From Pamela Geller
After jihadis tried to slaughter hundreds at a free speech event in Garland, Texas, Obama’s DHS chief extended a policy preventing scrutiny of visa applicants’ social media activities. Obama feared bad public relations. Like San Bernardino, Obama’s concern is optics. Within hours of the San Bernardino jihad slaughter, Obama convened a meeting with the National Security Council and the heads of other federal enforcement agencies to discuss a public relations strategy.
Obama has no such PR fears in spying on patriotic Americans.
Fearing a civil liberties backlash and “bad public relations” for the Obama administration, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson refused in early 2014 to end a secret U.S. policy that prohibited immigration officials from reviewing the social media messages of all foreign citizens applying for U.S. visas, a former senior department official said.
But the Department of Homeland Security has operated a program to monitor ordinary Americans’ social media discussions about the agency’s policy directives.
“DHS Monitors Americans’ Social Media Accounts, But Not Visa Applicants’” By Chuck Ross, Daily Caller, December 14, 2015
The Department of Homeland Security has operated a program to monitor ordinary Americans’ social media discussions about the agency’s policy directives, even though it had in place another policy prohibiting agents from checking visa applicants’ social media accounts for possible signs of terrorist leanings.
The agency’s policy against vetting visa applicants was revealed on Monday by John Cohen,
Now an intelligence analyst at ABC News, Cohen says that last year, DHS Sec. Jeh Johnson resisted changing the agency’s policy against viewing visa applicants’ social media accounts as part of the screening process to let them into the U.S. Read More