Navy Yard shooter had “secret” clearance
posted at 11:22 am on September 17, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
Interesting, but not terribly surprising or unusual, and it’s nothing like Edward Snowden:
Aaron Alexis, the 34-year-old suspect in Monday’s shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard, had “secret” clearance and was assigned to start working there as a civilian contractor with a military-issued ID card, his firm’s chief executive told Reuters.
“He did have a secret clearance. And he did have a CAC (common access card),” said Thomas Hoshko, CEO of The Experts Inc, which was helping service the Navy Marine Corps Intranet as a subcontractor for HP Enterprise Services, part of Hewlett-Packard Co.
Alexis, of Forth Worth, Texas, is suspected of opening fire at the Naval Sea Systems Command building in the Washington Navy Yard in a shooting that left 13 people dead, including the shooter.
I’m seeing some commentary about clearance approvals that link this with Edward Snowden, but in reality they are miles apart. Snowden got clearances to access the most sensitive SIGINT data the US possesses, but a “secret” clearance for a contractor is a low-level clearance. It’s one step up from the basic”confidential,” which is also called a “public trust” clearance. I’ve held the secret clearance level twice, both times decades ago, and it’s more associated with facility access than materials access.
The issue with this shooter is probably how he got hired at all for this job, considering all of the issues he had in his background, more than the clearance assignment.