Homeland Insecurity: San Bernardino terrorist Tashfeen Malik posted pro-jihad, anti-U.S. messages on social media, yet Homeland Security deliberately overlooked the rants before admitting the Pakistani to the U.S.
It's been reported that DHS simply "missed" the posts when reviewing Malik's visa application. But ABC News now reveals that the immigration officials were following Obama regime policy barring checks on applicants' Facebook and Twitter accounts.
"During that time period, immigration officials were not allowed to use or review social media as part of the screening process," said John Cohen, a former acting undersecretary at DHS for intelligence and analysis.
Even after immigration officials complained about the policy in early 2014, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson refused to end it. As a result, Malik received a U.S. visa in May 2014, despite what the FBI says were extensive social media messages about "jihad and martyrdom."
These were obvious red flags signaling sympathies with Islamic terrorism. Had they been heeded, Malik would have been denied entry, and the lives of 14 Americans might have been spared.
The lax immigration-screening policy stems from a training manual distributed by DHS' Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. Titled "Countering Violent Extremism: Training Do's and Don'ts," the internal document prohibits agents from equating the desire for Sharia law, including jihad, with criminal activity.Read the rest of this IBD editorial HERE.
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