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5.0 out of 5 stars "REQUIRED READING" for American Citizens, April 5, 2011
This review is from: 63 Documents the Government Doesn't Want You to Read (Hardcover)
Did you know that our government planned on intentionally killing our own soldiers and civilians to falsely justify an invasion of Cuba? That led to President Kennedy's firing of the General who was the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. That came on the heels of "SIOP-62"; the "Single Integrated Operational Plan" was an actual military proposal for the total nuclear annihilation of the entire Communist bloc in 1962. It was formally presented to President Kennedy as a recommendation and he was so furious that he literally stormed out of the meeting in disgust.
Understanding our history is vital because informing us of the near catastrophes of the past also helps us avoid them going forward. So if you think that "false flag" attacks and the rounding up of innocent citizens are the realm of overzealous "conspiracy theorists," then this book is a very important heads-up.

In "63 Documents," Ventura & Russell team up successfully again in a no-holds-barred exposé of government corruption:

#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 it that we are allowed to kill other people if we're not in a declared war with them?"

#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?"

#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?"

#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?"

#5: Examines the true facts behind the "War on Terror"-- such as the CIA's destruction of detainee torture videos.
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Initial post: Apr 7, 2011 11:10:52 AM PDT
PAA jr says:
Mr. Ventura (his stage name) is an entertainer. He even admitted as much on a recent Piers Morgan interview. He adoped his stage name for his career as a pro-wrestler, entertainers all. Mr. Ventura has also stated that his conspiracy show is "entertainment". That means it doesn't have to meet a very high level of truth standard required for real journalism. Since the show and this book are really more about entertainment and not the truth, he does not need to vet his sources. He just needs to let them speak to entertain us.

If you want to get a real sense of who Mr. Ventura is, where he is really coming from, read this: http://cursor.org/stories/seal_or_udt.htm. It's a fairly long article but well worth a read, if only for it's history of Seals and UDTs than for an inkling of Mr. Ventura's blowhard personality.

Don't get me wrong. The military is rife with tellers of tall tales. Always has been. As a matter of fact, there's a real talent to being an enduring blowhard. There are times when a good blowhard is much appreciated by the crew. Especially when you're in an excusiatingly boring and long cruise. The reality of military life is long strectches of boredom, doing repetative manuevers, far away from any real danger. Many hitches comprise years of doing not much with five minutes of sheer terror. And don't kid yourself, the vast majority of sailors and soldiers never see combat. They support the pointy end of the stick, important if boring work, but not COMBAT.

If you think of Mr. Ventura as a brand, his activities are closer to what a public relations team would do to create brand loyalty. I suggest you read Toxic Sludge is Good for You!, Lies, Damn Lies and the Public Relations Industry by John Staber and Sheldon Rampton.

Posted on Apr 7, 2011 3:35:00 PM PDT
P. S. says:
Fantastic review Mr. Wayne!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 7, 2011 5:01:40 PM PDT
Thanks, P.S.!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 7, 2011 7:19:39 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 7, 2011 7:19:58 PM PDT
Yea, I enjoyed it too. I love people who have guts, so help them GOD!!!

Posted on Apr 8, 2011 1:53:10 AM PDT
BruceK says:
I just noticed this book and wanted to see what people had to say.
I tend to think that in all the gaps and holes in our concepts of government and the interaction of people in the world, in corporations, societies, institutions, we need to start to understand that people do nasty underhanded indecent things for gain all the time, or out of mistake, or for all kinds of reasons. Somehow we have this image that people in the government work together for the common good. In all my career or working I have very rarely seen places where people do not manipulate groups politically and use every power at their command to get their way and promote themselves.
It is about time we started to have a world-wide talk about what the hell people are all about and how can fix the mess we have made of this world despite our pathetic failings as a species. We need to start to get real.

Ventura has a lot to say and stands up on a soapbox about 16 million documents ... I don't know if that is good or bad, I tend to think it it too much, that our whole government is mostly secret and dedicated to the control of our population for their own benefit and military and economy expansion, but ... what else can we do. We do not do anything else because people cannot compare, what do we have now, versus what could we have? We just keep arguing and bitching with each other, while those who own everything just mint themselves more and more money.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 8, 2011 1:59:31 AM PDT
T. J. Cole says:
Shoot the messenger alert!!! Whats "Jesse Ventura" got to do with these documents being completely bona fide??

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 8, 2011 5:21:06 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 8, 2011 5:22:54 AM PDT
Dear T.J.,
I just wanted to respectfully pass along the fact that I know the Primary Researcher for this book (Dick Russell) and that I know for a fact that he thoroughly researched the bona fides of each and every one of these documents, pertaining to their origins, authenticity, and what historians refer to as document provenance. Dick's wide body of work can be best seen at his website, which is very interesting: www.dickrussell.org He's also the author of a fascinating book, "The Man Who Knew Too Much"; one of the best-researched and flat-out best books ever in the entire JFK assassination landscape.
Best to you, David

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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 10, 2011 12:44:09 PM PDT
BruceK says:
> only in the excitement of the conspiracies.

The U.S. has had conspiracies since its inception. What would you call slavery, the institutional enslavement of a population based on the need to gain economic and industrial power, not to mention the native Americans, and now the biggest problem is that evilness has been pointed at people who thought, or some still think they are immune from this kind of exploitation as a class.

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