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Politico Blames Sequester For Alexis Check In 2007

From a shameless Politico:

Security in an age of sequester

By DARREN SAMUELSOHN | September 17, 2013

The Washington Navy Yard shootings offer defense hawks a powerful reminder of the deadly consequences of budget cuts and sequestration — that is, if they want to use it.

Bolstering their case is a timely Defense Department inspector general’s report out Tuesday highlighting how the Navy’s cost-cutting measures have already exposed its outposts to new security risks — including 52 convicted felons who have secured routine unauthorized installation access…

That report said that these felons received unauthorized access to military installations "in recent years." The sequester only went into effect a few months ago.

In fact, according to Rep. Michael Turner (R-Ohio), who is a member of the House Armed Services Committee, this report "predates" the sequester. It is about budget cuts done by Obama. But the Politico doesn’t want to let such details get in their way.

Besides, even if it were true, why blame "defense hawks"? Why isn’t anyone blaming Obama? After all, sequestration was Obama’s idea. And he specifically intended for it to hurt the military. Even though he had already slashed trillions from the DOD’s budget.

Critics of the across-the-board cuts have rarely been shy raising concerns about the effects of sequestration…

Or, rather, lying their heads off about things that never happened or never had to happen.

Now there’s another potent weapon — assuming lawmakers even go there…

Yes, let’s try to blame sequestration for a lunatic killing people.

The IG report takes specific issue with the Navy Commercial Access Control System used for performing background checks and giving credentials to contractors who need routine access to naval installations. While the audit doesn’t address the system used to get Alexis into the Navy Yard, it does describe a DOD contractor who relied on “unreliable” public records for background checks…

Former Rep. Norm Dicks [D] told POLITICO the Navy could be using a better background check system for contractors and subcontractors, but fiscal pressures tied to sequestration are holding it back. “It’s because of financial pressure that they’re not doing this, the more comprehensive system, which they should be doing,” said Dicks, a Washington state Democrat who once headed the appropriations subcommittee overseeing the Pentagon’s purse strings.

The only problem is Aaron Alexis got his ‘secret’ security clearance in 2007. And it did not need to be undated for ten years. So his case has absolutely nothing to do with any sequestration cuts. In fact, in 2007 these same people were screaming for cutting the Pentagon’s budget.

Scott Lilly, a former Democratic staff director on the House Appropriations Committee, has been a prominent critic of sequestration, often highlighting the implications for domestic agencies like the Federal Aviation Administration, Agriculture Department and Environmental Protection Agency.

While declining to comment on the Navy Yard shooting, Lilly noted that it was “remarkable that the IG wrote [its report] before any of this took place. That’s pretty solid evidence the spending reductions are most unwieldy and we’ve paid a big price for it.” …

Lilly, now a senior fellow at the left-leaning Center for American Progress, said the Pentagon’s problems are common across the government.

“Eventually, you pay a price for not having the security that you intended to have or the number of people inspecting vegetables and imported food substances,” he said. “No one can predict the consequences of resource restraint. When you do just an across-the-board reduction like that, the probability of serious unintended consequences is pretty great.” …

No FAA workers or food inspectors have lost their jobs. Mr. Lilly is simply a liar.

In any case, even with the sequester the federal government will still spend over $3.8 trillion dollars this year. They can’t quite plead poverty. It’s a matter of priorities, not funding.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, September 18th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Politico Blames Sequester For Alexis Check In 2007”

  1. Rusty Shackleford

    I guess we’ve entered an age where the socialists are absolutely certain they are right. Government control of everything is what’s needed and when fellow travelers muck it all up, it’s a “learning process” and “requires time” but when a conservative in government, which, admittedly has been some time ago, even gives a hint of a potential error, it’s “damaging to humanity” and “criminal”.

    Steve nailed it with the remark about priorities. In their quest for power, as always, the socialists co-opt the feelings of the people who think that “THEY must DO something”. Naturally, putting in mechanisms to “DO something” has that curious tendency to prevent people from “doing ANYTHING to help THEMSELVES”.

    This, of course, is the exact intended consequence. The “people who care more” are satisfied because gaia isn’t being harmed by plastics/paints/polymers/adhesives/fuels/—or our very existence and the apparatchiks are happy because they have carved out more power for themselves by having a bureaucracy that makes decisions over people.

    People covet a couple of things over all else…and I was reminded of it on a British show that’s an off-beat but wonderful murder mystery setup. But I modified the premise about the basics of murder motivation to cover humans in general…

    Humans covet power, money and/or sex; Not necessarily in that order. The ones who have geared their lives and their attitudes to those motivations are pretty easy to spot and generally they ALL have slight, if not glaring narcissistic tendencies. They are not humble, they are not kind, but they are often strangely popular.

    This is because of the same types of humans who admire those who are successful in gaining those three things in great supply.

    It is often said that the megalomaniac lives in all of us to some degree. It comes out when we acquire a large quantity of at least one of those three things. They are empowering to our egos. But having all three….well…it’s probably unavoidable to become a complete turd but in many cases, the truly humble, can handle it all.

    But the government we currently have is a venerable cornucopia of statist, frat and sorority types who really believe they can pick up a turd by the clean end. They’ve convinced themselves of it and their arrogance won’t let them understand how wrong they are. Humility has departed their psyche and will most likely never return. That is, if they ever had it to begin with.

    It takes a special breed of human to think they are experts at running the affairs of everyone else. Just once, I’d like to hear a politician say and mean, when asked by a constituent, “What do you think needs to be done, Mr Senator?”

    Ans: “I think this is an area where the government shouldn’t be involved. Clearly the Constitution doesn’t address it so the people, on an individual basis, should do what they can to protect themselves and government shouldn’t interfere.”

    There was a time…..long ago now….where elected officials and the citizenry actually felt that way. Nowadays it seems everyone wants someone ELSE to fix their personal problems.

  2. (holding a rope next to a tree)

    I can fix that problem …




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