by Horatio Bunce
Today the Dept. of Homeland Security claimed: “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.
This to explain why “nobody noticed” the alleged San Bernadino shooter Tashfeen Malik’s “radicalization” in social media posts prior to being granted a visa to enter the country.
And don’t miss this howler:
“A former senior counterterrorism official told the network that US officials “felt looking at public postings” of foreign US visa applicants “was an invasion of their privacy.”
This from the same federal government that says your cell phone conversations (which they record and store) and email communications (which they copy and store) have no expectation of privacy…
Apparently the drones at DHS forgot all about that whole “see something, say something” campaign .
First, let me remind you of the “bi-partisan” Smith Mundt Modernization Act amendment to the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which “modernized” our government’s propaganda “policy” in effect post WWII now openly admitting we are paying taxes to lie to ourselves – in various new media forms:
“SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
- This Act may be cited as the `Smith-Mundt Modernization Act of 2012′.
SEC. 2. DISSEMINATION ABROAD OF INFORMATION ABOUT THE UNITED STATES.
- (a) United States Information and Educational Exchange Act of 1948- Section 501 of the United States Information and Educational Exchange Act of 1948 (22 U.S.C. 1461) is amended to read as follows:
- Sec. 501. (a) The Secretary and the Broadcasting Board of Governors are authorized to use funds appropriated or otherwise made available for public diplomacy information programs to provide for the preparation, dissemination, and use of information intended for foreign audiences abroad about the United States, its people, and its policies, through press, publications, radio, motion pictures,
the Internet, and other information media, including social media,
- and through information centers, instructors, and other direct or indirect means of communication.”
Now compare and contrast this “policy” with how many “ISIS” facebook, twitter posts and youtube videos you have been subjected to in the “news”, despite the inability to “find”, “arrest”, “contain”, “bomb” or otherwise “fight” said enemy “ISIS” – or for that matter shut down their American-owned social media accounts. Especially when we are told over and over how “ISIS” has “mastered social media” to “recruit” young Americans. Then consider the other social media terrorist “news” stories of late:
Seems to me the feds are awfully efficient at tracking down people perceived to be “terrorist threats” based on a couple of social media posts when they want to be.