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Open Up Social Media for Better Vetting

Open Up Social Media for Better Vetting

By Sunday, 17 January 2016 07:06 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Donald Trump infamously demanded that all Muslim immigration into the U.S. be temporarily halted until we can figure out what's going on. However, I think it’s equally important the American people know what isn’t going on, too.

When concerns about potential terrorists hiding among refugees first surfaced, the Obama administration fell back on its go–to word for knocking down complaints. For Obama, it’s “robust!” As in refugees undergo a “robust” vetting process that can take up to two years.

But waiting for government to get around to rubber–stamping your application isn’t vetting. I don’t care how long you kept someone like Osama on ice — unless it was permanent — if you eventually let him into the country, you’d be asking for trouble. Now ABC News has learned the Department of Homeland Insecurity has been investigating visa applicants with one hand tied behind its back.

Investigators were forbidden to check applicant’s social media posting on sites like Facebook and Twitter. This makes the U.S. one of the few governments in the world that filters its own online access.

“Fearing a civil liberties backlash and "bad public relations" for the Obama administration, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson refused” to allow investigators to review social media accounts of foreigners applying to come to the U.S.

Former DHS under-secretary John Cohen, who now works for ABC, explained, “"The primary concern was that it would be viewed negatively if it was disclosed publicly and there were concerns that it would be embarrassing.”

Simplified this means that it was more important for government bureaucrats to avoid negative publicity regarding inflated privacy concerns than it was for them to do their job and protect citizens of the homeland.

The stupidity and self–centeredness of that so–called reasoning is absolutely stunning. If they can’t make the case to the public that a background investigation must be comprehensive to be worthwhile, then they need to find a line of work that doesn’t involve higher–level thinking.

No one is forcing foreign nationals to apply for U.S. visas. If they don’t want to be investigated, then stay home. The government conducts extensive background investigations of applicants for law enforcement jobs and these individuals are already citizens.

The only conceivable reason an applicant would want to hide their social media communication is because the content would hurt their chance for a visa and that’s all the more reason to check. If that policy is too intrusive for the applicant, I hear Egypt is very warm this time of year.

Checking social media posts beginning now is only part of the solution to DHS foolishness. I would also suggest that in the future, along with a background check, applicants for DHS jobs should be tested for common sense.

Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan. He is president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation and chairman of the League of American Voters. Mike is an in-demand speaker with Premiere. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.


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No one is forcing foreign nationals to apply for U.S. visas. If they don’t want to be investigated, then stay home.
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