Jesse Ventura: I'm Done Standing for National Anthem

He's ticked that a court tossed his case on airport searches

By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 5, 2011 6:38 AM CDT

(Newser) – Jesse Ventura says he's so angry that his airport security lawsuit got tossed out of court that he might become a Mexican citizen—or even run for president in this country, reports the AP. The former Minnesota governor and professional wrestler launched a suit against the TSA in January, complaining that full-body scanners and patdowns constitute unreasonable search and seizure. A district judge dismissed the case on Thursday, saying it should have been filed in a Circuit Court of Appeals.

"If I appeal it, they'll get federally paid judges to squash it," said Ventura, who added that he might have to run for president to change the law. With the cameras for his TV program Conspiracy Theory rolling, Ventura also said he wanted to apply for Mexican dual-citizenship so he could live there more months each year. He called the US "the Fascist States of America" and said he had lost his patriotism. "I will never stand for a national anthem again," he said. "I will turn my back and I will raise a fist."

In this Oct. 7 photo, former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura talks to the media while appearing at the Occupy Minnesota demonstration at the Hennepin County Government Plaza in Minneapolis.
In this Oct. 7 photo, former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura talks to the media while appearing at the Occupy Minnesota demonstration at the Hennepin County Government Plaza in Minneapolis.   (AP Photo/Genevieve Ross)
Jesse Ventura speaks to the media about the court dismissing his suit against the TSA for the patdowns at the airport.
Jesse Ventura speaks to the media about the court dismissing his suit against the TSA for the patdowns at the airport.   (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Bruce Bisping)
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