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Portland Putting Itself at Risk by Leaving the Joint Terrorism Task Force


The Heritage Foundation

Portland Putting Itself at Risk by Leaving the Joint Terrorism Task Force

by David Inserra

Last month, the Portland, Ore., City Council voted to leave the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, one of our nation’s first lines of defense against terrorism.

“We want to direct our resources towards actual threats,” city Commissioner Chloe Eudaly said.

But that’s exactly what the Joint Terrorism Task Force is doing. Leaving the task force will only harm real counterterrorism investigations.

Joint Terrorism Task Forces around the country are responsible for investigating, detecting, prosecuting, and removing terrorists and terrorist organizations.

They have been key in breaking up cells like the “Portland Seven,” planned attacks on military bases like Fort Dix in New Jersey, and plots against airports.

Typically, when we hear about a counterterrorism investigation, the Joint Terrorism Task Force is playing an active and decisive role in the operation.

The first Joint Terrorism Task Force was established in 1980. Task forces are based in 104 cities nationwide, 71 of which were created following the events of 9/11.

Read more: https://www.heritage.org/terrorism/commentary/portland-putting-itself-risk-leaving-the-joint-terrorism-task-force