We usually think of mobsters and people with letters after their names as mutually exclusive groups. And so it's hard to imagine that an association of degreed professionals can be engaging in organized crime. But, as we've seen with pedophile priests, a respected office can be the perfect disguise.
Organized crime is the unlawful activities of a highly organized, disciplined association. The AAP is a highly organized and disciplined organization but are their activities unlawful?
Maimonides and Kellogg both recommended circumcision as a means of intentionally causing extreme pain. The intense pain of circumcision has been documented by others since. Intentionally causing extreme pain is the illegal activity of torture. It is not possible to torture someone without also committing the crime of terrorizing them.
Is a person's body not his property? And is depriving someone of his property against his will not robbery? A baby expresses his will not to be circumcised by the only means available to him when he screams and struggles to kick and flail his arms. He is clearly robbed of his property when part of his body is taken against his will.
Terrorism and robbery are among the crimes singled out for special consideration under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act of 1970.
Under RICO, a person who is a member of an organization that has committed any two of 35 specific crimes within a 10-year period can be charged with racketeering.
RICO also permits a private individual harmed by the actions of such an enterprise to file a civil suit.
In addition to racketeering, the AAP has been criminally negligent in failing to adequately inform parents of the harm of circumcision. The most recent AAP statement on circumcision only goes so far as to say that circumcision is "not recommended" in spite of the fact that the harm of circumcision is well documented. After reading the AAP statement most parents are left unaware that by agreeing to circumcision they are permitting significant and irrevocable harm to their new son. Because the harm is well known to the AAP and is significant and irreversible, the AAP's failure to inform constitutes a criminal act.
Is the AAP a criminal organization? The short answer, as far as I can see, is yes.