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JTTF out of Portland! 02/05/15

"On February 5, the Portland City Council will hold a public hearing on whether to continue its arm's length relationship with the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force or to rejoin the JTTF as a full participant subject to the FBI's control." via ACLU statement
Show up and make your voice heard?

JTTF - AMA 31.Jan.2015 18:23

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> Supporters of the Albina Ministerial Alliance (AMA) Coalition for Justice
> and Police Reform:
>
> Next Thursday, February 5, many members of the AMA Coalition steering
> committee will be testifying at City Council asking that the City cease
> participation in the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). Community groups
> working together helped get the Portland Police out of the Task Force in
> 2005, but Portland re-joined on a "case by case basis" in 2011. At that
> time, the City required an annual report back from the Bureau on how it
> was working with the FBI. Those reports have been presented, but lacking
> in detail.
>
> Because this hearing starts at 5 PM, the regular mass meeting of the AMA
> Coalition will be held on the second Thursday this month, February 12 at 5
> PM at Maranatha Church. If you can come out on the 5th to support and/or
> testify at the hearing please do.
>
> There are two resolutions (and one ordinance) to be considered about the
> Joint Terrorism Task Force this Thursday-- and both of them remove the
> (minimal) reporting requirements on the PPB's participation.
>
> Resolution 1, item 146, calls to repeal the existing resolution BUT
> retains the requirement for the Chief to have security clearance and
> allows participation when there is "specific knowledge of an immediate
> threat of harm from criminal activity here in Portland, or at another
> local jurisdiction which may need support from our emergency responders."
> The Mayor (Commissioner in Charge) continues to have at least two
> briefings a year from the FBI.
>
>  http://www.portlandonline.com/auditor/index.cfm?c=50265&a=517299
>
> Resolution 2, item 147, calls to repeal the existing resolution and for
> Portland to assign two full time officers to be part of the JTTF. The Mayor
> (/CiC) will get quarterly or more frequent debriefs from the FBI. There is no
> reporting requirement for public consumption.
>
>  http://www.portlandonline.com/auditor/index.cfm?c=50265&a=51730
>
> The ordinance, item 148, restates the elements of Resolution 2 and
> includes a contract with the FBI about the JTTF.
>
> I confirmed with Dr. Haynes that the message should be "Portland should be
> out of the JTTF, but if there is any participation there must be reporting
> requirements to the public."
>
> dan handelman
> --Portland Copwatch
> steering committee member, AMA Coalition for Justice and Police Reform