Posted: July 06, 2011
10:27 pm Eastern
By Aaron Klein
© 2011 WND
The House Democratic Caucus hosted communist revolutionary-group founder Van Jones just one day before he spoke to a student group funded by billionaire George Soros.
“Why are Nancy Pelosi and the House Democrat Caucus seeking out Jones’ counsel?” asked Guy Harrison, executive director of the National Republican Congressional Committee, in a fundraising email yesterday.
“They say a person can be judged by the company they keep, and that holds true for the Democrat caucus as well,” Harrison wrote in a fundraising email.
In September 2009, Jones resigned as President Obama’s “green jobs” czar after it was exposed he founded the communist revolutionary organization Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement, or STORM. It was also reported he signed a statement that accused the Bush administration of possible involvement in the 9/11 attacks.
Jones was a featured speaker at a two-day national conference that began yesterday for a group that calls itself Campus Progress. Other speakers include former President Bill Clinton and Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn.
Campus Progress is a “project” of the Center for American Progress, or CAP, which is heavily bankrolled by Soros. CAP, reportedly highly influential in helping to craft White House policy, is led by John Podesta, who served as co-chairman of Obama’s presidential transition team.
Jones himself is a CAP fellow. On CAP’s board is Carol Browner, who directed the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy until earlier this year.
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When her appointment to the Obama administration was announced in January 2009, Browner was listed as one of 14 leaders of the Commission for a Sustainable World Society of Socialist International, the world’s largest socialist umbrella group. SI calls for “global governance” and a world socialist order.
Jones starting ‘anti-Tea Party’
As WND reported, Jones launched a new organization two weeks ago that seeks to counter the tea party while petitioning for a progressive agenda that includes “making Wall Street and the super-rich pay their fair share.”
The organization, dubbed “The American Dream Movement,” is partnered with a slew of radical groups funded by Soros.
WND was first to report the movement was introduced using subversive tactics, particularly a hoax Youtube video in which it appeared the ticker outside News Corporation’s Manhattan headquarters had been hacked and reprogrammed with an anti-Fox News script calling for revolution.
The Soros-funded MoveOn.org admitted it set up fake identities for the alleged hackers and even released a misleading video in which a man, with his face disguised, purported to confess he was behind the Fox News hacking.
Jones officially launched his American Dream Movement at a New York City event co-sponsored by MoveOn.org two weeks ago.
The movement has been described as a grassroots progressive group seeking to emulate the success of the tea party.
The movement, however, is anything but grassroots. It is already partnered with two of the nation’s largest unions, the AFL-CIO and the SEIU, which boast an army of millions of public employees.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka recorded a Web video for the campaign.
Also signed on to the movement are the Soros-funded groups, Campaign for America’s Future and the Center for Community Change.
Campaign for America’s Future was co-founded in 1996 chiefly by Robert Borosage, who previously served as director of the Marxist-oriented Institute for Policy Studies.
The CCC boasts a board filled with radicals, including socialist activists.
Jones, meanwhile, outlined his movement’s policies in a Huffington Post piece:
Wrote Jones: “The steps needed to renew and redeem the American Dream are straightforward and simple:
- “Increase revenue for America’s government sensibly by making Wall Street and the super-rich pay their fair share.
- “Reduce spending responsibly by cutting the real fat – like corporate welfare for military contractors, big agriculture and big oil.
- “Simultaneously protect the heart and soul of America – our teachers, nurses and first responders.
- “Guarantee the health, safety and success of our children and communities by leaving the muscle and bone of America’s communities intact.
- “Maintain the American Way by treating employees with dignity and respecting their right to a seat at the bargaining table.
- “Rebuild the middle class – and pathways into it – by fighting for a “made in America” innovation and manufacturing agenda, including trade and currency policies that honor American workers and entrepreneurs.
- “Stand for the idea that, in a crisis, Americans turn TO each other – and not ON each other.”
“We think we can do what the tea party did,” Jones said in an interview with The Fix. “They stepped forward under a common banner, and everybody took them seriously. Polls suggest there are more people out there who have a different view of the economy, but who have not stepped forward yet under a common banner.”
The far-left AlterNet, whose board has included Weather Underground terrorist William Ayers, summarized Jones’ new movement:
The goal is nothing less than a broad “open source” movement of millions who, via organizing, house parties, events, technological savvy, and electoral activity, will attempt to shift America’s focus away from the budget-cut mentality and the protection of big corporations and banks, to the human and economic support of tens of millions of unemployed and downsized Americans, including returning war vets and young people.
We’ve been hugely disappointed in the Obama administration for not mounting a more populist, people-oriented challenge to the corporate and banking dominance of our economic system, which has resulted in both the bailout of the banks, and the obscene shift of wealth to an increasingly small number of super-rich Americans. Jones hopes to offer an answer.
The idea of Jones’ movement is not new. The progressive group Netroots Nation featured a panel discussion at its July 18, 2008, convention entitled “Growing the American Dream Movement.”
Soros group admits it “hacked” Fox News
The movement was first introduced to the world using a hoax Youtube video in which it appeared Fox News had been hacked.
The YouTube video, titled “Fox News Got Hacked. Real,” has garnered more than 340,000 views since it was posted last month. It shows several people emerging from a subway outside the Manhattan headquarters of News Corp., the parent of the Fox News Channel.
The video focuses on the changing Fox News ticker, which is apparently reprogrammed to read: “We are being lied to. Right wingers are destroying the middle class and trying to kill our unions. The country is not broke.”
Continues the supposedly hacked ticker: “We are the richest country in the world. USA is twice as rich as China. Our economy is bigger than most of Europe combined. We are not broke. We are being lied to. We will rise up We will fight back. We will spread the truth.”
The video was posted by a YouTube user named “hiropro999,” which has now been exposed as MoveOn.org.
In an interview with the Huffington Post, leaders of MoveOn not only admitted their group was behind the video but revealed the organization crafted the video in less than two months, consulted hackers and made an elaborate identity for hiropro999. MoveOn set up online accounts, an email address and even a fake “explainer” video in which an unidentified man takes credit for being the “hacker.”
The organization reportedly swore everyone involved to secrecy and declined media requests addressed to hiropro999.
“I was alternatively thrilled and worried,” one MoveOn staffer involved in the project told the Huffington Post. “The bottom line is, we are in an ever-changing frontier in terms of how people communicate online. You have to take risks within reason in order to have an impact.”
The bottom of the YouTube video promoted a website, June23.org, which now forwards to MoveOn’s new site for its “Rebuild the Dream” project with Jones.
That site also admits Moveon was behind the Fox News hoax.
“MoveOn Civic Action released a faux Fox News hack video to send the message: We are being lied to. The American people have the right to know that the country is not broke and we shouldn’t be cutting vital services families depend on,” states the site.
The site said that on June 23, “Van Jones will be joined by The Roots, artist/DJ Shepard Fairey, and other celebrity guests in New York City to kick off the movement to rebuild the American Dream.”
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.
Succeeding revelations about Jones by WND included:
- One day after the 9/11 attacks, Jones led a vigil that expressed solidarity with Arab and Muslim Americans as well as what he called the victims of “U.S. imperialism” around the world.
- Just days before his White House appointment, Jones used a forum at a major youth convention to push for a radical agenda that included spreading the wealth and “changing the whole system.”
- Jones” Maoist manifesto while leading the group Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement, or STORM, was scrubbed from the Internet after being revealed by WND.
- Jones was the main speaker at an anti-war rally that urged “resistance” against the U.S. government – a demonstration sponsored by an organization associated with the Revolutionary Communist Party.
- In a 2005 conference, Jones characterized the U.S. as an “apartheid regime” that civil rights workers helped turn into a “struggling, fledgling democracy.”
With research by Brenda J. Elliott