Jesse Ventura Tells AFP He
Back Off Publicizing 9-11 Views
By Mark Anderson
On April 9, this editor for AMERICAN FREE PRESS had the
opportunity to speak directly with famed ex-professional wrestler, author and former
governor of Minnesota Jesse Ventura in order to discuss a host of subjects, including
censorship of his column on the Sept. 11 attacks and his provocative conspiracy show,
which airs on cable television.
Ventura confirmed that his TRU-TV cable series on major conspiracies, which some assumed had been canned after its first installment concluded early this year, is alive and well. A new season with 10 episodes will hit the airwaves in the fall of 2010, he said.
While the former Navy Seal who became a high-profile
independent Minnesota governor would love to specify the 10 topics, he was not yet fully
at liberty to reveal what they are, though he did say one is about the shooting of John F.
Kennedy. Initially there were seven episodes; now theyre ordering 10
more, he stated in an upbeat manner, while noting that some decisions still have to
be made on what will air and in what order.
We have 20 conspiracies that well have to pare down to 10. Ill have to battle with the network, but in the end well settle on 10 of them. They promised JFK. There is no pecking order at all.
The straight-talking Ventura had just finished filling in for CNNs Larry King Live as a guest host when he spoke with this AFP writer. Notably, Ventura had Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) as one of the guests on the show the evening of April 9. Another was defrocked former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich who, despite harboring more liberal views than Paul, concurred with the Texas congressman on several matters, particularly Pauls insistence that the United States end its interventionist foreign policy that is a factor in bankrupting the nation.
Ventura, though he appeared on an establishment media show, remarked without hesitation that Americas constant wars continue because certain connected people get rich from them.
Ventura may be famous for having been a wrestler, but his brawn is complemented by brains and a tough-mindedness often missing in political and journalistic discourse these days.
One of the main issues he wrestles with now is resistance to his frank discussion of the conventional story of what really happened on 9-11-2001. Recently, The Huffington Post Internet news site quickly took down a column Ventura had posted there that questioned the governments 9-11 story. Venturas column mentioned San Francisco architect Richard Gage, whose group, Architects and Engineers for 9-11 Truth, has grown to more than 1,100 architects, engineers and other technical experts who have presented considerable evidence to challenge conventional 9-11 wisdom.
Ventura minces no words when it comes to 9-11, which is the touchy topic that likely is the main factor keeping corporate news organs from reviewing a book on conspiracies written by a man who commands the attention of a large cross-section of Americans, including young activists.
Ventura was well received by thousands of young activists at Pauls huge
counter-convention for renegade Republicans and independents in Minneapolis in September 2008, held at the same time as the establishment Republican National Convention nearby in St. Paul. This AFP writer first met Ventura there and shot a video interview of him, discussing ballot-access laws and other hurdles that make it hard for independent and third party candidates to get elected to office and make needed changes.
In 2004, Ventura found himself informing young Americans by conducting a class on third-party politics as a guest teacher at Harvard University, where he attracted a record turnout of 300 students in the lecture hall.
While recalling that The Huffington Post pulled his 9-11 article only one hour after it was postedmuch faster than the 24 hours some readers assumedVentura indicated he will not drop the 9-11 issue.
Ventura agreed with this writers observation that pure logic demands that we question how airplane impacts and jet fuel fires alone could destroy both 110- story towers (the government theory).
How could [the twin towers] be pulverized into powder [by a fire]? he said. [The destruction of the towers] threw steel girders 500 feet.
He recalled the irony of Arianna Huffington bugging him for a long time to post his articles on her Internet site, only to mistreat him later.
She was on my case for two years, he said. He remarked that while the policy of the Post is, they dont do conspiracy theories, the Post will not hesitate to run articles on other conspiracy theories, including the governments conspiracy theory on Osama bin Ladens alleged deep involvement in masterminding 9-11. Venturas one other column submitted
to the Post, about the Obama administrations war on drugs, was posted without a problem. But Ventura will not write for the Post ever again.
Meanwhile, he is chagrined that his latest book, American Conspiracies: Lies, Lies and More Lies That the Government Tells Us, has been on the New York Times Bestsellers List for more than four weeks at the time of this interview, but that the Times and other major media seem indifferent to providing more publicity.
Nobody in the mainstream press has reviewed my book, he said. I brought that up on Larry King Live tonight. I get the feeling it could be another two months in the top 10and it still wont get reviewed.
Ventura also told AFP that the BBC denied his recent request for legal permission to use well-known news footage on his TRU-TV series that shows a BBC reporter reporting that World Trade Center Building 7the third building to crumble that day, though it was not hit by a planehad already fallen, when, at the time she reported it, the building had not fallen yet and was clearly visible in the background, along the Manhattan skyline.
All we wanted to do was ask the reporter, Who told you that building had collapsed? Ventura said. She got done with the broadcast at 5 p.m., and the building did not collapse until around 5:20.
Mark Anderson is a longtime newsman now working as the deputy editor for American Free Press. Together he and his wife Angie provide many photographs of the events they cover for AFP. Mark welcomes your comments and inputs as well as story leads. Email him at at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Issue # 17, April 26, 2010) LISTEN TO AFP'S PODCAST WITH JESSE VENTURA