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Obama adviser signed 9/11 Truth statement (Van Jones) (13 posts)

  1. truthmod
    Administrator

    http://rawstory.com/blog/2009/09/white-house-advis...

    Van Jones, the Obama administration's "green jobs" guru, apologized in a statement Wednesday after a YouTube video showed him once calling Republicans "assholes" for thwarting environmental legislation.

    In a statement, he said the comments "were clearly inappropriate."

    "I apologize for the offensive words I chose to use during that speech," Jones said in a written statement. "They do not reflect the views of this administration, which has made every effort to work in a bipartisan fashion, and they do not reflect the experience I have had since I joined the administration."


    Thursday morning, another right wing blog threw some more fuel on the fire.

    Gateway Pundit revealed that, in 2004, Jones signed a "911 Truth Statement (link), a call for immediate inquiry into evidence that suggests high-level government officials may have deliberately allowed the September 11th attacks to occur."

    The petition was designed to support a "Zogby poll (link) that found nearly 50% of New Yorkers believe the government had foreknowledge and 'consciously failed to act,' with 66% wanting a new 9/11 investigation."

    Posted 6 years ago #
  2. truthmover
    Administrator

    Jones now says that he did not sign on to the ideas described in what he signed. "As for the petition that was circulated today, I do not agree with this statement and it certainly does not reflect my views now or ever," Jones said in the statement.

    http://swampland.blogs.time.com/2009/09/03/van-jon...

    Posted 6 years ago #
  3. truthmod
    Administrator

    This guy is a local hero around the Bay Area. It's sad he's taking his words back like this.

    White House lukewarm on Van Jones after his "9/11 Truth" petition signature surfaces -- but Newsom "stands by him

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/nov05election/...

    Through all this din, the folks at the 9/11 Truth Commission are fielding more calls from MSM reporters than ever. But not the kind they want. The Truth Commissioners say they are a bit ticked with reporters "asking us to 'make sense' of Van Jones' 'strange' behavior." Said the 9/11 TC:

    "As the eighth anniversary of 9/11 approaches, what doesn't make sense to us is that media outlets choose to impugn the character of the signatories rather than carry out your responsibility as watchdogs to call attention to the as yet unanswered questions raised in the 2004 statement. Five years later, we challenge you to finally print those same unanswered questions and pursue their answers with the same vigor with which you pursue the signatories."

    Posted 6 years ago #
  4. truthmod
    Administrator

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,546681,00.html

    I've been talking about Van Jones, a special adviser to the president, because he's got the president's ear and he's an admitted communist; a radical who wants to fundamentally change America.

    On Thursday we learned Jones is also a 9/11 Truther.

    If you don't know what a 9/11 Truther is, let me quickly tell you about them. Here's a statement from a 9/11 Truther group; after the attacks they demanded: "A call for immediate inquiry into evidence that suggests high-level government officials may have deliberately allowed the September 11th attacks to occur."

    Posted 6 years ago #
  5. truthmod
    Administrator

    It is very telling how the MSM is dealing with this. I haven't seen one mention of the fact that Jones is entitled to his own opinions or that there might be something legitimate to these questions.

    I hope they do fire him. Maybe then he'll realize that it's more important to be honest than sell your soul to the powerful.

    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2009/09/04/gib...

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,546602,00.html

    Posted 6 years ago #
  6. mark
    Member

    This is from Starhawk's email list:

    Okay, now, I’m really mad! The right wing bullies at Fox News—Glenn Beck and his ilk, are going after a man who I know personally from years of progressive work in the Bay Area—Van Jones. Jones is a grass roots organizer who started the Ella Baker Center in Oakland, as well as the program Green For All. He wrote a best-selling book, one of the few books on environmental action written by an African American: The Green Collar Economy.

    Now he’s being targeted by Glenn Beck and Fox News. His crimes: He once called the Republicans ‘assholes’. (Is there a thinking person in this country who hasn’t?) He was arrested at a demonstration after Rodney King was beaten. (He was a legal aid, arrested in a sweep when the S.F. police surrounded the crowd and arrested everyone, including grandmothers who had just stepped out for a carton of milk. I remember that day—I escaped arrest myself because I stopped to order a pizza and arrived just ten minutes too late. Charges against Jones were dropped and he was given a settlement by the city of SF for his false arrest.) And in 2004, he signed a petition asking for an inquiry into the truth of 911. (If every person in the country who questioned the 911 commission is now to be banned from public office, we’d be left with a pretty sorry field of the utterly compliant from which to choose our public officials.)

    Van Jones’ real crime? He’s the triple threat: he’s black, he’s effective, and he is doing effective work to empower the people in this country who have the least resources.

    Make no mistake—the attack on Jones is racism rearing its ugly head. White folks in this country are allowed to carry guns into political meetings and call for the murder of the President on national TV. Black folks who might at some point in their life have expressed dissatisfaction with the going order are always at risk of being targeted.

    The racism and the bullying isn’t actually very subtle—but here’s one sort of subtle point: the right wing is constructing a definition of ‘America’ that leaves out the perspective of most people of color, most poor people, most truly progressive people—and then vilifying anyone who disagrees or even questions. Come to think of it, they’ve been doing that for decades.

    If we let them target Jones, rest assured all of us who have any sort of progressive perspective whatsoever are on their hit list. If we let them define the terms of the argument, we are lost. If we give in to bullies, they will hit back harder. And if Jones goes down, the vital work he is doing, the attempt to bring together the environmental and social justice movements, will go down as well.

    I try to restrain myself from sending out posts asking people to call and write and sign petitions, because otherwise I’d be sending one an hour. But I’m going to ask you to do this now:

    Call the White House and urge Obama to stand firm with Van Jones. Write Obama and leave your comments on his page. If you are from the Bay Area, let them know that we are Jones’ homies and we stand with him and with the work he is doing. And that we are proud of the progressive values he represents.

    Buy his book and read it, if you haven’t already. Royalties are the best revenge! And it’s a damn good book!

    Go to the Color of Change website and sign the petition to urge advertisers to drop Glenn Beck. It’s having an effect (which has riled them up all the more!)

    The only way to stop bullies is to stand up to them!

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    Starhawk's website is www.starhawk.org, and more of her writings and information on her schedule and activities can be found there.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  7. truthmod
    Administrator

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/r...

    Republicans celebrate the ouster of Van Jones

    The White House was smothering the odour of disarray last night as conservatives celebrated the ouster of a key adviser on green policy who had stood accused of making crude remarks about Republicans and allegedly supporting claims that 9/11 might have been abetted by the Bush administration.

    Van Jones resigned from his position as President Barack Obama’s Green Jobs Czar after being hounded for days both by conservative pundits like Fox television’s Glenn Beck and some Republican leaders in Congress. The embarrassing demise of Mr Jones comes at a delicate moment just as members of Congress are returning to Washington after the summer recess and Mr Obama is honing a crucial speech on reviving his troubled health care reform effort that he will deliver on Capitol Hill on Wednesday evening in prime time.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  8. truthmod
    Administrator

    I bet Alex Jones agrees with lots of this below. Nauseating fascists.

    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2009/09/06/phil-ker...

    How Van Jones Happened and What We Need to Do Next

    Now that Jones has resigned, we need to follow through with two critical policy victories. First, stop cap-and-trade, which could send these groups trillions, and second repeal the unspent portion of the stimulus bill, which stands to give them billions.

    The Van Jones affair could be an important turning point in the Obama administration if we use it as a window to understand the structure of the left and stop the huge power-grab now taking place in the name of green jobs. It's also one of the most significant things I've ever had the honor of being involved in. Here's how, from my perspective, it happened and what it means.

    I was an unlikely Van Jones expert. It started July 9, when "FOX & Friends" asked me if I'd come on the show the morning of July 10 to explain what "green jobs" are. It meant an early morning the next day, but I was glad to do it, because exposing the green jobs scam is critical to fight cap-and-trade, my top legislative priority for the year. The producer asked me if I knew anything about green jobs "czar" Van Jones. I didn't but said I would find out.

    I e-mailed a friend who follows the green groups and he said he thought Jones was socialist. -- I doubt he had any idea how deep it went. A couple Web searches later, I couldn't believe what I found in an article from the alternative San Francisco newspaper the East Bay Express. The man was a self-professed communist, with ties to ACORN and a radical Maoist group called STORM. His real name was Anthony, with "Van" made up in college because he thought everyone cool has a one-syllable name.

    There was so much material there, but what really stood out is what I used the next day on F&F: the "green jobs" concept was merely a new face on the old ideology of central economic planning and control, an alternative and a threat to free market capitalism.


    As soon as I got back to the office, I e-mailed the East Bay Express article to one of Glenn Beck's producer, saying: "Please share with Glenn this article about green jobs czar Van Jones, a self-described communist who was radicalized in jail. Confirms "watermelon" hypothesis." (I was referring to an explanation we had offered on his show of the cap-and-trade bill as a "watermelon," green on the outside but Communist red to the core.)


    The agenda laid out in Van Jones's book, "The Green Collar Economy," which we now know is an attempt to achieve radical ends, is squarely within the mainstream of the political left and the Democratic Party. He urged adoption of a carbon cap-and-trade program, renewable electricity mandates-- including Al Gore's outlandish and impossible goal of eliminating fossil fuel use by 2018, large taxpayer-funded green jobs programs, a so-called smart grid for electricity, more mass-transit subsidies, higher fuel efficiency standards for automobiles, federal funding for organic farms, a ban on new coal plants, expanded ethanol mandates, and even a spirited, multiple page pitch for a cash-for-clunkers program--he called it "Hoopties for Hybrids."

    Even if Apollo is properly tainted by the Van Jones scandal, it's only the tip of the iceberg, as this chart shows. In fact most of the action has already moved to the Center for American Progress, the hyper-politicized think tank that's advancing most of the left's agenda, especially the push for green jobs and all of the policies from Van Jones's book.

    As I explained previously on the FOX Forum, the push for "green jobs" has everything to do with funding the far-left political activities that Van Jones so adamantly believed in. Green jobs are not economic jobs but political jobs, designed to funnel vast sums of taxpayer money to left-wing labor unions, environmental groups, and social justice community organizers.

    Now that Jones has resigned, we need to follow through with two critical policy victories. First, stop cap-and-trade, which could send these green groups trillions, and second repeal the unspent portion of the stimulus bill, which stands to give them billions. The Van Jones affair is, as President Obama likes to say, a "teachable moment," and we need to put not just him but the whole corrupt "green jobs" concept outside the bounds of the political mainstream.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  9. truthmod
    Administrator

    Just as I thought.

    HA HA HA. 9/11 truth isn't just a lefty lunatic fringe idea. Good old fashioned American capitalist libertarian right-wing nuts are also into it.

    http://www.infowars.com/beck-neocons-claim-marxist...

    Forget Van Jones, The Majority Of Americans Question 9/11

    Citing the fact that Obama’s green jobs czar Van Jones, who is increasingly and justifiably coming under fire from conservatives in light of his Communist rhetoric and his socialist ideals, signed a petition in 2004 calling for a proper investigation into whether the U.S. government allowed 9/11 to happen, Beck and others have used the “9/11 truther” label as a smear with which to further attack Van Jones’ credibility.

    During his show yesterday, Beck tied Van Jones’ advocacy for 9/11 truth to his “radical, progressive and Communist nonsense” and implied that questions about 9/11 truth were held only by a small minority of mainly leftist Hollywood personalities.

    However, despite efforts to portray people with questions about 9/11 as some kind of lunatic fringe minority, numerous polls in the years since the attacks manifestly prove that a majority of Americans share doubts and questions about the 9/11 attacks. Those people include former presidents and respected intelligence veterans, not merely leftist progressives as Beck insinuates.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  10. truthmod
    Administrator

    Glenn Beck video:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTXOzAAqnho&fea...

    Posted 6 years ago #
  11. mark
    Member

    I don't want "cap and trade" either, but for opposite reasons from the ultra conservative pollution apologists.

    Cap and trade is a form of environmental injustice.

    Emission trading schemes relocate pollution sources toward poorer communities.

    I recommend http://www.cheatneutral.com for a parody of pollution trading and carbon credits.

    Meanwhile, the Obama administration is pushing a half trillion dollar transportation bill that is mostly for road construction. If they were serious about dealing with climate change, they would not be planning lots of new highways and road expansions.

    It's a fake debate between the ultraconservatives attacking Obama policies and corporatist policies from the administration. Attacking cap and trade on anti-environmental grounds doesn't make cap and trade a realistic approach to mitigating the environmental crisis.

    Unfortunately, eliminating fossil energy in the power grid in a decade is an impossible goal. It's a laudable goal, but impossible to accomplish. There's no way to replace that tremendous amount of energy in a short period of time, especially when we will be on the energy downslope while trying to build a brand new energy infrastructure. Sadly, most Democrats don't know anything about energy except nice soundbites, a reason why they are not effective.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  12. truthmod
    Administrator

    I guess this is what the media is giving us for the eighth anniversary. A big fat dose of marginalization.

    http://gatewaypundit.blogspot.com/2009/09/van-jone...

    Yesterday, news broke out that Barack Obama's communist Green Czar was a 9-11 Truther. The administration much later in the day released a statement saying Van Jones was "not now or ever" involved in the 9-11 Truther movement.

    Jones said the petition he signed in 2004 did not reflect his views and that he did not carefully review the language in the petition before agreeing to add his name.

    Not true. This article at Rense.com from 2002 links Van Jones to the 9-11 Truther movement at its infancy:

    Van Jones a '9/11 Truther' since January 2002

    http://www.examiner.com/x-722-Conservative-Politic...

    I've been saying this for years: if you sincerely believe that agents of the United States government in general, and the President in particular, actually supervised the death of 3000 of your fellow citizens, then it is your duty and moral obligation to either renounce your citizenship and flee the country, or engage in armed revolt.

    Failure to do either reveals you, as a "9/11 Truther," to be nothing more than a gutless poseur and a moral exhibitionist, easily thrilled by the dubious frisson of risk-free coffeehouse radicalism. You are beneath contempt.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  13. mark
    Member

    Given the low quality of the anniversary events in SF and NYC (and their lack of interest in differentiating real claims from fake claims), it's not surprising that this media onslaught is underway.

    It is fascinating that Fox News on the "right" and David Corn and Arianna Huffington on the "left" are united in attacking Van Jones.


    Why Bush Needs to Spin the War

    By David Corn, AlterNet. Posted November 9, 2001.

    ... I had been dispatched to Trinidad by the U.S. State Department to conduct a two-day seminar on investigative reporting for local journalists (your tax dollars at work!)

    Posted 6 years ago #

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