With lone wolf terrorist attacks becoming the norm in this country, you’d think our government would want to do what was necessary in order to keep us safe from the radical Jihadists who are currently living in our country.Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be the case, as the Obama administration banned Homeland Security officials from looking at the social media posts — the public ones — of visa applicants, citing it was a “violation of privacy.”
From The Hill:
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.
The policy’s revelation comes after U.S. officials learned that Tashfeen Malik, one of the San Bernardino shooters, posted a message on Facebook declaring allegiance to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria; 14 people were killed.
So an American citizen who posts how much they hate their job on Facebook can be booted to the curb by their employer and that’s not a violation of privacy, yet checking the same kind of public post by a visa applicant is?
How does that even remotely make any sort of sense?
I’m under the belief that if you post it on social media, it’s no longer private, but public. At least that’s how it seems our modern culture treats this subject, so if we’re going to be consistent why not apply this same reasoning to visa applicants?
Especially since it’s a well-known fact that ISIS is using social media to recruit…