Two thirds of the way through an Oregonian article on the new FBI, the article quietly said: "The Portland Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), which before Sept. 11 included nine police officers from Portland and Beaverton working with six FBI agents, now has 40 full-time local police investigators teamed with 12 FBI agents." |
Though the Oregonian had no interest to inquire into what would be massive changes in the JTTF, Portland's activist community is vigilent and a local citizen wrote a letter to Mayor Katz and the City Council asking for clarification.
The Mayor replied: "Portland's committment to the Joint Terrorism Task Force has not changed. The phrase "local full-time police investigators" does not refer to the Portland Police Bureau alone. I spoke with FBI spokeperson Beth Ann Steele to get some insight into the number quoted in the newpaper. According to Ms. Steele, the number includes local representatives of such agencies as the INS, IRS, US Postal Service, Secret Service and USDA."
Say What!? There was never any mention in all the public hearings last year, of these other 31 "local investigators". So much for the idea of open dialog and accountability. It is only because of a casual comment in the Oregonian that citizens now know that these other 31 investigators in the PJTTF exist!
Mayor Katz avoided addressing the statement in the Oregonian that the number of FBI agents has gone from 6 up to 12