Politically Correct Portland Endangers City

If anyone still thinks that following a politically correct agenda is not dangerous, they need only look at the tragedy that was narrowly avoided in Portland. The Portland city council voted in 2005 to stop cooperating with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force because they, along with the ACLU, feared state anti-discrimination laws may be violated. That task force helped prevent the intended bombing at a recent Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Now, the council is going to reconsider their decision, but only because Obama is president, not because they were wrong. They still don’t get it.

From Byron York at the Washington Examiner

In 2005, leaders in Portland, Oregon, angry at the Bush administration’s conduct of the war on terror, voted not to allow city law enforcement officers to participate in a key anti-terror initiative, the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force… What is ironic is that the operation that found and stopped Mohamud is precisely the kind of law enforcement work that Portland’s leaders, working with the American Civil Liberties Union, rejected during the Bush years… “Here in Portland, we are not willing to give up individual liberties in order to have a perception of safety,” said city commissioner Randy Leonard.

Portland had a history of rejecting Bush administration efforts to fight terrorism…In the Mohamud case, it appears that Portland’s anti-law enforcement stand might actually have influenced Mohamud’s decision to undertake an attack in the city…

Current mayor Sam Adams…told the Oregonian newspaper that he might ask the city council to reconsider the decision to pull out of the Joint Terrorism Task Force.  Because he now realizes the city was wrong?  Not at all. “[Adams] stressed that he has much more faith in the Obama administration and the leadership of the U.S. Attorney’s office now than he did in 2005,” the paper reported.

Read the entire article here:  Politically Correct Portland

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