A member of Antifa who created a massive database of personal information on 1,500 Immigrations and Customs Enforcement employees using their LinkedIn profiles, is an adjunct professor at New York University, The Daily Caller reports.
Sam Lavigne is a self-described “artist and educator” “whose work deals with data, surveillance, cops, natural language processing, and automation,” and whose resume includes teaching stints at a number of prominent schools, including NYU, The New School, and Columbia.
Wednesday, Lavigne revealed himself to be an anti-law enforcement activist (and possibly a member of the domestic terrorist group, Antifa) and, using social media, spread a searchable database populated with the personal information of 1,595 ICE employees, skimmed off their LinkedIn profiles. Lavigne sent the database out to his 3,000 followers and then sought out prominent critics of the Administration’s family separation policies — including Peter Fonda, who encouraged violence against members of the Trump family — to spread his discovery.
Antifa’s official social media presence eventually picked up the database and spread it to their networks.
“I’ve downloaded and made available the profiles of (almost) everyone on LinkedIn who works for ICE, 1,595 people in total. While I don’t have a precise idea of what should be done with this data set, I leave it here with the hope that researchers, journalists, and activists will find it useful,” Lavigne wrote in a now-deleted post for Medium.com.
If what happened to FCC chairman Ajit Pai is any indication, Lavigne and his associates on the left intended the list to be used for demonstrations, acts of destruction, and perhaps even acts of violence. Trump Administration officials have a right to be worried; the Democratic Socialists trailed and harassed the Department of Homeland Security Tuesday and promised to seek out and protest other members of the White House team.
Social platforms like GitHub quickly removed Lavigne’s posts, saying the list violated their terms of service, but not before Antifa made an archive copy of the list.