Vetting military contractors: How did Navy Yard gunman get in?
September 17th, 2013
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Vetting military contractors: How did Navy Yard gunman get in?

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Navy officers knew that Aaron Alexis had been arrested in 2004 for shooting out the tires of a car - in a blackout fueled by anger - and yet they admitted him into the Navy and granted him security clearance anyway, a senior Naval officer told CNN.

"It appears as if investigators were aware of the incident, interviewed him and were satisfied that it did not preclude granting the clearance," the officer said.

Alexis, who killed 12 people Monday at the Washington Navy Yard, was a military contractor who used a valid identification to gain access to the secured facility, law enforcement officials said Tuesday.

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  1. Cephus

    When will the gun violence problem be resolved without this sickening blame game? Leader are elected to solve problems not to appease their donors.

    September 18, 2013 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  2. Thomas

    Obviously Aaron Alexis's credit score was more important then his security clearance .

    Navy officers knew that Aaron Alexis had been arrested in 2004 for shooting out the tires of a car – in a blackout fueled by anger . Imagine what he could have accomplished with a cruse missile .

    September 18, 2013 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  3. Name Uche Agonsi

    US sounds to me like the only country mentally sick people wield their guns to cut down other people in express of their ailment. If its not out of gun mentality, some should tell me what else.

    September 18, 2013 05:34 am at 5:34 am |
  4. ED1

    He walked that's how.

    He had the proper ID and if Clinton wouldn't signed into law no guns allowed for military people on base in 1993 we might have had this problem now.

    Didn't see where CNN and others said sorry it wasn't an AR-15 as reported by us.

    September 18, 2013 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  5. Gurgyl

    Just pass Total Gun-Ban Laws. That bear arm right is silly, ridiculous, stupid, bs. USA needs gun-ban. Period.

    September 18, 2013 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  6. smith

    This is a product of cutting funding to the military. We saw these same results during the Clinton years. Most people don`t understand when you slice funding to the military it`s not weapons or harware that get cut, its military personnel and solid contractors. Obama and his lib pals blame guns but they only need to look in the mirror.

    September 18, 2013 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Yeah, but how did he get the weapons and ammo inside of the facility? I't my understanding that the gunman had only recently purchased his weapons in Virginia.

    Two prior incidents involving a gun being discharged was not sufficient to stop the gunman from buying a gun. Why? Since there was no conviction, then the incidents would not turn up in a background check for a gun purchase under current law.

    The gunman had a history of mental issues. Once the information about an ongoing history of mental health issues would not have stopped the gunman from buying a gun. Why? Because NRA-backed legislation was passed under Reagan that specifically prohibited the use of mental health records in background check for a gun purchase.

    The gun control legislation that was proposed earlier this year would have prevented the gunman from making his recent purchases.

    September 18, 2013 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  8. Wake up People!

    Smith, I thought it was the House that held the pursestrings. Don't they make those decisions? How is this Obama and the "libs" fault? Oh my bad, I forgot President Obama is responsible for every wrong thing that has happened in this country since before he was born.

    September 18, 2013 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    smith

    This is a product of cutting funding to the military. We saw these same results during the Clinton years. Most people don`t understand when you slice funding to the military it`s not weapons or harware that get cut, its military personnel and solid contractors. Obama and his lib pals blame guns but they only need to look in the mirror.
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    The sequestered cuts were part of the "big dieal" that was reached during the budget debacle in the summer of 2011. In December of that same year, House Speaker John Boehner was asked about the spending cuts that were reachec during that budget battle during an interview, which I believe was televised on "60 Minutes". Boehner bragged about the spending cuts that highlighted the budget settlement as being "98% of what he wanted".

    Boehner and the Republicans were proud of the fact that they had "made the President blink" during that battle. Nope, the sequestered cuts are wholly owned by the Republicans. They used to brag about them to their constituents. "Look at what we did. We kept our promises. We have cut spending."

    "Nice try, but we gotcha."

    September 18, 2013 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  10. Data Driven

    The post from "smith" was what I was talking about yesterday. The discussion has become: give the bloated Pentagon even more money for "security". Money for gun-control? Money for national mental-health initiatives? Fuggadeboutit. But we can certainly afford to send more money down the Pentagon rabbit-hole.

    September 18, 2013 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  11. Joan Risinger

    Why all the agonizing about how the shooter got in to the Navy Shipyard. He would have done his dastardly deed anywhere!

    September 18, 2013 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  12. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Navy officials are going back to see if his clearance should have been pulled."

    That ought to help the grieving process for family members of those he killed. The Navy might also want to go back and see how he managed to get though security with a shotgun in his carry bag.

    September 18, 2013 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  13. Fair is Fair

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    Gurgyl

    Just pass Total Gun-Ban Laws. That bear arm right is silly, ridiculous, stupid, bs. USA needs gun-ban. Period.
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    Ummmmmm.... NO.

    September 18, 2013 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  14. Malory Archer

    smith

    This is a product of cutting funding to the military. We saw these same results during the Clinton years.

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    Yeah, except the military is pretty much the only entity that hasn't had their budgets slashed, and is in fact, getting more and more $$$ every year. It's what the $$$ is spent on (enriching private corporations that hire unstable individuals as “contractors” who then go on shooting sprees or sell government secrets to foreign interests immediately comes to mind) that is the problem. Additionally, President Clinton DIDN'T cut the military's budget. That was done by his predecessor because the cold war ended and there was no longer a need for such a massive force. My former brother in law got a $35k reenlistment bonus in 1988. When the "drawdown" started happening in 1989, the Navy was PAYING sailors to separate early. My former BIL took advantage, and not only did he get $35k to leave, he also got a check for the unpaid balance on the reenlistment bonus even though he didn't serve a full year on that reenlistment. I know the truth hurts, but a good dose every now and then is good for you.

    September 18, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  15. Name Uche Agonsi

    Is it my imagination or factful that Alexis was granted a permit(whether gun or pass) for 10 years? Is just like to stay without sin for a whole lifetime.

    September 18, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |