Military’s Background Check System Failed To Block Navy Yard Gunman With A History of Arrests [Photo]
Despite a history of arrests stemming from shooting episodes and disorderly conduct, the military’s background check system failed to block Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis from obtaining an all-access pass to a half-dozen military installations. The revelations about Alexis’ troubled past and his ability to bypass the military’s check system undetected is now prompting probes into the process of how background system checks are conducted. Alexis worked as a subcontractor, helping to update and replace computers for Navy and Marine Corps installations. His security clearance was cleared despite being charged with disorderly conduct in 2008 and a particularly trouble event in 2010 where Alexis fired a shot into his apartment ceiling in Texas.