Alliance for Democracy

Say No to Joint Terrorism Task Force

Posted in Joint Terrorism Task Force by Alliance for Democracy Portland OR on February 19, 2011

The City of Portland is scheduled to vote on Thursday, Feb 24th as to whether it should rejoin the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF).  Portland had been a member until 2005 when it left due to several concerns including that the Portland police officers who were assigned to the force did not report to their superiors.  Because of the lack of reporting, our police officiers were not subject to our oversight.  Moving forward, our officers could be involved in monitoring and investigating Portland citizens and organizations based on religious or political views in violation of the Oregon State law.

Read the Oregonian article on the earlier public hearing on the JTTF.
Be sure to read the article linked below, The Secret Watchers.
Watch the interview of Jason Kafoury from the Populist Dialogues cable tv program focused on the JTTF. The visual quality of the video is not good but the audio is.

Below is the notice, taken from the Oregon Progressive Party website, of the rally to say No to Portland rejoining the JTTF.

David Delk | 503.232.5495 |

Feb 24 Rally: Say No to Portland Joining the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). Say Yes to Civil Rights!

Submitted by Philip on Thu, 02/17/2011 – 17:40

Feb 24 Rally: Say No to Portland Joining the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF)

If your group wants to co-sponsor this event please contact

DATE:  Thursday February 24th
RALLY:  12:30 pm
SPEAKERS:  1:00 pm
CITY COUNCIL VOTE:  2:00 pm (public testimony will be taken)
LOCATION:  Outside City Hall Council Chambers 1221 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97204

On February 24th the Portland City Council will be voting on whether the City of Portland should re-enter the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF).

We strongly oppose Portland joining the JTTF, because we value our civil rights.  We don’t want roving wiretaps, secret access and domestic spying on non-violent activists & community groups.

Further, Portland police officers cannot comply with Oregon law (ORS 181.575) and at the same time operate as deputized FBI JTTF agents. The most recent FBI 2008 Guidelines–as well as documented abuses uncovered by the ACLU across the country–show that FBI monitoring of individuals and organizations engaged in lawful First Amendment activity has only increased since 2005, when the City of Portland left the JTTF.

The City of Portland has a shameful history of spying on civic organizations, activists, and concerned citizens.  As written by Ben Jacklet in the Portland Tribune (Sept 12, 2002; updated Oct 30, 2009), the Portland Police engaged in political spying for 3 decades (that we know about): 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.

The Secret Watchers:  How the police bureau spied for decades on the people of Portland

[The Portland] police kept watch over a broad range of harmless political and civic organizations. Intelligence officers built files on the People’s Food Store co-op, the Northwest Oregon Voter Registration Project and the Women’s Rights Coalition — even the Bicycle Repair Collective, a city program offering a $24 course on how to fix flat tires and adjust brakes.

The files obtained by the Tribune focus on organizations, not individual Portlanders. But in the files appear the names of at least 3,000 people from 576 organizations. The names are presented in formal intelligence reports, appear on lists of participants in meetings and groups, are highlighted on posters that advertise events and are underlined in newspaper clippings.

Along with militants and activists are hundreds of regular citizens who were included simply for practicing everyday democracy — writing letters, signing petitions, joining organizations and attending lectures or school board meetings.

Let’s not revert to the Portland Police as political spies.  We said NO in 2005 and we say NO now!

CO-SPONSORS:  Oregon Progressive Party, Oregon Jericho, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Veterans for Peace, NW Student Coalition, Portland Central American Solidarity Committee, the Portland Coalition Opposing Political Repression, Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights, International Socialist Organization and you…

For more information visit:
Oregon ACLU:
Committee to Stop FBI Repression:
Oregon Progressive Party:

contact: or


They are elected officials.  If they vote for the JTTF, then we won’t vote for them!

Sam Adams
Mayor, Commissioner of Finance and Administration
(503) 823-4120

Amanda Fritz
Commissioner of Public Utilities, Position Number 1
(503) 823-3008

Nick Fish
Commissioner of Public Works, Position Number 2
(503) 823-3589

Dan Saltzman
Commissioner of Public Affairs, Position Number 3
(503) 823-4151

Randy Leonard
Commissioner of Public Safety, Position Number 4
(503) 823-4682

LaVonne Griffin-Valade
City Auditor
(503) 823-4078


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