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September 6, 2009

Jones Resignation

After a week of intense scrutiny and questions of integrity, Green Jobs “czar” Van Jones has resigned his position, effective immediately.

Jones sent a letter to the chair of the Council on Environmental Quality Nancy Sutley. “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,” the written statement says. It goes on to say, “ 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.”

Reports about Jones and some controversial remarks began surfacing early in the week when a video of the best-selling author appeared showing him calling Republicans “a**holes”. But that was only the tip of the iceberg for Jones and his detractors. Shortly after the video came to light, there was another discovery. In 2004, Jones signed a petition implicating the Bush administration in the terror attacks on September 11. For his part, Jones said he didn’t know what he was signing at the time, but the admission only added fuel to the fire and calls for his resignation have been growing. On Thursday, Jones released a statement about the petition and the statements made prior to his job in the administration. "In recent days some in the news media have reported on past statements I made before I joined the administration - some of which were made years ago. If I have offended anyone with statements I made in the past, I apologize,” Jones said. “As for the petition that was circulated today, I do not agree with this statement and it certainly does not reflect my views now or ever.”

As recently as Friday the administration continued to support Jones. Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters while the petition is “not something the President agrees with,” he said Jones continued to work in the administration.

But that backing did little to deter lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) became the first lawmaker to call on Jones to resign, issuing a press release calling for a moratorium on the hiring of additional "czars" until the vetting process in Jones's case could be properly investigated. Senator Kit Bond (R-MO) demanded that the Senate Green Jobs and New Economy Subcommittee conduct hearings to probe Jones's behavior and "reassure the American people that their government is safe from his divisive, incendiary and ultimately counterproductive sentiments."

The Obama administration has not commented on the resignation, but CEQ chair Nancy Sutley issued a statement shortly after Jones resigned. "I have accepted the resignation of Van Jones and would like to thank him for his valuable contributions to the Council on Environmental Quality. Over the last six months he has been a strong voice for creating 21st century jobs that improve energy efficiency and utilize renewable resources. We appreciate his hard work and wish him the best moving forward."

***Fox News Correspondent James Rosen contributed to this story

Czar’s ‘communist manifesto’ scrubbed from Net ( So he thought but now you also have a copy)

Posted on August 31st, 2009 by Lynn Dartez

WorldNetDaily Exclusive

Founded group with ‘commitment to fundamental ideas of Marxism-Leninism’

Posted: August 30, 2009
7:15 pm Eastern


By Aaron Klein



JERUSALEM – How is this for a quick clean up job?

Last week, WND reported the official communist-oriented manifesto of a radical group founded by Obama’s environmental adviser, Van Jones, was published in full on the Internet.

Just hours later, the manifesto was removed and the entire website was taken down.

It is, however, still available in web archives.

As WND previously reported, Van Jones, special adviser for green jobs, enterprise and innovation to the White House Council on Environmental Quality, is an admitted black nationalist and radical communist.

Jones was the leader and founder of a radical group, the communist revolutionary organization Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement, or STORM.

STORM’s official manifesto, titled, “Reclaiming Revolution,” had been published on the Internet.

A WND review of the 97-page treatise found that the manual describes Jones’ organization as having a “commitment to the fundamental ideas of Marxism-Leninism.”

“We agreed with Lenin’s analysis of the state and the party,” reads the manifesto. “And we found inspiration in the revolutionary strategies developed by Third World revolutionaries like Mao Tse-tung and Amilcar Cabral.”

Cabral is the late Marxist revolutionary leader of Guinea-Bissau and the Cape Verde Islands.

WND previously reported Jones named his son after Cabral and reportedly concludes every e-mail with a quote from the communist leader.

STORM’s manifesto boasted, “We also saw our brand of Marxism as, in some ways, a reclamation.”

One section of the manifesto described of a vigil that Jones’ group held Sept. 12, 2001, at Snow Park in Oakland, Calif. The event drew hundreds and articulated an “anti-imperialist” line, according to STORM’s own description.

The radical group’s manual boasted the 9/11 vigil was held to express solidarity with Arab and Muslim Americans and to mourn the civilians killed in the terrorist attacks “as well as the victims of U.S. imperialism around the world.”

“We honored those who lost their lives in the attack and those who would surely lose their lives in subsequent U.S. attacks overseas,” STORM’s manifesto recalls.

The White House did not return multiple WND requests the past few weeks seeking comment on how Jones was screened for his position and whether the White House knew of his admitted radical past

Speaking to the East Bay Express, Jones said he first became radicalized in the wake of the 1992 Rodney King riots, during which time he was arrested.

“I was a rowdy nationalist on April 28th, and then the verdicts came down on April 29th,” he said. “By August, I was a communist.

“I met all these young radical people of color – I mean really radical: communists and anarchists. And it was, like, ‘This is what I need to be a part of.’ I spent the next 10 years of my life working with a lot of those people I met in jail, trying to be a revolutionary,” he said.

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