March 22, 2005

(Updated) Resolution Establishing Criteria For JTTF Participation To Be Unveiled

Would Apply To Any Such Inter-Governmental Task Force

Note: This post has been updated. Any and all updates appear at the end of the original post.

Tomorrow afternoon, Mayor Tom Potter and Commissioner Randy Leonard will unveil a resolution which would establish specific requirements in order for Portland Police Bureau officers to participate in Federal task forces, including the Joint Terrorism Task Force. Two weeks ago, we reported that the resolution, originally proposed by Leonard, was being reviewed by Potter and was expected "soon".

While clearly stating the importance of the "health, safety, and welfare" of Portlanders, and the value of partnerships with other agencies, the resolution makes clear that officers must be accountable to the Chief of Police and Commissioner-in-charge (normally the Mayor) of the Police Bureau.

The resolution formally establishes that the Commissioner responsible for the Police Bureau has the authority to negotiate written agreements with the Federal government relating to Bureau participation in task forces such as (but not limited to) the JTTF, subject to approval and adoption by City Council as a whole. But it also spells out certain non-negotiable elements for those agreements.

If adopted by City Council, all agreements such as that governing Portland's participation in the Joint Terrorism Task Force would be required to include: Security clearances for the Chief of Police, Commissioner-in-charge for the Police Bureau, and the City Attorney equal to those given to the officers assigned to the task force; acknowledgment of the restrictions imposed upon Bureau personnel by ORS 181.575 and ORS 181.850 (something already included in the oversight protocol established by former Mayor Vera Katz); and the participation of the Commissioner-in-charge in any committee responsible for overseeing any task force which includes Police Bureau personnel.

In addition, the resolution would establish that City Council would review all such agreements to ensure compliance with these criteria, and that no Police Bureau personnel can be assigned to task forces authorized by such agreements until City Council has approved them.

Under current oversight processes, the officers assigned to the JTTF receive security clearances higher than those given to the Chief and Mayor, and no Council approval is required for Police Bureau officers to be assigned to the JTTF. While the former issue has prompted questions as to the ability to engage in real oversight of those officers' activities, the latter issue has received little to no public attention.

The resolution's requirements appear to seek to address both of these issues. Current procedures, as previously-reported here, also appear to be based almost entirely upon the assigned officers' self-certification that they are in compliance with the above-mentioned provisions of Oregon law. Equalizing the security clearances likely would address that issue as well, by placing the accountability with the Chief and Commissioner-in-charge.

Language included in the resolution specifically states that it is not intended to prohibit "cooperation and collaboration" on specific cases or investigations.

In addition to establishing these criteria for new task force agreements, the resolution would require that currently existing task forces -- such as the Joint Terrorism Task Force -- comply with those criteria within 90 days of its adoption by City Council.

As previously-reported, the Mayor's office has been reviewing the proposal and providing its own input. Potter reportedly had wanted to discuss the matter further with interested parties and other Council members before bringing a resolution forward. It is unknown at this time whether or not tomorrow's filing means that all parties -- read: the Federal Bureau of Investigation -- have signed off on the criteria.

Normally, any resolution filed in one week would be placed on the City Council agenda for the following week. As of this posting, it's not known if the 6:00 PM "special meeting" listed for March 30 is related to this resolution.

March 23, 2005

Update

First off, here is the resolution (pdf) bring filed today. Secondly, we have confirmation from John Doussard, the Mayor's director of communications, that the City Council's "special meeting" scheduled for next Wednesday at 6:00 PM indeed is to take up this resolution.

Finally, for now, there's an Oregonian article this morning on the resolution. Those who read closely will notice some aspects of the current oversight procedures (which we've been reported upon for weeks) in fact finally are mentioned.

In addition, the article quotes the local FBI office as saying that Potter had not contacted Special Agent-in-Charge Robert Jordan about the criteria contained in this resolution. Our original understanding was that Federal authorities were amongst the parties with whom Potter wanted to discuss the resolution before he and Leonard brought it forward.

We'll try to sort that part out during this afternoon's news conference.

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Comments (14)

  1. Jack Peek on 23 Mar 2005

    The FBI needs to tell Potter and the "other guy" to go to hell!

    The Muslim community should be ashamed that those people possibly among them that plot things that would be counter to their "so called, peaceful ways" are now enjoying an open door, BUT THEIR NOT!

    The people impacted by the stupidiy of this resoulution need to look at the next election cycle right now and start buying "brooms" to clean out TWO corners of city hall.

    The impact of this is really scary...not to mention embarassing.. WOW! Looks like I live in possibly the first city in the USA to reject real protection from terriost! MY GAWD THIS TOWN IS SICK!

  2. myrln on 23 Mar 2005

    Dear Jack, required reading: the above post in its entirety, the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the 9th Commandment. Until you've done so, you really should just understand you don't know much of anything.

  3. The One True b!X on 23 Mar 2005

    The Muslim community should be ashamed that those people possibly among them that plot things that would be counter to their "so called, peaceful ways" are now enjoying an open door, BUT THEIR NOT!

    There are so many things wrong with this, I almost don't know where to start. So I'll just say one thing.

    Jack, just how many Muslims do you know anyway? Presumably, you must know a great number of them to be able to make such statements with such certainty, right? I mean, you can't possibly just be pulling such things out of your own ass, right?

    So how many Muslims do you actually know.

  4. Jack Peek on 24 Mar 2005

    Dear B!x:

    Happy to answer that question about how many Muslims do I know> (6)

    And the reason that I'm a little concerned about one of them is he is the husband a friend from high school. He is from Kuwait, he was stopped last summer at the San Francisco airport with his family.He was on the terror watch list.

    His wife called me,and said she was shocked,(but not surprised) as he travels all over the world. Oh, by the way, his Muslim son ...the 18-25 yr old Muslim middle eastern profiled type goes to Portland State University. This is shocking too, as their daughter goes to Boston College, another well known terror cell location as well.

    You think Gordon Smith would shoot off his mouth just to hear himself talk when he said PSU was a known terror cell activity school? I don't care for the good senator at times, but he was dead on in his comments.

    So B!x, The Muslims you know..they work for the Mayor or was it Intel in Hillsboro.

    So now we have the Leonard assault on the FBI, the 25 yr "public servent"(JUST ASK HIM),Dear Randy....STFU and do the job or it's back to your PERS vacation. I'd rather have FBI's Jordan watching the badguys.. thanks, you scare the hell out of me.
    .

  5. Jack Peek on 24 Mar 2005

    Dear local FBI:

    Please accept my thanks for your efforts in fighting terror in Portland,Oregon.

    Knowing the "handicaps" placed on you by "the city that works you over" I continue to marvel at your patience in dealing with people who's main goal in life is to "KEEP PORTLAND WEIRD!"

    The heads of local groups that try to get people to vist here,do business here, and provide security(namely the cops) their job just got tougher!

    I'm sorry your work has had "excrement" tossed on it ,but if I were you guys, I'd pack up and move back to Seattle,not much better there, but the air is better for sure..IT STINKS AT CITY HALL!

  6. The One True b!X on 24 Mar 2005

    He was on the terror watch list.

    You do realize how many people are on that watchlist under entirely false or mistaken pretenses, don't you?

  7. Jack Peek on 24 Mar 2005

    RIGHT NOW I'M WONDERING IF YOU ARE...YOUR SUPPORTING THEM.

  8. William on 24 Mar 2005

    Re: comment 7. Please just stop with the BS, Jack. According to Bush, if we change our way of living, then the terrorists have won. In as much as you encourage a reduction of the rights of some people in America (also known as changing the way we live), you're the one supporting the terrorists.

  9. The One True b!X on 24 Mar 2005

    Last night, as I was finishing up my post about reaction to the City's announcement, and therefore while I already was in a deeply frustrated and agitated state, I turned on KGW's latenight newscast and saw this story.

    Cue my embolism.

    Shahriar Ahmed, who has done yeoman's work since 9/11 trying to build bridges to and from the Muslim community, had to deal with his son wrongfully being delayed at LAX because the TSA's "threat to aviation" watchlist improperly flagged him.

    This is why you drive so many of us crazy, Jack -- because it's a near-certainty that you think Shehab Ahmed being wrongly flagged by the dysfunctional TSA watchlist is perfectly okay.

    Here we are debating whether or not we need to ensure oversight of officers assigned to a Federal task force, and lo and behold yet another example of Federal authority gone wrong hits close to home.

    And don't anyone dare suggest this simply was the price Shehab Ahmed pays for living in America looking the way he does and having a Muslim-sounding name.

  10. Jack Peek on 24 Mar 2005

    You know its sad that you have never seen the deck of 52 cards my son brought from Iraq, or pictures of the 911 hijackers, or photos of all the terrorist we have caught, that were,(were being the correct word) associated with Al-queda.

    Those that were, are dead! You would drop Terri Shivo in a New York minute, but "Ahab" has rights, so help you God,(if you can bear to say God)he must be protected!

    One story ,maybe two, maybe three times we screw up and bother/offend, piss off, some 18 -25 yr old middle-eastern individual, and get the wrong guy...if he loves the freedooms we offer him, he can and will accept our apology or he can sue the crap out of us, but the one time we are right.....dead fing right on and save your "Blue ass..I better hear a big "THANK YOU" or your going to be not a factor anymore in the reporting of the city doings, just someone who thought he knew it all. Not a good thing thing at all.

    What the Hell did you miss,Bush said the truth, "this will be a war unlike any we have ever fought!" What FING part of that did you miss? DO YOU PREFER A MORE SENSETIVE ONE? Of course you do.

  11. Jack Peek on 24 Mar 2005

    You know its sad that you have never seen the deck of 52 cards my son brought from Iraq, or pictures of the 911 hijackers, or photos of all the terrorist we have caught, that were,(were being the correct word) associated with Al-queda.

    Those that were, are dead! You would drop Terri Shivo in a New York minute, but "Ahab" has rights, so help you God,(if you can bear to say God)he must be protected!

    One story ,maybe two, maybe three times we screw up and bother/offend, piss off, some 18 -25 yr old middle-eastern individual, and get the wrong guy...if he loves the freedooms we offer him, he can and will accept our apology or he can sue the crap out of us, but the one time we are right.....dead fing right on and save your "Blue ass..I better hear a big "THANK YOU".

    What the Hell did you miss? Bush told the truth, "This will be a war, unlike any we have ever fought!" What FING part of that did you miss? DO YOU PREFER A MORE SENSETIVE ONE? Of course you do.

  12. The One True b!X on 24 Mar 2005

    One story ,maybe two, maybe three times we screw up and bother/offend, piss off, some 18 -25 yr old middle-eastern individual, and get the wrong guy...if he loves the freedooms we offer him, he can and will accept our apology...

    There are so many things that need saying in response to this, but I'm going to play nice and stick to just this one:

    What's your magic number here, Jack? Tell us precisely how many times this would need to happen to innocent people before even you would say there's something wrong with it.

    I'm serious here. At what point does this sort of wrongful persecution become un-American even to you?

  13. Jack Peek on 25 Mar 2005

    PLEASE SIR, Comment on this city and the local elected fools who want us out of this needed weapon against terror. Jack Peek

    At what point is your limit to stop the fight against terror..another 3000 dead or is it 30K?

    Gee, maybe we just agree to disagree,it's like the email I got from Vera before her demise at city hall..Dear Vera: WHY IS IT OK FOR YOUR GRANDKIDS TO BE SAFE IN THEIR HOMES AND NOT MINE? PUT THE CRIMINALLY INSANE GROUPHOME IN YOUR GRANDKIDS NEIGHBORHOOD AND NOT MINE. Her reply, "We just agree to disagree"...So fing left of her.

  14. Jack Peek on 25 Mar 2005

    Wow...the national news, God,Randy must be swelled up like a "mule deer" in heat.

    Potter thinks it's his big chance, sorta like the last police chief that left here and went to DC.

    The "MISS OREGON" contest can't get support from the city because they think it's " cool" that a man and a woman marry.


    Pretty soon the new school "super" will follow the Salem school that told the sister of a combat Marine in Iraq, that she could not show a picture of her brother in Iraq because it showed him holding a gun(yes, a picture of a gun) and you wonder why some sane business leaders are going "please bring Vera back!"


    Man...the evening news.....Hey,I can safely say the arguement for splitting EASTERN WASHINTON AND EASTERN OREGON ,and making them a combined new state is going to be looked at sooner the later.

    The endtimes are looking better all the time.