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by Art Jahnke

Portland Withdraws Support from Terror Task Force

Apr 28, 20051 min
CSO and CISOData and Information Security

The city of Portland Oregon has had it up to here with the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, best known in that locale for its arrest of the wrong person in the connection with the Madrid train bombings. The L.A.Times reports that Portland Mayor Tom Potter and several city commissioners decided to withdraw the city’s cooperation with the Joint Terrorism Task Force because the FBI has repeatedly refused to share with them classified information. The Times reports that Mayor Potter, a former Portland police chief, earlier this year requested that the federal government grant him, the police chief and the city attorney top-secret security clearance — the same as task force officers — so that city leaders could have access to case files and more frequent updates. The FBI turned them down.