September 17th, 2013
01:17 PM ET

Navy Yard Shooting: Security

It's the deadliest miltary workplace shooting since the 2009 mass shooting at Fort Hood that killed 13, so Monday's Washington Navy Yard massacre raises the question again: how could this happen at a military installation in the U.S.

CNN's Barbara Starr reports.

Many of the security measures at the Navy yard are similar to other bases. Captain Mark Vandross spelled out security procedures to CNN's Wolf Blitzer:

"You present credentials, your D.O.D. common access card, to an armed security guard who then clears you on to the base. Then to get into building 197, there's armed security at the door of the building."

And he says contractors are also scrutinized:

"You go past armed security guards and then your credentials are computer-read and there's a kiosk you go through and it gives you a green light or red light but the green light shows your credentials are recognized as someone who is supposed to be in that building."

Former Navy Commander Kirk Lippold weighs in on the issue of security clearances after Monday's shooting.

He says, "the pattern of misconduct more than anything else is what concerns me, cause clearly you have a documented case where this individual misbehaved, the Navy knew it, and yet still when he got out, he was allowed to get a clearance.”


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  1. Vince Riordan

    Not every person on a base has a security clearance. The contractor who has people cutting grass does not have to get a clearance for evey guy pushing a lawn mower. Many buildings on any base are not secure and a crazy person could walk into a PX or BX and cause way more destruction than Alexis did. We live in a dangerous world and this stuff is going to happen no matter what we do to protect ourselves.

    September 18, 2013 at 8:54 am | Reply
  2. Kameron T Brown

    I have been a Background Investigator fot 7 years. Contract Background Investigator gather the information. We do not make the determination for Employment. Most contractors are either retired Federal Employees or Retired Law Enforcement Officers. The information that is gathered is compiled and sent to the agency that determines their employment eligibility. Contractord do not hire or fire anyone. The ball in the Navy Yard shooting was dropped, but not by a Contractor.

    September 18, 2013 at 7:44 am | Reply
  3. David Williams

    Here's a nice little list to look at, and I'm sure there have been more as I didn't really see to many bad check writters on this list.

    September 18, 2013 at 7:41 am | Reply
  4. David Williams

    It is truely sad what happened at the Navy Yard, 12 people shoot down for basically going to work that day. Now that we know what happened everyone including our elected officals want to point a finger all call out a system that grants clearances. Why doesn't that system work, really if these are the opinions of our elected officals why don't we start with theirs. It's already been stated time and time again about the past our elected officals have had and the things they do once elected. Many of our elected officals should in no way have clearances themselves. The fact that they do is only because they have been elected to office.... Period. So insted of pointing fingers how about greiving with the families and try changing things. I for one can state that if, i did some of the things that our elected officals did I would in fact find myself without a clearance but not them.

    September 18, 2013 at 7:34 am | Reply

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