By Dawn Perlmutter
Last month the Plain View Project (PVP), a cop watch group disguised as a reputable research organization, published a biased study of the Facebook accounts of thousands of police officers across eight U.S. cities. The mediaenthusiastically reported that one in five of the current officers and more than two in five former officers used content that was racist, sexist and/or endorsed violence. In ‘Cop Watch Database Endangers Police’I described major flaws in the research, exposed left wing bias and how the data was manipulated to skew the results. It was a highly successful information operation that resulted in internal affairs investigations, officers placed on desk duty and mandatory sensitivity training. Exactly one-month later posts from a private Border Patrol Facebook group were published in an article with the incendiary headline “Inside the Secret Border Patrol Facebook Group Where Agents Joke About Migrant Deaths and Post Sexist Memes”. Same tactic different target. The so-called investigative report piled on the cop watch feeding frenzy to reignite the open borders, Abolish ICE, anti-police movements just in time for the 2020 election season.
Written by Adam Clay “A.C.” Thompson for ProPublica the subject of the article is the Facebook group called “I’m 10-15” comprised of 9,500 members from across the country. Thompson made sure to explain that 10-15 is Border Patrol code for “aliens in custody” fully aware that the words ‘alien’ and ‘custody’ are microaggression trigger words for left wing, open borders, social justice snowflakes. The Facebook group was created in August 2016 at the height of violent anti-police protests and deadly ambushes, such as those in Dallas and Baton Rouge in July. In the midst of a war on police and nationwide demonstrations against CBP the Facebook group was a private space where officers could provide support for each other. The site description reads, “Where Old Patrol meets New Patrol. Post your pics. BP and AMO related. Funny, serious and just work related. We are family, first and foremost. This is where the Green line starts, with us.”
As with all propaganda the article only published carefully selected posts that provoked the usual accusations. The media immediately jumped on the bashing border patrol bandwagon eagerly describing officers asinsensitive, racist, sexist, vile, cruel, lewd and xenophobic. Officers were accused of targeting Latina politicians, particularly Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Ocasio-Cortez was not satirized in CBP posts because she is a Latina female politician, she was satirized because she campaigned on and leads the charge to abolish ICE and continues to accuse officers of running concentration camps inferring that they are Nazis. Ocasio-Cortez, who acts as if she is starring in her own congressional reality show, deliberately caused a scene during her highly publicized visit to the southern border. In addition to making the outrageous claim that women are being forced to drink out of toilets she screamed and yelled at officers in the El Paso, Texas, facility then tweeted that CBP officers were physically and sexually threatening her. Ocasio-Cortez staged the controversy and had no qualms about using migrants as props. The whole scene was an orchestrated publicity stunt to correspond with #CloseTheCamps mobilizations, nationwide protests demanding the closure of detention facilities that that took place the day after her visit. Mission accomplished.
Similar to other anti-police information operations, the Border Patrol Facebook report was calculated to incite hatred against CBP, ICE and DHS officers, provide party-line propaganda for the media and ignite protests to further political agendas. The mainstream media is functioning as the propaganda arm of the democratic party whose presidential candidates are advocating for open borders and dismantling the Department of Homeland Security. So-called investigative journalists who enthusiastically demonize law enforcement never report on the hazards of the job or take any responsibility for inciting violence against officers or destroying their careers by publishing false accusations.
Why hasn’t Mr. Thompson done any in-depth reporting on CBP officers who contractedhighly contagious and infectious diseases such as drug-resistant tuberculosis, bacterial pneumonia, scabies and other illnesses at Customs and Border Protection facilities? Officers are being exposed to measles, mumps, chicken pox, dengue fever, hand and foot disease, chagas disease and even have to worry about the ebola virus. The media does not write about this significant threat to officers and our country because acknowledging that these “asylum seekers” are carrying diseases would be considered racist, regardless of how many Americans are at risk. But why write about potential health epidemics when you can expose such serious matters as a Facebook post that joked about throwing a burrito at Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?
Where was the media outrage when an Occupy Wall Street group published a cartoon on Twitter promoting the murder of ICE agents?The graphic, which was based on a choking first aid poster, provided step-by-step illustrated instructions on how to kill officers. One of the instructions reads: “Grab the ICE agent from behind and push your knife into his chest with an upward thrust, breaking through his sternum.
The media was not upset when Twitter was used to spread the personal information of thousands of ICE employees. Doxing is only considered bad when the personal information of journalists, left-wing activists, democratic politicians or millennial snowflakes is posted. You can just imagine what is being said in their private Facebook pages. There was no outrage over several serious doxing incidents in June 2018. For example, a Nebraska branch of Antifa tweeted out a link to the personal information of 1,595 ICE officers. The information was in a database that was compiled by a New York University professor who unlike law enforcement officers are not held to higher standards. Soon after, another Antifa activist tweeted out the names, pictures, spouses and home addresses of seven ICE employees in Oregon. It read, “It’s the public’s right to know the faces of the gestapo and who is creating, enforcing, and filling concentration camps in our name.” That message was retweeted by the Pacific Northwest Antifascist Workers Collective that has over 3,000 followers. There was no public outrage when WikiLeaks published a searchable database ofICEemployees, under the banner “ICEPatrol.” The database which is still easily accessible online contains information and photos culled from LinkedIn of 9,243 former and current ICE employees and is searchable by location, industry, current position, school attended and field of study.
The media fakes outrage but secretly take pleasure in actors hate filled tweets which helps them spread anti-police propaganda. For example, it was highly publicized in June 2018 when the Easy Rider star Peter Fonda, the brother of the infamous traitor ‘Hanoi Jane’ Fonda, encouraged his Twitter followers to target ICE officers by surrounding their homes and children’s schools.
There was very little media coverage when dozens of pro-migrant activists occupied and vandalized the privately-owned U.S. Border Patrol museum near El Paso, Texas. Arrogantly, the group of fifty uncontrollable protesters who called themselves “Tornillo: The Occupation,” livestreamed their vandalism. On February 16, 2019 they entered the facility, defaced property, and refused to leave the grounds. They chanted “Say it loud, say it clear, Border Patrol kills!” The vandals plastered dozens of images on pictures, glass, painted walls, mannequins, and antique Border Patrol vehicles throughout the building. They desecrated the memorial room and posted pictures on the faces of Border Patrol agents who died in the line of duty. Their message was “reclaiming the border patrol museum and exposing the true violence of borders and border patrol.”
In the summer of 2018 at the height of the ‘family separation’ controversy there were numerous incidents targeting ICE agentsincluding a burnt and decapitated animal placed on the front porch of a senior DHS official in Washington, DC.An 18-year-old DACA recipient Sergio “Mapache” Salazar, who joined the Occupy ICE encampment in San Antonio, was arrested for allegedly posting anonymous threats to make bombs that would be used to kill ICE agents. Anti-ICE activist Brandon Ziobrowski, 33, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, was arrested and charged with tweeting a murder-for-hire solicitation to kill an ICE agent. In June 2018 threats against officers were so prevalent that the former acting Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Claire Grady issued a warning to DHS employees that they were under “heightened threat” in response to U.S. government actions surrounding immigration.
Tensions are even higher this summer and are exacerbated by the calculated release of officers Facebook posts on June 1st and July 1st. The Border Patrol Facebook group is deliberately being characterized as a ‘secret’ group to erroneously imply that it is some kind of clandestine society with covert intentions. Secret is a specific Facebook designation. There are three types of groups on Facebook: public, closed, and secret. No one can search for secret groups or request to join them. The only way to get in is to know someone who can invite you. Everything shared in a secret group is visible only to its members. By posting secret group emails without consent the author of the report A.C. Thompson essentially doxed CBP officers, confirming that there is no expectation of privacy on Facebook, at least for certain groups. Of course, Thompson is being hailed as a heroic investigative journalist when he is actually just as sleazy as any angry socialist Antifa pajama boy tweeting from his parents’ basement. Thompson’s byline says he covers hate crimes and racial extremism when in fact he perpetuates it. His irresponsible reporting incites anti-police hatred and endangers officers’ lives under the guise of social justice.
ProPublica plans to continue targeting CBP officers. At the end of the article they wrote, “If you have any information about the Border Patrol you’d like to share, please email us at [email protected] For more secure ways to send us information, please see instructions.” The Border Patrol Facebook smear campaign was so successful that ProPublica immediately published a request for readers to contact them about other ‘secret’ Facebook groups particularly the groups of public servants. Now the only question is which law enforcement agency will be targeted next month?
Dawn Perlmutter, Director of the Symbol Intelligence Group is a subject matter expert in the areas of symbols, symbolic methodologies, atypical homicide and ritualistic crimes. She routinely provides law enforcement agencies with specialized information to assist in operations, investigation and analysis. She consults and trains law enforcement agencies throughout the United States, has advised police departments and prosecutors’ offices on numerous cases of ritual homicide and presents expert witness testimony on ritualistic crimes. Dr. Perlmutter is an Adjunct Professor in the Forensic Medicine Program at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and an Instructor for Tri-Tech Forensics. She is the author of several investigation books and numerous textbook, encyclopedia, and journal publications. Dawn Perlmutter is an active member of The American Investigative Society of Cold Cases (AISOCC) and the Vidocq Society, organizations that assist in solving cold case homicides.