A 2011 memo from the Department of Homeland Security shows a proposal to screen social media accounts for prospective visa applicants concerning possible criminal or national security risks, a proposal the Obama administration nixed herunterladen.

The program to screen social media accounts for visa applicants might have prevented Syed Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, from carrying out their terrorist attack in San Bernardino musik aufs smartphone herunterladen.


Top officials at the Department of Homeland Security considered a specific policy to strengthen security screenings for foreign visa applicants’ social media accounts, but the proposal was ultimately rejected, according to an internal department memo obtained by MSNBC sendungen von 3sat downloaden.

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While the U.S. visa screening process does not include formal vetting of social media accounts, the memo proposed the Obama administration “authorize” customs officials to “access social networking sites” to vet applicants word kostenlos downloaden windows 7. Such vetting could help catch applicants bent on fraud, crime or “national security” risks, the memo stated.

The federal government considered that policy, according to a former senior official in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), but officials rejected it in 2011 ios 10 downloaden op ipad 2.

That same official claimed he “thought it was a done deal” but after several revisions, senior officials canceled the program based on concerns for privacy and civil liberties zoom videokonferenz kostenlos herunterladen.

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Here is the actual memo:

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Visa applicants, non-citizens, are not subject to civil liberties or presumptions of privacy granted by the United States government herunterladen. Therefore, the concerns were not valid. Had they been monitoring the social media accounts of everyday citizens, there would be an argument against due process and civil liberties Download audiobooks for free.

By contrast however, the San Bernardino radical Islamic terrorists, Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik, should never have been given that privilege and had their social media accounts thoroughly vetted klara top 100. And yet, they were not only given a pass on social media, they were not vetted period.

As reported by Townhall, retired DHS employee Philip Haney wrote a Hill op-ed in which he claims ‘the Obama administration officials in the Department of Homeland Security refused to investigate groups in Southern California that affiliated with a mosque Farook attended, as well as a women’s group Farook’s wife, Malik, studied under.’

Haney also believes that is the investigation had been allowed to go forward, the San Bernardino terrorist attacks may have been stopped tuning machine for free.

We now know that concerns about bad P.R. led to resistance against such common sense measures to vet visa applicants, now the big question is: How far up the chain did the decision to reject this proposal go?