Tashfeen Malik’s Social Media Terrorist Rants Ignored Because Bad PR And Civil Liberties

Tashfeen Malik’s Social Media Terrorist Rants Ignored Because Bad PR And Civil Liberties

Tashfeen Malik’s Social Media Terrorist Rants Ignored Because Bad PR And Civil Liberties

Remember when the Administration was falling ALL over themselves in an effort to reassure us that Tashfeen Malik’s K-1 Visa was thoroughly and I mean THOROUGHLY vetted?


HAHAHAHAHA!! Yeah. No. First we found out that she falsified addresses on her application. And, contrary to what the excuses crowd was trying to push, the addresses weren’t just a simple error. Then there are the issues with where she attended school, where she traveled, and exactly how long she and Syed Rizwan Farook have known each other.


Now? Turns out that Tashfeen was quite the social media butterfly for YEARS before she set foot on American soil. YEARS.

Tashfeen Malik, who with her husband carried out the massacre in San Bernardino, Calif., passed three background checks by American immigration officials as she moved to the United States from Pakistan. None uncovered what Ms. Malik had made little effort to hide — that she talked openly on social media about her views on violent jihad.

She said she supported it. And she said she wanted to be a part of it.

Keep something in mind as you continue reading. This terrorist passed not one, not two, but THREE background checks before arriving here. THREE. And yet not one of those background checks uncovered all of her terrorist rantings. Why?

Had the authorities found the posts years ago, they might have kept her out of the country. But immigration officials do not routinely review social media as part of their background checks, and there is a debate inside the Department of Homeland Security over whether it is even appropriate to do so.

Ummm WHAT??!! Its not appropriate to review a would be immigrant to this country’s social media profile to determine if they are truly on the up and up??!! Why the hell not??!! Oh wait – perhaps its because:

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.

WOW. All because someone’s feeling might get all stepped on or something?? All because of “bad public relations??” Are you for REAL?! Yes, I’m pretty much yelling at my computer as I type this. 14 Americans are DEAD and 21 Americans were wounded by terrorists Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik because scrutinizing their social media activity might lead to bad PR. Unreal.

Hey Jeh Johnson? Let me show you some bad PR:


Here’s a question. How many of our readers have had background checks for their jobs? How about this? How many of our readers have, or know of someone who has been in line for a security clearance?  I can tell you I’ve had and know of many who’ve dealt with both. Those background checks and scrutiny for a security clearance leave no stone unturned… well except for social media. OOPS that’s not right either. Social media use is a definite priority when looking at both!

Yep pretty much! Every square inch of our lives is totally vetted if we want a job or a security clearance and NO ONE worries about hurt feelings or bad PR. Oh wait the exceptions to that rule are the would-be immigrant with past and present terrorist leanings.

Thanks guys, I’m sure, absolutely SURE that the families of the 14 Americans killed and the 21 wounded Americans really and truly appreciate the Administration’s efforts to ensure no immigrant’s, terrorist or otherwise, civil liberties are besmirched and all PR is super duper good. NOT.

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  • Joe Miller says:

    We need more intrusive methods to ferret out these terrorists when we aren’t using information that’s already public. Right?

    • Nina says:

      Very true… sadly the DHS at this time – under direction of Jeh Johnson believes that taking a run through social media is intrusive and will hurt someone’s feeling.

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