JTTF: WTF?


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Last week, Mayor Sam Adams canceled for the third time a hearing on whether Portland should rejoin the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force.  And so far, Commissioner Randy Leonard is the only p   More
 
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Portland Peace Activists Host Candlelight Vigil Tonight

Committee to Stop FBI Repression

News
Portland activists are holding a candlelight vigil downtown tonight in honor of nine Midwest anti-war activists who were ordered to appear before a grand jury in Chicago by U.S. Attorney General Patrick Fitzgerald.The FBI delivered grand jury subpoenas in December after raiding the homes of the anti-war activists in Illinois, Minnesota and Michigan. Agents took the activists' computers, phones and ...   More
 
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 JESSICA LUTJEMEYER

FBI Investigating Attack on Corvallis Mosque in Wake of Alleged Portland Bomb Plot


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It hasn't taken long for the apparent backlash to begin after the arrest of a 19-year-old Somali-born Corvallis man alleged to have plotted a bomb attack Friday in Pioneer Courthouse Square at the annual holiday tree lighting. The FBI announced this morning an attack shortly after midnight today at a Corvallis mosque attended by the suspect, Mohamed Osman Mohamud. Here's the FBI's news release, ...   More
 
Sunday, November 28, 2010 HANK STERN

An FBI Terrorism Sting Gone Wrong


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As Portland city officials consider whether to rejoin the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force, it's worth noting not all federal terrorism stings end like the Nov. 26 arrest here of Mohamed Osman Mohamud. The Washington Post had an interesting piece on Sunday about an anti-terrorism operation in Irvine, Calif., that went considerably less smoothly after the FBI tried to use a convicted forger to ...   More
 
Monday, December 6, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Portlanders Sound Off on Joint Terrorism Task Force at Town Hall Meeting


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Portland City Council held its "good ol' fashioned town hall" meeting, as Mayor Sam Adams put it, last night to discuss the possibility of Portland renewing its membership with the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force. "Tonight is not about making decisions," Adams said. "Tonight is about making sure we're asking the right questions." The discussion whether to rejoin was prompted by the alleged ...   More
 
Friday, January 14, 2011 JESSICA LUTJEMEYER

City Hall: Mayor Issues Draft Plan on Joint Terrorism Task Force


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  Two weeks after federal law enforcement officials said they foiled a terrorist attack in downtown Portland, Mayor Sam Adams has responded to calls for re-evaluating Portland’s relationship with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. In 2005, the City of Portland withdrew from the task force, and Adams, then a city commissioner, supported that move. His 2010 plan, released ...   More
 
Friday, December 10, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

U.S. Attorney General Holder Calls Terrorism Stings “Essential”


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  U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder defended his agency’s use of stings to capture wanna-be terrorists in a speech Friday night to 300 U.S. Muslim leaders in California. The New York Times reported that Holder made specific reference to a Portland sting federal agents concluded against Mohamed Osman Mohamud over the Thanksgiving weekend. “Mr. Holder was given a standing ...   More
 
Monday, December 13, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

FBI Announces New Portland Boss


News
The FBI today announced that Arthur Balizan, one of eight internal inspectors at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., has been appointed the new special agent in charge of the bureau's Portland office. Balizan has an interesting resume, including time in the 1990s spent fighting drug traffickers in Colombia. That was back before the U.S. effort there started going south under the Bush administration. The ...   More
 
Monday, June 15, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

FBI: The River Rat Strikes Again in Vancouver


News
An update today to this week's Hey, Neighbor! item on the "River Rat." The FBI says the so-called River Rat robbed Chase Bank in Vancouver by gunpoint today, marking his seventh bank robbery in the last two months on both sides of the Columbia River (hence the "River Rat" nickname). The River Rat's list of past bank robberies include: Columbia State Bank, Portland- Aug. 7 Key Bank, Vancouver- ...   More
 
Thursday, September 24, 2009 Anvi Bui

Need Cash? The Reward For The "River Rat" Now Up To $15,000


News
The reward for any information leading to the capture of the “River Rat,” who has been robbing banks on both sides of the Columbia River, has been raised from $10,000 to $15,000. The FBI says witnesses to the River Rat's robberies describe the suspect as a white man in his 20s to mid 30s, 165 pounds, and with a medium build. He has been seen wearing a black athletic-style jacket ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 7, 2009 Sasha Ingber

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