Van Jones Resigns Over 9/11 Truth Statements
US President Barack Obama’s special adviser for green jobs has resigned under pressure from leading Republican politicians and revelations about his controversial past statements, The Washington Post reported Sunday.
Van Jones, a former civil rights activist from California, had been working for the White House Council on Environmental Quality since March.
“I am resigning my post at the Council on Environmental Quality, effective today,” the newspaper quotes Jones as saying in a statement dated September 5 but released shortly after midnight on September 6.
Jones went on the say that on the eve of historic fights for health care and clean energy, “opponents of reform have mounted a vicious smear campaign” against him, according to the report.
Check out Glenn Beck’s carefully handled response to control the public perception of this story on Fox News…
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OpEd Piece– “Van Jones Resigns; Left To Hang By Obama For Cursing Republicans and Signing 9/11 Truth Statement?”
Van Jones Resigns; Taken Out For Cursing Republicans and Signing 9/11 Truth Statement?
By Rob Kall
Van Jones called Republicans what most of the people who voted for Obama call them. And he signed a statement calling for further inquiry and explanation of 9/11– the original 9/11 truth document· Was he left hanging by the Obama Administration for doing what scores of millions of Americans would also do?
Van Jones has been the target of a vicious smear campaign for weeks. Tonight, he resigned his position as special adviser for green jobs at the White House Council on Environmental Quality.
Apparently, the White House and president Obama did not stand behind Jones, one of the most respected leaders in the ecological movement. The Washington Post reported,
‘White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Friday that Jones “continues to work for the administration” — but he did not state that the adviser enjoys the full support of President Obama, instead referring all questions to the environmental council where he worked, signaling the resignation was imminent.’
Jones recently issued two apologies. One was for calling Republicans “assholes.” The other was for signing a statement in 2004 supporting a call for further investigation of 9/11, which suggested that the Government might have had a role in the 911 attack. The original document can be found here, with Van Jones the 46th signatory (and this writer was the 47th.) Ironically, one of the most vocal “birthers, who question the validity of Obama’s birth certificate, Phillip J. Berg, was also a signatory of the same statement, 8th on the list.
This resignation will probably seen as a double victory for Glenn Beck and his fans. Beck mounted a toxic attack campaign against Jones, with multiple lies and false accusations cast against Jones. I say a double victory because the right wing echo chamber, including many members of Congress played a role in the attempt to destroy this man’s reputation.
I’ve followed Van Jones ascent for a number of years. He’s been featured on the covers of countless magazine covers as a man of sparkling vision and integrity. He exudes it when you meet him. There’s something wrong with the Obama administration’s failure to stand behind him.
Jones issued a statement just after midnight, early on September 6th, stating,
“I am resigning my post at the Council on Environmental Quality, effective today. On the eve of historic fights for health care and clean energy, opponents of reform have mounted a vicious smear campaign against me. They are using lies and distortions to distract and divide.
I have been inundated with calls — from across the political spectrum — urging me to ’stay and fight.’ But I came here to fight for others, not for myself. I cannot in good conscience ask my colleagues to expend precious time and energy defending or explaining my past. We need all hands on deck, fighting for the future.”
Perhaps it wouldn’t have come to this if the Obama administration had made a clear statement backing Jones. Instead, Glenn Beck and the right wing get to claim a major victory in taking out a rising progressive star. Let’s be clear. This was not handled right by the White House. It is one more nail in the coffin of the relationship between the Obama administration and the left– the progressives who handed Obama and the Democratic Congress their victory in 2008.
I say that this is a double victory because the Obama White House response will do damage to the relationship of the White House and perhaps the Democratic Party with progressives, 9/11 Truthers and perhaps all of the people who still question the report and findings of the 9/11 commission. Multiple polls have indicated that over 40% of respondents feel that questions were unanswered.
Over the past few weeks, Glenn Beck repeatedly hammered false claims that Jones was a “Czar”– a term that some media people had applied to him, and that he was a communist. All across America, Beck listeners were citing this at the town halls of the August congressional break.
With the taste of fresh blood, one has to ask, who will Beck and his right wing dogs go after next, now that they know Obama and his team will leave them hanging?
Forget Van Jones, The Majority Of Americans Question 9/11
Efforts to skew 9/11 skepticism as a lunatic fringe belief are disproved by the polls
Paul Joseph Watson
Friday, September 4, 2009
Controversial Fox News television host Glenn Beck along with a host of other establishment talking heads are again attempting to create the perception that questioning the official story behind 9/11 is a fringe belief, when in fact numerous polls show that the majority of Americans have questions about the attacks as the tragedy approaches its eighth anniversary.
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.
The Parliament of Japan, the former President of Italy, and widely-respected CIA veteran Robert Baer have all questioned the official story behind 9/11.
Since the attacks, a top former member of Tony Blair’s cabinet, Germany’s Secretary of Defense and the founder of Reagonomics have all slammed the official story – along with a cacophony of former government, military, intelligence and political professionals.
In addition, the majority of victim’s family members doubt the official story and have been pushing for a new investigation for years – as attested to by Bill Doyle, head of the largest victim’s family support group.
An October 2006 New York Times/CBS poll found that a paltry 16% of Americans thought the government was telling the truth about 9/11 and the intelligence prior to the attacks, meaning 84% doubted the accuracy of the official story.
A May 2006 Zogby poll found that over 70 million Americans supported a new investigation into 9/11 and less than half of the American public trusted the official 9/11 story or believed the attacks were adequately investigated. The figure supporting a new investigation rose to 51% of Americans in a September 2007 poll.
In addition, the same poll found that 67% also faulted the 9/11 Commission for not investigating anomalous collapse of World Trade Center 7.
As far back as August 2004, another Zogby poll established the fact that half of New Yorkers believe there was government complicity in 9/11.
Van Jones has since recanted and stated that he does not agree with the petition to which he signed his name in an attempt to diffuse the controversy. However, millions of Americans across the country, a majority of people, still have unanswered questions about 9/11 that won’t be buried by the establishment’s attempt to link 9/11 truth with the increasingly discredited figure of Van Jones.
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