Navy Yard shooter lied about arrest, debt to get security clearance

Navy Yard shooter lied about arrest, debt to get security clearance

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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 17: U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, far right, gathers with Navy personel during a wreath laying ceremony to honor of the Navy Yard shooting victims, at the U.S. Navy Memorial, September 17, 2013 in Washington, DC. 13 people were killed, including the gunman, during Monday's shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington. To the left of Hagel are; Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Sandy Winnfeld, Navy Secretary Ray Maybus, and Chief of Naval Operations Jonathan Greenert. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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by Michael Rollins

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Posted on September 24, 2013 at 6:03 AM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 24 at 10:05 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Navy Yard shooter lied about a previous arrest and failed to disclose thousands of dollars in debts when he applied for a security clearance in the Navy.

Then federal investigators dismissed the omissions, and made one of their own — deleting any reference to Aaron Alexis' use of a gun in that arrest.

The gaps in his record eventually allowed him to work in the secure Navy building where he gunned down 12 workers last week, underscoring weaknesses with the clearance process that Navy officials are targeting for change.

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus (MAY'-buhs) recommended Monday that all police reports — not just arrests or convictions — involving an individual be included when a background check is done and that more senior officers oversee evaluations and fitness reports.

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