This Secret Rule Prohibits Checking Social Media for Foreign Visa Applicants and Doesn’t Apply to AMERICANS!


This is appalling.

There has been extensive reporting in the last few years on the phenomenon of law enforcement agencies, at all levels, using Americans’ social media records to not only investigate crimes that have already happened, but to flag potential troublemakers in order to alert police, prevent crime, and/or justify surveillance. You know, like the good guy Tom Cruise in the movie Minority Report (2002).

Yet, the Department of Homeland Security has had a “secret,” or at least a previously undisclosed, policy of not reviewing the social media activity of visa applicants.

Tashfeen Malik, who with her husband carried out the massacre in San Bernardino, Calif., passed not one, but THREE background checks by American immigration officials as she moved to the United States from Pakistan. But none uncovered what Ms. Malik had made little effort to hide — that she talked openly on social media about her views on violent jihad.

That she said she supported it. That she said she wanted to be a part of it.

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