Sounds like last week’s FBI Terror Theater™ didn’t go all the way to convince Portland’s Mayor, Sam Adams, that the city must re-join the Joint Terror Task Force. Especially because the City Commissioner who voted against the idea, who Mayor Adams took the Police Commissioner job away from earlier this spring, has asked for discussion of the matter at the upcoming (12/8) City Commission meeting.
A couple of hours after Commissioner Dan Saltzman said Portland should rejoin the federal government’s Portland Joint Terrorism Task Force, calling for city council vote on the controversial issue next week, December 8, Mayor Sam Adams poured all kinds of cold water on the idea.
When asked outside the federal courthouse if he supported Saltzman’s timeline, Adams’ response was fairly curt: “Not at this point.” Although, soon after, the mayor did allow: “That doesn’t mean that I won’t in the future.”
Mayor Adams now seems to have downgraded the five-months-long discussions with the Feebs to ‘sporadic.’
Portland in 2005 became the first city to pull its police officers from a task force—partly because of constitutional concerns arising over how the Bush administration was sidestepping courts, and also because of jurisdictional concerns in lending out its officers. (Then-Mayor Tom Potter also apparently was peeved he only got “secret” clearance, instead of cooler-sounding “top secret.”) But at the time, Saltzman was the only commissioner to say no.
Ironically, it was Adams this weekend—firmly in the majority in 2005—who first raised the issue of rejoining, noting he had had talks with Police Chief Mike Reese after Reese expressed an interest. Adams today said those talks were “sporadic,” and that he had other issues to focus on when he became police commissioner: guns, human trafficking, and hiring more cops.
Of course, it’s not like Team Obama’s record on civil liberties is really any better than the Bush/Cheney crew. . . . (more…)