8/20/2005

Portland's Joint Terrorism Task Force Decision Makes FOX News

Unsurprisingly, Report Mangles Facts

At last, the moment we've been waiting for -- City Council's forthcoming decision on renewing Portland's participation in the Joint Terrorism Task Force has been noticed by FOX News.

Of course, [Fox] manages to make at least two incorrect statements in the first two paragraphs alone. First, it refers to "a post-Sept. 11 joint terrorism task force" -- when in fact (and as documented by the FBI itself) the local JTTF "was in place for several years before" the events of September 11, 2001.

But wait, there's more, because the very next paragraph goes on to make an assertion about Commissioner Randy Leonard's position which does not reflect the statements he's made on the issue.

Portland City Commissioner Randy Leonard says the FBI has used local officers to trample on the rights of Muslim citizens.

To our knowledge, Leonard has never charged that this has happened, only that it could have happened, or might happen, especially since JTTFs elsewhere in the country have been caught interfering with the rights of people living in the regions in which they are based.

In the broadcast version of this story (which should be available as a video link from the linked article), the matter of requesting security clearance of a level sufficient enough to permit proper civilian oversight of local officers is mentioned. According to the report as broadcast, there's no chance of that happening.

The One True b!X's PORTLAND COMMUNIQUE: Portland's Joint Terrorism Task Force Decision Makes FOX News

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