I’ve just finished reading American Conspiracies by Jesse Ventura. Let me preface the following by stating that I do think of myself as a bit of a conspiracy theorist. I’m not running around in a foil hat paranoid that people are following me like Mel Gibson in that movie, but I do believe that there are lot of things in the world that just don’t fit the ‘official’ explanations. Ventura’s book delves into some of the more popular conspiracy theories in American history and also points out a couple that most people probably have no idea of, I didn’t. The book starts out with an investigation of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. We all know the ‘official’ story, Lincoln was shot in the back of the head at Ford’s Theater by lone gunman John Wilkes Booth. Did you know that there were actually quite a few more people involved, and that no one truly knows what actually happened to Booth’s body? The book then moves on to talk about an attempted ‘corporate takeover’ of the US Government during FDR’s presidency, the assassinations of Malcom X, Martin Luther King, and the Kennedy brothers. Ventura points out how strange it is that every time there is an assassination in the US, the media always picks up on the shooter’s first, middle, and last name, John Wilkes Booth, James Earl Ray, Lee Harvey Oswald. We’ve seen this again recently with Jared Lee Loughner and the shootings in Tucson, AZ. I learned quite a bit about these assassinations from this book. JFK’s assassination was really the only one I had any prior knowledge of. Another thing Ventura points out throughout the book is that a lot of the same names seem to pop up surrounding all of these situations. Many of the same political players are still around and in power to this day. Guys like Henry Kissinger, the Bush’s, Donald Rumsfeld, and Dick Cheney have been involved in many questionable acts in modern American history, and many have aspirations of starting a ‘New World Order’. Ventura’s book then takes a look at Nixon’s Watergate scandal, the Iran Contra affair, and the ‘October Surprise’ surrounding the release of hostages in Iran coinciding with Ronald Reagan’s first Presidential term. Ventura points out many questionable acts and policies surrounding our government, the intelligence community that violate of our civil rights and ultimately throw out the Constitution in the name of Homeland Security. Ventura doesn’t distinguish between political parties with his points and criticisms, he basically lets us know that our government is corrupt, and is beholden to nothing but the almighty (though almost worthless) dollar. Ventura talks about multiple discrepancies between the ‘official’ 9/11 Commission Report and the findings of multiple scientists, engineers, scholars, and eye witnesses to what happened on that fateful day. 9/11 was a ‘false flag’ operation to justify Bush’s war mongering in Iraq and Afghanistan. There are too many pieces that do not fit the ‘official’ story for it to be true. (I also suggest watching ‘Loose Change’ if you also feel there is something not right about what we were told about 9/11.) Ventura also talks about the stealing of elections by the Bush administration, and what really is behind the financial crisis the United States is in the midst of.
American Conspiracies is a book that I feel most people should read. Most may not agree with the content of most of the book, but hopefully many would get enough out of it to realize that we need to start asking questions about what goes on in this country. We also need to start holding our government responsible for its actions. Watching what is going on in Egypt right now with their government shutting down all internet and SMS communications makes me scared of how easy it was for them to just turn these things off. Granted, Egypt is a much smaller country with nowhere near the complexities of their internet backbone as the US has, but is it really that farfetched to think it could happen here? Ever since 9/11 our government has tried harder and harder to make it easier to track, see and hear everything we do. The US government and intelligence agencies have suspended many of our privacy rights in the name of security, and to stop the threat of terrorism. The plans are in place for the government to suspend the Constitution and install martial law any time they see fit, whether it’s a chemical attack, disease outbreak, or civil unrest. People need to wake up and start asking questions. Jesse Ventura’s American Conspiracies is a great place to start the conversation.
Jesse Ventura with Dick Russel
2008, Skyhorse Publishing