Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Jesse Ventura Despises Government Secrecy, But Still Won’t Disclose His Top Secret Navy SEAL Missions
Ventura tells Piers Morgan disclosing top secret information is OK after the covert operation is long past, but 40 years later still will not talk about his Navy SEAL days
by Larry Simons
April 6, 2011
For the record, let me say that I like Jesse Ventura. I love his outspoken nature and his fearless pursuit of the truth, but sometimes he says things that are just plain bizarre and contradictory. A few examples of these contradictory and just outright false statements are:
1. When he said Al Gore had been an “inspiration” in the fight against global warming at the end of his global warming episode of "Conspiracy Theory". The entire episode was about how global warming is a massive hoax and even during the episode stated that Al Gore was possibly behind the hoax as a way to make millions from it. That did not deter Ventura from stating that Gore was his “inspiration” in the global warming fight.
2. When he said, “Let’s start by getting some honesty into our school textbooks about the conspiracy that resulted in the assassination of our greatest president” at the end of his chapter about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln in his book "American Conspiracies". Calling Lincoln “our greatest president” is one clear indication that Ventura has done practically zero research of the actual presidency of Lincoln. If he had, he would easily come to the conclusion that Abraham Lincoln just might be the worst president that has ever lived because of his complete dismantling of the Constitution, his contempt for states rights, state sovereignty and personal freedom.
Lincoln was responsible for the deaths of over a half million American citizens. Roughly 300,000 of them [southerners] had fought get America to resemble the very same America the founding fathers established 85 years prior to their secession to form a new government, a right granted to them by our founders.
Last night, Ventura was a guest on Piers Morgan Tonight for the entire hour. About seven minutes into the interview, Ventura said something very interesting in response to a question asked by Morgan about Ventura’s military service.
Morgan asks: “When you served in Vietnam, you didn’t [unintelligible] actually have live combat, that right..you were serving, is that correct?”
Ventura replies: “I don’t talk...when I got back…I’m a Navy SEAL. When I got back from my service overseas of my first deployment, the My Lai Massacre had just happened or was just in the headlines. I was brought in by my commanding officer, my entire team, and we were ordered we were to discuss nothing of anything we did or any ops we were on, because normally the SEALS are all part of a top secret operation. So I do not discuss anything I did in the military other than to say I served honorably and received an honorable discharge, and I showed up, which is more than what George Bush can say.”
Later, roughly 22 minutes into the interview, Morgan and Ventura begin talking about Wikileaks. Morgan asks Ventura if he thinks anyone had the right to release the stolen information and post it on Wikileaks. Ventura correctly tells Morgan that the American citizens have the right as taxpayers to know about secretive information. Morgan then reverts back to the beginning of the interview where Ventura made his statement [above] concerning his military service with the SEALS being top secret.
Morgan asks Ventura if he would have been happy if every document and private memo concerning the SEALS would have been released to the public. Ventura says “no” and insists there is a difference. Ventura states the difference between leaked SEALS documents and the documents posted on Wikileaks is that the SEALS missions could have been jeopardized if info were leaked. Ventura then says, "Once the mission’s over, you’re not jeopardizing it.” Yet, in his statement above, Ventura still refuses to discuss what he did in his SEALS days, and those missions ended how long ago? At least 40 years?
Morgan appeared to have Ventura’s balls in a sling. Morgan flat out asks Ventura roughly a minute later if he believed that a number of private reports should have stayed private when he was a SEAL, and Morgan stated that Ventura said “yes”, then Ventura interrupts and says, "Only until after the op’s over. When the op’s over, you can go public with all that you want.”
Morgan then says, “Really? You think it’s good for the world to know exactly how Navy SEALS conduct their covert operations, do you, around the world?”
Ventura’s response, “They already know”.
How do we “already” know Jesse? You won’t tell us! It’s a big secret that you “don’t discuss”……still, after 40 years. Ventura committed the very act of secrecy that he condemns in others. I agree with Ventura that there should be next to no secrecy [with the exception being if our country was in immediate imminent danger if information were leaked] in government, but Ventura’s hypocrisy of condemning government agencies for being secretive and then turning right around and being equally secretive about events that happened 40 years ago in his Navy SEAL days is nothing short of unbelievable.
As much as I like Ventura, I have to admit, Piers wins this one.
watch the video here [but YouTube will pull it soon, naturally]