SURVEY OF 382 U.S. LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES SHOWS FAR GREATER CONCERN ABOUT ANTI-GOVERNMENT EXTREMISTS THAN ABOUT ISLAMIC TERRORISTS | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

SURVEY OF 382 U.S. LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES SHOWS FAR GREATER CONCERN ABOUT ANTI-GOVERNMENT EXTREMISTS THAN ABOUT ISLAMIC TERRORISTS

Ask a cop what kind of extremist they’re most concerned about and the answer is likely to be those opposed to the government, not Muslim terrorists.

A survey of 382 law enforcement agencies from around the United States asked officers to list the main violent extremist threat their agency faces.

Anti-government extremists were listed more than any other by far: 73.8%. Al Qaeda-inspired extremists came in a distant second, at 39.3%.

“Law enforcement agencies in the United States consider anti-government violent extremists, not radicalized Muslims, to be the most severe threat of political violence that they face,” the survey’s authors, Charles Kurzman and David Schanzer, wrote in their report (pdf).

Kurzman, a professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Schanzer, director of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security and associate professor of the Practice, Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, added that law enforcement “perceive violent extremism to be a much more severe threat nationally than the threat of violent extremism in their own jurisdictions.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How odd; are we about to criminalize anger at the brain-dead policies which leave this country worse off than it was before?

If someone is angry at governmental policies, does absolutely no violence, and shares their views with others in a lucid,logical way, does that make them an "anti-government extremist"?!?

I am a vocal government critic, who is both a Christian and a pacifist, who would never use, nor advocate, violence, ever.

But I have to wonder here: how soon will peaceful, logical criticism of government cause me to get "lumped in" with anti-government extremists?!?

When does logic become criminal?!?

This is a very critical question we all need to ask ourselves, as Americans, before we collectively start sliding down a very slippery slope.

And we have been on a very slippery slope, judicially, since 9/11, and have almost regressed to "Code Napoleon" law standards, where someone is immediately considered guilty until proven innocent, which absolutely throws the concept of "innocent until proven guilty" squarely on its head.

Rather than fix the root causes of anger against government, it appears that anger at government, in and of itself, is about to be criminalized, and labeled, and thoroughly medicated.

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