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Barack Obama aide resigns over claim that 9/11 was a pretext for war
09-08-2009, 08:45 PM,
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Barack Obama aide resigns over claim that 9/11 was a pretext for war
Mr Jones had accused whites of using pollution as a weapon against blacks, stating that "the white polluters and the white environmentalists are essentially steering poison into the people-of-color communities, because they don't have a racial justice frame".


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Barack Obama aide resigns over claim that 9/11 was a pretext for war
Van Jones, a senior adviser to President Barack Obama, has resigned after it emerged that he had signed a petition stating that the Bush administration may have allowed the September 11 attacks to happen as a pretext to go to war.


The ousting of Van Jones, a Left-wing activist appointed by Mr Obama as his "special adviser for green jobs", is a victory for Republicans and a sign of growing weakness within the White House.

It was a major scalp for the Fox News host Glenn Beck, who brought Mr Jones's past to prominence and for weeks has been citing his presence in the Obama administration as evidence that the president is guided by a cadre of radical lieutenants.

Mr Jones was reported to have signed a petition saying that Mr Bush "may indeed have deliberately allowed 9/11 to happen, perhaps as a pretext for war".

In an angry statement issued on Sunday, Mr Jones spoke of a "vicious smear campaign against me" and blamed Republicans for "using lies and distortions to distract and divide".

He said: "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."

David Axelrod, a senior Obama adviser, praised Mr Jones for the "great deal of commitment on his part" in "removing himself as an issue".

Mr Jones apologised twice last week, for signing the petition and for describing Republicans as "assholes" in February, before he joined the Obama administration.

When asked before the weekend whether Mr Jones enjoyed the confidence of Mr Obama, Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary, would say only that he "continues to work in the administration".

The White House chose the very early hours of Sunday morning on the Labour Day holiday weekend to make the resignation announcement, a sign that it wanted to bury what had become a major distraction to the battle over health care reform.

Mr Jones's links to a group called Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement (Storm) led to allegations from the Right that he was a communist.

After the September 11 attacks in 2001, he attended a vigil at which "US imperialism" was blamed for the al-Qaeda strikes on New York and Washington.

In a 2005 interview, Mr Jones said that after the acquittal of the assailants of Rodney King, the black victim of a vicious beating by white police officers in 1991, he was transformed from a being "rowdy nationalist" into "a communist".

The racial overtones of many of his past utterances were a particular liability for a president whose election campaign was nearly derailed by the rantings of his former pastor Jeremiah Wright and has since been anxious to distance himself from black extremism.

Mr Jones had accused whites of using pollution as a weapon against blacks, stating that "the white polluters and the white environmentalists are essentially steering poison into the people-of-color communities, because they don't have a racial justice frame".

The episode has drawn attention to the large number of czars appointed by Mr Obama - many more than in previous administration - and a haphazard system of vetting appointees that allowed such an obviously controversial figure to get through.

"Curious how he made it that far into the administration when a google search could have told you he believed that the Bush Administration had allowed 9/11 to happen," Dana Perino, President George W. Bush's press secretary, told the Politico website.

"It'd be like the Bush White House having a former clansman or Holocaust denier in the West Wing."


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09-08-2009, 10:17 PM,
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Barack Obama aide resigns over claim that 9/11 was a pretext for war
How much do you think he got as a golden handshake for his career sacrifice to the meme of george bad barack good?
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09-09-2009, 08:22 PM,
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Barack Obama aide resigns over claim that 9/11 was a pretext for war
life turned upside down just because he signed a petition for 911 truth.

insanity.
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09-11-2009, 02:52 AM,
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Barack Obama aide resigns over claim that 9/11 was a pretext for war
Quote:life turned upside down just because he signed a petition for 911 truth.

insanity.


Hey Alice, are we in America or what? Free speech? what a joke...... I tend to believe my dog better than those in Office...
Unite The Many, defeat the few.

Revolution is for the love of your people, culture, knowledge, wisdom, spirit, and peace. Not Greed!
Soul Rebel Native Son


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