Former governor of Minnesota, Jesse Ventura has been unloading on almost everyone on his new show, "Off the Grid" on Ora.tv. His newest episode might be his hardest hit yet as the former governor takes on former Vice President Dick Cheney.
Jesse Ventura has been known to not hold back and lay out his thoughts right on the table. You might not always agree with him, but he promises to tell you what he thinks and be truthful about it. His newest episode of "Off the Grid" is titled "The Life and Crimes of Dick Cheney." Ventura was asked about Cheney's comments defending the use of waterboarding, referring to it as "enhanced interrogation" as opposed to torture. Ventura, the former Navy frogman, went off on a rant of epic per-portions. Referring to Cheney as "five deferments" Cheney and "chickenhawk," Ventura didn't pull any punches.
"Well let me look right into the camera and say 'Dick Cheney, how the hell would you know? How the hell do you even have an opinion on it Dick Cheney? You couldn't even go to boot camp. You wouldn't even be successful there.' And they don't torture you per say at boot camp. They just change you from civilian to the military way of thinking and they do it pretty quickly and they do it pretty forcefully. But I went through something Dick, it was called SERE school, Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape. And at that school, I was waterboarded, Dick Cheney. Not only did I go through boot camp, I went through SERE school, Army Airborne school. I went through Seal Cadre SBI advanced guerrilla warfare school. But I also went through BUD/S Dick, Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training. The most difficult training in the United States military, bar none. And guess what Dick, this former frogman is looking at you, you chickenhawk, and I'm telling you waterboarding is torture, Dick. I was a competitive swimmer, Dick. I know how to swim, i'm used to the water, I'm a frogman, Dick. I've been in the water probably longer in 3 weeks then the amount of time you have showered in your life, Dick. What the hell would you know about the definition of torture, Dick Cheney? You're a guy who when it was your time to go in the front and show what you had, to stand up for your country, you ran and hid. And now you come back, the chickenhawk you are, and you're gonna define what torture is? You are gonna tell us, who were in the military, guys who went to SERE school, guys who unfortunately became POWs, Dick Cheney you're gonna define torture? That's bull***t Dick Cheney, just like you, you're bull***t."
"Off the Grid" producer, Alex Logan also pointed out that while Dick Cheney claims waterboarding, or as he calls it "enhanced interrogation," "produced phenomenal results," reports show that isn't the case. A report by the Senate Intelligence Committee showed that "no evidence" was found that the waterboarding of 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed led to the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden. Ventura knows first hand that waterboarding is torture and that the one on the receiving end will give up or make up any information in order to halt the process. Ventura has been quoted in the past that if "you give me a water board, Dick Cheney and one hour, and I’ll have him confess to the Sharon Tate murders."
The "Off the Grid" team didn't just stop at torture, they also highlighted the fortune that Dick Cheney and his former private contracting company Halliburton Co. received in taxpayer money during the decade long Iraq War.
"Private or publicly listed firms received at least $138 billion of U.S. taxpayer money for government contracts for services....The No. 1 recipient? Houston-based energy-focused engineering and construction firm KBR, Inc. (NYSE:KBR), which was spun off from its parent, oilfield services provider Halliburton Co. (NYSE:HAL), in 2007.
The company was given $39.5 billion in Iraq-related contracts over the past decade, with many of the deals given without any bidding from competing firms, such as a $568-million contract renewal in 2010 to provide housing, meals, water and bathroom services to soldiers, a deal that led to a Justice Department lawsuit over alleged kickbacks, as reported by Bloomberg."
According to Reader Supported News, Cheney served as the CEO for Halliburton for only 5 years, from 1995 to 2000 and when he retired was rewarded with a severance package of $36 million. As a report in the Guardian points out, Cheney was able to receive even more money even though he didn't qualify.
"In the five years he worked at the company, he received $12.5m in salary. He also held $39m-worth of stock options when he quit the company in 2000 – a fortune for a man with no previous experience in running a multinational company. In addition, Halliburton's board of directors voted to award him early retirement when he quit his job, even though he was too young to qualify under his contract. That flexibility enabled him to leave with a retirement package, including stock and options, worth millions more than if he had simply resigned. Plus, Halliburton paid out Cheney an extra $1m during the time he served as vice-president."
Ventura sums up Cheney pretty easily. A chickenhawk who dodged his opportunity to serve in the military but is quick to send others to war so he would make money for himself. A "war criminal" who deserves to be punished and thrown in jail, not praised or patted on the back. Ventura seems to hit the nail on the head, again.