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2 federal buildings closed in Portland after car-bomb threat

Portland federal courthouse
U.S. Attorney's Office/file
Aftermath of nights of violence at federal courthouse in downtown Portland in late July

(Update: Details on reported car-bomb threat)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — At least two federal buildings in Portland have been closed and the FBI is investigating after a car-bomb threat was made, the officials said Friday.

The threat, which was received Thursday, warned of the intention to use a car bomb to target federal property in Portland, according to two law enforcement officials. A number of federal offices in the area have been closed because of the threat, the officials said. The officials could not discuss the investigation publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Investigators are trying to determine whether the threat is credible, the FBI said in a statement.

The Portland office of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court was closed because of a threat of violence in the area, according to the court’s website. Also closed was the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse, which was the site of weeks of violent protests last month.

Demonstrators have taken to the streets of Oregon’s largest city nightly since the May police killing of George Floyd and clashed repeatedly with federal agents dispatched to protect the courthouse. A statement on the courthouse website did not say why the building had closed.

The FBI’s statement said: “If we develop information indicating a credible threat, we will notify the public.”

Protesters this week have focused their ire on the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement building in Portland.

People in a group of about 100 late Thursday and before dawn Friday sprayed the building with graffiti, hurled rocks and bottles at agents and shined laser lights at them, Portland police said in a statement.

Agents set off smoke or tear gas and used crowd-control munitions to try to disperse the crowd, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported. Three people were arrested, police said in their statement.

It wasn’t clear if that building was included in the alleged threat or if the threat was connected in any way to those protests.

FBI statement on reported threats to federal building

The FBI is aware of recent reporting regarding threats made against federal buildings in Portland. We are investigating to determine the credibility of the threat, and we remain in touch with our law enforcement partners to share information. If we develop information indicating a credible threat, we will notify the public. As always, we encourage people to remain vigilant and to promptly report suspicious activities which could represent a threat to public safety. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324) , to call the local FBI at 503-224-4181, or to submit information online at

The Associated Press



    1. I’m really hoping, because we will finally be able to get a handle on it. Driving to portland with my gear is a pain and a long way. Hummel will facilitate the destruction, krantz will look the other way, and kate will blame the feds. Meanwhile….my kind will make things better and won’t even take til noon on the first day of election protests….that WILL be coming….don’t think they won’t. You millenials REALLY need to think about your futures

  1. Keep EVERY fed asset shut down and cut off all fed funds to unconstitutional illegal alien squat towns. Fence around Portland and let slide into thunder dome.

  2. Yep, this ain’t about George Floyd no more.

    Or about peaceful protests on any subject.

    This is pure socio/political chaos sponsored by individuals and groups the Feds and local law enforcement are fully aware of via their Intelligence gathering capabilities.

    A “car bomb” now.

    Anyone who threatens to use any form of murder, individual or mass casualty, is someone who needs to be found, arrested, tried, and sent to prison. Those of us in Oregon who have seen what a car bomb can do – and there are plenty of veterans of the Global War on Terrorism here – have no use for anyone who would make such a threat or carry it out.

    These same groups are present and active in Central Oregon.

    Welcome to Portland, Bend.

  3. The car bomb in question was surely a progressive one. It may have even been a vehicle of color (VOC). These federal officers are clearly bigots and should be reprimanded. I will not raise my girlfriend’s child in this crazy world!

    1. I hope it was an electric vehicle. Wouldn’t want to add any CO2 pollution, the most toxic and lethal compound ever to form on planet earth.

  4. I really like how people like Fat Waddlin’ Jerry and commenters on here spit the same thing…”antifa is a myth” blah blah blah…..”acab” is clearly spray painted all over in the picture. That’s just one part of one block in one town. It’s at every protest/riot across the nation

  5. I have cannot believe how pathetic and weak Brown is on these terrorist’s in Portland … makes me sick that she’s so far in someone’s pocket that she let this crap happen.

  6. The Feds need to pull ALL federal employees from Potland and shutter ALL Federal property until the employee’s safety can be accounted for. Including I-5 and the Post Office. See how far that will go to getting Kitty Kates attention.

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