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Towne blames 9/11 on American foreign policy

Towne blames 9/11 on American foreign policy

Grilled by a conservative talk show host Wednesday morning, the independent candidate in the 15th Congressional District blamed the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on American foreign policy in the Middle East.

“They’re not attacking us because we’re free or we wear blue jeans or we listen to rock music,” Jake Towne said. “They’re attacking us because we’ve been over there. We’ve had troops in Saudi Arabia for many years before that. We were engaged with Iraq, we’ve had an embargo, we’ve been bombing their airspace literally for about 20 years now.”

Towne’s comments came during a somewhat contentious 14-minute interview on WAEB with Bobby Gunther Walsh, a conservative talker prominent in the Lehigh Valley. Towne is hardly alone in his analysis, as more than a few foreign policy experts have noted, among other things, America’s support for the militants during the Soviet war in Afghanistan, some of the same people who came to form Al-Qaeda. Regardless of any merit to Towne’s comments, they seem likely to turn off the kind of conservative voters he is hoping to peel away from incumbent Republican Charlie Dent.

A libertarian-leaning candidate who calls himself a “strict Constitutionalist,” the foreign policy section of Towne’s issues Web site is replete with positions that could anger conservatives, including calling the Iraq War “unconstitutional and illegal.”

Reached by Wednesday afternoon, Towne said that “all I’m trying to do is point out that there are reasons why these things occur. American’s history in Afghanistan and Pakistan needs to be understood. … There’s no one thing we did [to cause 9/11], but we have to be very honest when we look at foreign policy and the American government.”

The radio interview came at a time when he is taking up more media oxygen in the race than some expected, mostly because Dent’s campaign has said it doesn’t want the independent participating in debates between Dent and Democratic challenger John Callahan.

During the interview, Towne was also grilled about the fact that a band scheduled to perform at a campaign event this week, Poker Face, has been condemned by the Anti-Defamation League for anti-Semitic lyrics. Dent’s campaign has pushed the issue in recent days. Towne reiterated that he didn’t know of everything the band has said and doesn’t agree with them, but did not back away from having it perform on his behalf. Walsh was particularly dogged in pushing Towne on the matter, noting that a member of the band once referred to the Holocaust as a “Holohoax.”

“I do find a lot of their comments objectionable and over the top,” Towne said. “But, again, the claims against them, I don’t believe their anti-Semitic.”

Walsh jumped in: “You know what? I don’t beleive you’ve done your homework. And I do believe, quite honestly, that it’s over for you if you don’t do something. And it may already be too late.

Later, Towne and Poker Face issued a joint statement, reported by The Morning Call, announcing that the band would not perform at his campaign event. A local Tea Party group had already criticized Towne for inviting the band.

“In order to avoid distraction from Charlie Dent’s gross incompetence and performance as the people’s employee and undemocratic whining to avoid debating independent Jake Towne,” the statement said, “Poker Face and Towne for Congress have jointly decided to cancel Poker Face’s performance at this Friday’s Freedom Concert.”

Click here to listen to the full interview, courtesy of WAEB.

Editor’s note: The full radio interview above was compiled from smaller audio clips provided by WAEB. Though it may sound like there are skips or edit points at certain parts of the audio file, nothing was done to change the order, substance or context of the radio interview. Also, this story was updated shortly after publication to reflect Towne’s comments to

July 28, 2010 at 3:35 pm

--Dan Hirschhorn

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  2. ChescoTom

    Jul 28th, 2010

    This guy is more than a little clueless. BobbyG — great interview. And great line: “He really did not do his homework.”

  3. […] world hates America because America did things that made the world hate it. His name is Jake Towne, he’s running as an independent, and when grilled by some Pennsyltucky talk radio blowhard gril…:“They’re not attacking us because we’re free or we wear blue jeans or we listen to rock […]

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  5. Liz

    Jul 28th, 2010

    Hey, Jake! Why don’t you ask Van Jones for a job? Surely you will be more comfortable working with someone like him than you would in Congress, that is, of course, assuming you get more than 1/2 of 1 percent of the vote.

    Oh, and maybe you ought to buy yourself a copy of the Constitution and *really* read it, because it’s clear you don’t have a clue as to what it actually means.

  6. Jon Geeting

    Jul 28th, 2010

    I understand this is the sort of thing that stirs up hard core nationalism on the right, but can I get a conservative to explain calmly why they disagree with Jake? Listening to a lot of the chatter on the right it seems more like Jake’s offense is that he asked a question we must never even ask. Is there a substantive objection to this point of view, or am I right to think I’m hearing just a lot of “my country, right or wrong” puffery?

  7. John Galt

    Jul 29th, 2010

    Wow. Equating someones take on a foreign policy issue to Van Jones and the truthers? lol
    Please give us your interpretation of the constitution Liz. I’m sure it will be a hoot.
    While you are at it, I’d love to hear your take on the CIA’s term ‘blowback’. I assume we’ll have to wait while you look it up. lol

  8. DaveB

    Jul 29th, 2010

    “America’s chickens coming home to roost,” Jake?

    The guy’s a dangerous joke. If he had any guts he would have entered the Primary (at this point, I wouldn’t know whether it would have been the Dem or Rep) instead of getting on the general ballot.

  9. […] Grilled by a conservative talk show host Wednesday morning, the independent candidate in the 15th Congressional District blamed the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on American foreign policy in the Middle East. Although this argument has been articulated in academia by the likes of Robert Pape, it is not likely to sit well with voters. […]

  10. d.eris

    Jul 29th, 2010

    “If he had any guts he would have entered the Primary”

    LOL. Jeez, people really do fall for propaganda of the two-party statists in the Democrat and Republican parties. Today, freedom and independence begins with freedom and independence from the tyranny of the Democratic-Republican two-party state and duopoly system of government.

  11. Daveb700

    Jul 29th, 2010

    Sorry, I should have said “If the guy had any brains. . .”
    It’s absurd to run as a 3rd party in a General Election without an organization and bankroll to carry it through. Otherwise you are a spoiler and will ultimately be a laughingstock (it usually doesn’t happen in July like it has for this guy)

  12. Liberty4Life

    Jul 29th, 2010

    Hey everybody, guess what? The U.S. Government has admitted that they fund al-Qaeda-tied groups in order to carry out terror attacks in Iran:

    That on it’s face makes the war on terror a gigantic hoax. Don’t you understand it’s being used to bankrupt us at the behest of multinational corporations and the military industrial complex?

  13. Liberty4Life

    Jul 29th, 2010

    Did you know that Sibel Edmonds, a former FBI translator with impeccable credibility according to her peers and who was gagged by the U.S. government, has revealed that Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda worked for the U.S. Government up until 9/11? She gleaned this information from conversations she translated after right after 9/11 when she worked for the FBI.

  14. Dwarn

    Jul 29th, 2010

    POKER FACE is 100% legit! They are REAL 9/11 Truth!
    Right now they are being attacked by the ADL, the ADL is calling them “antisemites” When the ADL attacks someone, it means that someone is telling the truth that the Mainstream Zionist Media DOESN’T WANT YOU TO KNOW and DOESN’T WANT TO BE MADE PUBLIC.

    I have had enough of the watered down, Ron Paul, Tea Party version of 9/11 Truth. What happened on 9/11 was NOT BLOWBACK. IT WAS NOT THE RESULT OF A “misguided foreign policy.” IT WAS AN INSIDE JOB, DON’T YOU PEOPLE GET IT YET?

    Let me spell it out for those who still, at this late date, don’t get it.

    You know about the Twin Towers, but do you know about Building 7? It collapsed straight down into its own footprint in 6.5 seconds, at 5:20 PM on 9/11/01.

    Larry Silverstein, the World Trade Center leaseholder, was shown on television saying: “I remember getting a call from the ER, Fire Department Commander, telling me that they were not sure they were gonna be able to contain the fire, and I said, ‘We’ve had such terrible loss of life, maybe the smartest thing to do is pull it.’ And they made the decision to pull and we watched [WTC Building 7] collapse.”

    “PULL” is a demolition term. That means the building was wired for demolition.

    CNN’s Aaron Brown and BBC’s Jane Standley reported that Building 7 “has collapsed or is collapsing” before it collapsed. The BBC picture above is time stamped 21:54 London time which is 16:54 or 4:54 PM EST. THEY WERE READING A SCRIPT, which was GIVEN TO THEM TO SAY ON TELEVISION and they READ IT TOO EARLY!!

    Can “Muslim hijackers” do that? Ask yourselves!

    Fire from jet fuel does not burn hot enough to cause what happened on 9/11. Go to Youtube and search the video entitled “Jonathan H. Coles, 9/11 Experiments: The Mysterious Eutectic Steel.”

    Between September 2000 and June 2001, NORAD interceptors were scrambled 67 times. In the year 2000 jets were scrambled 129 times. On 9/11, NORAD stood down and did not scramble fighters to intercept the hijacked jets!

    Can “Muslim hijackers” prevent NORAD’s response? Ask yourselves!

    It is not difficult for the corporate mainstream media, controlled by only a tiny group of giant corporations since 1996, to lie and sell wars of conquest to the gullible public. If necessary, as was the case with 9/11, a pretext is manufactured. Intelligence agencies specialize in staging false-flag attacks that are blamed on the target country, followed by an intense propaganda campaign which convinces most of the public that war is necessary by appealing to their emotions. You were lied to. It is time for REAL TRUTH.

  15. Leem

    Jul 30th, 2010

    Wow, give me some of the drugs that the 9/11 truthers are taking! They are really out there.


    Aug 3rd, 2010

    Dwarn is a Jew hater.

  17. […] Jim Schneller supports Jake Towne who thinks 911 was as a result of US Middle East Policy and not Islamist Ideologoy, fanatical, expansionist, violent and implacable. Jake Towne is worse […]

  18. […] non-Muslims who have similar beliefs. BBC For Kids Jeremiah Wright Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson strict Constitutionalist Jake Towne Chalmers Johnson, CIA consultant and professor of international relations __________________ […]

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