Attorney General John Ashcroft (who swore he was opposed to racial profiling during his confirmation hearings) has ordered that 5000 non-citizen men of middle eastern descent, aged 18-33, be rounded up for questioning nationwide, even though none are alleged to have broken any
laws. The FBI is attempting to accomplish this by asking local law enforcement agencies to do its dirty work.
The FBI has asked the Portland Police Bureau to round up 200 such men for questioning. In a brave decision, Acting PPB Chief Andrew Kirkland (Kroeker is on vacation) has defied the FBI by refusing to participate in this
systematic act of racial profiling.
Please call the acting chief at 503.823.0000 and let him know you support his decision. Please also call Portland Mayor Vera Katz at 503.823.4120 to tell her you support Acting Chief Kirkland's decision. The mayor's office will likely transfer you to an opinion line. Please leave a message there, too!
It is vital that we support good decisions and the people who make them, if we want more good decisions.