US Navy moves to tighten security checks after shooting
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US Navy has said it is pushing for more rigorous background checks after a review showed gaps in the case of a former sailor who went on a shooting rampage last week.
Officials acknowledged that the Navy Yard shooter, Aaron Alexis, did not disclose an arrest or a number of debts when he applied for a security clearance when he joined the Navy as a reservist in 2007. But he was given the secret clearance anyway.
And a background check by a government agency handed over to the Navy failed to mention that Alexis had shot out the tires of someone else's car during an argument over parking in Seattle.
The Office of Personnel and Management instead told the Navy that Alexis had retaliated in the 2004 dispute by "deflating" the tires of another person's car.