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  • Navy Yard, DC. Active Shooter (Update: False Alarm)

    07/02/2015 5:08:04 AM PDT · by TomGuy · 173 replies
    FoxNews, et al ^ | July 2, 2015 | FoxNews, et al
    Active Shooter, Navy Yard, Washington Campus on lockdown.
  • Obama Calls For Gun Reforms That "Respect Our Traditions"

    09/17/2014 6:03:25 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 44 replies ^ | September 17, 2014 | Charlie Spiering
    President Obama recalled the one-year anniversary of the Washington Navy Yard shootings, calling it an "an unspeakable act of violence."
  • Congress Finds Shortcuts, Eyes Cover-up In Handing Out Security Clearances (WA Navy Yard Shooting)

    11/22/2013 1:23:14 AM PST · by SatinDoll · 6 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Nov. 21, 2013 | Stephan Dinan
    The federal agency charged with screening employees for security clearance offered hints about how to cut corners,..could have led to the clearance the Navy Yard shooter needed to access the base, the House’s top investigator said. Rep. Darrell E. Issa, California Republican and chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said his staffers have come across verbal and written policies from the Office of Personnel Management that indicate the security clearance process was short-circuited in the case of Aaron Alexis, the Navy Yard shooter. But Mr. Issa says OPM is refusing to turn over those documents and allowing them...
  • Government, Left Pushes 'Virtual Gun Control'

    09/28/2013 8:22:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | September 28, 2013 | Mike Flynn
    Having defeated President Obama’s quest to shoot holes in the Second Amendment, a GOP Leadership aide recently told the Huffington Post the House would soon spend time examining the link between link between video games and violence, essentially kicking off a campaign for “virtual gun control.” Make no mistake; the road to gun control and the road to virtual gun control leads to the same destination — restrictions on your liberty. Part of the fallacy of gun control rests in the belief that in inanimate object can be responsible for the acts of the person in control of it. No...
  • The Gun That Didn’t Shoot

    09/27/2013 11:19:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    PJ Media ^ | September 27, 2013 | Jack Dunphy
    How did the MSM get the D.C. Navy Yard shooting wrong? Let us count the ways. In watching the coverage of the Washington Navy Yard shooting as it unfolded last Monday, I had to remind myself that most of the reports I was hearing would surely turn out to be incorrect, in some cases wildly so. And indeed this turned out to be the case. We were told, for example, that there was more than one gunman, and that one of them was armed with an AR-15 rifle. Even worse, both CBS and NBC identified the wrong man as the...
  • Liberalism and Mass Shootings

    09/26/2013 11:11:28 AM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 26, 2013 | J.R. Dunn
    One thing generally overlooked in the uproar over the Washington Navy Yard shooting -- and all other recent mass shootings -- is that guns are being used to shield failed liberal policies. Such policies have been implicated in most, if not all, gun massacres. As is customary when encountering failure, liberals immediately cast around looking for someone or something else to blame, in this case, guns and anything associated with them, including the NRA, the bitter clingers, and so on. The failed policies they are attempting to protect include: �-� Gun-Free Zones -- According to John Lott, Jr. every last...
  • Aaron Alexis and the gun control mental health dodge [A cautionary tale – please read]

    09/26/2013 1:10:34 PM PDT · by Voice of Reason1 · 52 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 21, 2013 | Jazz Shaw
    Gun grabbers have found an issue where they can get almost unanimous consent across the board, including from gun owners. Nobody wants the dangerously insane to have weapons. not even the NRA. So using that bit of light coming in under the edge of the door, they’ve found a point of attack. Since we all agree that the insane shouldn’t have guns, we’ll pass a law to enforce that. And then we’ll start dumbing down the definition of “insane” to include as many people as possible. Because in the end, this was never about helping people. This is about taking...
  • 6 Reasons Guns Aren’t Like My Gayness (He's serious, I think)

    09/25/2013 10:20:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    care2 ^ | September 25, 2013 | Steve Williams
    An NRA commentator is claiming gun rights are like gay rights. Put simply, they’re not. Here’s what led to this ridiculous comparison and why these two topics are so very different. Starbucks recently had to make a little request to customers: that they do not bring firearms into the coffee chain’s stores because, they feel, having to have one eye on the man with the gun while drinking your latte should not be part of the “Starbucks experience.” Prior to this, the gun lobby had used Starbucks’ uneasy silence regarding gun carrying in store to peddle so-called Starbucks Appreciation Days,...
  • Submerging Media - Navy Yard Shooting Shows American Media's Decline

    09/23/2013 12:41:44 PM PDT · by guyshomenet · 12 replies
    Cowboy Confessional ^ | 9/23/2013 | Guy Smith
    Journalism isn’t what is used to be, and it wasn’t great to begin with. Last week a man who heard voices in his head followed the advice from the voices in Joe Biden’s head about armament, bought a shotgun, hacked off the barrel and killed a bunch of people in the Washing Navy Yard. As with all such incidents, two completely predictable occurrences came to pass. First, after waiting for facts to emerge, the sanity of the suspect was shown to be non-existent. Second, the gun control industry did not wait for facts to emerge. Neither did the media. One...
  • Righteous Anger at Leftist Partisanship

    09/23/2013 11:19:20 AM PDT · by jfd1776 · 3 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | September 23, 2013 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    On Monday, September 16, 2013, a gunman entered the Washington Navy Yards and began a shooting rampage in which a dozen were killed and still more were wounded. As America watched in horror, President Barack Hussein Obama delivered a televised rant, attacking Republicans, conservatives, and of course, the law-abiding firearms owners who might have helped to stop the carnage, had they been allowed. The National Rifle Association has a practice of not talking politics on the day that such events unfold. Even though such occasions are invariably excellent examples of the need for gun ownership by the law-abiding – in...
  • Peter Hitchens: If the Devil had to invent a game, it would be this one

    09/23/2013 12:45:14 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | September 22, 2013 | Peter Hitchens
    If the Devil had his own bible, it would probably take the form of a computer game. It would be sly and witty, enjoyable and slick. It would start with small, almost funny misdeeds. It would offer the player the joys of money, successful violence and easy, responsibility-free sex. There would be drugs which didn’t fry your brain or burn holes in your nose. You would be made to feel brave, while not actually needing to be. None of your pleasures would be paid for in coin, pain or grief. Everyone else in the game would be disposable and forgettable....
  • Report: Aaron Alexis Fueled By "Racial Discrimination"

    09/22/2013 8:18:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    StoryLeak Blog ^ | September 17, 2013 | Anthony Gucciardi
    New information on the history and motivations of Aaron Alexis, the Navy Yard shooter who took the lives of 12 individuals, reveals that Alexis was fueled by what he felt was ‘racial discrimination’ during his top secret level job. The news not only ties in with the fact that the mega media and establishment have created a neo race war through the race baiting of the Trayvon Martin case and others (as top rappers agree), but also the prediction that such race baiting tactics would continue to generate racially charged violence on a major scale. And we’ve already seen this...
  • How Political Correctness and Stupid Policies Yielded Up The Navy Yard Massacre

    09/22/2013 4:25:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies ^ | September 22, 2013 | Doug Giles
    Is anyone else ticked that we’ve all been forced to know the now-dead-and-in-hell piece of shiitake named Aaron Alexis? However livid we may be, I’m sure it can’t compare to the rage the family members and friends of the ones he mowed down must feel. For those who only watch MTV and have no clue who Aaron Alexis is, well, he’s the dude that shot and killed twelve innocent people at the Navy Yard military base in D.C. last Monday. That would be as in Washington, D.C. It’s the same D.C. that has uberstrict, leftist guns laws in place that,...
  • Obama’s problem with tone

    09/20/2013 7:57:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Santa Clarita Valley Signal ^ | September 20, 2013 | Rick Jensen
    Liberals at MSNBC and dozens of web sites are shocked at President Obama’s “problem with his tone” in politically attacking Republicans over spending while a mentally ill murderer was gunning down citizens at the Navy Yard. The President does not have a “problem with his tone.” Yes, his politically-driven insensitivity made the country wince, but it’s nothing new. Consider the well-documented history of President Obama’s “tone”: Obama’s gloating and criticism of Republicans, blaming them entirely for failing to agree with all of his tax increases for avoiding the so-called “fiscal cliff.” He has called Americans “lazy,” and looks down upon...
  • As Freedom Destroys Itself: Laws can’t protect a society that has lost its way.

    09/20/2013 7:27:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The National Review ^ | September 20, 2013 | Gov. Sarah Palin
    All of us were horrified by the murders at the Washington Navy Yard this week. Once again, in the aftermath of a shooting, a new installment of the debate about gun laws has broken out. But what we really need is a new discussion about what kind of people we are and what kind of country we want to be. It’s no secret which side I’m on in any debate involving the Second Amendment (or the whole Constitution, for that matter). We call Alaska America’s Last Frontier, and firearms are a big part of our lifestyle here because they are...
  • Defense Officials Angered by Rushed Naval Yard Memorial

    09/20/2013 1:13:53 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 20 replies ^ | September 20, 2013 | Bill McMorris
    The White House is rushing to organize a Sunday memorial service for victims of the Navy Yard shooting, leaving top defense officials worried that it will not properly honor the 12 people shot dead on Monday. The White House gave Navy Yard brass less than 12 hours to assemble a 2,500-person guest list composed of service members and contractors affected by Monday’s mass shooting, according to exclusive emails obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. “Urgent tasking in support of Sunday’s Memorial Ceremony. By 0730 tomorrow we need an estimate of how many employees want to attend the NAVSEA Memorial Ceremony,”...
  • Why Did Navy Yard Murderer Aaron Alexis Create A Webpage with Name “Mohammed Salem”

    09/20/2013 1:39:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    A Time For Choosing ^ | September 20, 2013 | Gary P. Jackson
    After naming the wrong man and the shooter, and getting the weapons used completely wrong, here’s yet one more thing the corrupt media is not telling you: From Pamela Geller [Atlas Shrugs] Law enforcement officials told NBC News that Alexis created a webpage with the name “Mohammed Salem.” This is the first I am hearing of this, and have seen no media mention of it (although the fact that he had been a Buddhist has been headlined and recounted numerous times, despite the fact is that there is no compulsion to violence, oppression and ethnic cleansing in the teachings of...
  • The real Navy Yard scandal

    09/20/2013 6:51:37 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 31 replies
    The Washington ComPost ^ | September 19 2013 | By Charles Krauthammer MD
    In the liberal remake of “Casablanca,” the police captain comes upon the scene of the shooting and orders his men to “round up the usual weapons.” It’s always the weapon and never the shooter. Twelve people are murdered in a rampage at the Washington Navy Yard, and before sundown Sen. Dianne Feinstein has called for yet another debate on gun violence. Major opprobrium is heaped on the AR-15, the semiautomatic used in the Newtown massacre.
  • The Real Navy Yard Scandal

    09/20/2013 3:29:45 AM PDT · by nikos1121 · 15 replies
    NRO ^ | September 19,2013 | Charles Krauthammer
    <p>In the liberal remake of Casablanca, the police captain comes upon the scene of the shooting and orders his men to “round up the usual weapons.”</p> <p>It’s always the weapon and never the shooter. Twelve people are murdered in a rampage at the Washington Navy Yard, and before sundown Senator Dianne Feinstein has called for yet another debate on gun violence. Major opprobrium is heaped on the AR-15, the semiautomatic used in the Newtown massacre. Turns out no AR-15 was used at the Navy Yard. And the shotgun that was used was obtained legally in Virginia after the buyer, Aaron Alexis, had passed both a state and federal background check.</p>
  • A Dangerous And Dishonest View Of Mass Violence

    09/19/2013 8:15:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Neon Tommy - Annenberg Digital News ^ | September 19, 2013 | Jacqueline Jackson
    Monday morning, the United States saw yet another mass shooting. The Navy Yard shooting occurred only 2.5 miles away from the White House, shocking the nation and reminding citizens that nowhere in America is safe from gun violence. Since President Obama took office in 2008, Americans have witnessed at least 19 mass shootings. All received exclusive media coverage, a type of coverage that has yet to occur when violence takes the lives of youth in minority communities across the nation. It is clear that in America you are in danger simply by living out your daily life. But it seems...
  • The Navy Yard gunman self-styled “Mohammed Salem”

    09/19/2013 6:13:38 PM PDT · by kindred · 26 replies ^ | 9/19/13 | unknown
    September 19, 2013, 5:52 PM (GMT+02:00) NBC News quoting law enforcement officials revealed Thursday that Aaron Alexis, who murdered 12 people in the Washington Navy Yard this week, created a webpage in the name of “Mohammed Salem.” The officials said “he never did anything with it” and they found nothing else that “might indicate any interest in violent jihad or even Islam.” So how would they describe the deadly attack on the Navy facility - if not “violent jihad?”
  • Washington Navy Yard shooting: Capitol Police to review response

    09/19/2013 2:59:58 PM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 14 replies
    BBC News ^ | Sept. 18th 2013 | Debbie Siegelbaum
    Washington DC's Capitol Police have ordered a review into a BBC report that an armed police team was ordered not to respond to Monday's mass shooting. A tactical response team from the force was told by a supervisor to leave the scene instead of aiding municipal officers, police sources told the BBC. The Capitol Police sources suggest they could have saved lives had they been allowed to go in. Aaron Alexis, 34, killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard. In a statement on Wednesday, the US Capitol Police Board said the force's Chief Kim Dine had asked it to...
  • Navy Yard murderer Aaron Alexis created webpage with name "Mohammed Salem"

    09/19/2013 10:27:03 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 28 replies ^ | 9/19/13 | jihadwatch
    There has been no other published indication that Aaron Alexis was a Muslim or had any interest in Islam. It may be, however, that in his delusional madness, he began to identify with the jihadists who have committed mass murder in the name of their bloodthirsty god. "Navy Yard gunman's mother says she is heartbroken and sorry for families," by Kyle Eppler, Pete Williams and Erin McClam for NBC News, September 18 (thanks to Darcy):
  • Disturbing! Marines Had Weapons, But No Ammo During Navy Yard Shooting (Video)

    09/18/2013 9:50:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | September 18, 2013 | Andrea Ryan
    So, Homeland Security gets a couple billion rounds of ammunition, but the military doesn’t get any. That’s disturbing. On Monday, a crazed gunman killed 12 innocent people, and injured over a dozen more, in a Washington, D.C. Navy Shipyard. It didn’t matter that it occurred on a military installation, because in 1993 Bill Clinton decreed that all U.S. military bases be “gun free zones”; thus denying the victims their 2nd Amendment right to defend themselves. But, it didn’t help those who did manage to be carrying a gun at the military base on Monday, because, apparently, it’s an ammunition-free zone,...
  • Probe launched over claim that elite Capitol Police unit blocked from Navy Yard massacre

    09/18/2013 4:31:58 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 26 replies ^ | 09/18/2013
    The board that oversees the U.S. Capitol Police has opened an investigation into whether a tactical team of officers that was one of the first on the scene during the Washington Navy Yard shooting was ordered to stand down. Several sources confirmed the probe to Fox News. The investigation follows reports that a highly trained and specialized Capitol Police team arrived soon after the shooting started, but was told by a supervisor to leave the scene. The BBC, which first reported on the allegation, quoted a Capitol Police "source" as claiming "lives may have been saved" if the team could...
  • Here's How the Navy Yard Killer Managed to Keep His Security Clearance

    09/18/2013 12:45:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | Tuesday, September 17, 2013 | Yochi Dreazen
    Officials probing Aaron Alexis's background and possible motivation for killing 12 Navy Yard employees are facing the very real possibility that the massacre isn't a the result of a troubled man slipping through cracks in the system so much as an example of a flawed system working exactly as designed. Early reports suggest that Alexis was a heavy drinker with anger issues and a history of run-ins with both the military and the law, including eight instances where Navy superiors cited him for misconduct and three occasions when he was arrested on a variety of charges, including possible gun crimes....
  • Congressman Calls House Judiciary Cmte. “Murderers’ Row”: “They All Like Their Guns”

    09/18/2013 11:21:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | September 18, 2013 - 12:59 PM | Jeffrey Meyer
    Apparently, being pro-Second Amendment in Congress is equivalent to supporting mass shootings in America. At least, that’s the interpretation of Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) during an appearance on MSNBC today. …
  • Washington navy yard shooting: Aaron Alexis's mother is glad he is dead

    09/18/2013 10:24:06 AM PDT · by markomalley · 31 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 9-18-2013 | Raf Sanchez
    Speaking for the first time since Alexis opened fire on colleagues at the Washington naval base, his mother released an emotional apology to the families of her son's victims. "I don't know why he did what he did, and I'll never be able to ask him, why. Aaron is now in a place where he can no longer harm to anyone, and for that I am glad," Cathleen Alexis said, her voice cracking in a brief audio statement. "To the families of the victims, I am so, so very sorry that this has happened. My heart is broken."
  • Capitol Hill Renews Calls For Gun Control

    09/18/2013 9:13:35 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Fox News Radio ^ | 09/18/2013 | Jared Halpern
    Another mass shooting is renewing calls for gun control from some on Capitol Hill. … Senator Blumenthal: “Another act of gun violence in an America plagued by a plethora of guns.” … Senator Reid: “We’re gonna move this up as quickly as we can, but we gotta have the votes first. We don’t have the votes.” …
  • Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis was 'not happy with America,' friend says

    09/18/2013 4:52:46 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 46 replies
    NBC NEWS ^ | 9-18-2013 | Mark Potter and Charles Hadlock
    FORT WORTH, Texas — Aaron Alexis was so unhappy with his life in America — where he was beset by money woes and felt slighted as a veteran — that he was "ready to move out of the country" last year, a friend said Tuesday. "He was tired of dealing with the government," said Kristi Suthamtewkal, whose husband owns the Thai Bowl Restaurant in Fort Worth, where Alexis worked in exchange for room and board. But instead of leaving the U.S., the former Navy reservist relocated from Texas to Virginia, where an IT company called The Experts put him on...
  • Trazadone: 13 dead in Washington Navel Yard Shooting

    09/18/2013 6:03:26 PM PDT · by Captain7seas · 91 replies ^ | 09/18/2013 | Dr. Ann Blake Tracy
    [drugawareness] TRAZADONE: 13 Dead in Washington DC Naval Yard Shooting FROM Dr. Ann Blake Tracy TO 1 recipient Show Details From Dr. Ann Blake Tracy To Aaron Alexis.jpg TRAZADONE: 13 Dead in Washington DC Naval Yard Shooting The New York Times released the fact that over the past month Aaron Alexis has been on the antidepressant, Trazadone, to treat insomnia. ( quotes below.) Of course I am not finished asking questions. I want to know what he was on before this that may have induced his serious problems with insomnia. Was that yet another antidepressant? Was he in withdrawal...
  • Navy evacuates buildings at Va. base because of security issue with retiree who was questioned

    09/18/2013 5:01:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    NORFOLK, Va. – The Navy has evacuated two buildings at a Virginia base that serves as the headquarters for the Atlantic fleet because of a security issue. The move Wednesday comes two days after 12 people were gunned down at the Washington Navy Yard. A Navy spokeswoman says the issue at the Virginia base involved a suspicious person who was questioned by authorities....
  • Obama to attend Navy Yard memorial service

    09/18/2013 10:37:43 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 36 replies
    President Barack Obama will attend a memorial service for the victims of the Monday’s Navy Yard massacre Sunday, the White House said Wednesday. “The president will want to mourn the loss of these innocent victims and share in the nation’s pain in the aftermath of another senseless shooting,
  • Marines Had Weapons, But No Ammo During Navy Yard Shooting (Video)

    09/18/2013 11:32:52 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 54 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | September 18, 2013 | Andrea Ryan
    “If everybody had arms then there wouldn’t be these problems…my son was at … Navy Yard yesterday (9/16/13) and they had weapons with them, but they didn’t have ammunition. And they said, ‘We were trained and if we had had the ammunition we could have cleared that building. Only three people had been shot at that time and they could have stopped the rest of it.’” No 2nd Amendment for the U.S. military? Only Liberals can take violating our Constitutional rights to beyond the absurd. So, Homeland Security gets a couple billion rounds of ammunition, but the military doesn’t get...
  • Navy Yard: Swat team 'stood down' at mass shooting scene

    09/18/2013 11:00:32 AM PDT · by kristinn · 83 replies
    The BBC ^ | Wednesday, September 18, 2013
    A tactical response team of the Capitol Police, a force that guards the US Capitol complex, was told to leave the scene by a supervisor instead of aiding municipal officers. The Capitol Police department said senior officials were investigating. Aaron Alexis, 34, killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday. "I don't think it's a far stretch to say that some lives may have been saved if we were allowed to intervene," a Capitol Police source familiar with the incident told the BBC. A former Navy reservist, Alexis was working as a technical contractor for the Navy and...
  • Imagine if Sarah Palin Had Said “Buy a Shotgun” Before the Navy Yard Shooting

    09/18/2013 11:40:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Bernard Goldberg's Blog ^ | September 17, 2013 | John Daly
    Last February, as part of a White House push for a ban on semi-automatic rifles in response to the Newtown, Connecticut shooting, Vice President Joe Biden offered some advice to a mother who was concerned about losing the ability to protect her children inside their home. “Buy a shotgun, buy a shotgun,” he told the woman during a Facebook town hall event for Parents magazine. Biden explained that he had given this same advice to his wife, instructing her to take the Biden family shotgun and fire it into the air if she ever felt threatened at their home. A...
  • Navy Yard shooting: What we know and don't know

    09/18/2013 7:20:33 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 34 replies ^ | September 18, 2013 | Ed Payne
    (CNN) -- The one question we all desperately want answered may have gone to the grave with Aaron Alexis: Why? Why did he park at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, walk into Building 197, perch himself on an overlook above the atrium and open fire? The bullets that rained down killed 12 people and wounded eight others. Why?
  • Another Gun Free Zone Invites,Predictably, Another Tragedy

    09/17/2013 9:40:52 PM PDT · by BulletBobCo · 14 replies
    Gun Owners of America - Email | September 17, 2013
    Last spring, as networks like MSNBC launched five months of saturation coverage intended to force gun control on the American people, we said, over and over and over and over again, that there was (tragically) “another Adam Lanza” sitting out there, glued to his TV screen, and planning his own five months of fame.” As it became clear that Congress was not going to pass gun control in April, MSNBC commentators said, almost wistfully, that it would take another mass shooting to reinvigorate their cause. Well, they got the mass shooting they were looking for. On Monday, a discharged Navy...
  • Obama Never Misses An Opportunity To Miss An Opportunity To Unify US

    09/18/2013 6:46:36 AM PDT · by suspects · 16 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | September 18, 2014 | Michael Graham
    For American presidents, moments of great tragedy are often also moments of great opportunity. Ronald Reagan and the Challenger explosion, George W. Bush and 9/11 — these are powerful events that presidents can use to unify and inspire the American people. And then there’s Barack Obama. While his fellow Washington, D.C., residents were still “sheltering in place” on Monday morning, as police sought a potential second and third shooter from the Navy Yard shooting, President Obama took the podium to give a speech attacking “extremist” Republicans for not supporting Obamacare. People were bleeding and dying literally within walking distance, but...
  • Navy Yard shootings expose a flawed security clearance system

    09/18/2013 5:22:58 AM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 30 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 18 September 2013 | Rowan Scarborough and Shaun Waterman
    The government system that provided Washington Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis a “secret” security clearance has been beset by problems. A “secret” clearance requires a far less intrusive investigation into a person’s background than that for a “top secret” or higher security designation. The Government Accountability Office notes that it costs the government $4,000 to conduct a background check for a top-secret clearance, but only $260 for a secret clearance. In 2012, the GAO reported that the Defense Department and other agencies “will continue to risk making security clearance determinations that are inconsistent or at improper levels” because of there...
  • AR-15 Was Used in Navy Yard Shooting ... by Police to Stop Aaron Alexis

    09/18/2013 5:33:38 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 25 replies ^ | 9/18/2013 | Katie Pavlich
    It turns out an AR-15 was used after all in the Navy Yard police to stop Aaron Alexis from continuing his rampage. From the New York Times: On Monday, Mr. Alexis entered the Navy Yard, a secure military facility near the Capitol, killing at least 12 people before he was fatally shot by the authorities. The police say Mr. Alexis, 34, acted alone. On Tuesday, the authorities said it had taken only two minutes for officers armed with AR-15s to arrive at the navy yard once they received the first of many 911 emergency calls. In case you're wondering,...

    09/18/2013 5:57:15 AM PDT · by shortstop · 39 replies ^ | 09/18/13 | Bob Lonsberry
    In the military, after an engagement with the enemy, it used to be customary to compile an “after-action report.” It was an assessment of how things went. What the enemy did, what we did, what were the outcomes, and what could we have done better. In the wake of the attack at the Washington Navy Yard, there will no doubt be an after-action report. Probably there will be several. One of them should look at the actions of uniformed military personnel during the attack. I got thinking of that the night of the murders when a Navy captain – the...
  • Buddhist assassin at Navy Yard prompts debate about stereotype of peaceful faith

    09/18/2013 3:12:41 AM PDT · by markomalley · 98 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/18/2013 | Michelle Boorstein and Elizabeth Tenety
    In the aftermath of the Navy Yard shootings, gunman Aaron Alexis’s interest in Buddhism seemed at odds with conventional Western stereotypes of blissed-out meditators. Buddhism scholars and bloggers were quick to note that Alexis’ spiritual profile didn’t fit with the image of someone unloading a gun and killing 12 innocents in a crowded military office building. Yet some saw a chance to challenge the peaceful stereotype and unveil some topics Buddhists discuss amongst themselves. Is the peaceful Buddhist an illusion? Do Buddhists and Buddhist temples deal directly enough with the topic of mental illness? And in fact might Buddhism in...
  • Pentagon to order security review amid probe of Navy Yard shooting rampage (Have gun ...)

    09/18/2013 12:40:46 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9-17-2013 | Peter Hermann, Craig Whitlock and Da vid A. Fahrenthold
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel intends to order a security review at all U.S. military bases worldwide, a senior Pentagon official said Tuesday, a day after a contract worker — who had obtained a security clearance despite a history of violent behavior — killed 12 people in a shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard. Full article here ====================================================================== Have gun, will hear voices As soon as news broke that a deadly attack had taken place at the Washington Navy Yard, Democrats were deeply saddened -- that the mass shooting occurred on a military installation and not at an elementary school....
  • MILLER: New York Times gets it wrong, media obsessed with linking AR-15 with Navy Yard shooter

    09/17/2013 7:42:14 PM PDT · by ltc8k6 · 40 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Emily Miller
    Miller: New York Times gets it wrong, media obsessed with linking AR-15 with Navy Yard shooter The liberal media is so obsessed with linking the Navy Yard shooter with the AR-15 rifle that it is making up false tales of Aaron Alexis trying to obtain one. The New York Times attempts to give the impression that a so-called assault-weapon law stopped Alexis from buying a rifle in Virginia, but that is not true.
  • CNN Asks If Sequester 'Put Lives at Risk' at Navy Yard

    09/17/2013 6:57:13 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 16 replies
    [UPDATED BELOW] Three times on Tuesday morning, CNN mentioned sequester cuts as a possible culprit behind the security breach at the Navy Yard that led to Monday's shooting there. A CNN headline actually read "Did Government Cuts Put Lives at Risk?" This came AFTER a former Navy commander warned on CNN that blaming the sequester was "very premature." And just before noon, correspondent Dana Bash reported that "what I've been told is the answer is absolutely not" as to the sequester having a role in the security breach.
  • State Law Prevented Sale of Assault Rifle to Suspect Last Week, Officials Say

    09/17/2013 6:28:43 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 72 replies
    WASHINGTON — The gunman who killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday test-fired an AR-15 assault rifle at a Virginia gun store last week but was stopped from buying one because state law there prohibits the sale of such weapons to out-of-state buyers, according to two senior law enforcement officials. Instead, the gunman, Aaron Alexis of Texas, bought a law-enforcement-style shotgun — an 870 Remington pump — and used it on Monday as he rampaged through the navy yard, said the officials, who requested anonymity b
  • How long US will hide American home grown terrorism? (Rant of the day)

    09/17/2013 6:06:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    LankaWeb ^ | September 17, 2013 | Afshain Afzal,
    Unaware of what is going to happen on return to duty after merry weekend, it came as a total surprise. The security was at the lowest in and around Naval Headquarters, while everyone failed to apply the drills rehearsed over time and again. It is a usual practice in all the military and sensitive installation that false alarms are sounded in case of terrorist attacks or disaster, however, on Monday, 16 September 2013, no one followed the drills and displayed a complete scene of disarray and panic. Navy Admiral Bill French was reportedly helplessly discussing deaths and injuries in dozens...
  • Drive-Bys Uncomfortable with Obama's Partisan Attacks in Midst of DC Shooting

    09/17/2013 5:11:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Excellence In Broadcating Network ^ | September 17, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Now, for all of you Democrats who are back on your gun control high horse, I have one word for you: Colorado. You remember what happened in Colorado. Two Democrats thought to be in safe districts were recalled in Colorado over their efforts at renewed gun control on the innocent and the law-abiding. Greetings, my friends, and welcome. Here we are, back at it as promised yesterday, another three hours of broadcast excellence, Rush Limbaugh, behind the Golden EIB Microphone here at the distinguished and prestigious Limbaugh Institute for Advanced Conservative Studies. The shooting in Washington is...
  • Navy Yard Shooting Another Clinton Gun-Free Zone Fail

    09/17/2013 4:50:48 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 25 replies
    Investot's Business Daily ^ | September 17, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Security: As the usual suspects call for stricter gun control, the fact remains that a gunman with two prior gun-crime arrests entered a secure military facility with a stolen ID and found no one able to shoot back. It was Fort Hood all over again. Aaron Alexis, a gunman whose prior behavioral warning signs were ignored, opens fire in an installation belonging to the most powerful military on Earth and those who protect our nation and design our weapons are not allowed to have a weapon to defend themselves. He was more equipped than the 12 people he killed on...