by Betsy Sundquist (PoliticsinMinnesota.com)
First Published: March 16,2010
Former Minnesota Gov. (and current conspiracy theorist) Jesse Ventura, currently touring to plug his new book “American Conspiracies: Lies, Lies and More Dirty Lies that the Government Tells Us,” is drawing parallels between the deaths of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr. and John Lennon.
Ventura told celebrity interviewer Tom Murro this week that the CIA was “following”the ex-Beatle and had him “under surveillance”Â when he was gunned down in New York City in 1980.
“John Lennon was making a huge comeback, and he was the voice of the left,”Ventura told Murro. “And if you remember right, Ron Reagan had just been elected.”
“The interesting thing about Lennon’s death, Malcolm X’s death and Martin Luther King’s death is they were all three under heavy surveillance by the CIA when they were shot and killed. I couldn’t believe how much the CIA were following Lennon and had him under surveillance, because I don’t know, what they felt he was a threat to the country? I mean, come on, the singer for the Beatles is a threat to the country?”
Later in his telephone discussion with Murro, Ventura alluded again to Lennon, saying he wish he had covered Lennon’s death in his new book.
“The only thing I wish I also covered was the murder of John Lennon,”he told Murro, “I mean, he was under heavy surveillance by the CIA; couldn’t that have saved his life?”
Ventura’s latest gig, in addition to promoting his book, is hosting “Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura”Â on truTV.
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