Obama's Social Media Mishap | More Barbarism
How social media plays a role in the lives terrorists
Over the weekend, the New York Times reported that Tashfeen Malik "talked openly on social media about her views on violent jihad."
"She said she supported it," the Times wrote. "And she said she wanted to be part of it."
Yet as Malik sought entry into the United States, she ultimately passed three background checks. Not once did those posts raise any red flags. . . because the Department of Homeland Security never checked her social media profile.
Moreover, the Times tells us that "there is a debate inside the Department of Homeland Security over whether it is even appropriate to do so."
Are you kidding me?
I fully appreciate the need to balance security concerns and privacy rights when it comes to American citizens. But in this case, we're talking about foreign individuals wanting to come into the country. Of course, we should be reviewing their social media posts.
At one point, we were doing that. Remember the PRISM program? But, according to ABC News, the Obama Administration stopped the program fearing "bad public relations."
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson refused in early 2014 to reinstate the program that would have allowed "immigration officials [to review] the social media messages of all foreign citizens applying for U.S. visas." Malik was admitted in May 2014.
John Cohen, a former top DHS official for intelligence and analysis, told ABC News that "immigration officials were not allowed to use or review social media as part of the screening process," despite repeated requests. Two other DHS officials have confirmed Cohen's remarks.
This is just another example of the Obama Administration's left-wing ideology putting the country at risk.
Meanwhile, a report from Finland demonstrates why we should be extra cautious when it comes admitting refugees. Finnish authorities arrested two Iraqi refugees last week and charged them with 11 counts of murder.
It turns out that the Iraqis participated in a 2014 ISIS execution video. Yet a year later these executioners managed to find their way to Finland as "refugees."
More Barbarism - There are unconfirmed reports that the governing Sharia council of the Islamic State has issued a fatwa permitting the killing of children with disabilities. Dozens of babies, some up to 3 months-old with varying disabilities including Down syndrome, have reportedly been killed either by lethal injection or suffocation.
Our friends at Breitbart noted the historical parallels to Nazi-era euthanasia laws that allowed so-called "mercy killings" of children with disabilities.
Of course, I can't help but be reminded of the debate that has taken place among many so-called "progressives." For some advocates of abortion, it is not enough to destroy the life of an innocent unborn child in womb. Advocates of "after-birth abortions" argue that a 3 month-old baby is not aware of her own humanity.
Sadly, I am not making this up.
Gary Bauer is a conservative family values advocate and serves as president of American Values and chairman of the Campaign for Working Families
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