Required city reports short on specifics

Mayor Sam Adams and Police Chief Mike Reese released two reports on the city's participation with the FBI Portland Joint Terrorism Task Force that revealed few details about its operation Monday afternoon.

The first annual reports were required by the City Council-approved resolution that reauthorized Portland's participation in the JTTF. The reports mostly confirmed Portland was complying with state laws and city policies regarding participation without revealing what it has been working on, however.

For example, a memo from Adams said he had appointed a police Criminal Intelligence Unit lieutenant to overseee two officers assigned to the JTTF. It did not provide any information about their work, however. (Click here to read the report.)

A memo from Reese said he had conferred with the FBI's Special Agent in Charge of the Portland office regarding terrorism-related investigation on numerous occasions. It did not provide any details about the investigations, however.

The council is scheduled to consider the reports at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 29.

Adams' report said he was the FBI was still reviewing him for "Secret' clearance needed to receive full briefings.

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