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IPFS News Link • Oregon

What We Know, and Don't Know, About Portland and the DHS

•, By Walter Olson

Oregon Public Broadcasting has reported one protester's account of being pulled off the street by a group of federal officers in camouflage, carried off in a van, asked questions which he eventually refused to answer without an attorney, and later released without charges.

On Friday acting Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli appeared on NPR's All Things Considered in an interview with Sarah McCammon, and his answers help narrow down the still disputed allegations on events in Portland. Cuccinelli's comments confirm that what has been happening is disturbing, and badly needs oversight and investigation.

* Were federal agents operating incognito? Photos show agents clad in camouflage, with at least some of them wearing a generic "POLICE" label and in at least some cases a patch from the Department of Homeland Security's Customs and Border Patrol. DHS, which houses multiple law enforcement agencies (as does the separate Department of Justice), seems to have organized the federal law enforcement response.