City Council Questions FBI Task Force Report

Commissioners, public testimonials raise concerns about civil liberties

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 Even as Portland City Council today accepted the FBI-led Joint Terrorism Task Force's annual report in a 3-2 vote, several commissioners voiced reservations about the lack of specific information in the report about the cases the task force investigates."I had different expectations for the report than what was in it. I was expecting more information," said Commissioner Amanda Fritz, who voted ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 MICHAEL MUNKVOLD

Joint Terrorism Task Force Flap in New York City

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 Once you're done reading the piece in today's WW about the reasons for the latest delay in a City Council decision on whether Portland police officers should be part of the federal Joint Terrorism Task Force, there's another piece worth reading.It's a report in the New York Daily News from a couple days back on internal squabbles inside New York City's JTTF, a dispute that may give fodder to ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 by

JTTF: WTF?


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Last week, Mayor Sam Adams canceled for the third time a hearing on whether Portland should rejoin the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force.  And so far, Commissioner Randy Leonard is the only p   More
 
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Protesters Rally Against Portland's Participation in the JTTF

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Despite the cancellation of today’s City Council hearing on whether Portland should rejoin the federal Joint Terrorism Task Force, about 70 protesters still turned out at City Hall this afternoon to oppose the city’s participation in the JTTF. Chanting “No secrets, no spies, we want our civil rights” and carrying signs reading “Stop FBI Harassment,” protesters said participation in the ...   More
 
Thursday, March 10, 2011 REBECCA JACOBSON

No Joint Terrorism Task Force Hearing This Thursday

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The wait will go on for City Council to decide whether Portland police should rejoin the federal Joint Terrorism Task Force.Mayor Sam Adams said today that there's not a draft proposed agreement yet ready between the city and the feds, so there will be no council hearing this Thursday, March 10 to take more public testimony on rejoining the JTTF .Adams said in a news release (PDF) that he, the council ...   More
 
Tuesday, March 8, 2011 HANK STERN

Portland's Joint Terrorism Task Force Decision Delayed Until Next Month

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 Tomorrow is no longer decision day for the Portland City Council on whether the city should rejoin the federal Joint Terrorism Task Force.Mayor Sam Adams' office announced that the hearing scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 24 has been pushed back two weeks to March 10 at 2 pm. What is expected to be released this week, the mayor's office said, is a draft of a document that the council would consider.Here's ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 HANK STERN

Progressive Groups Rally Tomorrow to Oppose Rejoining Terrorism Task Force (UPDATED)

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 The Oregon Progressive Party and other lefty groups are staging a rally tomorrow at City Hall to oppose Portland rejoining the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force.(UPDATE at 1:40 PM: The City Council's Feb. 24 hearing has been rescheduled to March 10 at 2 pm)The 12:30 pm rally on Thursday, Feb. 24 precedes a 2pm public hearing inside City Hall on whether the city should rejoin the task force it ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Portland Activist: Feds' Statements on JTTF May Help Mohamud Defense

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 As City Hall gears up for another hearing this Thursday on the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force, a longtime Portland progressive activist points out that the feds' efforts last week to convince City Council to rejoin the JTTF may have damaged their position in a high-profile terrorism case. When Portland pulled out of the JTTF in 2005, the feds and the city agreed that the mayor get notification ...   More
 
Monday, February 21, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

City Council Meets on Joint Terrorism Task Force

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 Portland's City Council heard today from the American Civil Liberties Union, the U.S. Attorney for Oregon and others on the question of whether the city should rejoin the federal Joint Terrorism Task Force.The council may decide the matter as soon as Feb. 24 (please be sure to read tomorrow's WW for our editorial position on whether Portland should rejoin the JTTF). And so the council held an ...   More
 
Tuesday, February 15, 2011 TIFFANY STUBBERT

Mayor Sam Adams' Thoughts on the Joint Terrorism Task Force

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One of the unknowns in the upcoming decision by Portland's City Council whether to rejoin the federal Joint Terrorism Task Force is how Mayor Sam Adams will vote. Adams, along with commissioners Amanda Fritz and Nick Fish, has not indicated which way they are leaning. Commissioner Randy Leonard opposes rejoining the JTTF, and Commissioner Dan Saltzman supports the idea of rejoining the JTTF, which ...   More
 
Monday, February 14, 2011 HANK STERN

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