Mass shooting at D.C. Navy Yard
September 17th, 2013
08:25 AM ET
12 months ago

Audit reports Navy risked security to cut costs, says source

Washington (CNN) – A government audit on Navy security found that the Navy Yard and other installations may have increased security risks in an effort to reduce costs, a federal source told CNN.

"Navy installations command attempted to reduce access control costs," according to a soon-to-be-released report from the Department of Defense Inspector General. The source read CNN portions of the report. "As a result, at least 52 convicted felons received routine unauthorized installation access, placing military personnel at increased security risk."

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  1. Tampa Tim

    Budget cuts really help create chaos. Thanks right wingnuts.

    September 17, 2013 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  2. Tony in Maine

    Gotta cut taxes...

    September 17, 2013 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  3. the hippies were right

    Why don't we let kids play with scissors? Because he/she is not mature enough to know that he or she could hurt themselves or others, so we remove the scissors first then work on the childs mental ability to handle the possibly dangerous scissors. Sometimes these kids pickup the scissors and run thru the house without the parent knowing. The best way to prevent any accident, since we don't know what kid and when this might happen, is to remove the scissors.

    September 17, 2013 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Who conducts these background checks? I can think of a few nuts in my old unit who had top secret clearances which I don't think they should have had. Look at Edward Snowden for example. When his background check was done, did they look into his political views? Did they question whether this is the type of individual who would steal the nation's secrets and flee the country with them?

    September 17, 2013 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  5. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    The Navy had to cut costs because the Republican TRAITORS in Congress won't sit down and work out a budget. They should be thrown in prison!

    September 17, 2013 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  6. Data Driven

    This aspect is important, but secondary. The real issue is what "the hippies were right" above suggested: remove the scissors.

    Remove the AR-15.

    September 17, 2013 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  7. What's in that tea anyway?

    yep....keep the cuts coming GOP/Tea trolls....its not enough that Pres. Obama has reduced the size of the government more than any president in the history of this country, through workforce reductions. Not only are we down to contracting out the criminally insane, but we aren't even willing to pay for security background checks. Oh that's right, according to the NRA everybody should have a gun, anywhere and all the time, including the blind and the criminally insane. Let the bullets fly...everybody shoots at the same time and even a crazed person will no to give up the idea of shootin' up the place – yeah right

    September 17, 2013 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  8. Gurgyl

    Do not argue bs, NRA thugs better shut up, congress and senate need to pass Total Gun-Ban Laws in USA.

    September 17, 2013 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  9. Lynda/Minnesota

    "In the wake of the shooting on Monday, Rep. Mike Turner, R-Ohio, a member of the Armed Services Committee, sent a letter to the Pentagon inspector general demanding he brief members of Congress on the Navy security audit"

    No comment. Well, I could comment, but for what purpose? The irony alone of Rep. Mike Turner, R-Ohio (sends a letter) demanding a briefing ought to cover any comment that I could possibly make.

    I wonder where he "stood" after Sandy Hook. Or during the sequestration talks?

    September 17, 2013 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    "The best way to prevent any accident, since we don't know what kid and when this might happen, is to remove the scissors."
    --------------------
    ....which does not mean outlaw scissors, altogether. It's common sense not to let a young kid play with sharp scissors. But, according to our national gun policy authors at the NRA, it's perfectly acceptable. A kid has a constitutional right to play with sharp scissors.

    September 17, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  11. Data Driven

    @Lynda,

    Just watch: Turner and other politicians are going to turn this tragedy into a demand to give more money to the Pentagon for more "security" (whatever that means) instead of making into law commonsense gun-control measures.

    September 17, 2013 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  12. Lynda/Minnesota

    @Data:

    I just looked at his voting record. You are so correct. He is a defense contractors dream come true. Voted against sequestration using typical GOP double talk (I didn't want to increase the deficit... but I do want to keep defense contractors rolling in the government dole).

    September 17, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  13. Sniffit

    But but but...deficit!!!! debt!!!! Benghazi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    You want secure military installations? You have to freekin pay for them instead of using the country's tax and business laws to redistribute all of the country's wealth to the wealthiest 1% so they can play plutocrat corporate imperialist games with your children's lives. Learn it.

    September 17, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  14. Greg in Arkansas

    Guess the GOP has already forgotten about Bengazi......you know......that place where they also cut funding for security...

    September 17, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  15. Data Driven

    @Lynda,

    No surprise! That's interesting, even if not surprising. Thanks for putting this info out there.

    September 17, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  16. Rudy NYC

    I'll bet anyone $10,000 that Rep. Darrel Issa is going to hold hearings to discover why Pres. Obama didn't stop this tragedy.

    September 17, 2013 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  17. Steve, New York City

    Another senseless, horrible event. I saw another news article that the suspect, now deceased, had previously sought psychiatric treatment AND had gotten arrested in Seattle several years ago.
    Another case in which the criminally insane have easy access to firearms.
    Thank you NRA – YOU ARE A CANCER – and you get right-wing imbeciles to parrot your every words.

    September 17, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  18. Sniffit

    "I guess I'm not quite sure why the media is still anxious to carry this particular GOP water bucket for the next 3 years."

    Two words, Ms. Lynda: Ad. Revenue.

    September 17, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  19. rs

    More real-life examples of the problems with Mr. Boehner's Sequestration Bill- you know the one where he "got 98% of what he wanted".

    More proof the GOP is simply unsuitable to lead our great nation- EVER!

    September 17, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  20. Lynda/Minnesota

    @Sniffit "Two words, Ms. Lynda: Ad. Revenue."

    Sad commentary on our American media priorities, but yeah, I so agree with you.

    September 17, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  21. kirk

    Benghazi, act two, of course its obamas fault, who else could possibly be to blame. certainly can't blame the ones holding the purse strings

    September 17, 2013 10:52 am at 10:52 am |