On December 2nd, San Bernardino was a victim to a terrorist attack. Fourteen people were killed in the attack. But I’m not here to write about the attack; I’m here to write The losses of brothers, sisters, parents, or children was grieved nation-wide, by every American citizen abroad. But our great country of America did absolutely nothing about it afterward. What do I mean? There is a Governmental policy that limits their investigating agents. When an immigrant seeks a visa, the American government does a background check on that person. However, they are not allowed to check their background online – over social media. “During that time period immigration officials were not allowed to use or review social media as part of the screening process,” says John Cohen, a former acting under-secretary at DHS for intelligence and analysis.
As John Cohen again put it, “Immigration, security, law enforcement officials recognized at the time that it was important to more extensively review public social media postings because they offered potential insights into whether somebody was an extremist or potentially connected to a terrorist organization or a supporter of the movement”. But the government limits itself by not allowing their agents to look into the Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram backgrounds of these people. As it is called “public social media”, it should be expected to be public. This blog is public, your comments are public; it would not be a violation on the government’s part to come to my blog, read the post, and then read your comments.
One governmental official said, “They felt looking at public postings [of foreign U.S. visa applicants] was an invasion of their privacy.” As we have just covered, of course, it is not. While I plan to post later on about invasions of privacy that the government really is making, I don’t plan to talk about their invasions on social media, because there aren’t any! The government is doing its job by investigating the history of the foreign visa applicants.
So what do we fix? What’s the problem? Are they doing anything illegal? The problem is quite clear: either the visa issuers are not taking the national security that is in their hands seriously, or they don’t care about our national security. Are they doing anything illegal? Yes. It says in James 4:17 “Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.” That is the case with our government. They know what they have to do, what is the best for their country, and that is to use social media for part of the visa screening. But they don’t do it. They sin, breaking the law. Why wouldn’t they just use the social media for screening? I don’t know, but it is becoming a serious problem.
As senator Charles Schumer said, ““Had they checked out Tashfeen Malik, maybe those people in San Bernardino would be alive.” I doubt that the families who suffered the losses are against social media used in visa screening.
Quotes taken from ABC News.