November 29th, 2010 5:33 pm | by HANK STERN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, City Hall, Cops and Courts

Saltzman Calls for Portland to Rejoin Joint Terrorism Task Force


While we await this afternoon's initial court appearance by the suspect in the alleged Pioneer Courthouse Square bomb plot, Portland City Commissioner Dan Saltzman is urging the rest of the council to take immediate action to rejoin the Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Saltzman issued a release this afternoon saying the arrest of Mohamed Osman Mohamud at the downtown holiday tree lighting Nov. 26 proves the need to get the city reconnected with the JTTF. Mayor Sam Adams, who took the Police Bureau back from Saltzman in May, said over the weekend that he wasn't aware of the case until 9:15 pm Friday, about three hours after the FBI arrested Mohamud.

Saltzman—the lone council member to vote in 2005 against pulling the city out of the federal terrorism task force (here's an op-ed Saltzman wrote in The Oregonian at the time of the council's vote)—wants the council to take up the JTTF question at its Dec. 8 meeting. Here's the entire news release issued by Saltzman's office:
City Commissioner Dan Saltzman believes the City Council should take immediate steps to rejoin the Portland Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF).“The events of this holiday weekend have made it clear that we need to have seamless communication with our regional and federal law enforcement partners – we need to rejoin the Joint Terrorism Task Force,” stated Commissioner Dan Saltzman.

The Portland Joint Terrorism Task Force was created in 1997, focused primarily on domestic terrorism. After the events of September 11, 2001, the Portland JTTF's scope increased to include counteracting international terrorism. In 2005, the Portland City Council withdrew Portland Police officers from the JTTF. Commissioner Dan Saltzman was the only member of the City Council to vote against withdrawing from the JTTF.

Saltzman believes the Portland City Council should commit to rejoining the JTTF at its December 8th City Council meeting. “We need to move forward, we must not delay when the safety of our residents is at stake,” stated Commissioner Saltzman.

Please see the attached editorial from Commissioner Saltzman from the April 28, 2005 edition of The Oregonian.

(Photo above of Saltzman was taken earlier this year)
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