Former Governor Jesse Ventura takes on the US government
Former Governor Jesse Ventura takes on the US governmentThe pro-wrestler-turned-politician has been outspoken in calling for greater transparency.
Jesse Ventura first entered the public eye as a professional wrestler, but in 1999 he was elected governor of Minnesota as an independent. His diverse career also includes service in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War, movie and television acting, lecturing as a visiting fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and hosting a talk-show.
Earlier this year, he filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration challenging airports’ use of security pat-downs and full-body scans. Ventura claimed those screening techniques violate constitutional protections against unreasonable search and seizure. A federal judge dismissed his case, citing lack of jurisdiction.
Despite that setback, Ventura continues to call for increased government transparency and accountability. He recently published American Conspiracies: Lies, Lies, and More Dirty Lies That the Government Tells Us. It includes discussion of a possible 9/11 cover-up and the assassinations of former President John F Kennedy and civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. His book, 63 Documents the Government Doesn’t Want You to Read, examines a variety of controversial U.S. government programmes and alleged cover-ups.
Ventura joins The Stream to discuss government transparency, the Occupy Wall Street movement and domestic anger toward the U.S. political system.
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