63 Documents the Government Doesn't Want You to Read

63 Documents the Government Doesn't Want You to Read

by Jesse Ventura, Dick Russell


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The official spin on numerous government programs is flat-out bullsh*t, according to Jesse Ventura.  In this incredible collection of actual government documents, Jesse Ventura, the ultimate non-partisan truth-seeker, proves it beyond any doubt. He and Dick Russell walk readers through sixty-three of the most incriminating programs to reveal what really happens behind the closed doors. Witness as he breaks open the vault, revealing the truth: 

  • The CIA’s top-secret program to control human behavior
  • Operation Northwoods—the military plan to hijack airplanes and blame it on Cuban terrorists
  • Potentially deadly healthcare cover-ups, including a dengue fever outbreak
  • What the Department of Defense knows about our food supply—but is keeping mum
  • Homeland Security’s “emergency” detention camps
  • Fake terrorist attacks planned by the United States

Although these documents are now in the public domain, the powers that be would just as soon they stay under wraps.  Ventura’s research and commentary sheds new light on what they’re not telling you—and why it matters.

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ISBN-13: 9781616085711
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 04/02/2012
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 205,747
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jesse Ventura is the former independent governor of Minnesota. He is also a former US Navy frogman, a professional wrestler, a movie actor, a visiting fellow at Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and the New York Times bestselling author of seven books, including American Conspiracies, 63 Documents the Government Doesn’t Want You to Read, and Don’t Start the Revolution Without Me! He was the host and executive producer of truTV’s Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura, which won the Stony Award from High Times magazine in 2010. He was also the host of the political talk show Off The Grid, which aired on RT America and online at Ora.tv. He has a reputation as a rebel and a freethinker, and he has no qualms about questioning authority. He spends half the year in Baja, Mexico and the other half in his home state of Minnesota.

Dick Russell has written for such varied publications as Time, Sports Illustrated, and the Village Voice.His books include The Man Who Knew Too Much, Black Genius, and On the Trail of the JFK Assassins. He is also the coauthor of several New York Times bestsellers, including American Conspiracies, 63 Documents the Government Doesn't Want You to Read, and They Killed Our President.

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The CIA's Secret Assassination Manual

What follows are excerpts from a nineteen-page CIA document that was prepared as part of a coup against the Guatemalan government in 1954 and declassified in 1997. Maybe they should change the name to the CIA's " secret-first degree murder manual." How is that we are allowed to kill other people if we're not in a declared war with them? Clearly this is a premeditated conspiracy involving more than one person. My big question is, who makes the call on this? To arbitrarily go out in the world and kill someone without their being charged with a crime!

The thought of taking out another country's leadership is so despicable, it makes me ashamed that I'm an American. But it later was revealed that, during the Cold War, the CIA plotted against eight foreign leaders, and five of them died violent deaths. The CIA's "Executive Action" arm was involved for years in planning with the Mob and others to murder Fidel Castro.

Are we all to believe this is simply James Bond, where agents can arbitrarily knock off people and walk away? They actually had a manual that promotes throwing people from high buildings, with "plausible denial"! One paragraph in particular gives me pause, when I think back to what happened in Dallas on November 22, 1963. "Public figures or guarded officials may be killed with great reliability and some safety if a firing point can be established prior to an official occasion," the manual instructed.

Here is a transcript of the most frightening excerpts:


The techniques employed will vary according to whether the subject is unaware of his danger, aware but unguarded, or guarded. They will also be affected by whether or not the assassin is to be killed with the subject. Hereafter, assassinations in which the subject is unaware will be termed "simple" those where the subject is aware but unguarded will be termed " chase" those where the victim is guarded will be termed "guarded." If the assassin is to die with the subject, the act will be called "lost." If the assassin is to escape, the adjective will be "safe." It should be noted that no compromises should exist here. The assassin must not fall alive into enemy hands.

A further type division is caused by the need to conceal the fact that the subject was actually the victim of assassination, rather than an accident or natural causes. If such concealment is desirable the operation will be called "secret" if concealment is immaterial, the act will be called "open" while if the assassination requires publicity to be effective it will be termed "terroristic."

Following these definitions, the assassination of Julius Caesar was safe, simple, and terroristic, while that of Huey Long was lost, guarded and open. Obviously, successful secret assassinations are not recorded as assassination at all. [Illeg] of Thailand and Augustus Caesar may have been the victims of safe, guarded and secret assassination. Chase assassinations usually involve clandestine agents or members of criminal organizations.


In safe assassinations, the assassin needs the usual qualities of a clandestine agent. He should be determined, courageous, intelligent, resourceful, and physically active. If special equipment is to be used, such as firearms or drugs, it is clear that he must have outstanding skill with such equipment.

Except in terroristic assassinations, it is desirable that the assassin be transient in the area. He should have an absolute minimum of contact with the rest of the organization and his instructions should be given orally by one person only. His safe evacuation after the act is absolutely essential, but here again contact should be as limited as possible. It is preferable that the person issuing instructions also conduct any withdrawal or covering action which may be necessary.

In lost assassination, the assassin must be a fanatic of some sort. Politics, religion, and revenge are about the only feasible motives. Since a fanatic is unstable psychologically, he must be handled with extreme care. He must not know the identities of the other members of the organization, for although it is intended that he die in the act, something may go wrong. While the assassin of Trotsky has never revealed any significant information, it was unsound to depend on this when the act was planned.


When the decision to assassinate has been reached, the tactics of the operation must be planned, based upon an estimate of the situation similar to that used in military operations. The preliminary estimate will reveal gaps in information and possibly indicate a need for special equipment which must be procured or constructed. When all necessary data has been collected, an effective tactical plan can be prepared. All planning must be mental; no papers should ever contain evidence of the operation.

In resistance situations, assassination may be used as a counter-reprisal. Since this requires advertising to be effective, the resistance organization must be in a position to warn high officials publicly that their lives will be the price of reprisal action against innocent people. Such a threat is of no value unless it can be carried out, so it may be necessary to plan the assassination of various responsible officers of the oppressive regime and hold such plans in readiness to be used only if provoked by excessive brutality. Such plans must be modified frequently to meet changes in the tactical situation.


The essential point of assassination is the death of the subject. A human being may be killed in many ways but sureness is often overlooked by those who may be emotionally unstrung by the seriousness of this act they intend to commit. The specific technique employed will depend upon a large number of variables, but should be constant in one point: Death must be absolutely certain. The attempt on Hitler's life failed because the conspiracy did not give this matter proper attention.

Techniques may be considered as follows:

1. Manual.

It is possible to kill a man with the bare hands, but very few are skillful enough to do it well. Even a highly trained Judo expert will hesitate to risk killing by hand unless he has absolutely no alternative.

However, the simplest local tools are often much the most efficient means of assassination. A hammer, axe, wrench, screwdriver, fire poker, kitchen knife, lamp stand, or anything hard, heavy and handy will suffice. A length of rope or wire or a belt will do if the assassin is strong and agile. All such improvised weapons have the important advantage of availability and apparent innocence. The obviously lethal machine gun failed to kill Trotsky where an item of sporting goods succeeded.

In all safe cases where the assassin may be subject to search, either before or after the act, specialized weapons should not be used. Even in the lost case, the assassin may accidentally be searched before the act and should not carry an incriminating device if any sort of lethal weapon can be improvised at or near the site. If the assassin normally carries weapons because of the nature of his job, it may still be desirable to improvise and implement at the scene to avoid disclosure of his identity.

2. Accidents.

For secret assassination, either simple or chase, the contrived accident is the most effective technique. When successfully executed, it causes little excitement and is only casually investigated.

The most efficient accident, in simple assassination, is a fall of 75 feet or more onto a hard surface. Elevator shafts, stair wells, unscreened windows and bridges will serve. Bridge falls into water are not reliable. In simple cases a private meeting with the subject may be arranged at a properly cased location. The act may be executed by sudden, vigorous [excised] of the ankles, tipping the subject over the edge. If the assassin immediately sets up an outcry, playing the "horrified witness", no alibi or surreptitious withdrawal is necessary. In chase cases it will usually be necessary to stun or drug the subject before dropping him. Care is required to ensure that no wound or condition not attributable to the fall is discernible after death.

Falls into the sea or swiftly flowing rivers may suffice if the subject cannot swim. It will be more reliable if the assassin can arrange to attempt rescue, as he can thus be sure of the subject's death and at the same time establish a workable alibi.

If the subject's personal habits make it feasible, alcohol may be used [2 words excised] to prepare him for a contrived accident of any kind.

Falls before trains or subway cars are usually effective, but require exact timing and can seldom be free from unexpected observation.

Automobile accidents are a less satisfactory means of assassination. If the subject is deliberately run down, very exact timing is necessary and investigation is likely to be thorough. If the subject's car is tampered with, reliability is very low. The subject may be stunned or drugged and then placed in the car, but this is only reliable when the car can be run off a high cliff or into deep water without observation.

Arson can cause accidental death if the subject is drugged and left in a burning building. Reliability is not satisfactory unless the building is isolated and highly combustible.

3. Drugs.

In all types of assassination except terroristic, drugs can be very effective. If the assassin is trained as a doctor or nurse and the subject is under medical care, this is an easy and rare method. An overdose of morphine administered as a sedative will cause death without disturbance and is difficult to detect. The size of the dose will depend upon whether the subject has been using narcotics regularly. If not, two grains will suffice.

If the subject drinks heavily, morphine or a similar narcotic can be injected at the passing out stage, and the cause of death will often be held to be acute alcoholism.

Specific poisons, such as arsenic or strychine, are effective but their possession or procurement is incriminating, and accurate dosage is problematical. Poison was used unsuccessfully in the assassination of Rasputin and Kolohan, though the latter case is more accurately described as a murder.

4. Edge Weapons.,

Any locally obtained edge device may be successfully employed. A certain minimum of anatomical knowledge is needed for reliability.

Puncture wounds of the body cavity may not be reliable unless the heart is reached. The heart is protected by the rib cage and is not always easy to locate.

Abdominal wounds were once nearly always mortal, but modern medical treatment has made this no longer true.

Absolute reliability is obtained by severing the spinal cord in the cervical region. This can be done with the point of a knife or a light blow of an axe or hatchet.

Another reliable method is the severing of both jugular and carotid blood vessels on both sides of the windpipe.



U.S. Assassination Plots against Foreign Leaders

The pages that follow are an excerpt from the Church Committee's, 1977 congressional report on "Alleged Assassination Plots Involving Foreign Leaders." You'll see that they'd refined the title into "Executive Action," except the project code name is ZR/RIFLE. The full report is online at www.maryferrell.org.

The key CIA players here are Richard Bissell, William Harvey, and Richard Helms. They were all heavily involved in Cuban affairs and the targeting of Fidel Castro. (Bundy is apparently McGeorge Bundy, who was Kennedy's national security adviser.) The CIA guys tried to make it look like they had approval of the White House all through the Kennedy years (1960 — 63), but in fact the Kennedys put a stop to any such talk and the CIA kept right on going in secret. Harvey eventually got canned. Some researchers think he then turned the tables on JFK and helped organize an "Executive Action" to get rid of the president.



U.S. Public Health Service Exposed Guatemalan Prostitutes, Prisoners, Soldiers to Sexually Transmitted Disease

This one boggles my mind. We knew about the horrifying Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment when the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) "observed" and experimented on 399 poor African-American men in the late stages of syphilis — basically watching them die over a forty-year period starting in 1932. This came to light in 1972.

Yet another study has been uncovered. In 2010, a researcher named Susan Reverby of Wellesley College discovered that the USPHS was also busy in Guatemala from 1946-1948, infecting nearly 1,000 Guatemalan citizens with venereal diseases. Why? To test antibiotics. Don't believe me — here are excerpts from Findings from a CDC Report on the 1946-1948 U.S. Public Health Service Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Inoculation Study. If you want to view it yourself, go to www.hhs.gov/1946incoulationstudy/findings.html.


From 1946-48, the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Venereal Disease Research Laboratory (VDRL) and the Pan American Sanitary Bureau collaborated with several government agencies in Guatemala on U.S. National Institutes of Health-funded studies involving deliberate exposure of human subjects with bacteria that cause sexually transmitted diseases (STD). Guatemalan partners included the Guatemalan Ministry of Health, the National Army of the Revolution, the National Mental Health Hospital, and the Ministry of Justice. Studies were conducted under the on-site direction of John C. Cutler, MD in Guatemala City, under the supervision of R.C. Arnold MD and John F. Mahoney, MD of the USPHS VDRL in Staten Island, New York; the primary local collaborator was Dr. Juan Funes, chief of the VD control division of the Guatemalan Sanidad Publica.

The work by Dr. Cutler and VDRL colleagues was recently brought to light by Professor. Susan Reverby of Wellesley College as a result of archival work conducted as part of the research of her 2009 book on PHS syphilis studies, Examining Tuskegee ... Upon learning of Professor Reverby's work, staff from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted a review of materials in the papers of John Cutler, archived at the University of Pittsburgh, including several summary reports, experimental logs, correspondence between Dr. Cutler and professional colleagues, and subject-specific records ...

According to materials in the archives, the primary purpose of the studies was to develop human models of transmission of Treponema pallidum, the bacteria that causes syphilis, by sexual transmission and cutaneous and mucous membrane inoculation in order to assess effectiveness of potential chemoprophylactic regimens. Additional studies were conducted to assess potential for reinfection of persons with untreated latent syphilis or of those with recent treatment of syphilis with penicillin; to compare performance of various serologic tests for syphilis; and to develop human models of transmission and chemoprophylaxis of the agents of gonorrhea (Neisseria gonorrhoeae) and chancroid (Hemophilus ducreyi).

Subjects for the transmission studies included female commercial sex workers (CSWs), prisoners in the national penitentiary, patients in the national mental hospital, and soldiers. These subjects were also involved in comparative serologic studies. Transmission studies initially included sexual exposure of prisoners to female CSWs experimentally infected with either syphilis or gonorrhea. Later, subjects underwent direct inoculation, primarily of skin and mucous membranes, by viable T. pallidum. N. gonorrhoeae, and H. ducreyi. The design and conduct of the studies was unethical in many respects, including deliberate exposure of subjects to known serious health threats, lack of knowledge of and consent for experimental procedures by study subjects, and the use of highly vulnerable populations. According to a "Syphilis Summary Report" and experimental logs in the archives, syphilis studies included CSWs, prisoners, and patients in the mental hospital.

In the series of syphilis studies, a total of 696 subjects of individual experiments (some representing the same patients involved in several experiments) were exposed to infection (by sexual contact or inoculation)... Gonorrhea studies included CSWs, prisoners, soldiers, and mental hospital patients. In the series of gonorrhea studies, a total of 772 subjects of individual experiments (some apparently representing the same patients involved in several experiments) were exposed to infection (by sexual contact or inoculation)... Chancroid studies included soldiers and mental hospital patients. A total of 142 subjects were exposed to infection by inoculation...

The study appears to have ended in 1948, although some follow-up laboratory testing and patient observation continued until the early 1950s. There is no indication that results of the STD inoculation experiments were ever published in the scientific literature or another forum.


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Table of Contents

Introduction why you need to read this book 2

Part 1 Our Scandalous Postwar History

1 The CIA's Secret Assassination Manual 16

2 U.S. Assassination Plots against Foreign Leaders 23

3 U.S. Public Health Service Exposed Guatemalan Prostitutes, Prisoners, Soldiers to Sexually Transmitted Disease 26

4&5&6 The CIA's Project ARTICHOKE and MKULTRA 28

7 Operation Northwoods 37

8&9 Kennedy's Plans to Withdraw Troops from Vietnam 46

10 What Really Happened at the Gulf of Tonkin 51

11 U.S. Capabilities in Chemical and Biological Warfare 56

Part 2 Government, Military, and Corporate Secrets

12 Putting War Criminals to Work for America 80

13&14&15 More on U.S. Intelligence and the Nazis 88

16 CIA "Propaganda Notes" on the Kennedy Assassination 97

17 Running Drugs with Dictators 100

18&19 America's Blind Eye to Genocide 103

20 Military Experiments on Our Own Troops 111

21&22 Gulf War Illness and Our Veterans 119

23 Operation Garden Plot: Our Military and "Civil Disturbances" 125

24&25 "Emergency" Detention Camps and Civilian Inmate Labor Program 128

26 The Army's Continuity of Operations Plan 136

27 The State Department Cable on Russia as a "Mafia State" 141

28 Our Food Supply Imperiled by Lack of Inspections 144

29 Pesticides and Honeybees 149

30 America's Fight against Europe over Biotech Crops 154

31 Climate Change as a Threat to National Security 157

32 Koch Industries Seminars for the Rich and Powerful 161

Part 3 Shady White Houses

33 Nixon's Vietnam Peace Plan 170

34 Nixon's Pursuit of the CIA's Secret Files 173

35 How Nixon Wanted the CIA and FBI to Crack Down on Youthful Dissidence 176

36&37 The GES Emails and a CBS News Analysis 180

38&39 Fixing the Vote in Ohio 184

40 Hillary Clinton's Call for Diplomats to Spy on the UN 191

41 An Internet "Kill Switch"? 194

42 Homeland Security's Cybersecurity Agreement with the Pentagon 202

Part 4 9/11

43 A Think Tank's Anticipation of 9/11 206

44 FBI Knowledge of Terrorists Training at Flight Schools 210

45 "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.," Bush Was Told 213

46 The Pentagon's "Stand Down Order" on 9/11 216

47 The "Free Fall"of Building 7 221

48 Evidence for Insider Stock Trading Before 9/11 226

49 The FBI's "Briefing on Trading" for the 9/11 Commission 235

Part 5 The "War on Terror"

50 The Justice Department's Secret Plan 250

51 President Bush's Justification for Torture 260

52 The Military's Astounding "Media Ground Rules" for Guantanamo 263

53&54 The Detainees at Guantanamo 269

55&56 A Medical Experiment on the Detainees 273

57&58&59 The Paper Trail on the CIA's Destruction of 92 Torture Videos 280

60 Decapitation of a Detainee by U.S. Forces in Iraq 286

61 The State Department's Take on Drug Money Leaving Afghanistan 288

62 A World Bank Report on Drugs 292

63 The Rand Report on Terrorism 295

Epilogue Resources for Curious Readers 299

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AlexJones More than 1 year ago
say it ain't so, Jesse. While I am pleased that such a person has taken such a strong stance on 9/11, the JFK assassination, and the TSA scandal (among others), I am saddened that the country, including myself, has so far to go to catch up to him. What a great presidential ticket would be Ventura and Paul 2012. This book is dedicated to Congressman Ron Paul. "In a free country like ours when the truth equals treason we're in big trouble." - Ron Paul Mr. Ventura has solidified his place in history. Speaking the truth, standing up for good principles, respecting the constitution, and helping others is never a bad thing. So what's next for Ventura? Some would ask "what's left for Ventura?!" he's just about done it all - military, wrestling superstar, commentator, movie star, mayor, governor, author, activist, tv show host, surfer, dog lover, devoted husband and father...what is left? America needs you now more than ever. We all should support Jesse Ventura and his lawsuit against the TSA. this case is going to add to his legacy, and ill be recorded in history!
Emazing More than 1 year ago
The documents are too small and I can't zoom in on my nook color. Why eas this not addressed in development?
History-Researcher More than 1 year ago
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 Optional Plan" was an actual military proposal for the total 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 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read his previous books and they are excellent for those who are more intelligent than the USA main media propaganda. My only problem with this edition/my device is; I read it on a Pandigital 7 inch screen and can't see the scanned .pdf documents/files because they are a lot smaller on the display than regular text. But for those who trust Jesse there is a little, albeit little, regular sized text explanation on what you should be able to see on the original scans. They should not be scanned only, they should be quoted and easy to read.
Bunny57 More than 1 year ago
Knowledge is power. Let's start a revolution.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not like "63 Documents" as much as Mr. Ventura's "Conspiracy Theory" book. My criticism lies with the difficulty in reading excerpts from some of the documents presented. It seemed to me that one was supposed to consider these documents with more seriousness because of the look of the document. As if belief in its authenticity would be more certain because it was a copy of the real document. I found these areas so difficult to read that I skipped over them. There were notations of where the documents could be found but I wasn't interested in spending my time and effort looking them up. I would say the book didn't hold my interest as much as I thought it would. Sorry I wouldn't recommend this book.
matthewloewen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was a really good book in revealing government activity that takes away liberty from the people. I think that we need more books like this, and it is a good reference for specific ways in which our government is getting overgrown. The reason why I only gave this book a three-star rating is because I feel like some of the documents included in the book were not that impressive. There is a lot of evidence out there that shows that the government is infringing on its people, but many of these documents were sometimes poor indicators of that. In other words, there could have been stronger documents included, but for the most part they were good documents.Concept of the book is amazing, but lacking a little on the details.
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You idiots should get the hard copy, not use a nook or other device to read it and you could see things. Use common sense and get the hard copy.
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