In the same issue, PPA Vice President and Rap Sheet Editor Detective Peter Simpson chimed in about the PJTTF decision, stating it was "about politics, not oversight.
derides the move as being to "appease the public and prevent abuses.
wrote that the FBI
offered a Top Secret clearance to Chief Foxworth, who, according to Simpson
, said he
didn't need it.
Perhaps that refusal was itself a political statement against Mayor Potter, but Simpson
doesn't go there.
speculates on the reason the Council moved to withdraw the officers: "perhaps it's the influence of the vocal conspiracy-theory-driven minority" or as a protest against the Bush Administration. (Reminder: it was Bill Clinton's 1996 anti-terrorism bill that created regional JTTFs, and City Council has been wrestling with the issue of oversight since 2000, before Bush was in office.)
In yet another canard created by the boys in blue, Simpson
accuses Mayor Potter of saying to cops, "I don't trust you to do your job.
Since Chief Foxworth disagreed with the decision, Potter sent a signal that he
knows what's best for the Bureau
We should hope so, since the Bureau
answers to the Mayor, and the Mayor is a former Portland
, like King, rewrites history by claiming Potter sought Top Secret clearance for the Chief, the City Attorney, and himself, even though the resolution calls for the "same level" of clearance for those officials as the officers--meaning the officers' clearances could have been reduced to "Secret."