Just another day in our democracy.
When you watch Jesse Ventura on TV, or youtube or wherever, he comes across a bit loony, a bit wacky, a bit crazy.
So him claiming that he was made to attend a meeting with CIA officials after his winning the position of the governor of Minnesota should be taken with a grain of salt.
... or NOT.
Minnesota National Public Radio:
Shortly after taking office in 1999, Jesse Ventura writes he was asked to attend a meeting at the state Capitol. He says 23 CIA agents were waiting for him in a basement conference room.
Ventura's account of the meeting is detailed in an advance copy of his new book, which is scheduled for release in April. He claims the agents' questions focused how he campaigned for office, or as Ventura writes "how had the independent wrestler candidate pulled this off?"
Memories can fade after nine years, but a meeting with 23 CIA agents is something that might stand out. John Wodele, who served as Ventura's director of communications, said the meeting was news to him.
"I don't recall any indication that the governor had met with a CIA agent," he said. "Now, that doesn't mean it didn't happen. But I was not aware of it.
Turns out there actually was a Ventura meeting with the CIA in 1999. CIA Spokesman George Little confirmed the event today in a written statement, but he offered few details.
Little said that "on occasion CIA officers meet with senior state government officials, as they did in this case, to discuss issues of mutual interest."
Just another day in our "democracy".
Little shed less light on another revelation in Ventura's book. The former Independence Party governor says he was "stunned to learn that there is a CIA operative inside every state government." Ventura says the Minnesota operative was a deputy commissioner, who was working with a dual identity.
In response to a question about Ventura's claim, Little wrote, "I wouldn't think of CIA officers as being in state governments. They're federal employees."
Think on this response.
Think on CIA Spokesman's George Little's response very carefully.
He is NOT denying what Jesse Ventura has said.
He is NOT refuting what Jesse Ventura has said.
He simply has said that he PERSONALLY wouldn't think of CIA officers being in state government.
Specifically, STATE government.
This is a classic Non Denial Denial.
"If that did happen, I'm not aware of it," he said. "And I guess that would be that way it should be. I think the CIA is supposed to operate that way, where directors of communication are not made aware."
He wouldn't know, just like you and me wouldn't know.
We're not in the know.
And neither is he.
He is as knowledgeable on the subject of CIA involvement with our politicians as you, me and the news bimbo on TV.
You know who would know?
Perhaps someone who had to deal with the CIA officials while being a politician.
I wonder who would have the balls to bust this thing wide open...
Jesse belies appearances.
Yes, he has been on TV, on a show called "Conspiracy Theory", he is being ridiculed and marginalized.
But the meeting of himself and CIA officials REALLY did happen.
Chew on that.
And while your brain is working, read what the man has said about religion (straight from his Wikipedia page):
"Organized religion is a sham and a crutch for weak-minded people who need strength in numbers. It tells people to go out and stick their noses in other people's business."
"I’d like to clarify [my comments published in Playboy] about religious people being weak-minded. I didn’t mean all religious people. I don’t have any problem with the vast majority of religious folks. I count myself among them, more or less. But I believe because it makes sense to me, not because I think it can be proven. There are lots of people out there who think they know the truth about God and religion, but does anybody really know for sure? That’s why the founding fathers built freedom of religious belief into the structure of this nation, so that everybody could make up their minds for themselves. But I do have a problem with the people who think they have some right to try to impose their beliefs on others. I hate what the fundamentalist fanatics are doing to our country. It seems as though, if everybody doesn’t accept their version of reality, that somehow invalidates it for them. Everybody must believe the same things they do. That’s what I find weak and destructive."
So who are you going to listen to?
Who are you going to take more seriously?
A coked-out bimbo on CNN or Fox News spewing the official party line, or a bunch of pundits, paid propaganda specialists, laughing at all the crazy "truthers" who dare to question the official 9/11 story line?
Or the "truther", the "nutter", Jesse Ventura, who speaks so eloquently and intelligently?