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Portland Oregon officials to rethink their opposition to FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force

And you'd think that it might have something to do with that same task force foiling the Portland tree lighting bomber... but you'd be wrong:

In April 2005, the Portland city council voted 4 to 1 to withdraw Portland city police officers from participating in the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force. Mayor Tom Potter said the FBI refused to give him a top-secret security clearance so he could make sure the officers weren't violating state anti-discrimination laws that bar law enforcement from targeting suspects on the basis of their religious or political beliefs.

Other city leaders agreed.  "Here in Portland, we are not willing to give up individual liberties in order to have a perception of safety," said city commissioner Randy Leonard.  "It's important for cities to know how their police officers are being used." 


In the Mohamud case, it appears that Portland's anti-law enforcement stand might actually have influenced Mohamud's decision to undertake an attack in the city.  According to the FBI affidavit, the undercover agents asked whether he worried that law enforcement would stop him. "In Portland?" Mohamud replied.  "Not really.  They don't see it as a place where anything will happen.  People say, you know, why, anybody want to do something in Portland, you know, it's on the west coast, it's in Oregon, and Oregon's, like you know, nobody ever thinks about it."

Now, there are indications that the Mohamud case might cause city leaders to change their mind about the FBI and the war on terror. Current mayor Sam Adams, who says he was not aware of the Mohamud investigation until after Mohamud had been arrested, told the Oregonian newspaper that he might as the city council to reconsider the decision to pull out of the Joint Terrorism Task Force.  Because he now realizes the city was wrong?  Not at all. "[Adams] stressed that he has much more faith in the Obama administration and the leadership of the U.S. Attorney's office now than he did in 2005," the paper reported.

Look up schmuck in the dictionary and you ought to see this Adams dude's picture.  What a piece of work.

Perhaps some enterprising soul could send Adams Jay Tea's piece on misplaced priorities and wake this idiot from his stupor.

H/T to Mr. Reynolds.


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Comments (7)

Nah, this Adams is just a g... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Nah, this Adams is just a good little leftist. He doesn't mind authority as long as it is in the hands of the left.

Just like the left doesn't mind the infringement of liberties as long as it is done by a dem administration. In this case they don't mind assisting the investigation of terrorism as long as that investigation is being done by a dem admin. If it were a GOP admin they would obstruct the investigation no matter how many lives it might cost.

"Current mayor Sam Adams, w... (Below threshold)

"Current mayor Sam Adams, who says he was not aware of the Mohamud investigation until after Mohamud had been arrested,...."

Heh. So while the local police are putting away those donuts in a town where you don't really see anything happening (according to Mohamud himself) the FBI is taking care of business.

Or perhaps the FBI staged t... (Below threshold)
John S:

Or perhaps the FBI staged their "bomb plot" in Portland because the city has been uncooperative in the past. Mohamud had no input. The FBI picked the location, method of attack, and build the dummy bomb.

His reason was a lie.The re... (Below threshold)

His reason was a lie.The reason he was refused a top secret clearence was they knew he would compromise investigations and then claim to be protecting civil liberty.It is a howler that a city official demands oversight of the FBI.This is a guy with one accomplishment in his life,getting elected to a very low office.

Meet Barrys new stupidity c... (Below threshold)

Meet Barrys new stupidity czar.

Unfortunately, Sam Adams is... (Below threshold)

Unfortunately, Sam Adams is representative of the majority of voters in the People's Republic of Portland. And most are more than willing to believe BS like #3 and would vehemently deny #4.

"Here in Portland, we are n... (Below threshold)

"Here in Portland, we are not willing to give up individual liberties in order to have a perception of safety,"

Has the good mayor even been to the airport lately?






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