My guest will be Kimberly McCullough, the Policy Director at the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon.
What's the history of Portland's involvement with the Joint Terrorism Task Force, and just what does it do?
Portland was a part of the JTTF for about eight years, but rejected it in 2005, under Police Chief Tom Potter. In 2010, the FBI held a sting operation, in which they facilitated the so-called Pioneer Square Christmas Tree Bombing, in which Mohamed Mohamud, a 19 year old Somali immigrant was arressted, and is sentenced to thirty years.
Less than six-months later, Portland rejoined JTTF, in an unanimous vote on the city council, because there's nothing like a good scare to encourage complaince.
We'll be discussing the campaign to end this toxic relationship.
The ACLU and Portland Copwatch, are some of the cosponsors of an upcoming community forum called, "Why Portland Should Get Back Out of the Terrorism Task Force." This evening will feature Mike German of the Brennan Center for Justice, and a local panel speaking on FBI spying and Portland's local efforts to keep the police from dedicating full-time officers to the Task Force. The presentation will be followed by an audience Q&A.
Mr. German formerly worked for the FBI and quit after trying to blow the whistle on "deficiencies in FBI counterterrorism operations."
The community forum is scheduled for The April 17th, it's free and open to the public. For information on the event write to info @ aclu-or.org .
The ACLU of Oregon aims to defend and preserve civil rights and liberties related to a broad range of issues, including criminal justice reform, disability rights, free speech, LGBTQ rights, privacy & surveillance, racial justice, student rights, reproductive freedom, prisoner’s rights, police accountability, and more. Kimberly works to advance these goals through engagement with the state legislature, public agencies and local governing bodies across the state. Before joining the ACLU of Oregon staff, Kimberly worked in private practice as a litigation attorney. She obtained her law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School and a degree in Creative Writing from the University of Washington. Kimberly’s favorite free time activities are dancing, crafting, and smiling. She is particularly fond of alpacas, robots, and all manner of things that are cute.
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