September 19th, 2013
02:42 AM ET

Navy Yard shooting: Navy orders 3 reviews

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus on Wednesday night ordered three reviews into security clearances in the wake of the Navy Yard shootings, including into whether red flags were missed on gunman Aaron Alexis' clearance.

In the statement, Mabus said there will be a review of "the service record and performance of former Sailor Aaron Alexis. This review is designed to determine the degree to which his conduct on and off duty in the Navy did or did not meet the threshold for the sustainment of his security clearance and fitness for duty."

A second review will be conducted of the "requirements and processes in place that do or do not require contracting companies to inform the Navy in the event those companies choose to review an employee's security clearance.

And a third review, expected following today's wider review ordered by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, will be into "the entire process and procedures under which security clearances are granted, validated and renewed in the Navy."

Mabus wants particular attention paid to "the threshold at which conduct issues demand a review of one's clearance privileges."

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    I absolutely trust President Obama to oversee the adjustment of security regulations needed to secure American facilities.

    September 19, 2013 at 6:50 am | Report abuse |
  2. Home of the free Land of the brave hahaha

    This is political correctness chapter 2 of the "We are paralyzed by fear of equal opportunity litigation." Chapter 1 was Major Hasan at Fort Hood. Missed some red flags? The dude was a psychotic ra cist thrown out of his guvmint job. "Going postal" is the most predictable behavior in a multiple choice test.

    September 19, 2013 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  3. T. O'Malley

    In other words, deeper backgrownd checks.

    September 19, 2013 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  4. Hamsta

    Regulating guns and backround checks will do absolutely nothing to stop the next nutcase from committing mass murder. Furthermore if some nutcase really wants to kill a gun is a poor choice of weapons. Go ahead, take guns of the street, some nutcase will just show you he can kill a few hundred people with a glass jar full of gun powder and nails. If someone with the slightest bit of intellegence wanted to do something about these mass killings they would bring criminal charges with severe penalties against the doctors and pharmacists who feed these guinea pigs these psychotic medications that cause mood swings, paranoia, depression, psychosis, suicidal and homicidal thoughts and behaviors. That's right, start locking these doctors up on murder charges and force the pharmaceudical companies to pay the victim's families millions of dollars and I guaruntee the only mass murder you will see from that point forward will be comitted by muslim terrorists.

    September 19, 2013 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  5. Hamsta

    The only thing that needs to be reviewed is that doctor's medical liscense and the amount big pharma should have to pay as compensation to the victim's family. Better yet just throw the doctor in prison on an accessory to murder charge.

    September 19, 2013 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • RepublicanRedRash

      What needs to be repealed if the Big Pharma Medicare D which is a BIG giveaway enti.tlement to the drug companies.

      September 19, 2013 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • RepublicanRedRash

      Baloney. There were more than enough indications that this man was sick, right down to his calling the police last month to report his microwave was sending messages to him. When are we going to have a conversation about how easy it was for this guy to buy a shotgun TWO DAYS BEFORE?

      September 19, 2013 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rascal Rabble

    sigh...just what we need...disparate treatment, scrutiny, further stigmatization of the mentally ill...what mabus and hagel need to identifiy is how can a rogue gun breech his security systems of a military base and why are civilian personnel guarding a base of full military soldiers...that's stupidity!

    September 19, 2013 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    I tend to agree with @Rascal Rabble.
    Psychotic is what we tend to focus on when dealing with terrorism by our own. Fact of the matter is that anyone harboring a grudge, carrying a 'cause', wanting attention, wanting to enact a video game or just for the love of killing can walk in anywhere and start killing.

    September 19, 2013 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    "Nations awash in guns are simply killing themselves" observation.

    September 19, 2013 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  9. Greek American

    Not me @10:39

    September 19, 2013 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. RepublicanRedRash

    Why is CNN not letting me post the truth about how sick this guy was and why his bg check yielded nothing???

    September 19, 2013 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Hamsta

    It's well past time to stop blaming Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest, Marilyn Manson, TV, movies, video games and guns. Put the finger of blame where it really belongs- the doctors that prescribe psychotic medications with homicidal side effects, the pharmaceudical companies that make them and thedepartment of education that label kids special ed. and medicate them instead of disciplining them.

    September 19, 2013 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Observer

      We have now had 251 mass shootings this year. We have only had 263 days. If you can link me to the data that says legal drugs were taken by every shooter, you may have a point. Otherwise, the only thing that links theses shooting are guns. Not music. Not games. Guns.
      Please don't delete this, cnn.

      September 20, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      If you can link the 251 mass shootings this year to prescription drugs, I would like to see that data. Thanks.

      September 20, 2013 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Data that links 251 mass shooting this year to drugs. Thank you.

      September 20, 2013 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Observer

    If a person defines a mass shooting as 4 or more people getting shot at one time, we have had 250 of them in 2013 alone. This is hard data. 250. We have only had 262 days this year ~ our mass shooting is at 96%.
    If one can show me that in every single one of these incidents the perp was on SSRI's, I might be inclined to agree a little more with Hamsta's post. The only thing they do have in common is guns.

    September 19, 2013 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ronvan

    SECURITY? WE DON'T NEED NO STINKIN SECURITY!! YES, just kidding, BUT, lets be real here. OUR military has, is, facing cut backs, money squeeses, commited to wars everywhere! TODAY every soldier must be availabe to either fight, or support military operations. The result of this, while not new, can be seen on military installions! "outsourcing" every thing from, security, dining facilities, on post housing, gas, water, electric, post beautification, and more, to civilian contractors! NOW WE are trapped! To put OUR soldiers back to doing what they used to do would obviously mean alot of people out of work. BUT, just how much money would it save over time? It's funny, not this tragedy, but when I entered the Army in 65 I remember those "old" soldiers telling us how good we had it compared to what they had. NOW, after 24yrs. of service, I can look back and say the same thing!

    September 20, 2013 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
  14. saywhat

    Rightly said@ronvan
    With psychotics ruling the roost up on the Hill, i hardly see any change for the good coming up.
    "Sen.Graham to seek authorization to attack Iran" News
    We couldn't get into Syria despite all efforts by these psychotics, so lets try getting into Iran. Soldiers and treasure is available.

    September 20, 2013 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Why? Is Iran attacking us? Is Graham going to fight? Answer: no and no. Israel getting froggy again? They cam jump, then.

      September 20, 2013 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  15. saywhat

    Its simply this @banasy
    majority of our law makers have been conditioned to jump when their masters elsewhere call.
    Its up to us now to let them know that its us the Americans they have been elected to serve. We got our collective voice heard on Syria and that is how it should be from now on.

    September 20, 2013 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Those big mouths that want war so badly should volunteer for the front lines. Won't happen, but it would get rid of the chaff that currently is obstructing Congress.

      September 20, 2013 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
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