Portland Mayor Sam Adams, Police Chief Mike Reese discuss return to Joint Terrorism Task Force
Maxine Bernstein, The Oregonian
Portland Mayor Sam Adams and Police Chief Mike Reese have discussed for months whether
Five years ago,
Saturday, Adams said he and Reese have been working to strengthen partnerships among the Portland Police Bureau, the FBI and the U.S. attorney's office, and have invited conversations among the three agencies on whether Portland should return to the task force.
"I want to conduct a deep debrief on all actions and circumstances leading up to (Friday's) arrest,"
Interim U.S. Attorney Dwight Holton said he approached the mayor months ago to discuss how the federal agencies and
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"I've been talking to the mayor for some time to make sure we're doing the best we can to protect people here in
Adams, who serves as police commissioner, said he wasn't aware of the case until 9
He said the protocol was the same followed by former Mayor Vera Katz when he served as her chief of staff.
"On these international terrorism investigations, it's top secret, limited to select law enforcement circles,"
The FBI informed
In April 2005, the City Council, led by then-Mayor Tom Potter, voted 4-1 to withdraw its two police officers from the federal task force. Potter cited the potential for trespasses against civil liberties and an inability to oversee
Adams, who voted among the majority five years ago, emphasized that he has much more faith in the White House and the leadership of the
In the past decade, the city has gone back and forth on its ties to the federal task force, which focuses primarily on domestic terrorism and includes law enforcement agencies from across the state who work with FBI agents. In October 2001, then-City Commissioner Charlie Hales was the lone council member to oppose the city's role in the multi-agency task force, describing it as another step in the "erosion of community policing." At that time, seven
Andrea Meyer, legislative director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon, said her agency would oppose any move to put
"We've never opposed
The bombing plot was "very unnerving," the mayor said."It came as a shock to me, as I'm sure it did for most Portlanders,"
James Mayer of The Oregonian contributed to this story.
-- Maxine Bernstein
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