So the bottom line is we’ve already allowed in a terrorist who helped murder 14 people in San Bernardino and now we’re going to continue this policy of madness because shut up, it’s a secret.
Talk about a death wish.
Fearing a civil liberties backlash and “bad public relations” for the Obama administration, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson refused in early 2014 to end a secret U.S. policy that prohibited immigration officials from reviewing the social media messages of all foreign citizens applying for U.S. visas, a former senior department official said.
The biggest problem facing the nation is terrorism, not Obama getting some bad P.R. This is total madness.
“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.
So you can basically be calling for “Death to America” on Facebook and we can’t even learn about it. Lunacy.
A spokesperson for the DHS, Marsha Catron, told ABC News that months after Cohen left, in the fall of 2014, the Department began three pilot programs to include social media in vetting, but current officials say that it is still not a widespread policy. A review of the broader policy is already underway, the DHS said.
The revelation comes as members of Congress question why U.S. officials failed to review the social media posts of San Bernardino terrorist Tashfeen Malik. She received a U.S. visa in May 2014, despite what the FBI said were extensive social media messages about jihad and martyrdom.
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.”
As crazy as Schumer is most of the time, he’s right in this case.
Cohen said he and others were deeply disappointed that the senior leadership would not approve a review of what were publicly-posted online messages.
“There is no excuse for not using every resource at our disposal to fully vet individuals before they come to the United States,” Cohen said.
Of course there’s no excuse, except poor Obama might get some bad P.R. or something.
When the President says they are taking every possible measure to keep us safe, they're not. https://t.co/4Tm6lTlEe4
— Howard Quimby (@HowardQuimby) December 14, 2015