JERUSALEM – Van Jones, President Obama’s controversial environmental adviser, signed a petition calling for nationwide “resistance” against police, accusing them of using the 9/11 attacks to carry out policies of torture.
The petition was organized by the October 22nd Coalition, an anti-police organization whose mission statement was drawn up by leaders of the radical Black Panther Collective for Social Progress.
The movement organizes yearly national anti-police demonstrations, accusing police of “brutality, detentions, domestic spying, profiling and other attacks on human and civil liberties.” The protests are held under the banner of the National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation.”
The statement accused the police of deliberately murdering civilians in cases that later were mostly ruled accidents.
The statement read: “Two police officers in San Francisco, CA shot and killed a man they found in an apartment that they believed was vacant. Police claimed that 25-year-old Asa Sullivan had a gun, but in reality, he was only carrying an eyeglass case. In Baltimore, MD a 15-year-old, was shot at by police when they assumed the cell phone he was reaching for was a gun. 49-year-old Cindy Conolly was in Oxnard, CA to attend her son’s wedding, but was killed instantly while sunbathing on the beach when two police patrolling the beach drove their vehicle over her.
“At airports, subways, transportation centers, and more we are asked to ‘welcome’ bag searches, check points, invasion of privacy, stripping away of civil liberties, all in the name of ‘national security,” the statement read.
Jones signed the petition as director of the radical, socialist-inspired Ella Baker Center for Human Rights.
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.
Jones also a founder of the Bay Area Cop Watch, which has been accused of anti-police activities.
Signing alongside Jones was the radical attorney Lynne Stewart, who was convicted of illegally passing messages on behalf of her incarcerated client Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman – the terrorist mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
This is not the first time Jones was involved in movements calling for “resistance” against U.S. institutions.