US Visa Vetting DOES NOT Review Social Media Looking For Islamic Radicalism

Social media checks

Prepare to be amazed at just how…obsequious the Obama Administration is toward muslims, the followers of Islam.  All that information on Tashfeen Malik’s Facebook page that identified her as being “radicalized”?  According to yet another whistleblower of a former government official (this is the third in a week), the Department of Homeland Security was not allowed to review it during the visa approval process.

“During that time period immigration officials were not allowed to use or review social media as part of the screening process,” John Cohen, a former acting under-secretary at DHS for intelligence and analysis. Cohen is now a national security consultant for ABC News.

One current and one former senior counter-terrorism official confirmed Cohen’s account about the refusal of DHS to change its policy about the public social media posts of all foreign applicants.

Tashfeen Malik (most likely not her real name) entered the United States under the watch of one DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano.  Big Sis was the one who actually put that particular ban in place – not reviewing perfectly public social media posts – so as to not violate the civil rights of individuals APPLYING to enter the country.  (But regular law enforcement can use it during their investigations of actual citizens. Go figure.)  If the government started looking at the information an applicant voluntarily posted online for the world to see, it might created bad publicity, and, as a result, hurt feelings, and well, it COULD violate civil liberties.

(Political correctness run amok, or outright government schizophrenia?  Six of one, half a dozen of the other.)

In a move that can only be attributed to willful ignorance and extreme fear of needing crisis public relations, current DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson maintained that blind eye when it comes to social media.  This omission is bound to make even Democrats in Congress crazy given that Senator Chuck Schumer had this to say in light of wondering why the radicalization of Malik was not caught given that she told the world about it:

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., demanded Sunday that the U.S. immediately initiate a program that would check the social media sites of those admitted on visas.”

“Had they checked out Tashfeen Malik,” the senator said, “maybe those people in San Bernardino would be alive.”

The information in question is not an invasion of anyone’s privacy when it is posted on a public platform.  Why this cannot be considered in the application process is attributed to the fear of bad publicity in the wake of the Edward Snowden situation that dealt with private communications, not public.  Given the San Bernardino attack, how’s that working out?

H/T – Ed Morrissey at HotAir

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