The Portland, Or., City Council, which has staked out its independence from the federal government loudly and often on terrorism issues, is scheduled to vote next week on whether to send its police officers back to the Joint Terrorism Task Force, an intelligence-gathering partnership between local and federal government, the Los Angeles Times reports.
In 2005, Portland became the only major metropolitan area in the U.S. to withdraw its officers from a joint terrorism unit. The City Council may reverse the decision after the city’s high-profile terrorism scare. Mohamed Osman Mohamud, a 19-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen from Somalia, was arrested and charged with plotting to set off a bomb during the city’s Christmas tree-lighting ceremony last fall. The “bomb” was a dud supplied to Mohamud by undercover FBI agents, and federal officials said Portland’s residents were never in serious danger.