"The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them." – Patrick Henry
Fifty years ago, even before the dubious reign of Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard Nixon, we the American people knew our government was dishonest. Politicians can act anonymously, in secrecy, and behave unethically. In 63 Documents the Government Doesn’t Want You to Read, Jesse Ventura – Navy SEAL, wrestler, actor, governor, TV personality, and bestselling author – embarks on a pursuit for truth to unveil what our government is doing behind closed doors. "I’ve put together this book in the same spirit as the WikiLeaks’ disclosures – to reveal the truth." Ventura explains. "It’s become crystal clear that our democracy has been undermined from within and it’s been going on for a long time." This collection is actual government data; written examples of criminal activity that Ventura hopes will inspire or infuriate readers to "wake up and start demanding accountability [from guilty government figures]."
In 63 Documents, Ventura divides the facts into five sections. In each section, he discusses the scandalous behavior and gives an energetic, no-holds-barred approach to each topic:
Section #1: Links between past government perpetrations and today’s political agendas. Such as the CIA’s Secret Assassination Manual: "Maybe they should change the name to the CIA’s ‘secret first degree murder manual.’ How is that we are allowed to kill other people if we’re not in a declared war with them?"
Section #2: Delves into a series of government, military, and corporate secrets. Many veterans of the first Gulf War suffer adverse health conditions, yet the government denies the validity of Gulf War Syndrome. "What’s it going to take for our leaders to consider the real cost of these endless wars?"
Section #3: A history of "shady" White Houses. Including an internal war "between Nixon and Richard Helms, director of the CIA... Time and again, the CIA thumbs its nose even at presidents. So who runs this agency if the president doesn’t?"
Section #4: The truth about the terrible events of Sept. 11, 2001. "The question that’s haunted me from day one is, how come the world’s biggest military superpower was somehow oblivious to rogue airliners in American air space for more than an hour?"
Section #5: Examines the War on Terror. Such as the CIA’s destruction of detainee torture videos, "which makes you wonder what else is being covered up."
History has shown it is impossible to enforce accountability and honesty from inside the government. Jesse Ventura is a strong advocate for any source acting as a check on governmental integrity – including WikiLeaks, which he considers heroic: "I say let the chips fall where they may as WikiLeaks puts the truth out there...WikiLeaks is exposing our government officials for the frauds that they are." Similar to his previous New York Times bestselling book, American Conspiracies, the latest research and commentary in 63 Documents the Government Doesn’t Want You to Read sheds new light on what politicians are not telling you – and why it matters. Jesse Ventura implores all Americans to challenge unnecessary secrecy; government leaders will show greater ethical consideration in the future if we remove their masks today.
January 26, 2011