D.C. mayor: I can’t be sure, but maybe sequestration’s partly to blame for this Navy Yard shooting

posted at 4:01 pm on September 17, 2013 by Allahpundit

Via the Blaze, skip to 2:40 for the key bit. What’s worse? The fact that Gray’s obviously spitballing here, chattering reflexively about sequestration when a camera’s stuck in his face without any idea whatsoever of whether it played a role or how (“it’s hard to know”), or the fact that this blather warranted a headline and an uncritical item at WaPo?

Whatever else sequestration might be doing to the Pentagon, it didn’t stop them from doing a background check on Alexis in July:

Thomas Hoshko, chief executive officer of The Experts, said he was disturbed to learn from the Washington Post and other news outlets about police reports alleging that Alexis shot out a construction worker’s tire in Seattle in 2004, and into the ceiling of his Fort Worth apartment in 2010.

“If I can find this out just by doing a Google search, that is sad,” Hoshko said. “Anything that suggests criminal problems or mental health issues, that would be a flag. We would not have hired him.”

Hoshko said he and other contracting firms rely on the military to approve the security clearances of their employees, and fears that budget crunches have led to faster and less thorough checks…

Alexis had a secret-level security clearance starting in 2007, and it was most recently updated this July. The most recent security review, approved by the Defense Security Service of the Department of Defense, included hiring Lexis-Nexis to run a background check through court records. It’s unclear what time frame the review scrutinized and whether previous police reports alleging Alexis had shot at a car in Seattle in 2004 and into his apartment ceiling in Fort Worth in 2010 were reviewed.

Even if the 2004 and 2010 police reports were found and reviewed, how likely is it that DoD would have denied him a security clearance? He had an honorable discharge, despite his history of (relatively minor) misconduct. His most serious non-military offense, the 2004 episode where he shot at someone’s tires, was nearly a decade old by the time of the July background check. As far as we know, he’d never done anything like that again. Seems likelier to me that the feds knew about his past and dismissed it as no big deal than that sequestration somehow blinded them to it. In fact, per David Freddoso, the Pentagon was concerned about lax scrutiny of contractors at the Navy Yard long before sequestration went into effect. The security audit noted in this morning’s Time mag report began in September 2012, four months before the sequester began to bite. We’ll have to wait to see if routine attempts at cost-cutting contributed to lower standards for background checks, especially with regards to mental-health issues, but there’s no reason for Gray to be wheezing about the sequester here except to exploit a massacre for Democratic political gain.

By the way, am I hallucinating or weren’t defense cuts included in the sequester precisely because it was Republicans, not Dems, who opposed them? The whole point of sequestration was to pressure the Super Committee to act by making the price of inaction unacceptably high to both parties. That meant indiscriminate cuts to domestic programs, to the consternation of liberals, and indiscriminate cuts to the Pentagon, to the consternation of generally hawkish conservatives. If Democrats suddenly don’t like the latter either, they’ll find plenty of Republicans in Congress willing to help reinstate them.


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Mayor Williams and Mayor Fenty, you are missed.

22044 on September 17, 2013 at 4:01 PM

Sequestration. It’s the new Bush.

de rigueur on September 17, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Thanks sequester!

libfreeordie on September 17, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Obama advisor: Hagel will bring “huge cuts” to the military

This is awesome. Cut the beast.

libfreeordie on January 9, 2013 at 2:12 AM

Old busted, new … you know.

Geez professor, you’re a dick and a hypocrite. You’re a dickocrite.

smoothsailing on September 17, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Schadenfreude on September 17, 2013 at 4:03 PM

All events–whether they occur in the realm of education, the workplace, the military, the government, civilian sector, financial institutions, social institutions etc are all seen through the same lens by these brainstems—that is, that Republicans are evil and all that is bad is a result of their doings.

ted c on September 17, 2013 at 4:04 PM

The indecent leftist scum (two repeats already) are all feeding on carrion, again.

That stupid Martha MacCullum, with a straight face, reported “the motive, not released, yet, is cutting the security budget”.

Why does Faux hire ‘pretty’ stupid heads to report the serious news?

All who feed on carrion, the leftist politicians, like the highly indecent E. Holmes and others, the stupid psychiatrists/psychologists on TV, and assorted morons, incl. the one in the WH, media too, I hope you all choke on it, for good. YOU fools deserve NO less.

NO law would have prevented this. However, stupidity contributed. There is a cure against it. Get over your moronic PC, or be killed by it. I hope your stupid heads go first.

Schadenfreude on September 17, 2013 at 4:04 PM

It’s obama’s invented sequester…

PC and stupidity did it. May the perpetrators of both go first.

Note – the guy killed a bunch of his supervisors. Not much reported in the news…

Schadenfreude on September 17, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Just another liberal MORON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gunlock Bill on September 17, 2013 at 4:06 PM

So they admit it has nothing to do with the gun laws and everything to do with improper background checks on the part of the government. Good.

Dr. Frank Enstine on September 17, 2013 at 4:07 PM

No PC got these people and our good soldiers at Fort Hood killed.

redguy on September 17, 2013 at 4:07 PM

D.C. mayor: I can’t be sure, but maybe sequestration’s partly to blame for this Navy Yard shooting

Translation:

I have no Fu*king clue about anything, much less what day it
is, so I’ll just grab whatever the media is squawking
about, and blame that….

ToddPA on September 17, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Well, the guy is speaking to his constituents, most of whom don’t have IQs over 80. It obviously works for liberals or they wouldn’t go there.

cajunpatriot on September 17, 2013 at 4:10 PM

I blame Joe Biden and Barack Obama for advocating shotgun use for shooting off balconies, shooting thru doors and shooting skeets.

HumpBot Salvation on September 17, 2013 at 4:11 PM

They now need to tie it to the “war on women” and “Bush fault” and everything will be all set…

mnjg on September 17, 2013 at 4:11 PM

And global warming, too. Don’t forget global warming!

ZenDraken on September 17, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Mayor Williams and Mayor Fenty, you are missed.

22044 on September 17, 2013 at 4:01 PM

Hell, I miss Marion Barry and I don’t even live in the District.

Oldnuke on September 17, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Sequestration. It’s the new Bush.

de rigueur on September 17, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Excellent comment…

mnjg on September 17, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Being stupid is not a disadvantage in running for office in D.C. or most any liberal enclave for that matter.

Oldnuke on September 17, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Already, some in Congress are trying to undo these automatic spending cuts. My message to them is simple: No. I WILL VETO ANY EFFORT TO GET RID OF THOSE AUTOMATIC SPENDING CUTS TO DOMESTIC AND DEFENSE SPENDING. There will be no easy off ramps on this one.’

- President Barack Obama, 21 November 2011

‘In the short term, the good news is that there’s going to be a forcing mechanism to deal with what is the central ideological argument in Washington right now, and that is: How much government do we have and how do we pay for it? So when you combine the Bush tax cuts expiring, THE SEQUESTER IN PLACE, the commitment of both myself and my opponent — at least Governor Romney claims that he wants to reduce the deficit — but we’re going to be in a position where I believe in the first six months we are going to solve that big piece of business.”

- President Barack Obama, Des Moines Register, 23 October 2012

From The Washington Post:

The Pinocchio Test

No one disputes the fact that no one wanted sequestration, or that ultimately a bipartisan vote in Congress led to passage of the Budget Control Act. But the president categorically said that sequestration was “something that Congress has proposed.”

Woodward’s detailed account of meetings during the crisis, clearly based on interviews with key participants and contemporaneous notes, make it clear that sequestration was a proposal advanced and promoted by the White House.

In sum: Gene Sperling brought up the idea of a sequester, while Jack Lew sold Harry Reid on the idea and then decided to use the Gramm-Hollings-Rudman language (which he knew from his days of working for Tip O’Neill) as a template for sequester. The proposal was so unusual for Republicans that staffers had to work through the night to understand it.

Oddly, Lew in Tampa on Thursday, publicly asserted the opposite: “There was an insistence on the part of Republicans in Congress for there to be some automatic trigger…. [It] was very much rooted in the Republican congressional insistence that there be an automatic measure at the end.”

This prompted Woodward to go over his notes and interviews once again, to make sure he had gotten it right.

“After reviewing all the interviews and the extensive material I have on this issue, it looks like President Obama told a whopper,” Woodward said. “Based on what Jack Lew said in Florida today, I have asked the White House to correct the record.”

We had been wavering between Three and Four Pinocchios. But in light’s of Lew’s decision to doubledown on Obama’s claim, we agree it’s a whopper.

Four Pinocchios

‘I was for SequesterSquatch before I was against it!’

- President Barack Obama and Mayor Vincent Gray

If SequesterSquatch is to blame for Aaron Alexis, what’s the excuse for Hassan, Snowden, and Manning, Your Honour?

Resist We Much on September 17, 2013 at 4:17 PM

So it’s Obama’s fault.

mankai on September 17, 2013 at 4:17 PM

Hell, I miss Marion Barry and I don’t even live in the District.

Oldnuke on September 17, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Wow. That’s going Wayyyyyy Backkkkkk…

22044 on September 17, 2013 at 4:17 PM

I don’t know what it’s like now, but in 1991 I was investigated by DIS for a security clearance while serving as a Sergeant at HQMC in Arlington, VA. I was -unbeknownst at the time- recommended for a course at Ft. Bragg on Counter-Terrorism and the course required a clearance of Secret or better. I was granted a TS, but it was subsequently reduced to Secret after it was revealed that my CO -a Captain- only carried a Secret clearance and he wasn’t too keen on an NCO under his charge with a TS. I had no idea the investigation was taking place until near the end when a friend contacted me after receiving a visit from a nice lady in a suit, who was oddly inquisitive about me.

I’m guessing the standards have relaxed a bit since then.

BKeyser on September 17, 2013 at 4:18 PM

You reach a point with the lunatic left where you are not angry anymore at their stupidity but rather waiting for these low IQ clowns to utter most stupidity to make you laugh… Comic relief…

mnjg on September 17, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Can’t DC come up with better Mayors??

How about Sandra Fluke??

Yeah, she’s gone down on everything but the Titanic, but I bet
she’s a lot smarter than this Tree Stump…

ToddPA on September 17, 2013 at 4:21 PM

Only the best and brightest in government, you just remember that.

Bishop on September 17, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Bishop, see this.

Schadenfreude on September 17, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Can’t DC come up with better Mayors??

How about Sandra Fluke??

Yeah, she’s gone down on everything but the Titanic, but I bet
she’s a lot smarter than this Tree Stump…

ToddPA on September 17, 2013 at 4:21 PM

Are you waiting for a community that has an average IQ of 85 to come up with better mayors?… It is not going to happen… You cannot fix stupid and you cannot fight nature…

mnjg on September 17, 2013 at 4:24 PM

We should start a section called “Liberal Comic Relief” where articles like this one are filed… It may become the most popular section of the forum…

mnjg on September 17, 2013 at 4:26 PM

I’m guessing the standards have relaxed a bit since then.
BKeyser on September 17, 2013 at 4:18 PM

No they haven’t. I just had a clearance update, and they visit or call lots of people about you – family, co-workers, neighbors. As well as NICS check, credit check, and possibly more – very likely a search for whatever you may have on Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace, or whatever.

dentarthurdent on September 17, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Only the lowest kind of scum would boldly lie in order to try to make economic politics out of such a tragedy, but then the left is the epitome of the culture of death, with their love of abortion, and death panels.

I’m certain that I now know how WWII Germany supported the evil it did.

Don L on September 17, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Simple lib/proggie politician/media strategy: Always connect ‘sequestration’ with any bad event (real or imagined).
Logic isn’t important. Just say it might be a partial explanation and that it’s hard to say for sure.
Once ‘sequestration’ is forever linked to everything and anything bad, use that term in connection with any proposed future budget/benefit cut.
Straight out of Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals.

Marcola on September 17, 2013 at 4:28 PM

Oh, fer Christ’s sake! That lubber, Alexis, is to blame for the shooting, nothing else. Nothing, you moron!

SailorMark on September 17, 2013 at 4:28 PM

“And behold, in that day shall I send Democrats upon thee and thy land, to destroy thy corn and thy flocks and herds, and all that thou hast, leaving thee and thy children destitute; a byword and a hissing to all that pass by…”

Akzed on September 17, 2013 at 4:28 PM

You know its too bad the Dem base is so freakin stupid. Anyone with sense can see that these libs just jeep throwing stuff against the wall to see what sticks. The story comes out that an AR-15 rifle was involved in the navy yard shootings and all the Dems call for gun control. When its discovered no AR-15 they don’t retract. Huge sheets of ice discovered and record cold temps and they still say global warming. The Colorado Floods ditto. Now sequestration is to blame for the navy yard shootings. They can’t say Booooosh since they are 5 years in. I don’t know whom I’m more disgusted with, the average Dem or the low info voters.

neyney on September 17, 2013 at 4:28 PM

……and sequestration is the fault of the anarchists in the gop…..

So the Tea Party might as well have pulled the trigger.

Ban the Tea Party now.

PappyD61 on September 17, 2013 at 4:29 PM

No they haven’t. I just had a clearance update, and they visit or call lots of people about you – family, co-workers, neighbors. As well as NICS check, credit check, and possibly more – very likely a search for whatever you may have on Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace, or whatever.

dentarthurdent on September 17, 2013 at 4:26 PM

I should probably clarify that they don’t do all of that for only a secret clearance.

dentarthurdent on September 17, 2013 at 4:29 PM

The strict Washington DC gun laws should have saved these people. Every DC resident should carry a copy of the law with them and show those about to shoot them.

portlandon on September 17, 2013 at 4:31 PM

“And behold, in that day shall I send Democrats upon thee and thy land, to destroy thy corn and thy flocks and herds, and all that thou hast, leaving thee and thy children destitute; a byword and a hissing to all that pass by…”

Akzed on September 17, 2013 at 4:28 PM

This is so good, I’ve copied it.

Thanks!

ToddPA on September 17, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Alexis drove….a Prius.

sentinelrules on September 17, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Hell, I miss Marion Barry and I don’t even live in the District.

Oldnuke on September 17, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Have to agree… If the WORST thing these liberals did was fire up some crack with a $25 hooker, the country would be in much better shape…

PointnClick on September 17, 2013 at 4:34 PM

The strategy for the blame game was not as well orchestrated as usual. They must be really shaken up.

petunia on September 17, 2013 at 4:35 PM

$5 to the pundit who can discover which network/journalist first ‘reported’ that the shooter was using an AR15.

faraway on September 17, 2013 at 4:36 PM

The strict Washington DC gun laws should have saved these people. Every DC resident should carry a copy of the law with them and show those about to shoot them.

portlandon on September 17, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Sounds good. That should work just as well as, say, showing a cross to a vampire (but what about sparkly vampires? I just don’t know…).
I’m sure no self-respecting criminal or psycho would continue shooting innocent people once someone clearly shows him that what he’s doing is illegal….

dentarthurdent on September 17, 2013 at 4:36 PM

The strategy for the blame game was not as well orchestrated as usual. They must be really shaken up.

petunia on September 17, 2013 at 4:35 PM

The shooter is a Obama loving black man who drove a Prius.

That will shake up any liberal blame game.

sentinelrules on September 17, 2013 at 4:36 PM

By the way, am I hallucinating or weren’t defense cuts included in the sequester precisely because it was Republicans, not Dems, who opposed them?

said Allapundit.

No dummy. Its all about those puppy drowning Republicans and their radical desire to kill off the sick and take food from babies and the elderly. And don’t you forget it or believe otherwise…

I wish the White House would set the record straight as to when the Samba Party will be rescheduled.

patman77 on September 17, 2013 at 4:37 PM

The Rat party’s shamelessness is becoming more and more off-putting. I am surrounded by Rats, and none can even bring themselves to defend their own party anymore. They don’t even try.

Rational Thought on September 17, 2013 at 4:37 PM

dentarthurdent on September 17, 2013 at 4:26 PM

I guess maybe it depends on whether DIS is actually conducting the check, or if it’s farmed out to a DoD contractor. There’s been a lot of complaints recently (See: Snowden) about background check complacency.

BKeyser on September 17, 2013 at 4:38 PM

Does this mean that Obama has been sequestrated?

faraway on September 17, 2013 at 4:38 PM

I guess maybe it depends on whether DIS is actually conducting the check, or if it’s farmed out to a DoD contractor. There’s been a lot of complaints recently (See: Snowden) about background check complacency.

BKeyser on September 17, 2013 at 4:38 PM

Perhaps. They sure didn’t skimp on mine.
And I’ve been interviewed by investigators at least 8 to 10 times this year about people I know – coworkers and neighbors.

dentarthurdent on September 17, 2013 at 4:42 PM

Apropos nothing; has anyone told the DC mayor to trim those “horn” eyebrows of his? Watching him on TV last night, I told the wife “Hey! There’s Lucifer!”

GarandFan on September 17, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Nope. Jake Tapper has learned that Alexis was a disgruntled Obama supporter. Just another angry liberal who couldn’t control himself.

“Alexis was a liberal…He was very much for this [Obama] Administration and was very gung-ho for his agenda.”

Meremortal on September 17, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Is smoking crack a requirement for DC mayors?

Lonetown on September 17, 2013 at 4:50 PM

Alexis drove….a Prius.

sentinelrules on September 17, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Well, no wonder the guy was upset about Life…….

ToddPA on September 17, 2013 at 4:50 PM

A SECRET clearance BI only looks back 7 years. If it was recently renewed (could be – the BI is only good for 10 and that was coming up soon), meaning he filled out the forms and gone through the process, the 2004 incident would not have shown up. the 2010 one would have, but it in and of itself is not a reason to deny.

Jeff Weimer on September 17, 2013 at 4:51 PM

Most of the info in a security check only goes back 3-5 years, though some goes back 7-10. It is entirely possible to “outgrow” something on your record and to obtain a clearance. It can also happen if you’re a good BSer and the guy investigating only checks, say… your mother and your pole-dancing girlfriend for your references.

GWB on September 17, 2013 at 4:53 PM

The main problem at both Fort Hood and the Washington Navy Yard was “affirmative action” which gave both Hasan and Alexus a pass.

VorDaj on September 17, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Alexis drove….a Prius.

sentinelrules on September 17, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Weird, I got this weird sensation that he drove a CT Hybrid, but I can’t explain how that thought could have permeated my brainpan.

The Schaef on September 17, 2013 at 4:56 PM

your mother and your pole-dancing girlfriend for your references.

GWB on September 17, 2013 at 4:53 PM

Shhhhhhhh!
You said you wouldn’t tell anyone about my pole-dancing girlfriend……

dentarthurdent on September 17, 2013 at 5:03 PM

In DC, idiots elected this idiot.

jake49 on September 17, 2013 at 5:06 PM

The strategy for the blame game was not as well orchestrated as usual. They must be really shaken up.

petunia on September 17, 2013 at 4:35 PM

Having dug themselves into a gun-control hole too many times now, they can only act in a trench.

de rigueur on September 17, 2013 at 5:08 PM

Please tell me this is not the best the nations capitol has to offer.

DDay on September 17, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Is this Detroit or DC?

DDay on September 17, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Please tell me this is not the best the nations capitol has to offer.

DDay on September 17, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Ok – I won’t tell you that.

But it’s probably true…..

dentarthurdent on September 17, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Yeah, it couldn’t have anything to do with a Gun-Free Zone being within a Gun-Free Zone, now could it?
BTW, Mayor Gray, is this what Jeffrey Thompson told you to say?

Another Drew on September 17, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Please tell me this is not the best the nations capitol has to offer.

DDay on September 17, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Ok – I won’t tell you that.

But it’s probably true…..

dentarthurdent on September 17, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Sorry – totally misread that. You must have typed in cursive – which I don’t read or speak…
Ya – sadly, he probably is one of the best they have to offer.

dentarthurdent on September 17, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Well if the sequester was to blame wouldn’t that mean that cutting defense is not the best idea (add the growing threat in the ME and it’s a really bad idea). I think the issue is gun free zones and a mental health system that doesn’t work.

hopeful on September 17, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Sorry – totally misread that. You must have typed in cursive – which I don’t read or speak…
Ya – sadly, he probably is one of the best they have to offer.

dentarthurdent on September 17, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Maybe there is some truth to the old saying, “there must be something in the water”. It appears that everyone that ends up there loses a few or more IQ points.

DDay on September 17, 2013 at 5:39 PM

They’ve got to throw something up to distract from the fact that the shooter was a big time liberal Obama supporter.

Anybody seen libfreethedunce?

Meremortal on September 17, 2013 at 5:46 PM

So what he is saying is that not only is Obama ultimately responsible for this because of his terrible job as CINC but also because of his terrible economic policies?

Can’t see it any other way.

BTW, I predicted this on the shooter thread yesterday. Although to be fair I figured it would be Nanzi or Mayo head Wasserman.

jukin3 on September 17, 2013 at 5:53 PM

with no malice intended to those that are mentally challenged by birth rather than morals and ethics like this clown is.

what a F@*cking retard

acyl72 on September 17, 2013 at 6:09 PM

I so hate these f ing liberal turds. You know that guy could have just as easily killed that many or more with a damn machete because there would have been none of the noise that a gun makes. We would then have to blame it all on the makers of machetes and of course conservatives.

jistincase on September 17, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Sequester = Bush = dog whistle

The modern day Progressive… I’m just so Obama-proud of them all…

Khun Joe on September 17, 2013 at 10:49 PM