Where We Are On the Joint Terrorism Task Force

In April of this year (that is, six months before this Portland Copwatch notification) Mayor Hales’ office was asked to provide public documentation about certain questionable programs.

Copwatch asked to meet with the Mayor of Portland, and needed to check its facts. On 13 October it wrote

So in addition to the 5 months we waited between asking to set up the meeting with the Mayor and Sept 17, we’re now another 26 days into waiting to receive documents which are probably readily sitting on a computer somewhere in City Hall or at the Bureau.

To be clear, we do not need all the information at one time. Receiving the documents in small batches is perfectly acceptable. But the lack of any response only furthers our position that a meeting with Ms. Wesson Mitchell will be unproductive.

Here, again, is the list of items we asked for:

–Chronic Offender Pilot Project (and its successor); not just the District Attorney’s guidelines but the City/PPB’s internal guidelines about participating
–Prosper Portland
–‘Quality of Life’ program (Hawthorne/Lloyd districts)
–Neighborhood Involvement Locations (and officers’ 15 minute ‘stop and talks’)
–Private security camp sweeps
–Portland Police as private security (Target store, etc)
–lack of reporting on ‘Illegal Drug Impact Areas’ and Sit/Lie (Sidewalk Management)”


–the status of the Mayor’s security clearance/Joint Terrorism Task Force

noting on this last item that the Mayor promised Council he’d be back “in 30 days” with a proposal of some kind. That timeline ends this Friday, October 17.

Let’s just keep our eye on the last topic. On October 22, after Portland Copwatch managed to speak before the City Council as a whole about the continued failure to arrange a substantive inquiry, the Mayor’s office responded with a first batch of answers. Portland Copwatch responded on 17 November.

The part of the exchange that concerned the JTTF went as follows:


The Mayor does not have secret FBI security clearance as this is not usual for elected officials to receive. You mentioned Police Commissioners do occasionally have this clearance, please check if they are sworn officers or elected officials, I believe this is the different.

PCW RESPONSE: We are still trying to track down the information about Police Commissioners, but even if no other Police Commissioner has Security Clearance, the Mayor should know why this is important. As Mayor Potter clearly pointed out, the person in charge of his/her underlings cannot be a good, effective manager if he/she does not know what they are working on. The annual Joint Terrorism Task Force reports have been far from adequate and the Mayor promised to take action if he did not get Security Clearance. You have confirmed that he did not attain that clearance, yet no action has been taken. Is the Mayor not a man of his word?

An interesting rhetorical question, that last.

Cordially submitted,

Michael Meo

Cascade Chapter of the Pacific Green Party of Oregon

About M. Meo

Worked as translator, museum technician, truck lumper, lecture demonstrator, teacher (of English as a Second Language, science, math). Married for 25 years, 2 boys aged 18 & 16 (both on the Grant cross-country team). A couple of scholarly publications in the history of science. Two years in federal penitentiary, 1970/71, for refusing the draft.
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