the man is an admitted Communist. But that's no big deal since I am pretty sure that Franklin Roosevelt had a couple of those in his administration as well.
Via Jack Trapper of ABC News:
A top environmental official of the Obama administration issued a statement Thursday apologizing for past incendiary statement and denying that he ever agreed with a 2004 petition on which his name appears, a petition calling for congressional
hearings and an investigation by the New York Attorney General into "evidence that suggests high-level government officials may have deliberately allowed the September 11th attacks to occur."
Van Jones, the Special Advisor for Green Jobs at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, is Number 46 of the petitioners from the so-called "Truther" movement which suggests that people in the administration of President George W. Bush "may indeed have deliberately allowed 9/11 to happen, perhaps as a pretext for war."
In a statement issued Thursday evening Jones said of "the petition that was circulated today, I do not agree with this statement and it certainly does not reflect my views now or ever."
He did not explain how his name came to be on the petition. A source said Jones did not carefully review the language in the petition before agreeing to add his name.
Oddly, I would have thought that one of the first items on the FBI's background questionnaire for getting a job at the White House would be: "items on the FBI background questionnaire for a job at the White House would be: "Have you ever been associated with the 9/11 Truther Movement? If yes, please explain your association in detail." Apparently, not.
Update: Two items. First, Jonah Goldberg notes at the Corner blog how implausible the highlighted sentence above is given the circles that Jones has run in over the last several years:
Now, Van Jones clearly speaks to lefty audiences all the time. He organizes the lefty rabble. Fueling resentments is his calling. He goes to lefty confabs and learn-ins, he's comfortable shaking hands and finding common cause with coffee house Maoists and has no doubt saluted the entire parade of horribles that perambulate the furthest fringes of the flaky Left.
Now, the idea that he didn't know what 911Truth.org was when he signed the petitition is remotely, faintly, ever-so-slightly plausible if one is willing to give the man a lifetime supply of benefit-of-the-doubt. The idea that he didn't learn the truth after years slogging through these swamps, talking to Truthers, getting invitations and emails from Truthers, is just the most high-octane balderdash currently on offer.
Second, Jim Hoft, the Gateway Pundit, notes on his blog that, yes, Jones is lying about his past support of the Truther Movement:
Update II: Jack Tapper at ABC News continues to ask questions about Van Jones and his involvement in the 9/11 Truther Movement:
This article at Rense.com from 2002 links Van Jones to the 9-11 Truther movement at its infancy...
It looks like the well-oiled Axelrodian machine in the White House forgot about Google when they released their statment.Bummer.
While an administration official told ABC News that controversial White House official Van Jones's signature on a 2004 petition suggesting that the Bush administration let 9/11 happen in order to justify war was because he did not carefully review the language in the petition, another link between Jones and the Truther movement has emerged.
This is becoming problematic for the Obama administration, which spent much time and energy belittling the fringe "Birther" movement of those alleging, despite myriad evidence, that President Obama was not born in the U.S.
Jones said in a statement yesterday that he did not agree with the 2004 Truther petition and it "does not reflect my views now or ever."
But in March 2002, a march in San Francisco was called to demand a congressional inquiry into 9/11. Jones was on the "organizing committee."
Stating that the 9/11"attacks are used to justify the bombing of Afghanistan, the administration is clearly more interested in controlling the oil resources of Central Asia than in 'ridding the world of terrorism or terrorists' which it has funded, trained, and used for decades through the C.I.A.," the marchers said they would "demand" answers to questions such as:
"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 11th, in violation of standard procedures?
"Who actually was in control of the 'hijacked planes'? …
"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?...
"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?"
The White House had no immediate comment.
Supporting materials for the Truther questions, as provided by the committee, included articles such as "IF THE CIA AND THE GOVERNMENT WEREN'T INVOLVED IN THE SEPTEMBER 11 ATTACKS, WHAT WERE THEY DOING?"