by Stephen Dinan, former Board member of 911truth.org (Fall of 2004)
July 27, 2010
In early September of 2009, Van Jones contacted the current board of 911truth.org asking to be removed from the 911 Truth Statement, which was created in the Fall of 2004. Since the current members were not working with 911truth.org in 2004, former Board members researched the situation and were unable to produce electronic or written evidence that Van agreed to sign the Statement. Based on what we were able to ascertain from memories, it is plausible he was asked verbally through an intermediary without reviewing the full text, as he has stated. Because we do not have a written signature and his view is that he does not agree with the Statement, the current Board removed his signature as requested on Sept. 9, 2009, for the organization respects each person’s right to have their views accurately represented.
Of the original signatories, 97 out of the 100 and all of the family members remain behind this important call for an independent investigation into unanswered questions around 9/11, a group that includes respected academics, former government officials, journalists, and political leaders. 911truth.org invites media and government officials to take this Statement from a range of notable Americans seriously while respecting that Jones should not be seen as part of this group.
There is nothing more fundamental to being American than our right to question and seek the full truth. For that call, no one should receive vilification or persecution, or we erode the foundations of our democracy. That is what distinguishes us from countries in which citizens fear to question their government or speak their conscience.
911truth.org sees this as a closed matter and will issue no further statement.