OMG: Van Jones is a Truther! (oops: so is an Insight Magazine writer)
There are a couple problems detracting from the WashTimes' scoop:
1. One of the other signers is Kelly Patricia O'Meara who used to write for the now-defunct Insight on the News magazine, which was part of the Washington Times family of companies. In fact, their old URL (insightmag.com) redirects to the WashTimes' front page. One of her old articles is cached here. (Other signers discussed at ).
2. While the "Truthers" statement goes further then I'd like them to (they wanted an "inquiry into evidence that suggests high-level government officials may have deliberately allowed the September 11th attacks to occur"), the fact remains that there are several problems with the official recounting of that day's events. That doesn't mean that Bush or Cheney "LIHOP" or "MIHOP", but obviously there was a good deal of incompetence involved. Those who use the childish label "Truthers" in order to silence debate are in effect saying that we've been told the complete truth about everything that happened and are in effect saying that we shouldn't look into any possible cases of incompetence.
Van Jones is an incredible liability for the Obama administration, but highlighting things like this instead of his many other issues is yet another example of Obama opponents mistakes.
 Others signing on include a self-avowed white separatist (Virginia Deane Abernethy), former Rep. Cynthia McKinney, former Libertarian Party presidential candidate Michael Badnarik, Philip Berg (thus allowing the children to chant "Birther" and "Truther" at the same time), those who probably have a special signing stamp for such petitions (Ed Asner, Medea Benjamin and Jodie Evans of Code Pink, Mark Crispin Miller, Ralph Nader, Howard Zinn, etc.), and Janeane Garofalo (formerly cute).
UPDATE: From this:
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.
Considering that the WashTimes has confirmed with 911truth.org that they verified the signatures of each of the celebrities listed, and considering that none of the more famous signers appear to have complained about their names being on the petition for five years, that seems more than a bit difficult to believe.
UPDATE 2: Gateway Pundit discovers (link) the page at Rense.com entitled "San Francisco March To Demand Congressional Inquiry Of 911" (link) which was apparently held on January 8th, 2002. Van Jones and Adam Gold from STORM (a group with which Jones was associated) are listed on the "Organizing Committee"; the page also notes "organizations listed for identification purposes only". Needless to say, the page wallows in playing the race card and everyone listed on the page is probably quite far-left. However, some of the questions they list would seem to demand an answer, such as "What is the relationship between Bin Laden, his family and the Bush family and the Carlyle Group?" Does asking a question like that make one a "Truther"? If so, sign me up.
6/17/11 UPDATE: A poll conducted by Sienna College of 643 New York City residents has 48% answering "In favor" to: "Many have signed a petition calling for a NEW investigation into Building 7's collapse. Others consider the case closed and do not think a new investigation is warranted. Would you be in favor of or opposed to a local government agency like the New York City Council or Manhattan District Attorney opening a new investigation into the collapse of World Trade Center Building 7?" Asked "As you think about all the events of 9/11 at this point which of the following two positions is closest to yours", 60% chose "I'm satisfied that we understand well enough what happened. It is time to move on" and 36% chose "I'm not satisfied that we know the whole truth about that day. It is time we get to the bottom of what happened." The poll is at rememberbuilding7.org/siena-poll-finds-new-yorkers-doubts-about-911-building-7-linger