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Van Jones Defended Al Qaeda In 1998

From the archives of the San Francisco Chronicle:

Hundreds in Bay Area Protest U.S. Attacks

Demonstrations in S.F. as well as in Fremont, Palo Alto and San Jose

Ken Hoover, Stacy Finz, Carolyne Zinko, Chronicle Staff Writers

Saturday, August 22, 1998

Hundreds of protesters turned out yesterday at simultaneous demonstrations in four Bay Area cities against the U.S. missile strike at reported terrorist bases in Sudan and Afghanistan.

Each demonstration had its own character, reflecting the city in which it was held, but all included a large dose of cynicism about President Clinton’s motives for ordering the cruise missile attacks at a reputed chemical weapons manufacturing facility in Sudan and what was described as a terrorist training camp in Afghanistan.

“This is using dead Third World bodies to cover up his own unzipped pants,” declared Van Jones, director of Bay Area PoliceWatch, an organization that until now has focused on alleged misconduct by law enforcement officers. Jones spoke at a demonstration at Powell and Market streets in San Francisco that drew 400 people, according to police estimates.

The theme that Clinton took military action to distract public attention from the Monica Lewinsky affair was highlighted in a protester’s sign in Palo Alto that read, “Don’t let a wartime incursion be Clinton’s diversion.” …

There was scant mention in any of the demonstrations about the events that precipitated Clinton’s action: the terrorist bombs that exploded at the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania on August 7 that killed 251 Africans and 12 Americans…

Of course Mr. Jones was vetted very carefully. (Maybe even by Caroline Kennedy.) This is the man they wanted.

And why not?

How do Mr. Jones’ rants differ in any substantive way from what Mr. Obama heard in his place of worship for more than twenty years at his church?

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, September 5th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

15 Responses to “Van Jones Defended Al Qaeda In 1998”

  1. TwilightZoned says:

    “Of course Mr. Jones was vetted very carefully.”

    Actually since his days in S.F., according to Valerie Jarrett. (total sarcasm) He’s exactly what this administration wants.

    With every day that passes it gets more and more scary. Lock ‘n load is right!

    • proreason says:

      TZ: I read an article yesterday (I think it was in American Spectator) that was written by a former Reagen administration official. He said that the Secret Service throroughly vets everyone with access to the President for security purposes. That vetting is separate and in addition to any political vetting.

      Since Jones has a criminal record, the Secret Service would have discovered it, and would have brought it to the attention of highly place admin officials (like Rahmbo or the Moron himself).

      Somebody very highly placed would have had to agree that this guy can visit the Moron.

    • TwilightZoned says:

      Pro – As always you are correct. Obviously, I did a poor job of making my point. Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor/assistant and close family friend to the moron (also from chi town), made a statement not too long ago that “they” had been monitoring VJ since his activities in S.F (that would be since 1996 I believe). With respect to her statement…he has been very carefully vetted to push the puppet master’s agenda.

    • proreason says:

      I wasn’t criticizing you TZ. You made your point very well. I was piling on it. :-D

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Seeing that 3/4 of the people (maybe more) have some sort of criminal record or are outright criminal in purpose, the Secret Service must be doing OT just keeping and blind eye on their activities.
      Can anyone come up with an administration this steeped in dodo before the first year is up?

    • TwilightZoned says:

      Pro-After re-reading your original statement, particularly the last sentence, I get it. Jeez Louise, I need to lighten up! Thank goodness this holiday weekend includes libations. ;- D

  2. canary says:

    Jones dissed the President during the 90’s for these attatcks in his speech to Berkley. He just did not say “Clinton’s name”, so he continues to condemn them.

  3. Petronius says:

    If you started vetting this Administration’s appointees with Van Jones (or whatever his real name is), where would you stop?

    The FBI, Secret Service, and White House counsel work as a team to process clearances of the White House staff. Since the clearance process began in the 1960s, Jimmy Carter became the first Democrat president to make exceptions and to keep communists in the EOB. Under Pres. Clinton it became customary for the Democrat president to ignore the clearance process across the board. Gary Aldrich, “Unlimited Access” (1996), concluded that even Pres. Clinton himself and the first lady could not have passed a routine FBI check.

    Today the FBI clearance process is only taken seriously by Republican administrations, who of course do not ordinarily hire staffers who pose security issues.

    If the FBI background clearance were a requirement for holding public office, the current White House and EOB would become vacant overnight. From the top down. In fact, the Democrat Party as a whole would be decimated.

  4. pagar says:

    “If the FBI background clearance were a requirement for holding public office, the current White House and EOB would become vacant overnight. From the top down. In fact, the Democrat Party as a whole would be decimated.”

    Petronius, I think you’ve got them figured out.

    I doubt if Congress could even get a quorum.

  5. ProudGulfWarVet65 says:

    Well, that didn’t take long! One down…

    Van Jones is HISTORY.


  6. VMAN says:

    So how many of these un-American commie creeps are left? 60? 70? Let’s get to work and get the rest thrown out and then in 2010 gets the commies in congress thrown out and 2012 the O Hole.

  7. proreason says:

    Van Jones resigned by Sunday morning. Top headline on Drudge.

    What a DELICIOUS outcome for Glenn Beck and rational adults everywhere.

    One slime-bag radical unaccountable communist adolescent criminal nutjob czar down, 35 to go!

  8. catie says:

    Van Jones of course is saying he was brought down by “vicious smear campaign against me.” http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090906/ap_on_go_pr_wh/us_obama_adviser_resigns
    Of course it was. This is a man who said President Bush used oil like crack. Well if someone said obama did anything like crack he’d be the first to call that someone a racist. I guess we’re all racists for questioning his “qualifications”. I would like to know how he got into an Ivy League law school myself. He’s obviously not bright in the common sense department. Isn’t it funny how he resigned in the middle of the night. What a baby. This is the same man who gave a non-apology apology for his expletive deleted about Republicans. I’m beginning to think that all Demorats are expletive deleted myself. I know Mr. Jones is one in addition to being a racist.
    Well Anthony Van Jones, I have one more thing to say to you: DLTDHYAOTWO!

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Catie, his type slide under the door!!

      I hope he directly blames white, honky, cracka’s for his sudden lack of full time employment!!
      More Czars will topple, I hope!

  9. zbacku says:

    Nobama’s administration is nothing but a Marxist Gestapo. It hates America.
    If we don’t continue the fight, Nobama will be the end of America as we know it.
    ‘We The People’ must unite.
    ‘We The People’ must fight for our freedoms and Liberty.
    ‘We The People’ must not depend on any outside force but ourselves.
    The media is in his back pocket.
    The union thugs and goons are in his back pocket.

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