The Anarchist Storm over Portland

Federal law-enforcement officers face off with rioters in Portland, Ore., July 30, 2020. (Caitlin Ochs/Reuters)
A retired assistant U.S. attorney explains how far-left anarchists have invaded the Pacific Northwest.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE S tephen Peifer, a retired assistant U.S. attorney in Portland, Ore., sat down with National Review’s Luther Abel to discuss the state’s long and infamous struggle with left-wing extremist groups, why federal officers were deployed to Portland, and what makes the current situation in the city uniquely concerning. This interview is part of a series of reports that Abel has filed on the ongoing unrest, including his accounts of his first and second nights at the protests and an interview with a Portland mom who wishes to move her family far from the violence. This interview has been edited for length

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