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Van Jones, Valerie Jarrett, Barack Obama & do-it-yourself vetting Updated

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By Michelle Malkin  •  September 3, 2009 11:24 PM

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Indefatigable blogger Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit dug up the 9/11 Truther record of Green Jobs czar Van Jones — and his research spread across talk radio, the Internet, and to the Glenn Beck show tonight. (Update: Hoft reports that Jones’s Truther proclivities were showing back in 2002).

A slew of bloggers, independent citizen journalists, and conservative activists have done the heavy lifting in exposing Jones’s inflammatory statements and radical ties over the last year — work that only conservative talk radio and Fox News have covered with due diligence. NakedEmperorNews/The BCast earlier today unearthed video of Jones ranting about Marxist “revolution” away from “gray capitalism”– also disseminated across Twitter, talk radio, and Fox News. The open-source “Army of Davids,” as blog pioneer Glenn Reynolds so aptly described it, is doing the job Obama didn’t want Congress to do.

Tonight, the White House is in full denial mode. ABC News reports:

A top environmental official of the Obama administration issued a statement Thursday apologizing for past incendiary statement and denying that he ever agreed with a 2004 petition on which his name appears, a petition calling for congressional hearings and an investigation by the New York Attorney General into “evidence that suggests high-level government officials may have deliberately allowed the September 11th attacks to occur.”

Van Jones, the Special Advisor for Green Jobs at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, is Number 46 of the petitioners from the so-called “Truther” movement which suggests that people in the administration of President George W. Bush “may indeed have deliberately allowed 9/11 to happen, perhaps as a pretext for war.”

In a statement issued Thursday evening Jones said of “the petition that was circulated today, I do not agree with this statement and it certainly does not reflect my views now or ever.”

He did not explain how his name came to be on the petition.

Maybe a unicorn, Van’s favorite mythical creature, put it there?

Allahpundit writes, “Note well: He doesn’t deny that he signed it. He denies that he agrees with it. Which means, I guess, that he’s asking us to create a new standard for public officials by which documents that bear their signature should no longer be used against them.”

And the Washington Times reports that the Truthers assert that no one’s name was put on their conspiratorial petition without his/her permission.

Here is the key — and it is highlights a leitmotif that runs through my czar, cabinet, and nominee withdrawal chapters of Culture of Corruption: Obama czardom is the deliberate end-run around transparency. Van Jones did not just accidentally slip through the cracks of the Obama vetters. They knew what he espoused before they installed him.

Take it from Obama’s own political godmother Michelle and Barack’s consigliere and Chicago powerbroker Valerie Jarrett took full credit at the nuttroots dKos blogger conference last month (August 15, 2009) for recruiting him and closely following his career:

JARRETT:. You guys know Van Jones? [Applause. Moderator injects: "This is his house apparently."]

JARRETT: Oooh. Van Jones, alright! So, Van Jones. We were so delighted to be able to recruit him into the White House. We were watching him, uh, really, he’s not that old, for as long as he’s been active out in Oakland. And all the creative ideas he has. And so now, we have captured that. And we have all that energy in the White House.

Jarrett, as I pointed out on Sean Hannity’s radio show five weeks ago, is the self-proclaimed keeper of Obama’s urban/racial “authenticity.” The Obamas don’t make a move without her, according to their closest friends and allies. Jarrett’s praise for Jones’s Oakland activism is explicit endorsement of his race-baiting career at Ella Baker, funded by the Soros-supported Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights/Ford Foundation/Rockefeller Foundation, and his Free Mumia agitation in the Bay Area schools — where he lambasted moderate civil rights leaders for objecting to politicizing the classrooms and where his pro-Mumia allies likened supporters of murdered police officer Daniel Faulkner to the KKK.

But as I noted five weeks ago, the elites in the MSM are too busy penning 8,100-word love letters to Valerie Jarrett and her fashion sense to question her judgement, her crony deals, and power grabs in her role as the “eyes and ears” for the Obamas.

It’s the same blind and deaf media treatment they are giving Michelle Obama, John Holdren, David Axelrod, Carol Browner, Nancy DeParle, Adolfo Carrion, and on and on and on.

Nature, thankfully, abhors a vacuum. And so does the information-hungry public.

The Obama vetters have succeeded in short-circuiting congressional scrutiny and Washington oversight of unaccountable appointees over the last six months. No more. Quis custodes ipsos custodiet? Who is watching the watchdogs? John Q. Public. Do-it-yourself vetting is as easy as a Google search.

A quick rummaging will show you, for example, that Jones’s immediate boss at the Council on Enviromental Quality, Nancy Sutley, was a special assistant to document-destroying Clintonite Carol Browner — whom Mark Levin’s Landmark Legal Foundation nailed for deleting files in defiance of court orders. Browner’s EPA was held in contempt of court for the systematic file destruction. The socialist-tied bureaucrat is now Obama’s energy czar.

Throughout the Culture of Corruption book tour, I’ve repeated two simple mantras:

Knowledge is power.

Sunlight is the best disinfectant.

Spread it. It’s working.

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Update: White House spokesman Robert Gibbs tries to put out the fire. Jones is still working for the administration, but Gibbs says 9/11 Trutherism is not something the president agrees with. Try to square that circle.

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