by: the Common Constitutionalist
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The Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) is a group of left-leaning supposed “police executives.” Despite the name, they are not a police organization which represents police. Rather, they are in the habit of blaming police for any action the cops take – instead recommending policies of police inaction.
Because they and their policy recommendations are invariable leftist, liberal news outlets like the New York Times (NYT) have a habit of quoting them and their suggestions for better policing.
In June of 2015, the Times posted an article entitled, “The Growing Right-Wing Terror Threat,” where the NYT quoted a survey they conducted with PERF. PERF concluded that the number one terrorist threat is not eco-terrorism or Black Lives Matter (BLM) radicals, or even Islamists. No – according to PERF, “74 percent reported anti-government extremism as one of the top three terrorist threats in their jurisdiction; 39 percent listed extremism connected with Al Qaeda or like-minded terrorist organizations. And only 3 percent identified the threat from Muslim extremists as severe, compared with 7 percent for anti-government and other forms of extremism.” Anti-government extremism is of course liberal code for anyone who thinks government is too large, too intrusive and generally out of control.