that breakdown. In warfare, youíre taught to do whatever you have to, to stay alive. Can you imagine bringing that mind-set into a party?
Source: Ainít Got Time to Bleed, p.105-6
, Jan 1, 1999
Military is stronger if all-volunteer
Even while I was a Navy SEAL, I participated in the 1970s peace movement. I marched at peace rallies. I admit it wasnít so much because of my great love of peace as it was because of my great love of female companionship.
To the women in the movement, I was the poor beleaguered victim of the system, sent off against his will to fight this horrible war [in Vietnam]. They didnít realize that the navy had no draft!
I loved the braless thing. Iím very heterosexual. Iíd see women out burning their bras, and Iíd go over with a lighter, ďCan I help?Ē
I did participate seriously, though, in the anti-draft movement. To this day, Iím against the draft. I believe the military is much stronger if itís an all-volunteer organization.
Source: Ainít Got Time to Bleed, p.109
, Jan 1, 1999
Against the draft; for including women except in combat
Iím against the draft. I believe we should have a professional military; it might be smaller, but it would be more effective. The draft is unfair. Rich kids didnít get drafted [in Vietnam]; they went to college and hid.
If weíre going to draft at all,
then we should draft women too, as long as we donít send them into combat. The problem is men, [not womenís effectiveness in combat]. Thereís something protective in men that makes us want to protect women. And that would be disastrous in battle.
Source: Ainít Got Time To Bleed, p. 34
, Jan 1, 1999
Deal with terrorism as a joint federal-state responsibility.
Ventura adopted the National Governors Association policy:
Source: NGA policy HR-10: Domestic Terrorism 01-NGA5 on Feb 15, 2001
- Handling Information Needs.
Many of the operational, programmatic, and funding activities associated with terrorism consequence management preparedness are classified because of national security. Thus, the sharing of critical information is hampered. State governments must be viewed as strong partners in the USí national security efforts, particularly as related to terrorism.
- Managing Consequences.
Managing the short- and long-term consequences of terrorism is among the responsibilities of state and local government supplemented by the resources of the federal government, coordinated by FEMA.
- Supporting Public-Private Cooperation.
Terrorism preparedness efforts should be inclusive of key private sector entities such as defining the appropriate roles and responsibilities for public and private health and medical communities.
- Clarifying the Role of the National Guard.
The role of the National Guard in terrorism
response activities is to support federal, state, and local response agencies with equipment, facilities, and personnel. Any assignment of responsibility should enhance the nationís terrorism consequence management capability and provide for the contingency of the National Guard being called to assist active and reserve components in dealing with a major military conflict.
- Federal Responsibility
Governors recognize the need to coordinate programs among federal agencies to address domestic terrorism and appreciate the efforts of the National Domestic Preparedness Office. However, they encourage greater clarification of the currently fragmented structure of federal responsibilities and support increased cooperation among federal agencies to better enable states to plan for domestic terrorism responses. Governors urge appropriate funding, maximum coordination of program components, and coordinated service delivery within states and localities.
Include states in anti-terrorism planning.
Ventura adopted the National Governors Association position paper:
The Issue The issue of terrorism will be of major focus for the 107th Congress. Governors have a critical interest in controlling domestic terrorism because they are responsible for ensuring that state and local authorities have the ability to deal with natural disasters and other types of major emergencies, including terrorist incidents.
NGAís Position NGA believes that any national strategy for dealing with terrorist incidents should include planning and training by state and local forces. The unique nature of terrorism coupled with national security implications requires the support and expertise of the federal government in working with state and local government in developing capabilities. A clear national strategy developed through a partnership among federal agencies and key state, local, and private sector stakeholders is essential to drive operational and programmatic planning, training, and service delivery in combating terrorism.
Source: National Governors Association "Issues / Positions" 01-NGA7 on Sep 14, 2001
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