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Breaking: Just-Discovered Document Reveals Obama Admin’s Costly Decision

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Four years before 14 people were massacred by terrorists, one of whom openly used social media to proclaim her support for violent jihad, the Obama administration rejected a proposal to screen the social media postings of visa applicants seeking to enter America.

A proposal outlined in an internal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) memo from 2011, designed to reduce criminal and national security risks, was rejected for fear of infringing on the rights of visa applicants.

News of the memo comes as Congress is working to correct the Obama administration’s mistake and pass a law that would allow such screening.

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“Ignoring the online statements of those terrorists trying to enter our country puts us at risk,” said House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Edward R. Royce, California Republican this week.

“We should in fact be looking at people’s social media posts. That’s just common sense,” said former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., a Republican presidential candidates. “But we’ve defunded and tied the hands behind the backs of our intelligence agencies because of political correctness.”

In the wake of the San Bernardino massacre, officials found Tafsheen Malik, one of the two attackers who killed 14 people and wounded 22, had openly expressed her views. Malik “made little effort to hide” and “talked openly on social media about her views on violent jihad,” the New York Times reported.

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“None uncovered what Ms. Malik had made little effort to hide — that she talked openly on social media about her views on violent jihad. She said she supported it. And she said she wanted to be a part of it,” reported the Times.

Those posts might have been flagged had the 2011 proposal been implemented.

The three-page memo, published on line by MSNBC, outlines how social media could be used to vet visa applicants abroad and inside the United States. The memo wanted the administration to “authorize” customs officials to “access social networking sites” to vet applicants. Eventually, a former DHS senior official told MSNBC, the proposal was scuttled by senior officials.

“The Internet is a treasure trove of intelligence gathering,” said former federal prosecutor Michael Wildes. “It’s shocking that this intelligence wasn’t utilized.”

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