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RI Police Warned Navy That Alexis ‘Heard Voices’

From Reuters:

U.S. Navy was warned that Washington shooter ‘heard voices’

By Phil Stewart and Scott Malone | September 18, 2013

WASHINGTON/BOSTON (Reuters) – Rhode Island police warned the U.S. Navy last month that Washington Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis had reported "hearing voices," raising further questions about how he gained security clearance at the complex where he went on a shooting rampage…

Police in Newport, Rhode Island, were so concerned about Alexis’ behavior on a business trip there in August that they alerted Navy police.

Alexis told police he believed people were following him and "sending vibrations into his body," according to a Newport police report.

He told police that he had twice moved hotels to avoid the noise he heard coming through the floor and the ceiling of his rooms, and that the people following him were using "some sort of microwave machine" to prevent him from sleeping.

"Based on the naval base implications and the claim that the involved subject, one (Aaron Alexis) was ‘hearing voices,’ I made contact with the on-duty Naval Station police," a Newport police officer wrote, adding that he faxed his report of the incident to Navy police.

The Newport police report said Navy police had promised to check if Alexis was in fact a naval base contractor.

Asked for comment, a spokesman said the Navy was looking into the matter, without confirming any details.

We suspect that the Navy would have been more serious about checking this guy out if the RI police had told them he listened to rightwing talk radio.

Still, for some reason we are reminded of the Russians trying to warn the US about the Tsarnaev brothers. As usual, the right hand of government doesn’t seem to know what its left hand is being told.

In addition, CNN reported that Alexis had contacted two Veterans Administration hospitals recently and was believed to be seeking psychological help…

But they didn’t bother to tell anyone.

The Navy gave Alexis an honorable discharge despite a series of eight to 10 misconduct charges, ranging from traffic offenses to disorderly conduct…

They seem to be defining ‘honorable’ down.

A U.S. defense official said a National Agency Check, a type of background check, was completed on Alexis in August 2007 and he was determined eligible to handle "secret" material in March 2008. Such clearances are valid for 10 years, meaning Alexis had no need to renew his.

Alexis’ employer said it had enlisted a service to make what appeared to be two standard, employment background checks on him over the past year, finding only a traffic violation while twice confirming his "secret"-level security clearance with the U.S. Defense Department.

"The latest background check and security clearance confirmation were in late June of 2013 and revealed no issues other than one minor traffic violation," The Experts, an information technology company, said in a statement…

Once again, there were ‘background checks’ done on Nidal Hasan, ‘Chelsea’ Manning, the Tsarnaev family, Edward Snowden. Maybe they aren’t doing them right.

People who knew Alexis said they were shocked by the shooting, describing him as a lover of Thai culture who worshipped at a Buddhist temple in Texas, although one acquaintance told reporters he had an unnatural affection for violent video games…

Buddhists often seek the path of least existence.

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

2 Responses to “RI Police Warned Navy That Alexis ‘Heard Voices’”

  1. Petronius says:

    I wonder if Nerobama hears voices?

    The voice of Rev. Jeremiah Wright? Or Saul Alinsky? Perhaps the voice he hears is his own voice — the voice of his inner divinity.

    I suppose it would be in bad taste to ask whether our illustrious commander in chief could pass a background check for a security clearance?

  2. GetBackJack says:

    “Yes, but he’s black, with a Security Clearance. Can’t touch that.”

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