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Based on law enforcement information, a security clearance attorney says Aaron Alexis should not have had security access because of his arrest record. CNN's Brian Todd pieces together what we know about the Navy Yard shooter and investigates how he got that clearance.
One friend says Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis was smart and of sound mind, but another says he showed signs of paranoia. CNN's Ed Lavandera reports.
Rear Admiral John Kirby defended the Navy’s security clearance for Aaron Alexis during an interview with Wolf Blitzer. He said mental health problems should not affect security clearance. Alexis should be commended, said Kirby, for seeking help from the VA for his apparent psychological problems. Kirby’s point was that the military wants to remove stigma from seeking psychological help.
The Navy's chief spokesman also said that Alexis first got his secret clearance in 2007 and that the clearance is good for ten years. So Alexis’s should still have been good. He did say there are periodic reviews of a security clearance, but did not elaborate or counter the contention by Alexis’s employer that the suspected gunman had his clearance renewed in June or July. The admiral said the eight offenses for which the Navy had sought a “general discharge” for Alexis were “fairly mild”– although he admitted “clearly this was not a sailor that had a stellar career."
Watch the full interview above.
One day after the shooting at the Navy Yard that killed 12 people, Wolf Blitzer talks to the mayor of Washington, DC, Vincent Gray. He talks about the victims of the massacre, helps lay out a timeline of events, and discusses what role gun laws may have played and where we go from here.
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