If there’s one thing that might convince you that the federal government doesn’t have a policy to screen visa applicants for prospective terrorists (it just wants you to think it does), this might be it:
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.
“During that time period immigration officials were not allowed to use or review social media as part of the screening process,” John Cohen, a former acting under-secretary at DHS for intelligence and analysis. Cohen is now a national security consultant for ABC News.
One current and one former senior counter-terrorism official confirmed Cohen’s account about the refusal of DHS to change its policy about the public social media posts of all foreign applicants.
There are so many things wrong with that it’s hard to know where to start. How about here? There is no right to privacy, freedom of speech, or even due process required in processing visa applications. The Supreme Court has upheld that any number of times. We enforce the Bill of Rights inside the United States not worldwide.
Who in the heck’s favor are they trying to garner?