On November 3, 2004 at 2pm, the Portland City Council will vote to either extend authorization or prohibit the Portland Police Bureau from continuing its participation with the FBI as a member of the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF).
As originally envisioned the JTTF allowed for the cooperation of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. The idea was to create a forum wherein these different law enforcement organizations shared information and resources.
While the concept behind the task force is a good one, I have mounting concerns that its original mission has been compromised by the policies of President Bush and Attorney General John Ashcroft.
I voted for continuing the JTTF agreement with the FBI in 2003. However, given the various events of the past year, both domestic and international, I have serious doubts regarding Portland’s continued participation in the JTTF.
I would appreciate those who have an opinion on the Portland City Council continuing the Portland Police Bureau’s participation in the JTTF posting a comment here. Your comments will be read and seriously considered by more than just me on the current city council.
I would especially appreciate comments that are as well reasoned as is possible given the subject. This is a serious issue and deserves thoughtful consideration by us all.