Homeland Security Policy Institute releases report that lends support for increased police state measures, ignores all contrary facts and statistics

Sunday, September 11, 2011
By Paul Martin

By Madison Ruppert
BlackListedNews.com

A report, called “Counterterrorism Intelligence: Law Enforcement Perspectives” was released earlier this month through the George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute which lends heavy support for increasing local law enforcement efforts to thwart the threat of terrorism.

The report, authored by Frank J. Cilluffo, Joseph R. Clark, and Michael P. Downing, also advocates increased synergy between local, state and federal law enforcement authorities, which is completely reasonable and justified.

Where it gets problematic is the heavy support the report lends to increasing police state measures in the United States and the highly questionable methodology employed in the report.

The report is essentially the findings of a survey conducted with less than 50 participants. You did not read that wrong. They are making attempts at generalizing statements made by a sample of less than 50 so-called experts, all of essentially homogenous opinion.

Even the authors of the report must point out this massive methodological flaw, although they employ classic Orwellian doublethink by claiming just moments later that it isn’t a flaw at all.

The basis for the report was a 44 question survey conducted by the George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute with funds from both GWU and the Ahmanson Foundation at a conference of the Intelligence Unit Commanders Group of the Major Cities Chiefs Association, which “is a professional organization of police executives representing the largest cities in the United States and Canada.”

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