Fire Jeh Johnson!
Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has proven himself incapable of handling the grave responsibilities of his office, and he should either resign in disgrace or be fired. Of course, that will never happen, for Johnson is black and comes from the American black aristocracy (his grandfather was a president of Fisk University). But this from ABC News is too much:
Secret US Policy Blocks Agents From Looking at Social Media of Visa Applicants, Former Official Says
The State Department today said that “obviously things went wrong” in the visa background check for one of the San Bernardino shooters -- comments that came in the wake of an ABC News report that said officials by policy generally do not check social media postings of applicants due to civil liberties concerns and therefore would not have seen purported evidence of Tashfeen Malik’s radicalization online.
“It’s difficult to say exactly what [went wrong] and how, [emphasis added] but for an individual to be able to come into this country – one who the FBI has maintained had terrorist tendencies or affiliations or sympathies at least for a couple years, and then to propagate an attack like that on our own soil, obviously, I think it’s safe to say there’s going to be lessons learned here,” State Department spokesperson John Kirby told reporters.
The next paragraphs from ABC explain exactly what went wrong:
Fearing a civil liberties backlash and "bad public relations" for the Obama administration, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson refused in early 2014 to end the secret U.S. policy that prohibited immigration officials from reviewing the social media messages of all foreign citizens applying for U.S. visas, according to a former senior department official.
"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.
One current and one former senior counter-terrorism official confirmed Cohen's account about the refusal of DHS to change its policy about the public social media posts of all foreign applicants.
Jeh Johnson, in other words, put the safety of Americans below fear of criticism from CAIR and the ACLU. As a result, a slaughter in San Bernardino took place at the hands of a jihadi bride let into the country thanks to Jeh Johnson.
And by the way, what is it about Johnson’s career as a lawyer (first black partner at white-shoe NY law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, where he handled large commercial litigation) that qualified him as protector of our national security?
President Obama is reeling from the public’s accurate perception of fecklessness in the face of an escalating terror threat. He needs to send a message to the lethargic bureaucrats under him that things are different now, that America is serious. Firing Jeh Johnson would be a great first step.
But it won’t happen. Some things are far more important to Preident Obama than our safety from attacks by Muslim jihadis.