• Obama Admin Rejected Plan To Check Visa Applicants’ Social Media

    The Obama Administration rejected a proposal to vet the social media accounts of visa applicants in search of possible links to terrorism, including that of the jihadist who butchered 14 innocent people in San Bernardino earlier this month, according to according to an internal Department of Homeland Security memo obtained by MSNBC.

    Top officials at the DHS developed a specific policy to strengthen security screenings for foreign visa applicants’ social media accounts, but the White House rejected the proposal in 2011 due to “privacy concerns”.

    San Bernardino terrorist Tafsheen Malik came to American in July of 2014 “talked openly on social media about her views on violent jihad,” according to the New York Times. American law enforcement officials said claim she professed her support jihad and desire to be a part of it in her postings.

    If the 2011 proposal to vet social media platforms was not rebuffed by the Obama Administration, authorities would have found the posts years ago and they might have kept her out of the country. Social media accounts after all “social,” created specifically for public consumption and foreigners are not protected by the 4th Amendment.

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