Willie Nelson busted for 6 oz. of pot. He’s 77, and obviously likes what he likes on his touring bus. We need law enforcement resources devoted to protect us from Willie and a few joints? Ridiculous.
“I did not know about it until 9:15 p.m. last night when I was asked to go to the FBI headquarters in Portland for a briefing,” said the mayor, who also serves as police commissioner.
He said it was the same protocol followed by former Mayor Vera Katz when he served as her chief of staff.
“On these international terrorism investigations, it’s top secret, limited to select law enforcement circles,” Adams said. “That’s under direct order of Washington, D.C.”
In 2005, the city council voted to end Portland’s involvement in the federal Joint Terrorism Task Force.
Adams said the city still operates under the agreement reached with federal authorities at that time. He 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.
Adams said the partnership is working well.
The bombing plot was “very unnerving,” he said. “It came as a shock to me, as I’m sure it did for most Portlanders,”
He said it was a “reminder that we are not an oasis with a wall around us. We work hard to have a free and open local community, but it’s a reminder that part of us must always be vigilant to prevent people from abusing those values of openness.”
The mayor said that he had “trust in Portlanders’ sense of fairness” in dealing with the alleged Somali plotter.
“Bad actions by one member of any group does not and should not be generalized or applied more widely to other members of that same group,” he said. “Otherwise, as the biggest racial group in Portland, we European-Americans would be in deep trouble.”
Adams said he and Commissioner Amanda Fritz and Police Chief Mike Reese will be doing outreach to leadership in the Somali community.