San Bernardino Shooter ‘Not Fully Investigated Before Being Granted U.S. Visa’
Malik was granted a K-1 fiance visa following an interview and security checks against various databases, the Daily Mail reports. However, officials found no “derogatory information” and thus saw no reason to request a more thorough check known as a “security assessment opinion”.
The anonymous official, who is familiar with the process, said these checks are not performed routinely due to the sheer volume of applications.
Before being given her visa, Malik went through national security checks and criminal background checks. She was also interviewed in by the U.S. consulate in Pakistan and again by an immigration officer inside the United States before being given a green card.
However, it subsequently emerged that Malik had posted extremist messages on Facebook under a false name, and with tight privacy restrictions, raising questions over whether the government checks were thorough enough.
Agents said they were under pressure from the Obama administration not to look too deeply into people’s social media accounts due to privacy and civil liberties concerns.