Editor: It may not be this over the top but neither of the establishment parties has performed well in protecting the American people. To date not a single terrorist has been apprehended through the horrific airport security and screening that has taken place yet they continue it as a method of subjugating the American people under the heavy hand of tyranny. When you vote the lesser of two evils evil always wins.
The pinhead Obama Bureaucrats charged with keeping terrorists from getting visas to enter the United States were so concerned about protecting applicants’ privacy, they didn’t even check public Twitter posts.
That absolutely insane policy is what let terrorist-bride Tashfeen Malik onto American soil, where she proceeded to kill 14 people at a holiday party in San Bernardino.
Jeh Johnson, Obama’s Homeland Security Secretary, had the option of changing that policy – allowing immigration officials to review applicants’ social media posts, but chose not to do so for fear of “band public relations,” The Hill is reporting.
One official said: “They felt looking at public postings [of foreign U.S. visa applicants] was an invasion of their privacy.”
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson decided against ending a secret U.S. policy that prohibits immigration officials from reviewing social media posts of foreigners applying for U.S. visas, according to a report by ABC News.
Johnson decided to keep the prohibition in place in early 2014 because he feared a civil liberties backlash and “bad public relations,” according to ABC.
“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 undersecretary at the Department of Homeland Security for intelligence and analysis, told ABC News.
One current and one former senior counterterrorism official confirmed Cohen’s account to ABC.
A DHS spokesman told ABC News that in the fall of 2014 after Cohen left, the department began three pilot programs to include social media in vetting, but officials say it’s still not a widespread policy and a review is underway.
Even liberals are aghast at the idiotic policy.
Chuck Schumer demanded that the policy of not looking at social media posts of visa applicants stop immediately.
“There is no excuse for not using every resource at our disposal to fully vet individuals before they come to the United States,” he said.
Cohen said there were concerns over the U.S. government’s standing with civil rights groups and European allies after National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden disclosed surveillance policies.
“It was primarily a question of optics,” Cohen said. “There were concerns from a privacy and civil liberties perspective that while this was not illegal, that it would be viewed negatively if it was disclosed publicly.”
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Robert Gehl is a college professor in Phoenix, Arizona. He has over 15 years journalism experience, including two Associated Press awards. He lives in Glendale with his wife and two young children.