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Hamas-CAIR, ACLU Demand that Portland, Oregon Sever Ties with the Joint Terrorism Task Force

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So now Muslims plotting to commit jihad terror are not to be touched because it’s islamophobic?

One of Hamas-CAIR’s posters tells Muslims not to talk to the FBI. Now these saboteurs are trying to get the city of Portland, Oregon not to cooperate with the Joint Terrorism Task Force. What will be the result if they succeed? More jihad terrorism. It’s no wonder that the United Arab Emirates has designated the Hamas-tied group CAIR a terrorist group. For years, CAIR has instructed the Muslim community to cover for jihadists. Now it is demanding that non-Muslims not investigate or try to counter terrorist plotting.

If the city of Portland weren’t run by doctrinaire and blinkered leftists, they would send CAIR — and the leftist destroyers of the ACLU — packing, and tell them both never to come back. If Portland had a mayor worth a vote, that mayor would tell these groups that he or she was going to defend the people of Portland, and they weren’t going to stop that defense with their propaganda.

Instead, Portland is likely to give in.

The letter making the demand that Portland not cooperate with the JTTF says: “President Trump has made it clear he plans to target people based on their religion (Muslims), national origin (immigrants), and political beliefs (protesters), not to mention the media and others.”

Jihadis target people because of their religion, national origin and political beliefs all the time. What is Hamas-CAIR doing about that?

“There’s a New Call for Portland to Sever Ties With a Federal Terrorism Task Force,” by Dirk VanderHart, Portland Mercury, November 8, 2017:

If civil liberties advocates get their way, Portland’s latest city council might be the third in a row to consider the city’s involvement with federal anti-terror investigations.

In a call that’s become familiar in the last 10 years, a group of organizations including the ACLU of Oregon, Portland Copwatch, the National Lawyers’ Guild, and the Council on American-Islamic Relations of Oregon, launched a campaign today to convince the city to cease participation in the FBI-led Joint Terrorism Task Force.

The groups raise long-held concerns that the JTTF ropes local cops into surveillance efforts that are secretive and might be problematic. But they’re also using the administration of Donald Trump—specifically, its targeting of Muslim immigrants and other communities—as leverage to try to convince Portland to wash its hands of the matter.

“President Trump has made it clear he plans to target people based on their religion (Muslims), national origin (immigrants), and political beliefs (protesters), not to mention the media and others,” reads a letter signed by 24 organizations and individuals, and submitted to Portland City Council today.

Portland currently dedicates two officers to the JTTF, and has a memorandum of understanding with the federal government sealing the deal. The officers who participate in the taskforce are given security clearance higher than that of Police Chief Danielle Outlaw or Mayor Ted Wheeler, and the activities of the JTTF are closely guarded secrets.

(Former Mayor Charlie Hales applied for secret clearance, but was denied in 2014. Wheeler hasn’t applied his office says, adding “the Mayor receives regular updates during briefings, particularly with regard to drug trafficking and child sex trafficking.”)

The FBI calls its 104 JTTFs “our nation’s front line on terrorism: small cells of highly trained, locally based, passionately committed investigators, analysts, linguists, SWAT experts, and other specialists from dozens of U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies.”

But civil liberties groups have long bristled at secret activities they believe might easily cross the line. The latest campaign suggests JTTF involvement could spur local cops to break state laws, including a statute that prevents local law enforcement from surveilling groups not suspected of crimes, anti-profiling legislation, and Oregon’s 30-year-old sanctuary law.

“Because it operates under a veil of secrecy with very little oversight, the true extent of rights violations committed by the JTTF is unclear,” Kimberly McCullough, policy director for the ACLU of Oregon, said in a prepared statement. “This lack of transparency also makes it very difficult to know how and when rights violations involve Portland Police Bureau officers.”

The city has a rollercoaster relationship with the JTTF. In 2005, under the leadership of then-Mayor Tom Potter, the city severed ties with the taskforce, partly amid civil liberties concerns (Commissioner Dan Saltzman was the lone vote against that move).

Then in November 2010, the FBI announced a young Muslim man had tried to blow up Portland’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony (after having his hand held by the FBI throughout the “plot”). Immediately afterward, Saltzman began agitating for Portland to re-join the JTTF, and in April 2011 the city voted to partially reunite with the group.

In 2015, on the heels of terror attacks in cities around the globe, City Council voted to fully re-join the JTTF. It was a 3-2 decision, in which Hales cast the decisive vote (current commissioners Fish and Saltzman joined him in support, current Commissioner Amanda Fritz voted against along with former Commissioner Steve Novick).

Portland’s not the only city that’s had heartburn about the JTTF. Earlier this year, San Francisco police pulled out the their local task force, spurring dire warnings from federal officials in the process.

There’s not yet any indication the current council, which includes a new mayor in Wheeler and a new commissioner, Chloe Eudaly, wants to take up the debate again. The groups launching the latest campaign said today they hadn’t asked current councilmembers about the matter.

Among supporters for severing JTTF ties is Brandon Mayfield, a local attorney who was improperly surveilled and imprisoned by the FBI in 2004. He said today that with the JTTF, the federal government is asking local officers to participate in a “witch hunt.”…

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  • iprazhm

    The American Civil Liberties Union – ACLU, has reached an even deeper depth of depravity.

  • Ebayer

    ALL profiling methods should be on the table when lives are at stake. Funny, no Arab state has a problem with doing that. They see what pathetic wimps we are for not doing it. Here’s an illustration that may help with the concept …..

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    • Mae G. Weber

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    • Toledo Steel

      All it takes for evil to prosper, is for good men to do nothing. Like the cat.

  • WTP1776

    Portland rightfully should charged with accessory to murder when these crazies go out and kill someone.

    • mztore

      The sad part is, Portland will probably do it.

  • allangen

    We’ve seen this before. Our own domestic commies led by the ACLU and radical lawyers team up with terrorist front organizations led by CAIR to prevent us from protecting ourselves against terrorist violence. The general public doesn’t understand that people are dying because domestic commies aided and abetted by the likes of Chucky Schumer and his vile party prevent us from mounting a defense. The radical left is able to get away with this because the left wing media hides this agenda from the general public. Fortunately millions of us are aware of what is going on and understand that draining the swamp in Washington is not enough.The violent commie left has to be exposed, and defeated before the country can be made whole again.

  • Mahou Shoujo

    Time for President Trump to withdraw all federal funding from Portland as well as “right size” federal government services there. A few office transfers to less hostile environments will improve production immensely.

    • mztore

      How about a few slow downs….you know, “things are sort of slow now, so you need to take a few more days off each week”. If one doesn’t cut the $ off, it won’t do any good.

  • Nefarious420

    One by one our states fall like dominos to join the EU in islamization of the west. Michigan Gone! New York Gone! California Gone! Oregon Gone! Day by Day Israel sure looks a lot safer.

  • Midnattsol

    CAIR – Collaboration in Islamic Repression

    • IzlamIsTyranny

      LOL, excellent.

  • boocat

    CAIR should be shut down.

  • Alleged-Comment

    LOL! That’s like (the ol’ Johnny Carson joke) letting your daughter wear a chastity belt and giving Burt Reynolds the key.

  • Toledo Steel

    Portland, Oregon, city of roses.
    Portland, Oregon, has more lesbians than anywhere.
    Portland, Oregon, built a multi-million dollar luxury condo complex at Albina grain warehouses. Rats took it back in months.
    Portland, Oregon, where a new subdivision had the water and sewer connected together.
    Portland, Oregon, where fascist ‘antifa’ terrorists are applauded and supported.
    Portland, Oregon, where hippie communes were established and free love (sex) was the norm. Once the women
    became pregnant, the hippie men took off for greener pastures (sounds like liberal morons today).
    The women and their bastards became wards of the state.

    I remember when Portland was a great city. Then, in the 1960’s, communist hippies came north from California and the rest is destructive history. Now, Portland loves the muslim savages.

  • James Stamulis

    So terror groups demand they sever ties/ What a surprise.

  • CADeplorable1

    Interesting that the article mentions San Francisco pulled out of the JTTF earlier this year, yet I never heard or read one single thing about it anywhere. I suppose it will be news only after there is a jihadi attack.

    • mztore

      Can’t say I’ve read anything about that either. Personally I for one would love to see SF hit with a jihadi attack. Especially if it hit around where Nancy Pisslosly and Diane Finished lived.

  • Robert Kahlcke

    Deport all muslim swine from our country, they are sub-human animals. It is with deep regret we can’t deport all operatives of the Democrat-Communist-Islamic Terrorist Organization.

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