Although the Mayor and police chief in Portland strongly objected to the move, the highly liberal city of Portland voted to stop cooperating with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF).
As incredible as it sounds, city officials in Portland, Oregon would rather protect potential terrorists than their own citizens. They say the move was instigated because of ‘alleged surveillance of left-wing’ activists.
News flash for Portland officials: Left-wing activists are often terrorists.
“Law enforcement officials said a similar decision by San Francisco officials in 2017 had endangered the public, and that the New York City Police Department’s membership in the JTTF has directly helped foil numerous terrorists, including would-be Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad.”
But, that means nothing to the liberals on the council, apparently.
“The city joined the partnership in the 1990s, left shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and signed back up in 2015.
“The latest split with the JTTF was a narrow one, with Mayor Ted Wheeler — who muttered late last year that he “can’t wait” to leave his job — and another commissioner voicing support for the law enforcement coalition.
“Portland’s police chief, Danielle Outlaw, said the partnership ultimately benefited both the city and the FBI, and repeatedly sought to downplay fears that local officials would share immigration information with the JTTF.”
“As law enforcement officers and as a community, we need to be vigilant about these issues, but we also need to be vigilant about real threats and the fact that there are people intent on harming our community,” Outlaw said in a Twitter video this week.
Nick Fish, a commissioner against the withdrawal said, “The FBI will continue doing this work without our involvement. I’d rather have our values at the table. Why would we walk away and forfeit our opportunity for oversight of their work?”
“But other officials in the city’s leadership took a dimmer view of the FBI’s role in the city, and the city council killed the partnership by a 3-2 vote. The move becomes effective within 60 days.”
“How do we justify the risk of civil and human rights violations by our continued involvement in JTTF?” Commissioner Chloe Eudaly asked at a hearing this week, according to Oregon Public Broadcasting. “That is the core question for me in this conversation.”
Another bleeding heart, Amanda Fritz said, “The current president has made clear his animosity toward Muslims, immigrants and people of color. I found it hard to trust the JTTF under President Obama. It’s impossible now.”
Such blatant libel has been ignored, and most people now accept the lie.
Of course, such violence as Antifa and Black Lives Matter ‘protesters’ (who are really rioting gangs) “bullied an elderly motorist, verbally attack a senior citizen in a wheelchair and disrupted traffic during a weekend demonstration caught in a series of stunning videos — that also showed no police presence as the chaos unfolded.”
“Distrust of law enforcement and a breakdown of local order and even hygiene are nothing new for Portland. Last summer, Portland city officials acknowledged they would clean up what residents called a ‘disgusting’ Occupy ICE camp, set up to protest Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.”
In testimony before the city council, the two Portland police officers assigned to the JTTF denied that they had violated any laws or profiled leftists inappropriately. Other people claimed that the group unfairly targets Muslims in the community.
However, in 2015, the FBI chronicled 70 active terrorist investigations in Portland, including overseas recruitment of High School kids.
Special Agent in Charge Gregory Bretzing said at the time that ISIS had actively tried to recruit in Oregon using social media.
“They don’t have to specifically target a state. They don’t have to specifically target a city,” said Bretzing. “What they are doing is they are targeting an individual who will be susceptible to their message.”
“Over the past 25 years, there have been several significant international terrorism investigations in Oregon.
- In 1999, a group of extremists plotted to open a terrorist training came in Bly, Oregon.
- In 2002, a group called the Portland Seven was arrested after attempting to join Al Qaeda in Afghanistan.
- In 2010, Mohamed Mohamud was arrested in an FBI sting after attempting to detonate a fake bomb at Portland’s annual tree lighting ceremony at Pioneer Courthouse Square.
- In June, a Portland man was sentenced to seven years in prison for providing money to a terrorist who carried out a suicide bombing in Pakistan in 2009.”
Moreover, “the JTTF has been credited with foiling more than 93 Islamist terrorist attacks and plots against the U.S. since 2001, according to the Washington, D.C.-based Heritage Foundation.”
But, apparently, playing the social shame game in Portland has paid off, and the city would rather risk terrorists’ attacks than actually work with the current administration.