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100s Of Security Background Checks Are Falsified

First we have this from the Associated Press:

Report: Shooter lied about previous arrest, debts

By LOLITA C. BALDOR | September 24, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington 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…

The Navy, in a report released Monday, revealed new details about [Aaron] Alexis’ Navy service, including his failure to reveal the 2004 arrest over a parking disagreement in Seattle. And officials said the background report given to the Navy omitted the fact that he shot out the tires of another person’s car during that dispute.

Instead, the report from the Office of Personnel Management said Alexis "deflated" the tires…

Well, that’s true, too.

When a check of Alexis’ fingerprints disclosed the Seattle police incident, it triggered a follow-up interview for the security clearance. An OPM memo about the interview included multiple questions about debts he failed to pay and problems with collection agencies…

The fact that Alexis did not disclose the debts on his security form was dismissed in the memo, which noted that he answered "no" to the questions because he was working on payment plans and thought the issues would be resolved. He also answered "no" to questions about his police record, including whether he had been arrested, charged, convicted or issued a summons, citation or ticket to appear in court in a criminal proceeding.

The OPM memo said Alexis told the investigator he answered "no" to those questions "because the charge was dismissed and he was told by Connell (his attorney) that the charge would be removed from his record." …

So they just took the word of the people they are supposed to be checking? This is what they call a top security background check?

And it looks like this wasn’t unique to Alexis.

From Reuters:

Exclusive: Hundreds of U.S. security clearance records falsified, federal cases show

By Tabassum Zakaria | September 25, 2013

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Federal prosecutors have documented at least 350 instances of faulty background investigations done by private contractors and special agents for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management in recent years, illustrating what some lawmakers call systemic weaknesses in the granting of federal security clearances.

Reuters calculated the total by reviewing court documents and press releases from prosecutors for 21 cases resulting in convictions that involved the making of false statements from December 2004 to March 2012.

These are the cases government officials have cited to assert that action is taken against investigators who falsely claim to have reviewed records or done interviews for background checks submitted to OPM….

The 350 falsified reports represent only a small percentage of the number of background investigations conducted each year, either by OPM’s own investigators or a handful of private contractors it uses for most of the work.

The Government Accountability Office testified to a congressional committee in June that OPM received over $1 billion to conduct more than 2 million background investigations for government employees in fiscal 2011.

But the details of the cases show how cracks in the system may allow employees to obtain clearances without proper vetting.

In one case, a private contractor investigator, who pleaded guilty to making a false statement, reported interviewing a person who had died more than a decade earlier. Another investigator was found guilty of making false statements in checks for applicants seeking "top secret" clearances for jobs in the Air Force, Army, Navy and U.S. Treasury.

The highest number of convictions, 11, involved special agents for OPM. Another seven convictions were of employees of USIS, a Virginia-based company that has come under scrutiny for its role in vetting former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden and more recently, Washington Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis…

The most severe punishment was given to an investigator who did not take a plea agreement and instead went to trial. This investigator was found guilty of six counts of making false statements and sentenced to 27 months in prison.

Those who entered plea agreements generally received sentences of probation and community service, courts records show…

Sheesh. Well, we guess it’s not important then.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, September 25th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “100s Of Security Background Checks Are Falsified”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    My take on this phenomenon is simple. We’ve grown up a crop of idjits whosebaby sitter was Grand Theft Auto and whose moral compass is Kanye West.

    What did we think would happen?

    Also: This is all planned. Slipping the enemy into our bosom in order to create Chaos, or, did Zakaria never read David Berkowitz’ confession?

    David Berkowitz, Convicted Killer (1997) – Berkowitz: “I mean, this was not just something they were doing for any type of, necessarily, pleasure, but that it was just part of an agenda. A very deep, covert and hidden agenda. You know, they were about making war, and they were about bringing chaos into the world.”

  2. Noyzmakr says:

    The truth is that even if Alexis had disclosed his arrests he still would have gotten the same secret level security pass. He could have actually shot that guy instead of his tires in Seattle and they would have given him a pass. They can’t appear racists you know. That trumps US security.

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