In (Jones' book) "Rebuild the Dream," Jones explains the incident at length, saying, "I never would have added my name to something like that. Even in my most radical days, I was not a conspiracy theorist."
With the accusations given wide publicity by conservative talk-show hosts such as Glenn Beck, Jones resigned his White House post in 2009, saying he did not want to be a distraction for the Council on Environmental Quality or the Obama administration.
But what really happened, he writes in the book, is that "someone approached me at a 2004 conference, along with peace activist (and Code Pink co-founder) Jodie Evans and eco-innovator Paul Hawken" and "asked us if we would be willing to help 911 families."
He says the three agreed - in principle - to that request, but "were never shown any petition alleging a conspiracy. None of us would have signed such a document, had we seen it." Jones said it was later shown that none of them ever did. The irony, he told The Chronicle, is that "I actually have controversial ideas, real ones that are mine - you don't have to make them up. I actually believe in marriage equality. I believe in affirmative action. I believe in real jobs. These are substantive things that people challenge me on."
Now why do I have a hard time believing this? Especially since the petition was signed in 2004, and Jones, Evans, Hawken removed their names in 2009. That's almost five years your name has been attributed to a 9/11 Troofer website.
Did Carla Marinucci not know, or did she wish to ignore how Jones organized an anti-US rally in Oakland on September 12, 2001? As the smoke was still rising from the remains of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Jones said that night.
"It’s the bombs that the government has been dropping around the world that are now blowing up inside the U.S. borders. We’ve got something stronger than bombs, we have solidarity. That dream of revolutionary change is stronger than bombs.”
In the video, you also hear some of the speakers say:
(0:33) “…. use this time to show that we’re really upset about all the violence that is goin’ down not only in New York, but also the violence goin’ down around the world, and that the United States was founded on this kind of terrorism, and it still continues today.”
(1:10) “We also want to be angry, and allow ourselves to feel that anger and that rage for those stolen lives. We want to also understand though, that those lives were lost because of our government’s inhumane foreign policy. And we should be angry, we should be pissed off, that what our government does around rest of the world that leads us not to be safe here. That’s what we should be angry at ….”
(4:10) “But when we knew what those places represented, we were kind of also glad that there’s a place called the Pentagon where, where, military strategies which have killed millions of people around the face of the world (unintelligible). We know, to see that place burnin’, there was some satisfaction to it.”
Jones mentioned Jodie Evans in Marinucci's article. Did Marinucci not know, or simply ignored Van's friend Evans' and her group Code Pinko's $600,000 support of Iraqi terrorist insurgents in the 2004 Battle of Fallujah? Or how she said Bin Laden "had a valid argument" to attack America on 9/11? Or how she told the mother of the first Navy Seal killed in Iraq her son "deserved to die?"
Did Carla Marinucci not know, or ignore Van Jones past support of cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was found guilty of killing Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner in 1981 and been a cause celebre for almost every left-wing scumbag today. Abu-Jamal also appeared on War Times, when Jones created a "music" label called Freedom Fighter Music (Patterico, video via Ace of Spades). This number has the line "This little piggy is a target" and "f**k the police."
This is the Democrats' and liberals' Mr. Dreamy?