CAIR-Oregon Applauds Portland City Council for Withdrawing from the JTTF

(PORTLAND, OREGON, 2/13/19) -- The Oregon chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Oregon) today applauded Portland City Council for their decision to withdraw from the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF).

SEE: Portland City Council Passes Resolution Withdrawing from the JTTF

https://www.wweek.com/news/city/2019/02/13/portland-leaves-the-joint-terrorism-task-force-again-becoming-second-city-to-cut-ties/

SEE ALSO: Text of Passed Resolution Withdrawing Portland Police from JTTF

CAIR-Oregon joined a coalition of groups including Unite-Oregon, the ACLU of Oregon and Portland Copwatch in advocating for Portland to withdraw from the JTTF.

In a statement, CAIR-Oregon Spokesperson Zakir Khan said:

“We are grateful that the Portland City Council pledged to stand up for the rights of the Muslim community through withdrawing from the JTTF. This decision affirms the voices of traumatized Muslims all across the country who have spoken out and advocated against undue harassment by JTTF officers. We hope this action will spur other cities to reevaluate their involvement in the JTTF.”

CAIR-Oregon was assisted by CAIR-San Francisco Bay Area’s Executive Director Zahra Billoo.

In a statement Billoo said:

“Our experience in San Francisco and Oakland has shown us that participation in the JTTF is proving incompatible with local laws and that where asked to comply and be transparent, the FBI has put up road block after road block hamstringing police departments. Congratulations to Portland on once again demonstrating real leadership and prioritizing civil rights.”

Last week, CAIR-Oregon joined by the Oregon Justice Resource Center and Western States Center successfully advocated for a resolution by the Portland City Council to condemn white supremacy and white nationalism.

SEE: Portland City Council Passes Resolution Denouncing White Supremacy Groups

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR-Oregon Spokesperson Zakir Khan, 626-502-8450zkhan@cair.com

 

 


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  • Jeff Siddiqui
    commented 2019-02-14 14:36:36 -0500
    Years ago, I was in a meeting with senior FBI, law enforcement and Civilian officials when the Seattle Police liaison with JTTF gave a presentation in which he lashed out at Muslims and said Somalis were never to be trusted. Then he saw me and knowing I would write about it, he said, “I don’t care if you write about this and here, oyu can spell my name correctly, it is Glenn with two ’n’s, Kerns!”.

    I did write about it but there was no reaction from anyone, not the head of the local FBI and not the chief of Police. A few years later, the top FBI JTTF agent accused me of “Throwing my man (Glenn) under the bus”.

    The root of the problem is at the top, they DEMAND Muslim scalps and in order to be seen as effective, the FBI concocts all sorts of charges against Muslims and supports the narrow focus on Muslims by Fusion Centers and JTTF.