This issue has been relatively quiet over the last five years, but it roared back to the fore in the aftermath of a high profile arrest in November. Mohamed Mohamud was charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction for trying to detonate what he thought was a car bomb at a holiday tree-lighting ceremony at Pioneer Courthouse Square.
Suddenly a very public and very divisive debate was back: should Portland rejoin the JTFF? The ACLU of Oregon says no; The Oregonian‘s Anna Griffin says it should, but it won’t; Mayor Sam Adams says he will decide using a “fact-based approach.” (To read a quick primer and dip deeper into the debate, check out the city’s JTTF Review page.)
Should Portland be a part of the JTFF? Why, or why not? Has the Mohamed Mohamud case affected your thinking on this issue?