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hearing on 2/5/2015 City Hall
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"Just Say No"

We all knew it would be a long night; there were almost 30 people who signed up to go on the record concerning whether Portland, Oregon should join the JTTF. Our status with the Feds now seems to be, on call or as needed and the US Attorney wanted us in or out. We had to listen to the US Attorney go on forever, (30 minutes +) about how the JTTF would save our city from all invasions from ISIS and the Martians. You must look up and get the video of the hearing because you will have your mouth open most of the time Amanda Marshall was speaking, she is a very sick person, in my opinion, and should be removed as our US Attorney.
 link to www.oregonlive.com

After Marshall finished, even Commissioner Fish looked worn out by her bizarre testimony and Commissioner Saltzman would have been bored to tears if he was there, but he was AWOL. We only had four people present at 5:00 PM to listen to the community tell them do not rejoin, join or even get near the FBI because our police are having their own problems and do not need this action. All but one person spoke against joining the JTTF. I was very proud of those who testified, including a very young girl who read a message she and her mom wrote about the 14th Amendment to the ACLU who gave a wonderful presentation that made me wonder what to say. All the groups were stunning; they spoke with a wonderful intelligence that made the walls move. They spoke of freedoms, they spoke of dignity, and they pointed out the terrible history both far and near of the FBI. One could see the effect it was having on the three Commissioners and the Mayor and at the end I was proven wrong, the city government seems to be heavily learning towards saying no to JTTF. Wow, it was a wonderful night for this activist; I just love to be proven wrong. We now have two weeks and a vote will happen, so if you went and offered your opinion, thank you so much, if you could not get there you can e-mail or make a phone call because the record will remain open for most of the two weeks. You do not have to live in Portland to offer your opinion and as one of our leaders said last night, "The rest of the country is watching what we do."
To contact the mayor's office go here:
 http://www.portlandoregon.gov/

PS The FBI will make every effort to get our city leaders back in line. Our job now is to tell City Hall we will support them both now and in the future if something terrible does happen. In this case, your opinion does count!

homepage: homepage: http://IndividualsForJustice.com


hearing 06.Feb.2015 11:35

lone vet

Open note to the mayor and city council commissioners:


First, thanks to Mayor Hales for calling up Moms with children and the Disabled, this again makes the mayor seem like a good guy and should be done at all controversial hearings. (Where the sign up list is long)
Second, I was surprised and said so to all who would listen of your reaction to the presentations by all the groups, which was democracy at its best; the young girls who spoke and read what their Mom and they wrote was wonderful. We old folks need new people to take our place in the battle because we do get worn out.
I spoke of ICE and the JTTF working together, here is the article I would have given you but for my leaving it on my desk.

You made us smile by your attention and looking for ways to satisfy first our liberties and then our security. Individuals For Justice will stand with you if you say no to JTTF and something happens down the line. We will not be fair weather friends in this matter. Here is where we found the info on ICE & FBI,

please make this part of the record.
 http://www.ice.gov/jttf
 http://jurist.org/paperchase/2007/08/fbi-ice-rivalry-may-hurt-terror.php
Joe

needs work 06.Feb.2015 12:49

u

I had to google what JTTF was. It would have been helpful to include that along with an introduction about what was going on before all the commentary.

just heard some audio excerpts on KBOO 06.Feb.2015 17:51

Nice Work

well done everyone.

particularly the woman who spoke of her Japanese relative who was sent to the camps, courtesy of the FBI, from 1942-45 -

that was outstanding.

(she went on to connect that dark chapter in U.S. history with today's "terrorism" hysteria frequently directed towards people who "don't look like Americans", etc.)


Activism still has its mission and purpose, based on what I heard in the brief audio excerpts of citizens who spoke out.

<< applause >>

Thanks to everyone who turned out for it.

sent to the camps, courtesy of the FBI 06.Feb.2015 18:26

funny

the FBI just thought it up and did it huh? those bastards. You would have thought FDR or someone would have stopped them wouldn't you??

RE: " You would have thought" 06.Feb.2015 18:51

_

Care to inform us [troll] about the specific procedure/sequence of tasks that occurred when your relatives were sent to Japanese internment camps during WWII ?

... 06.Feb.2015 22:08

...

"the FBI just thought it up and did it huh? those bastards. You would have thought FDR or someone would have stopped them wouldn't you??"

If FDR/Congress decided on the policy of internment and FDR/Congress tasked the FBI with implementing the round-up of Japanese Americans, then FBI agents could have resigned from their jobs rather than engage in the immoral act of implementing the policy. See how that works?

a family freind 08.Feb.2015 07:10

funny

was locked up in AR.

I didn't say it was right, I didn't say it was moral. I only stated that your myopic religious view of any societal construct renders you inescapable of being anything but mindlessly prejudice. Is this how you plan to live the rest of your life? Sad.

It was a democrat congress, and a democrat president who put these US citizens in prison, as it was democrat presidents and democrat congress, and democrat state legislatures that enforced slavery in the south. It was republican votes in congress that passed the 1964 voting rights act. (look it up). LBJ couldn't have done it without them.

If you want to bring up something that happened 70 years ago, then you better be prepared to examine the entire picture. (which I'm happy to rub your nose in).

Executive Order 9066 08.Feb.2015 10:18

nat

Oh those unconstitutional Executive Orders will get you every time. sound familiar???

Copwatch Email to City Council: "Get Out of JTTF" 08.Feb.2015 20:41

(e-mail re-post)

We sent these comments to City Council just now in advance of the 5 PM
hearing on the Joint Terrorism Task Force.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Thu, 5 Feb 2015 13:18:34
From: Portland Copwatch < copwatch@portlandcopwatch.org>
To: Portland City Council -- Commissioner Amanda Fritz
< amanda@portlandoregon.gov>,
Commissioner Dan Saltzman < dan@portlandoregon.gov>,
Commissioner Nick Fish < Nick@portlandoregon.gov>,
Commissioner Steve Novick < novick@portlandoregon.gov>,
Mayor Charlie Hales < mayorhales@portlandoregon.gov>
Cc: News Media < newsmedia@portlandcopwatch.org>
Subject: COMMENTS: Portland Should Get Out of Terrorism Task Force,
or Demand Stronger Oversight of "Case by Case" Involvement

Portland Copwatch
(a project of Peace and Justice Works)
PO Box 42456
Portland, OR 97242
(503) 236-3065 (office)
(503) 321-5120 (incident report line)
 copwatch@portlandcopwatch.org
 http://www.portlandcopwatch.org

Portland Should Get Out of Terrorism Task Force, or Demand Stronger Oversight
of "Case by Case" Involvement
comments by Dan Handelman, Portland Copwatch
for City Council items 146, 147 and 148, February 5, 2015

Mayor Hales and Commissioners Fish, Fritz, Novick and Saltzman:

At last year's reading of the (weak) annual report, Commissioners Fish, Novick
and Fritz indicated they would back the Mayor for pulling out of the Joint
Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) if he were not given security clearance. Now it
seems the Council may be OK with the Mayor merely receiving briefings from the
FBI. The issue with the JTTF has always been that our Mayor is the Police
Commissioner, and it's his responsibility to be sure our officers are
conducting themselves consistent with the US Constitution, Oregon law, and
local policies. If he cannot review the daily work of these officers, we can't
hold them accountable. Having more insight is not the same as having oversight.

Resolution 1 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." This is
really the same as the "case by case basis" established in the 2011 resolution.
The Mayor continues to have at least two briefings a year from the FBI. The
resolution doesn't call to remove the officers' security clearance who are
already available to work with the FBI, but it removes the annual reporting
requirement.

Resolution 2 calls for Portland to assign two full time officers to be part of
the JTTF. The Mayor will get quarterly or more frequent debriefs from the FBI.
There is no reporting requirement. The attached contract with the FBI requires
officers participating in the JTTF to follow the FBI's rules, which are far
more relaxed than Oregon's.

It's a mistake to assume that the FBI's Terrorism Task Forces are designed to
make the community safer, when the FBI has created as many or more fake
terrorism scenarios than the suspects they are tracking and often entrapping.
The FBI has a history of investigating people for their political beliefs, and
after 9/11 for their religious beliefs. Their investigations lead to mistrust
in the community so that even if people had been willing to come forward with
information about suspicious activity, now they likely are afraid of the
consequences. The prime example is Mohamed Mohamud's father calling the FBI for
help and his 20-something son ending up being set up and convicted for a fake
plot created and funded by the FBI, and now facing 30 years in prison.

Portland needs to keep being the leader on this issue. When Portland Copwatch
first brought the JTTF to Council's attention in 2000, then-Commissioner Hales
remarked the Task Force's mission statement "sounded like something out of the
Nixon era." The next year, shortly after 9/11, Hales voted against
participation in the JTTF. At the same time, under Mark Kroeker, the most
militaristic Chief we've seen in our 23 years as an organization, the Portland
Police refused to participate in broad interrogations of our Arab and Muslim
community conducted by the FBI. In 2005 Mayor Tom Potter, a former Police
Chief, took Portland out of the JTTF because as Commissioner, he could not
supervise the JTTF officers without security clearance. That situation has not
changed, despite the proposed contract stating that "appropriate supervisory
personnel responsible for [police officers involved in the JTTF] must apply for
and receive a Top Secret Security Clearance."

There seems to be a trend going on in City Hall: When there's a controversy,
don't raise the bridge, lower the river. When we have too few affordable
housing units in South Waterfront, the solution is to lower the goal rather
than increase the number of units. When no solution to a street fee is clear,
force the public to vote on one of many options. When the annual reports on the
Terrorism Task Force are inadequate, don't demand more information, just get
rid of the reports.

We've always said that if there's a real threat to public safety (not one
manufactured by the FBI), the police obviously should work with the FBI to
investigate and prevent harm, but there's no real mechanism to ensure that's
the only situation they will work together. Unless there's fundamental reform
on the federal level, including an end to restrictions on saying, for instance,
how many times they've opened up investigations, there is no way Portland can
be an active part of the JTTF.

From the point of view of our parent group, Peace and Justice Works: If the US
would end its foreign policy that generates militant violence against the US
and its allies, we would not even be having this conversation.

Thanks Again to all keeping up pressure on this 08.Feb.2015 23:40

Nice Work

this is truly (in post-9/11) the sort of 'think globally, act locally' citizen movement and target issue for time and effort to be spent.

Portland could set a national example for other cities.

Last night's hearing on the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) lasted four hours 09.Feb.2015 21:34

Joe Anybody (relaying reportback from copwatch)

REPORT BACK: Council hearing on Terrorism Task Force (vote is 2/19)&#8207;

Greetings supporters of police accountability:
Fri 2/06/15 2:14 PM

Last night's hearing on the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) lasted four
hours and ended with a note of some hope. Though they won't be voting on
the two options (out or in the JTTF) until Thursday, February 19 at 2:15
PM, Council voted to change the wording on the first of the two
resolutions to be super-clear that they are out. Based on my testimony,
Commissioner Fritz gutted three paragraphs directing the Chief of Police
to get security clearance and attend JTTF board meetings, calling for the
Mayor to get semi-annual briefings from the FBI and ok'ing work with the
FBI on a case by case basis. The resolution now mainly reads, "Portland is
not participating in the Joint Terrorism Task Force." The bad news, of
course, is that we have no idea whether there are three votes to support
that resolution, but if the Council listens to the public, there's no
doubt they should get out. Including invited testimony, at least 25 people
testified against joining-- plus the ACLU turned in the names of 675
people who'd signed the petition before the hearing-- and only three
people testified for re-joining. Those were the US Attorney, Amanda
Marshall, Bill Barr of the Citizens Crime Commission/Portland Business
Alliance, and a man named Marty Slovekus (? I think).

I've only seen two mainstream media reports so far, one on KOIN-TV which
included an interview with Brandon Mayfield, the attorney who was wrongly
jailed when the FBI mismatched a fingerprint from the 2004 Spanish train
bombing:
 http://koin.com/2015/02/05/debate-continues-over-terrorism-task-force/

and one on OPB radio:
 http://www.opb.org/news/article/portland-council-considers-fbis-jttf

Here is my report back, chopped down from 17 pages of notes:

First up, the Mayor's Police Liaison (former officer) Deanna Wesson
Mitchell offered a very dubious version of the history of the JTTF and
Portland's non-involvement because of laws protecting people's immigrant
status (ORS 181.850) and "collecting information on people" (ORS 181.575,
which is specifically about people's political, social and religious
affiliations). Wesson Mitchell admitted that the original proposed
Resolution #1 (let's call it that for clarity) "pretty much maintains the
current status." She glossed over the lack of reporting by saying it's
better to be rid of them since federal public records laws are more
restrictive than Oregon's. Which is exactly the reason to stop working
with the FBI. She also emphasized that the FBI does not give security
clearance to anyone who's not sworn law enforcement, so rather than
forcing them to change that policy, the Police Commissioner (Mayor Hales)
would just stop asking.

Deputy City Attorney David Woboril gave a legalistic overview of the
proposed contract, and made an off hand remark that Oregon's courts have
given more leeway to officers to engage in "mere conversation" than
federal standards. That, however, does not trump the above-mentioned law
against spying.

Chief O'Dea started his talk by pretending to be neutral, but then talked
in the present tense about assigning two officers to work full time on the
JTTF, where they would be physically in the FBI building for most of their
work week. Still, he insisted, they would be responsible to their
supervising Sergeant and Lieutenant, and to him. When asked (repeatedly)
what kinds of things those officers would have to stop doing in order to
work at the FBI, O'Dea was pretty vague. The officers who are currently
assigned are part of the Criminal Intelligence Unit, so you can make your
own conclusion about what that means.

US Attorney Amanda Marshall made numerous pleas for the City to rejoin,
but as many people who testified pointed out, promised in return that the
Bureau would have more access to training and the City would be as safe as
Boston was when the marathon was bombed. Yes, that's true, she made a
horrible act of violence that killed and wounded dozens of people into a
success story for the FBI. She also made remarks about how the DOJ doesn't
try to make people into "terrorists" but steers them away, prompting jeers
and numerous retorts referring to the FBI sting on Mohamed Mohamud (who
was tricked by the FBI into thinking he was detonating a bomb near Pioneer
Courthouse Square in 2010). She pointed to many FBI task forces that the
Portland Police already work on, such as the Gang and Bank Robbery task
forces. Do those groups set up people to pull off fake gang wars and fake
bank robberies like the FBI sets up fake terrorist plots? Probably not.

Then the truth came out about who in the community is pressuring the
Council to re-join the JTTF: The business lobbyists. Mr. Barr almost
immediately brought up the shootings in Paris and compared that to the
(fake, non-) incident in Pioneer Square. He talked about how the 900
officers have 400,000 contacts with the community that could help fight
terrorism-- which completely ignores that there will only be two officers
given security clearance to work on the JTTF. Like Marshall, he noted this
is the only city this size that's not in the JTTF.

Luckily for the community, Council invited the ACLU of Oregon and Center
for Intercultural Organizing (CIO) to give presentations as well. The
hearing was already 90 minutes long before David Fidanque, Executive
Director of the ACLU, gave a detailed and pointed testimony, picking apart
pieces of the FBI's guidelines and the proposed agreement, showing how
they are inconsistent with Oregon law. He noted that the contract making
all JTTF files property of the FBI means that, unlike records created by
the Portland Police Bureau (PPB), they are not subject to review or
destruction if there is no reasonable suspicion of criminal activity. He
explained how the FBI's search for suspects is like looking for a needle
in a haystack, but by collecting over 6 billion records by 2012 the result
was just making the haystack bigger. He noted that the FBI can open up
files based on "no factual predicate" and no suspicion of criminal
activity (and that they can attend political events so long as they have
an "anti-terrorism" effort in mind, regardless of the content). Most
importantly, he pointed out that the contract defers to the greatest
"organizational protection" when conflicts arise-- not the greatest
protection of people's rights.

Kayse Jama of CIO emphasized the need for all Portlanders to be treated
equally, saying that people in his community don't even say the letters
"FBI" they are so fearful (they say "the three letter agency.").

Following questions from Council, we were now 2.5 hours into the hearing
and the general public was up to testify.

Jamie Partridge of Portland Jobs with Justice talked about how picket
lines could be considered economic terrorism.

Michael Meo of the Pacific Green Party talked about how the US government
uses fear and violence to promote its agenda.

Jean Yamamoto of the Japanese American Citizens League related the
personal experience of JACL President Kirk Tambara's family being put into
detention camps during WWII, which in addition to its obvious injustice
also led to their losing their family business.

Rev. Dr. LeRoy Haynes, Chair of the AMA Coalition for Justice and Police
Reform, related the historical disruption of activist movements by the
FBI.

Brandon Mayfield, Portland area attorney, gave a concrete example of local
law enforcement violating the 181 laws: while surveilling him about the
Spanish train bombing, local law enforcement reported on him going to a
sporting goods store with his son to buy a basketball hoop, and that he
was standing by his community mosque.

Malcolm Chaddock, Veterans for Peace Chapter 72 related the story of Peace
Fresno, where he'd been a member before coming to Portland, being
infiltrated by an officer from the JTTF but the activists only finding out
when he died in a car crash and his real name/profession were revealed. He
also quoted an article in which an FBI agent talked about needing to
continually stir up fear to justify their ever-increasing budget.

Debbie Aiona of League of Women Voters talked about why the League opposes
participation, including the intimidation of people expressing their First
Amendment rights and the lack of transparency.

Dan Handelman of Portland Copwatch (that's me) read the statement we
prepared, which noted that "having more insight is not the same as having
oversight" and that the solution to the poor reporting on the PPB-JTTF
collaboration was to strengthen the reports, not get rid of them.

JoAnn Hardesty, NAACP Portland Chapter tied in the FBI's misdeeds to the
NAACP's history, including infiltration and instigation and backlash
against their anti-war/pro-civil rights agenda.

David Hess read a statement on behalf of Greg Kafoury, of Kafoury &
McDougal, relating his own experience being spied upon for, among other
things, registering African Americans to vote.

Jason Kafoury of Oregon Progressive Party related the FBI's long sordid
history and emphasized that however much Portland thinks they can
influence the FBI by partnering with them, the FBI will do whatever they
want.

Tom Nelson, National Lawyers Guild highlighted the community's reluctance
to come out and testify and spoke of his client, Yonas Fikre, who was put
on the no-fly list and told he would only get off of it if he became an
informant for the FBI. He also mentioned how he and other members of the
Chief's Arab/Muslim Police Advisory Council resigned in 2011 after
Portland quasi-rejoined the JTTF.

Maxine Fookson of Jewish Voice for Peace-Portland connected the history of
anti-semitism in the US and Europe to the current Islamophobia of the FBI.

Many, many others spoke and as noted above, refuted testimony from the
"pro" side. They included Teressa Raiford of Don't Shoot Portland, Sharon
Maxwell-- a member of the new Community Oversight Advisory Board, and a
young Somali man named Zacharias Mohamed who talked about his community's
reluctance to testify for fear of being targeted.

I should add that Commissioner Fritz asked me, Debbie Aiona and JoAnn
Hardesty to help rewrite Resolution #1. She felt that the Chief should
still have security clearance. I replied that if something happened here
like happened in New York, Boston or Paris and the FBI said "we're not
working with you, Portland Police, because you don't have security
clearance" that would be petty and ridiculous. Unfortunately, the outcome
of that discussion was that the Chief, who already has clearance, can seek
it on his own without the Council directing him to do so in a resolution,
and that he can also attend JTTF meetings on his own if he chooses to. I'm
not sure it's worth fighting on this point if the end result is that
Portland officially disengages from the JTTF as a matter of policy.

The record remains open until the hearing on the 19th, meaning people can
still send in comments to City Council right up until that time. Note that
in particular, if anyone you know is a member of the Portland Business
Alliance, they should explain that in their letter to Council opposing
JTTF membership. (The PBA's opinion piece in the Business Journal can be
found here:
< link to www.bizjournals.com.)

While Fritz and Novick continued to seem skeptical, Hales seemed to be
playing both sides and Fish was fairly stoic, probably because he still
has PTSD from thinking he was in danger during the 2010 holiday tree
lighting. (He wasn't, obviously, because the whole thing was a fake--
plus, as I've told him repeatedly, I was there too and my reaction was not
"oh my, I could have been killed," it was "holy crap, our government will
stop at nothing to perpetuate this so called war on terror.")

Apologies to anyone whose statements I didn't summarize well or get to at
all, but many many thanks to all who came out and testified. Let's keep
the pressure going until the 19th!
--dan handelman
portland copwatch

 http://www.portlandcopwatch.org/

Best Article / Thread On PDX IMC Newswire In Years 10.Feb.2015 23:58

Nice Work

another big thank you to everyone involved in and reporting on this.

inspiring, keep it up.

... 15.Feb.2015 20:43

...

". . . your myopic religious view of any societal construct . . . "

I have not expressed any pro-religious or anti-religious views what-so-ever.



"It was a democrat congress . . . "

Why are you bringing this up? I am not a member of the Democratic party and have not defended them. Are you oblivious to the two puppet system we have in the US? Democrats and Republican politicians are both controlled by Wall Street/War Street. You sound like you have been completely fooled by the puppet show...

update 2/18/15 18.Feb.2015 18:42

email repost from Portland Copwatch

Hi
On Friday we informed you that former State Senator Avel Gordly and
Vietnam Veteran Brian Willson had written to City Council opposing
participation in the Joint Terrorism Task Force. Today we received a
letter (below) from the Main Street Alliance-- a small business advocacy
group-- also urging the Council to stay out of the JTTF when they vote
tomorrow.

This is particularly significant because the only organization which
testified in favor of the JTTF on Feb. 5 was the Portland Business
Alliance through its Citizen Crime Commission.

The vote tomorrow will likely not include any public testimony since the
amendments made by Commissioner Fritz were accepted by Council on the 5th.
If people want to go just to observe-- and on the off chance they may
allow more testimony-- I strongly encourage that you do so. There is a lot
at stake here as Portland could continue to lead the nation by keeping an
arm's length from the ever-growing security state.

If you haven't written yet, here again is the contact info for Council as
well as the ACLU's online petition:

Mayor Charlie Hales
< mayorhales@portlandoregon.gov>
Room 340 Phone: (503) 823-4120

Commissioner Dan Saltzman
< dan@portlandoregon.gov>
Room 230 Phone: (503) 823-4151

Commissioner Amanda Fritz
< amanda@portlandoregon.gov>
Room 220 Phone: (503) 823-3008

Commissioner Nick Fish
< Nick@portlandoregon.gov>
Room 240 Phone: (503) 823-3589

Commissioner Steve Novick
< novick@portlandoregon.gov>
Room 210 Phone: (503) 823-4682

ACLU of Oregon's petition:
< https://www.aclu.org/secure/or_petition_portlandjttf>>

The ACLU's site and the Main Street Alliance letter contain good talking
points.

Thanks
dan handelman
--Portland Copwatch

decision day 19.Feb.2015 10:20

joe anybody

JTTF city council decision is today Thursday 2/19/15

Portland Human Rights Commission - On the JTTF - 2/19/15 19.Feb.2015 16:25

Re-post

Portland Human Rights Commission letter to Council regarding Joint Terrorism Task Force
February 18, 2015

Online link -->  https://t.e2ma.net/message/8zwql/k97yyh

Re: Memorandum of Understanding with the Federal Bureau of Investigation related to the work of the Joint Terrorism Task Force

Dear Mayor Hales and Commissioners Fritz, Saltzman, Novick and Saltzman:

The Portland Human Rights Commission acknowledges the consideration you are giving to participation with the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force, and we emphatically encourage that you vote to not rejoin.

In addition to testimony by community membership, our decision is informed by a revisit to recom-mendations made on this issue by the Human Rights Commission (HRC) in 2011. That year the HRC participated in the City's assessment of Portland's JTTF membership. HRC hosted a public hearing, and reviewed relevant reports from: the United Nations Human Rights Council; the Department of Justice, Office of Inspector General; the ACLU; and the Equality and Human Rights Commission of Great Britain. The report, Analysis of the Joint Terrorism Task Force╣ highlighted five community concerns about Portland's participation with the JTTF and are summarized below:

1. Oregon/Portland's commitment vs. FBI's non-adherence to Federal Policy and Law
As police officers are deputized as federal agents as part of their participation in JTTF squads, they would be operating within a legal framework that is incompatible with Oregon law and with the City's commitment to uphold fundamental human rights and freedoms. In addition, past reports issued by the US Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General raise questions regarding the FBI's adherence to federal policy and law that protects these liberties.

2. Erosion of Civil Liberties
Post September 11, 2001, Federal Guidelines Governing FBI Operations expanded to grant greater permissions and flexibility to the FBI for surveillance and investigation activities. The "(n)ew guidelines have loosened previous restrictions, allowing greater agency discretion and permitting intrusions that erode civil liberties in the interest of protecting national security." Noted are reports of the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) concerning repeated FBI violations of AG Guidelines and extensive civil and human rights violations.

3. Oversight
Participation with the JTTF entails a loss of local control and oversight of police officers who become deputized as special federal officers.

4. Community/Police Relations
The absence of oversight, accountability, and transparency inherent with a JTTF collaboration will exasperate longstanding tensions stemming from racial profiling, use of force, and negative perceptions about Portland's police.

5. Disparate Impacts
Considering the FBI's long history of profiling, there is concern about disparate impacts on Portland's advocacy organizations and activist movements, Muslim communities (or individuals assumed by law enforcement to be Muslim) and others.

We observe that none of those community concerns have been remedied by the FBI or a new structure of the collaboration offered to the City. Furthermore, since that analysis, we have seen a continuation of threats to civil liberties made in the name of national security, such as the JTTF's surveillance of Occupy Wall Street organizers▓ that entailed a categorization of them as "domestic terrorists,"│ and JTTF access to NSA intelligence.4 We are experiencing unprecedented shifts in power to intelligence agencies in the US, and as Martin Scheinin, former UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism points to: corresponding concern that such a shift in authority (from law enforcement to intelligence agencies) serves to circumvent compliance with human rights standards regarding arrest and detention and with legal provisions assigned to law enforcement agencies.5

Compounding these concerns are continued national politics of fear that usher reactionary responses such as religious and racial profiling, significant national negative attitudes toward Arabs and Muslims,6 and a decreased sense of security from members of US Muslim communities.7

Finally, we want to recognize how this decision relates to the new initiatives in place that have promise to create a significant and felt shift in Portland's police and community relations. Efforts such as those resulting from the long-collaborated DOJ agreement - including its citizen oversight process just weeks old - and efforts such as the participatory strategy of Mayor Hales in engaging with Don't Shoot demonstrators have brought us to a hopeful juncture in our progress of keeping all of us safer, treated with dignity, and with our rights protected. It is important that we not distract from those gains, and give room for those hard-fought initiatives to take root instead of adding another layer of complication around law enforcement accountability, oversight, and trust that will be inherent in a partnership with JTTF.

We encourage you to vote to not participate in a JTTF partnership and instead continue to invest in the changes that you and other Portlanders have worked for so long to launch.

Respectfully,

Aimee Samara
Chair, Portland Human Rights Commission (HRC)

Deyalo Bennette
Chair, HRC Committee on Law Enforcement: Advocacy and Review


1  https://www.portlandoregon.gov/oehr/article/449522
2  link to www.nytimes.com
3  http://www.justiceonline.org/fbi_files_ows#documents
4  http://www.justice.gov/oig/reports/plus/e0507/results.htm
5  http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrcouncil/docs/10session/A.HRC.10.3.pdf
6  http://www.aaiusa.org/reports/american-attitudes-toward-arabs-and-muslims-2014
7  link to www.aaiusa.org

3-2 vote to join 20.Feb.2015 08:16

Sad to repost - from Copwatch email

Hi
I'm extreeeeeeeeeeeeemely disappointed to report that City Council voted
today to reverse Portland's historic trend by voting 3-2 to re-join the
Joint Terrorism Task Force. Commissioners Fritz and Novick voted no. The
Mayor, essentially speaking out of turn by going first, joined
Commissioners Saltzman and Fish voting yes. There's a detailed summary
from the Mercury blog below, along with a letter from 11 important Muslim
organizations that went to Council this morning (and probably swayed
Novick's vote). (Sorry for duplication to those of you who've already
seen that letter.)

The good news, such as it is, is that Commissioner Fritz asked to delay a
vote on the actual contract with the FBI until next Thursday, so they're
"keeping the record open" until then. (I'm not sure if this means there
will be testimony or not, possibly not, I'll let you know). This is
extremely important not only because the contract ("Memorandum of
Understanding") has no sunset date, but for the numerous reasons
outlined by the ACLU on Feb. 5 (such as "all materials and investigative
records including any Memorandum of Understanding... belong to... the
FBI"). More on this soon-- but the "Action" in the header is a heads up
that we still have a chance to influence the direction of this train
wreck.

Anyway, thanks to everyone who wrote in-- including the City's Human
Rights Commission, which reaffirmed its 2011 opposition in a letter sent
yesterday-- in making this a difficult vote. There was a lot of talk about
how the Council needed to show unity, but the 3-2 split was very close,
and the Mayor even admitted he didn't decide until the last few days
(Copenhagen blah blah). It was pointed out at the hearing on the 5th and
needs to be restated here-- both New York and Boston had active JTTFs
involving their local police before 9/11 and the marathon bombing-- and
neither incident was prevented by that relationship existing.

And on we go.
dan h
--Portland Copwatch

vote whether or not to sign the FBI's Memorandum of Understanding 21.Feb.2015 10:40

Copwatch - email repost

Supporters of Police Accountability:

2/21/15

Due to an expectedly long hearing already scheduled for this coming
Thursday, the City has MOVED the hearing at which the City Council will
vote whether or not to sign the FBI's Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
for the Portland Police and the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) to
Wednesday, February 25 at 3:05 PM, so disregard the date I sent yesterday.
This means your comments on the MOU need to be in before that time--
ideally by Tuesday so Council has time to read them. The hearing is
scheduled to only last 15 minutes-- but if there are any amendments being
proposed (and there may be), the Council should be taking public testimony
on the amendments.

Below are selected sections of the proposed MOU, as presented by the ACLU
in their slide show on Feb. 5, with my commentary in brackets.

City Council should insist on amendments to these and any other sections
which essentially remove the officers working in the JTTF from the chain
of command, arguably make it possible for them to violate the constitution
or state law despite other clauses which indicate local law enforcement
can follow local rules.

---------

* P. 4, Section V(B)(3): "all investigations" to be "documented on FBI
forms in accordance with FBI rules and regulations."

[no local control or oversight of documentation]

* P. 5, Section V(B)(5): "Where there is a conflict between the standards
and requirements of the Participating Agency and the FBI, the standard or
requirement that provides the greatest organizational protection or
benefit will apply..."

[not the greatest protection for the community members, and it's implied
that the FBI will be protected over the concerns of the Portland Police]

* P. 6, Section VI(A)(4): JTTF personnel "are not permitted to discuss
official JTTF business with supervisors who are not members of the JTTF
unless the supervisor possesses the appropriate security clearance..."

[the Police Commissioner, Mayor Hales, does not have security clearance
and is not allowed to receive it]

* P. 7, Section VII: "Non-federal members of the JTTF... will be federally
deputized while detailed to the JTTF."

[further emphasizing that local officers are essentially becoming de facto
FBI agents]

* P. 8, Section VIII(A): "All non-FBI members of the JTTF must adhere to
the same rules and regulations as FBI employees...while conducting JTTF
business."

[meaning PPB officers could be asked to open investigations on far less
solid information than required under Oregon law]

* P. 9, Section IX(A): "All JTTF materials and investigative records,
including any Memorandum of Understanding, originate with, belong to, and
will be maintained by the FBI."

[could make it so that this document in and of itself becomes property of
the FBI and we, the community, may never see it again]

update Fri, 20 Feb 22.Feb.2015 22:43

pass along

> Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 15:02:59 -0800
> From:  copwatch@portlandcopwatch.org
> To:  copwatch@portlandcopwatch.org
> Subject: UPDATE/ACTION: Joint Terrorism Task Force contract vote WED 3:05 PM (not Thurs)
>
> Supporters of Police Accountability:
>
> Due to an expectedly long hearing already scheduled for this coming
> Thursday, the City has MOVED the hearing at which the City Council will
> vote whether or not to sign the FBI's Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
> for the Portland Police and the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) to
> Wednesday, February 25 at 3:05 PM, so disregard the date I sent yesterday.
> This means your comments on the MOU need to be in before that time--
> ideally by Tuesday so Council has time to read them. The hearing is
> scheduled to only last 15 minutes-- but if there are any amendments being
> proposed (and there may be), the Council should be taking public testimony
> on the amendments.
>
> Below are selected sections of the proposed MOU, as presented by the ACLU
> in their slide show on Feb. 5, with my commentary in brackets.
>
> City Council should insist on amendments to these and any other sections
> which essentially remove the officers working in the JTTF from the chain
> of command, arguably make it possible for them to violate the constitution
> or state law despite other clauses which indicate local law enforcement
> can follow local rules.
>
> ---------
>
> * P. 4, Section V(B)(3): "all investigations" to be "documented on FBI
> forms in accordance with FBI rules and regulations."
>
> [no local control or oversight of documentation]
>
> * P. 5, Section V(B)(5): "Where there is a conflict between the standards
> and requirements of the Participating Agency and the FBI, the standard or
> requirement that provides the greatest organizational protection or
> benefit will apply..."
>
> [not the greatest protection for the community members, and it's implied
> that the FBI will be protected over the concerns of the Portland Police]
>
> * P. 6, Section VI(A)(4): JTTF personnel "are not permitted to discuss
> official JTTF business with supervisors who are not members of the JTTF
> unless the supervisor possesses the appropriate security clearance..."
>
> [the Police Commissioner, Mayor Hales, does not have security clearance
> and is not allowed to receive it]
>
> * P. 7, Section VII: "Non-federal members of the JTTF... will be federally
> deputized while detailed to the JTTF."
>
> [further emphasizing that local officers are essentially becoming de facto
> FBI agents]
>
> * P. 8, Section VIII(A): "All non-FBI members of the JTTF must adhere to
> the same rules and regulations as FBI employees...while conducting JTTF
> business."
>
> [meaning PPB officers could be asked to open investigations on far less
> solid information than required under Oregon law]
>
> * P. 9, Section IX(A): "All JTTF materials and investigative records,
> including any Memorandum of Understanding, originate with, belong to, and
> will be maintained by the FBI."
>
> [could make it so that this document in and of itself becomes property of
> the FBI and we, the community, may never see it again]
>
> ------
>
>
> I will also note that this morning Portland Copwatch had our traditional
> "introducing ourselves to the Chief" meeting, and when I mentioned that
> the Roster we received, which is supposed to list all ranking officers'
> assignments, does not say who is the Lieutenant of the Criminal
> Intelligence Unit, the Chief refused to say who it was.
>
> It's likely that the City will be told by the FBI that they can't make any
> amendments. If that's true, all the more reason to reconsider yesterday's
> vote.
>
> --dan handelman
> portland copwatch

reposting updated letter to City Council 2.23.15 23.Feb.2015 12:48

email repost from Portland Copwatch

sioner Dan Saltzman < dan@portlandoregon.gov>,
Commissioner Nick Fish < Nick@portlandoregon.gov>,
Commissioner Steve Novick < novick@portlandoregon.gov>,
Mayor Charlie Hales < mayorhales@portlandoregon.gov>
Cc: News Media < newsmedia@portlandcopwatch.org>
Subject: COMMENTS: Reverse course, or Amend JTTF Contract

Portland Copwatch
(a project of Peace and Justice Works)
PO Box 42456
Portland, OR 97242
(503) 236-3065 (office)
(503) 321-5120 (incident report line)
 copwatch@portlandcopwatch.org
 http://www.portlandcopwatch.org

February 23, 2015

Mayor Hales and Commissioners Fritz, Novick, Saltzman and Fish

Portland Copwatch is writing to support the brave and principled votes of
Commissioners Fritz and Novick on Feb. 19, recognizing that the Portland Police
Bureau's participation in the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) will not keep
our community safer. As we pointed out to the Chief on Friday, the PPB took a
wise position on the Multnomah County Sheriff's collaboration with Immigration
and Customs Enforcement, when they realized that immigrants being arrested by
the PPB were then being put into the deportation pipeline due to the Sheriff's
collaboration with ICE. If the City goes ahead and joins the JTTF, the Bureau
is now in the same position as the Sheriff was-- being seen as cooperating with
overzealous federal authorities and thus not to be trusted.

Our first preference would be for the City to reconsider last week's vote and
stay out of the JTTF. If the City is to go ahead and make the mistake of voting
to sign the Memorandum of Understanding with the FBI, the following changes
must be the minimum to be made before it can be finalized:

1--In addition to the termination clause (paragraph XXII-A which allows either
side to terminate the agreement with 60 days' notice) there should be an annual
sunset clause so that Council and the community can continue having this
important conversation. The 2000-2005 version of the MOU included authorization
for FBI reimbursement of Portland Police overtime, which required annual
consideration by the Council.

2--The annual reconsideration of the MOU should come with transparent reporting
on how many investigations the PPB officers have engaged in, what level of
inquiry was involved (assessments, preliminary investigations, full
investigations), and affirmation of training by the City Attorney or a state
authority on Oregon's "181 laws."

3--Any section which indicates that the Portland Police must comply with FBI
rules or lose the ability to control documents that they have created, or which
creates broader protection for the FBI than for the PPB or the public, must be
amended (paragraphs V-B-3, V-B-5, VIII-A, IX-A and Section VII, for example).

4--The local chain of command must be unbroken and transparent. The agreement
says that officers can't talk to any supervisor who does not have security
clearance (paragraph VI-A-4), which means the Police Commissioner, as we've
discussed for years, can't supervise his own officers. Furthermore, Chief O'Dea
today declined to tell us the name of the Criminal Intelligence Unit Lieutenant
who presumably is ensuring compliance with Oregon law and Portland Directives.
This is unacceptable. A letter from the District Attorney responding to our
2013 public records request for a roster of PPB personnel noted that "there is
a compelling public interest in police oversight and transparency... that has
been satisfied by the voluntary disclosure of... the command staff of the
various divisions." The roster we received does not identify the CIU Lieutenant
and thus is arguably in contradiction to the DA's letter.

We find it hard to believe that after written and verbal testimony from the
ACLU, the Japanese American Citizens League, Jewish Voice for Peace, eleven
prominent Portland-area Muslim organizations, former State Senator Avel Gordly,
and dozens more people against re-joining the JTTF, with the only organization
in favor being the Citizens Crime Commission of the Portland Business Alliance,
that Council voted to re-join the JTTF. (Much less, on the 73rd anniversary of
EO 9066 which put Japanese Americans into prison camps based on the same kind
of hysteria being fomented now around "terrorism.")

As noted in our exchange with Commissioner Fritz during the hearing, we also
find it hard to believe that the FBI would refuse to work with the Portland
Police if some kind of mass murder were to take place here, simply because the
PPB was not part of the JTTF. Moreover, if such a horrible incident were to
ever occur here, the magnitude of the investigation would surely require more
than the two officers who are being given security clearance.

And, as has been stated many times, both Boston and New York police were active
in their Joint Terrorism Task forces before the marathon bombing and 9/11,
respectively, yet those incidents were not prevented by teaming up with the
FBI.

We continue to reject the idea that Portland is somehow safer because of the
JTTF, and encourage Council to vote to reconsider last week's resolution before
voting on the MOU. Should there still be a majority of Council still buying
into the propaganda from the Dept of Justice (which did itself no favors by
claiming they turn potential "terrorists" away from wrongdoing just months
after cheering their entrapment of Mohamed Mohamud), Council must insist on, at
minimum, the amendments discussed above.

Please get back to us with the proposed amendments so we are able to testify
knowledgeably about them on Wednesday.

dan handelman
and other members of
Portland Copwatch