New York Times author Kate Cronin-Furman, an assistant professor of human rights, wrote an op-ed on Saturday entitled “The Treatment of Migrants Likely ‘Meets the Definition of a Mass Atrocity’.” Her lede? “Children are suffering and dying. The fastest way to stop it is to make sure those responsible, including the foot soldiers, face consequences.” Cronin-Furman emphasizes that “this is not an argument for doxxing.”
She sure could have fooled us. She writes:
The identities of the individual Customs and Border Protection agents who are physically separating children from their families and staffing the detention centers are not undiscoverable. Immigration lawyers have agent names; journalists reporting at the border have names, photos and even videos. These agents’ actions should be publicized, particularly in their home communities.
This is not an argument for doxxing — it’s about exposure of their participation in atrocities to audiences whose opinion they care about. The knowledge, for instance, that when you go to church on Sunday, your entire congregation will have seen you on TV ripping a child out of her father’s arms is a serious social cost to bear. The desire to avoid this kind of social shame may be enough to persuade some agents to quit and may hinder the recruitment of replacements. For those who won’t (or can’t) quit, it may induce them to treat the vulnerable individuals under their control more humanely. In Denmark during World War II, for instance, strong social pressure, including from the churches, contributed to the refusal of the country to comply with Nazi orders to deport its Jewish citizens.
— New York Times Opinion (@nytopinion) June 29, 2019
The writer cites a pediatrician who traveled to a center and compared it to a “torture facility.” Cronin-Furman agrees with him. She ought to know, she explains, since she has studied mass atrocities for over a decade. The op-ed continues:
If, as appears to be the case, these harsh conditions have been intentionally inflicted on children as part a broader plan to deter others from migrating, then it meets the definition of a mass atrocity: a deliberate, systematic attack on civilians. And like past atrocities, it is being committed by a complex organizational structure made up of people at all different levels of involvement.
Thinking of what’s happening in this way gives us a repertoire of tools with which to fight the abuses, beyond the usual exhortations to call our representatives and donate to border charities.
Those of us who want to stop what’s happening need to think about all the different individuals playing a role in the systematic mistreatment of migrant children and how we can get them to stop participating.
She suggests a variety of remedies. “For someone who is “just following orders,” the prospect of being internationally shamed as a rights abuser and being unable to travel freely may be significant enough to persuade them to stop participating.”
Cronin-Furman doesn’t ask for the addresses of agents be revealed, only that they be publicly shamed. Sounds an awful lot like doxxing to me.
Instead of employees trying to cope with the throngs of migrants who are trying to enter the U.S. illegally and have been told over and over again that they won’t be allowed in, she claims they are “arguably directly responsible for torture.”
She knows that the same laws were in effect and the same facilities were in operation during the Obama administration. In a 2014 interview with ABC, Obama said, “Do not send your children to the border…if they make it, they will be sent back.”
2014 is not ancient history. Can someone please explain why this was not portrayed at the time as a morally abominable statement? pic.twitter.com/tUvMnFmxVs
— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) June 26, 2019
Obama also said, “Undocumented workers broke our immigration laws, and I believe that they must be held accountable…U.S. border personnel will stem the flow of illegal crossings and speed the return of those who do cross over.”
CBP employees are not trying to inflict torture on children or anyone else. They are trying their best to manage the continuous throngs of migrants who are trying to enter the U.S. illegally. Cronin-Furman’s op-ed is sheer propaganda. She is exploiting the current humanitarian crisis at our southern border for political purposes.
Many Twitter users found Cronin-Furman’s op-ed to be a bit over the top. Here are a few of their reactions, most of which cite either the op-ed itself or Allapundit’s post (Hotair.com) about it. (Via Twitchy)
From Allapundit: “Hooooo boy.”
From Stephen Miller: “This is not an argument for doxxing” they wrote right after making an argument for doxxing.”
“This is not an argument for doxxing” they write as they argue for doxxing Border Patrol agents.”
“They are the same agents, doing the same work, under the same policies & in the same facilities as they did under Barack Obama. So this had zero to do with what they do. It has everything to do with who is President.”
“The names of agents Obama had putting kids in cages were never fair game. Or his people that were drone striking weddings. Or Hillary’s staffers that turned Honduras into a warzone kicking off the migrant crisis.
Wanna know why? Because journos are all Dem operatives now.”
“New York Times publishes oped calling for the harassment and doxing of everyone involved in immigration enforcement.”
“(This is absolutely an argument for doxxing)”
“Holy shit. There is only one reason to do this, to expose these agents to abuse and potential violence. The New York Times is run by some seriously sick people.”
“Reminder that the left wants normal people defending the country destroyed.”
“Doxxing law enforcement to own the cons. What could go wrong?”
“So the New York Times supports doxxing. Good to know.”
“Now imagine the NYT saying this about abortionists and clinic workers and all who work for Planned Parenthood. Even given the horror of abortion, we pro lifers have never considered this. This is the left now. Be prepared.”
“The NYT just keeps making Trump’s argument for him.”
Next up from the NY Times opinion page: “Should We Call Detention Centers Concentration Camps?”