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Jesse Ventura vs. TSA "I've Lost My Patriotism"

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Published on Aug 3, 2012

Jesse Ventura raises fist to US government! Supreme Court refuses to hear his case in open court against the TSA stating it's not their jurisdiction.

On November 4, 2011, one day after Jesse Ventura lost his legal challenge to airport pat-downs and full-body scans, the former Minnesota governor declared that he will "never fly commercial again"

Ventura made his comments outside the federal courthouse in St. Paul, where in January 2011 he sued to challenge the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) airport security procedures. The suit was thrown out because Congress set up the law so that all such challenges must be brought directly to the Circuit Courts of Appeals, wrote U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson.

After getting a titanium implant in his hip in 2008, Ventura's suit said, he started lighting up airport magnetometers. At first, screeners waved a magnetic hand wand over him and sent him through. But in 2010, the TSA's enhanced screening procedures meant he had to go through invasive full-body scans or pat-downs, the suit added.

The scans reveal too much and the pat-downs require a security officer to grope his body, "including private and sensitive areas," the suit read.

"I will never fly commercially again," Ventura said to reporters Friday, adding that he hasn't flown since he was searched at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport nearly 2 years ago.

He complained that the federal courts are denying his constitutional rights.

"I want a trial by jury. They tell me I can't have a jury decide my fate!" Ventura said. "If given a jury, I will win."

He questioned whether he could trust a panel of three government-paid appeals court judges. But he left open the door, noting that he hadn't conferred with his attorneys yet.

Ventura contended that the TSA's procedures treat passengers as guilty until proven innocent. "I will not, in a free country, be treated like a criminal," he said.

Ventura added that he and his wife, Terry, intend to apply for Mexican citizenship and become dual citizens. The two have spent long stretches of time living in Mexico since he left office.

Ventura said maybe the only way to change the rules at TSA is to become president.

Asked whether he was planning to run, Ventura responded, "I'm thinking about it." That's something he's done in previous election cycles, but he has never been a candidate for the White House.

Ventura, governor from 1999 through 2002 and earlier a pro wrestler as Jesse "The Body" Ventura, currently hosts "Conspiracy Theory" on the truTV network.

His new book, Democrips and Rebloodlicans is a New York Times Bestseller, and compares the two party system in this country to the notorious street gangs, the Crips and the Bloods - citing that politicians these days are no more than gang members wearing Brooks Brothers suits who will not allow any other political party a foothold in government. He believes that the system is now so corrupt, the only way to put this country back on track to where it belongs as a Democratic Republic, is to do away with the two party system as we know it.

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