Stick a fork in Mr. Van Jones… [updated]

| September 4, 2009

…he’s done. After his less-than-convincing apology and disclaimer about signing a 9/11 “truther” petition in 2004 — which he says he didn’t read carefully and does not agree with — something new has emerged. Gateway Pundit points us to the website (get the page before it vanishes!) where we find Mr. Jones involved in exactly the same thing more than two years earlier and just four months after 9/11 itself (emphasis mine):

San Francisco March To Demand Congressional Inquiry Of 911
From Carol Brouillet . . .

Tuesday, January 8th, 2002, at noon at Justin Herman Plaza, people will gather to march up Market Street to the office of Senator Feinstein (at Post St.) where a delegation will meet with the Senator’s staff to raise their concerns over the “War on Terrorism.” They will demand that the Senate launch an inquiry or hearings of the events of 9-11, and the U.S. government’s international and domestic response. . . .

The delegation will demand that these questions (and others) be raised and answered publicly-

Who created, trained and funded the Al Qaeda Network? What is the relationship between Bin Laden, his family and the Bush family and the Carlyle Group? Why were no fighter planes dispatched to intercept the four hijacked planes on September 11h , in violation of standard procedures? Who actually was in control of the “hijacked planes”? What is the U.S. relationship with Pakistan, and especially with its intelligence service, the ISI? Why did the then director of the ISI have $100,000 transferred to the man whom the FBI now calls the ringleader of the Sept. 11th attacks, and why does the U.S. not pursue this question? Did the CIA have foreknowledge of the attack, who tried to profit with put options on American, United, Merrill Lynch stock just before the attack? Why were the FBI told to not investigate the Bin Laden family links in the US? If the CIA met with Bin Laden last July, why didn’t they try to arrest him? If the US is serious about ridding the world of terrorism, why do we continue to fund and train terrorists? Why are we bombing Afghanistan, when none of the alleged bombers actually came from there, could there be another reason for our presence in that region, like oil? Is the war against Afghanistan illegal? What are Bush’s, Cheney’s and Rice’s connections to the oil industry? What are Bush’s and Cheney’s connections to the drug industry? Why is the evidence being destroyed when an investigation of the World Trade Center collapse is needed? Why seal Presidential records? Why intimidate professors from speaking out against this war? Why has the U.S. military been establishing working relations with the Uzbek military for several years? What other military involvement does the U.S. have in the Central Asian Republics? Why are U.S. military personnel or material assistance going to the Philippines, Indonesia, and Colombia as well? What relationship did various U.S. agencies and their contractors have with the Taliban, either directly or through Pakistani or Saudi agencies or contractors? Why does the U.S. overlook Pakistani drug lords who refine and export half to two-thirds of the world,s heroin despite its avowed determination to rid the world of drugs? Why has the Dept. of Justice stopped its investigation of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International despite its admitted heavy involvement in laundering drug money? . . .

Organizing Committee (organizations listed for identification purposes only):
Jan Adams, former associate director, Applied Research Center
Linda Burnham, executive director, Women of Color Resource Center
Max Elbaum, former managing editor, CrossRoads magazine
Adam Gold, STORM
Rebecca Gordon, Seminarians for Peace
Felicia Gustin, co-director, Speak Out
Van Jones, national executive director, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights . . .


Now in complete fairness to Mr. Jones, I doubt that he was a died-in-the-wool 9/11 truther back in January 2002. Instead, I suspect he saw this march as an opportunity to attack, undermine, and de-legitimize the Bush Administration, and was happy to join in. However, he did so just four months after the worst attack on American soil in 60 years, and one that was a simultaneous attack on our financial, military, and political centers. My wife and I were living in DC itself on 9/11, just 4-5 miles due north of the Pentagon and roughly the same distance from the Mall (where United 93 would have crashed into either the White House or the US Capitol). I have no sympathy for Mr. Jones at all.  I support his rights to freedom of speech and freedom of assembly, but he can’t distance himself from his choices and his timing.

[UPDATED 09/04/09 — 0946 MDT]

Jeffrey Lord, who used to work in the White House himself, talks about the very rigorous background screening process required to do so and asks this critical question: who allowed Van Jones through this screening?  ..bruce w..

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