Why is it that none of this came out at Jones’ confirmation hearing… right. The administration didn’t think that its executive appointee ‘czars’ [needed] to go through that silly little confirmation process. We just needed to not worry ourselves and trust them. Which is really ironic, considering that Van Jones’ name keeps coming up associated with groups and statements that pretty explicitly don’t trust the government. Case in point:
[Van Jones’] name is posted online in support of an October 2006 petition to stop police brutality posted by the Revolution newspaper, which describes itself as the “Voice of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA.” The petition was created by a group called the October 22nd Coalition that seeks to “meet the intensifying nationwide epidemic of police brutality with resistance on the national level” and says it works with the International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu Jamal.
That petition discusses the effect 9/11 has had on law enforcement and the creation of a “police state,” saying: “Since September 11, 2001, law enforcement agents (including border patrols) have been given greater license to increase and broaden repression. Steps were even taken to grant more worth to a police officer’s life, with the ‘heroes law’ enacted in New York State, for which the governor originally called for a death sentence for anyone who shoots a cop.”
“We resist so that we will not be crushed,” it says.
But look on the bright side, Mr. Jones. You’ve got a nice long Labor Day weekend with which to start off spending more time with your family properly.
Crossposted to Moe Lane.