One Thing You Can Say About Jesse Ventura

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One thing you
can say about Jesse the Body: he’s not boring. Neither is his
new book (co-authored by Dick Russell): American
Conspiracies: Lies, Lies, and More Dirty Lies that the Government
Tells Us
. This book, a follow-on to Ventura’s surprisingly
successful–and often surprisingly good–truTV series, Conspiracy
Theory
. That series, recently renewed for another season,
marked the first time popular conspiracy theories had been presented
on a national network for what they say, not simply as objects for
debunking.

The new book
is something of a primer to those new to conspiracy theories, predictably
delving into the assassinations of Lincoln, King, the Kennedys,
along with the September 11 attacks, and also some slightly more
esoteric theories involving the assassination of Malcolm X, the
Watergate affair, and the allegedly “stolen” elections
of 2000 and 2004. Each is presented in some depth, sufficient in
most cases for the initiate, but space doesn’t exist in one
volume to satisfy any true devotee of any one of these theories.

I found interesting
observations in each of the chapters, but some of the most fascinating
portions had to do with areas where Ventura indulged his ego by
including anecdotes from his own experience.

One of the
most fascinating of these occurs in the middle of the chapter on
the John Kennedy assassination, where Ventura recounts a visit to
Cuba while governor of Minnesota and a private meeting with Fidel
Castro. I had not realized that anyone had ever actually asked Castro
point blank if he was involved in that crime, but Ventura claims
he did. Castro, of course, denied it without qualification, and
assured Ventura that he believed there was a conspiracy and that
it was hatched by “persons within the United States,”
without mentioning any names.

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May
12, 2010

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