Issa, Farenthold Demand 'Unredacted' Report on Navy Yard Shooter

Thursday, 26 Sep 2013 03:20 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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The public has only seen parts of the background information that cleared Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis, leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee say, and they want the complete file released.

"The committee is seeking an unredacted copy of his background investigation file to put an end to the ambiguity," Texas Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold, who chairs the House Federal Workforce Subcommittee, told The Washington Times on Wednesday.

He and California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, sent a letter on Wednesday to the Obama administration demanding the complete file.

They told the Office of Personnel Management in the letter that the complete file is necessary so House investigators can learn more about the "unacceptable breach of security" that allowed Alexis — who had a documented history of mental and criminal issues — to obtain security clearance that allowed him access to the Navy Yard.

"Typically, these failures result from a combination of human error, bad processes and rules, and lack of oversight of employees and contractors,” Farenthold said. “I am also concerned with inadequate use of modern technology in the screening process. The committee intends to thoroughly investigate the system and find solutions to keep people safe.”

Even though Alexis' files haven't been disclosed, the FBI has been releasing more information about the attack, including a chilling video of Alexis, a Navy veteran, entering Building 197 at the Navy Yard and stalking its hallways with a shotgun as workers can be seen continuing business down a corridor.

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Alexis left an electronic note saying that he was being subjected to an “ultra low frequency attack," and "[this is] what I’ve been subject to for the last 3 months, and to be perfectly honest that is what has driven me to this,” the FBI revealed Wednesday, The Los Angeles Times story reports

Alexis left an electronic note saying that he was being subjected to an “ultra low frequency attack," and "[this is] what I’ve been subject to for the last 3 months, and to be perfectly honest that is what has driven me to this,” the FBI revealed Wednesday, . 

Alexis became a contractor with secret clearance after leaving the Navy, with USIS, the same firm that approved National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden's security clearance, approving his.

OPM Associated Director of Investigations Merton Miller said last week that his agency's involvement with Alexis' security clearance "ended when we submitted the case to the Department of Defense (DoD) for adjudication in December 2007. DoD did not ask OPM for any additional investigative actions after it received the completed background investigation."

But the Navy revealed http://www.newsmax.com/US/navy-yard-shooting-background/2013/09/24/id/527350 Tuesday that it didn’t know that Alexis had shot out a Seattle construction worker’s tires when it awarded him a security clearance in 2008 because of faulty information in an investigative report.


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