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Navy Didn’t Consider Aaron Alexis To Be A Threat

From USA Today:

Navy base didn’t consider Navy Yard shooter a threat

By Tom Vanden Brook and Jim Michaels | September 18, 2013

WASHINGTON — Officials at the Navy base in Newport, R.I., failed to forward a report from local police last month that Monday’s alleged killer of 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard had complained about hearing voices coming from the ceiling of his hotel, a Pentagon official told USA TODAY.

Aaron Alexis, 34, was questioned by Newport police on Aug. 7 at a local hotel room. Alexis, a Navy civilian contractor working on a job at the Newport base, told officers that unknown people were trying to prevent him from sleeping and sending "vibrations" through his body. Newport police then contacted base security to alert them about Alexis.

"There is no indication that the information went beyond the naval security force (at base)," the official said…

Base security "did not deem Alexis to pose a threat to himself or others based on his alleged conduct at the hotel that night," according to another Navy source who asked not to be named because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the case. That’s why, the second official said, the base security did not inform Navy officials in Washington or elsewhere.

The Naval Station Newport authorities did not contact Alexis’ employer — a Fort Lauderdale-based information technology firm called The Experts — or other Navy authorities, said the first official…

Lest we forget, Alexis only arrived in the Washington, D.C., area on August 25, 2013. He was a very new hire at the Navy Yard. Why wouldn’t they have followed up on this report? They didn’t know anything about him, one way or the other.

[A] law enforcement official… also confirmed that Alexis left behind scratches on the shotgun used in the Navy Yard shooting that read "better off this way" and "my ELF." …

Alexis had contact last month with another government agency — the Veterans Affairs Department — to complain about insomnia. He went to a VA emergency room in Providence, R.l., on Aug. 23 and another in Washington on Aug. 28, according to a statement from the department. He blamed his sleeplessness on his work schedule and was given small amounts of medication on the visits.

What kind of medications?

"On both occasions, Mr. Alexis was alert and oriented, and was asked by VA doctors if he was struggling with anxiety or depression, or had thoughts about harming himself or others, which he denied," the statement says.

So Alexis went to VA emergency rooms twice, for anxiety and depression. And yet he was sent back to his national security job.

The failure to forward the information from the Newport police echoes two cases in 2009 in which law enforcement officials did not act on information that could have stopped two incidents — the Nov. 5, 2009, murder of 13 people at Fort Hood, Texas, and the attempted bombing of a Northwest Airlines flight to Detroit on Dec. 25.

FBI anti-terrorism officials did not alert military authorities that Maj. Nidal Hasan, the Fort Hood killer, had sent numerous e-mails to terrorist leader Anwar al-Awlaki for almost a year leading up to the Fort Hood attack. In the case of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the man convicted of trying to blow up the Northwest Airlines flight, officials did not forward information provided to U.S. officials in Nigeria by Abdulmutallab’s father that his son was in Yemen and had extreme views…

The article could have added the failure of Homeland Security to follow up on the warnings from Russian intelligence about the Boston Bombers, as well. Apparently, the government’s left hand doesn’t want to know what its right hand is doing.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, September 19th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Navy Didn’t Consider Aaron Alexis To Be A Threat”

  1. Noyzmakr says:

    And let’s not forget the Arab student pilots who didn’t want to learn how to take off or land.

    We don’t have any problems gathering evidence. We have problems communicating it to the proper organization. That is just aneptness and laziness. The bureaucracy says ‘it’s not my job’.

  2. untrainable says:

    According to one of his friends, who described him as “like a brother to me” said he was a lefty. Why is anyone surprised that a lefty got a pass (it’s not my place to inform anyone that this guy is certifiable. Someone else will take care of it. I don’t want to get involved.) even though he was obviously a whackjob with some serious mental problems. So are they calling it workplace violence yet? Man made disaster?

  3. GetBackJack says:

    On Monday At the Shipyard
    We passed upon the stair
    We spoke of was and when
    Although I wasn’t there
    He was Obama’s doppelgänger
    Sent thirteen people to the moon …

    When I watched the news that night
    The man was waiting out of the light
    But when I looked around the hall
    I couldn’t see him there at all!
    Stand down! Stand down! I heard someone cry
    Go away, go away, and please don’t slam the door… (slam!)

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