[pjw] STREAMING VIDEO: Getting Portland out of the Terrorism Task Force

Peace and Justice Works pjw at pjw.info
Thu Jun 21 14:02:19 EDT 2018

Peace and Justice Works supporters
Yesterday when I was updating our home page, I forgot to let you all know 
that I just added the campaign to get out of the Joint Terrorism Task 
Force to the PJW site. Most of the materials are housed on the Portland 
Copwatch site, but since PJW is a signator to the campaign as well I don't 
know why it took me 7 month to post. I have heard that another campaign 
participant, Democratic Socialists of America, has added getting Portland 
out of the Joint Terrorism Task Force to the demands regarding the protest 
outside the ICE headquarters in SW Portland, since ICE is part of the JTTF 
and the Portland Police should not be working with them. (That is 
mentioned in the campaign's letter to Council:

Incidentally, since we found out the two PPB officers in the Task Force 
are assigned part-time only, we will be updating the statement to reflect 
that soon. If your group hasn't signed on yet but wants to, please let us 

Anyway, you may remember that in April we co-hosted a forum featuring an 
ex-FBI agent who blew the whistle on improper investigations. Video of 
that forum has streaming on the internet since June 9; details are below.

dan handelman
peace and justice works/portland copwatch

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Date: Sat, 9 Jun 2018 11:17:16 -0700 (PDT)
From: Flying Focus Video Collective <ffvc at flyingfocus.org>

FFVC supporters
Thanks to the generosity of the ACLU of Oregon, our two-part show
featuring the forum on the Joint Terrorism Task Force is now streaming
on line.

You can watch it on our site here:

or on YouTube at

Below is the description of the show including the chapter breaks we
assigned to each half.

--dan handelman
flying focus

Portland: Get Back Out of the Terror Task Force

On April 17, 2018 organizers of a campaign regarding Portland Police
participation in a questionable federal project held a forum at
Maranatha Church. The forum was titled "Why Portland Should Get Back
Out of the Terrorism Task Force" and featured keynote speaker Michael
German, a fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice in Washington, DC.
German was formerly an FBI agent who blew the whistle on "deficiencies
in FBI counterterrorism operations." His presentation included
information about the low thresholds for the FBI to open up
investigations on so-called "terrorists," and how the FBI targets
populations based on religion, ethnicity and race. Portland Police
joined the local FBI-led Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) in 1997 but
after years of community pressure, were pulled out in 2005. They
rejoined after an FBI sting led to the "holiday tree bombing plot"
involving a fake explosive the government provided in 2010.

Also on the panel were Marleen Wallingford of the Portland JACL
(Japanese American Citizens League), who connected the FBI's raids on
the Japanese American community during World War II to the JTTF's
modern-day actions; Zakir Khan of Oregon Council on American Islamic
Relations (CAIR), who spoke of community trauma caused by religious
profiling; and Brandon Mayfield, a local attorney who was
misidentified by the FBI as a suspect in the 2004 Spanish train

Host Kimberly McCullough of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
of Oregon gave a background on the Task Force and the community's
efforts to get out.

Flying Focus did an earlier show about the JTTF in August 2001:
For more information check the ACLU's website
or Portland Copwatch's
http://www.portlandcopwatch.org/pjttf.html .

This show was produced by Dan Handelman and video recorded by PC Peri.

Streaming made possible by the ACLU of Oregon.

Part 1 (28:30):

For your information, the chapter breaks we assigned for this video are:

     0:00: Opening Credits
     1:14: Kimberly McCullough: Background of
         Portland's Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF)
     5:15: Michael German: FBI and JTTF Investigations
     11:46: Two Systems: Criminal and Intelligence
     14:50: Assessments Need No Factual Basis / Ethnic Mapping
     20:05: Resistance to Oversight / Dependence on Local Law Enforcement
     23:04: Abuses by JTTFs / End Credits

Part 2 (28:30):

For your information, the chapter breaks we assigned for this video are:

     0:00: Opening Credits
     1:15: Michael German: Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) Profiling
     4:07: Zakir Khan: FBI Causes Trauma in the Muslim Community
     7:02: Marleen Wallingford: Japanese American Internment and the FBI
     10:31: Brandon Mayfield: Targeted by the FBI and JTTF Post-9/11
     18:19: Michael German: FBI Sting Operations Including Portland
     22:36: Political Intimidation
     24:52: San Francisco Out/Security Clearance/End Credits
         and Kimberly McCullough: Sanctuary Laws and the JTTF

The whole show (VB #107.09&10) is available for a donation of $11
(DVD/VHS) plus $4 postage and is streaming on line at our full shows
You Tube channel.

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