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April 25, 2005

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The Brandon Mayfield example is an unfortunate case of momentum overcoming perfection. We are accustomed to perfection from the FBI fingerprint analysis folks: but even they make mistakes.

Portland's withdrawal from the JTTF will do NOTHING to prevent the next Brandon Mayfield because Mayfield was targeted based on a smudged fingerprint (and the fact he had represented a member of the Portland Seven), not simply because he is a convert to Islam.

This is pure politics: to the degree two Portland Police Officers no longer have the opportunity to keep an eye on the Feds, the Mayor's oversight decreases. This is fresh (soy) meat the City Council members are tossing to their most liberal constituents. ENJOY YOUR MEAL and pray nothing goes BOOM in Portland.

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