Jesse Ventura : Big Brother, Mark of the Beast and ‘Infraguard Junior G-Men’
December 31, 2009
(ChattahBox)—Jesse Ventura, a former pro-wrestler and governor of Minnesota has collected all of the current, apocalyptic New World Order conspiracy theories and turned them into a TV show on TruTV called, “Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura.” Combined with schlocky production values and the gigantic Jesse “the Body” “investigating” fringe conspiracy theories sporting a black leather coat and a pony tail; the show is extremely thin on substance and high on hype. And with a doomsday Don LaFontaine-esque voice over and outright promotion of the fevered swamps of conspiracy theories, the result is somewhat entertaining in a B-movie sort of way.
Jesse already covered the 9/11 truthers and the global warming deniers, which he proclaimed was a hoax perpetrated by a powerful global cabal of industrialists to take over the world. And with his Big Brother is watching you episode, Jesse paints a scenario of a Nazi Germany society where kids rat on their parents, neighbors rat out neighbors and and we all are implanted with a microchip. And when martial law arrives, “Infraguard Junior G-Men” will have a “license to kill.”
With the post 9/11 abuses of the Patriot Act and the increasing installation of surveillance cameras on every street corner, there certainly are real Big Brother abuses and concerns to report on, but Jesse is only interested in the tin foil hat crowd. And that brings us to his first guest, Katherine Albrecht a privacy advocate and author of “Spychips: How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track Your Every Move with RFID.” Albrecht strongly opposes the use of Radio-frequency identification or RFID tags. She refers to them as spy chips and believes that someday soon all Americans will be forcibly implanted with a spy chip, so that the government can track us.
RFID technology certainly has the potential for abuse, but Albrecht takes her paranoia that few extra steps towards deranged. She is an evangelical Christian and she believes that the abuse of our privacy by RFID tags is a sign of the biblical Mark of the Beast, described in the Book of Revelations warning that the end of the world is near. And according to Wired magazine, Albrecht even produced a video for sale that describes her extremist Endtimes Mark of the Beast beliefs.
After Albrecht and her human implant scenario, Jesse’s investigator meets with former Air Force pilot and dedicated 9/11 truther, Jeff Dahlstrom at a “late night rendezvous in a “dicey neighborhood.” Dahlstrom is described, as a member of a “loose knit group that keeps track of government terror drills,” who was abused by Big Brother, because he acted as a patriot. What did he do? He says that he called his bank two-years ago and just happened to tell the customer service rep. who lived in Portland, Oregon not to go downtown the following week. Dahlstrom the patriot told the bank employee that “there is a drill where they are going to simulate setting up a nuclear bomb.”
Well, Dahlstrom was shocked when two Secret Service agents showed up at his door a few hours later with a transcript of his phone call, very interested in why he was warning bank employees about nuclear bomb drills.
And then Jesse and his crack team of “investigators” tackle InfraGard, an alliance of private business entities and the FBI, formed in 1996 to “exchange of information about our nation’s critical infrastructures and key resources.” Besides protecting privately owned infrastructures vital to national security, the website also says that, “The primary focus of InfraGard is to share actionable intelligence information for investigative purposes.” The site notes that “350 of our nation’s Fortune 500 companies have a representative in InfraGard,” boasting about 30,000 members with local chapters in every state. The members are also in a position to access classified FBI emails containing information not generally made available to the general public.
Jesse portrays InfraGard as a neighborhood spy watch group with a “license to kill.” He meets with two InfraGard members in Oklahoma, City. And after meeting with David Williams, the director of the local chapter of InfraGard, Jesse declares that his questioning made Williams “crack” under pressure.” Both members deny that they have been given the authority to use lethal force.
Jesse is outraged at the idea of InfraGuard members ratting out their neighbors saying, “is this Nazi Germany we’re talking about?”
To provide support for the show’s claims that InfraGard members can legally employ lethal force, Jesse interviews Matthew Rothschild, editor of The Progressive magazine and author of the book, ‘You Have No Rights: Stories of America in an Age of Repression.” Rothschild wrote a story on InfraGard, where he examined the group’s apparent activities of collecting and and providing information on Americans and forwarding it to the FBI and Homeland Security. In return, Rothschild found that members receive warnings of terrorist threats before the public. Rothschild also spoke to two members who claim that they are permitted to “shoot to kill,” during times of unrest or martial law to protect vital infrastructures.
Rothschild’s expose of InfraGard is worth a read, but Jesse’s show is more interested in the dramatic “license to kill” aspect of the story. The FBI’s Cyber Division Assistant Director Shawn Henry responded to Rothschild’s story saying, “InfraGard members have no extraordinary powers and have no greater right to ‘shoot to kill’ than other civilians.” Rothschild stands by his story and says that he later learned that a private company that’s an InfraGard member was given “lethal powers.”
Jesse ends his conspiracy theory extravaganza, by saying that he knew the government was spying on him while he was governor. And he offers his own unique assessment of “InfraGard members: Infraguard Junior G-Men with ID cards What a crock!
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