Suspected U.S. shooter had 'secret' clearance, employer says

WASHINGTON Mon Sep 16, 2013 10:05pm EDT

Police work in the U.S. Navy Yard after a shooting in Washington September 16, 2013. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Police work in the U.S. Navy Yard after a shooting in Washington September 16, 2013.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Aaron Alexis, the 34-year-old suspect in Monday's shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard, had "secret" clearance and was assigned to start working there as a civilian contractor with a military-issued ID card, his firm's chief executive told Reuters.

"He did have a secret clearance. And he did have a CAC (common access card)," said Thomas Hoshko, CEO of The Experts Inc, which was helping service the Navy Marine Corps Intranet as a subcontractor for HP Enterprise Services, part of Hewlett-Packard Co.

Alexis, of Forth Worth, Texas, is suspected of opening fire at the Naval Sea Systems Command building in the Washington Navy Yard in a shooting that left 13 people dead, including the shooter.

Asked when Alexis was supposed to start work, Hoshko said in a telephone interview: "That's what I got to find out, if he was supposed to start today ... It's not clear to me."

Hoshko said he was unaware of any issues with misconduct involving Alexis or any possible grievance that could have led to the shooting.

Alexis had previously worked for The Experts in Japan from September 2012 to January 2013, he said.

"We had just recently re-hired him. Another background investigation was re-run and cleared through the defense security service in July 2013," Hoshko said.

Hoshko said he believed that Alexis' "secret" security clearance dated back to 2007.

The Navy said Alexis enlisted as a full-time Navy reservist in May 2007. He was discharged in 2011 after a series of misconduct issues, a Navy official said.

(Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by David Brunnstrom and Eric Walsh)

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Comments (3)
zy-yz wrote:
Now, now. Such hullaballoo over nothing. Both Obama and Eric Holder would like you to know that:

(1) At worst, this was a case of workplace violence, similar to the workplace violence committed by Major Nidal Hasan at Fort Hood; and,

(2) It probably wasn’t even workplace violence at all; rather, it more than likely was nothing more than merely a random shooting by a “bored” Aaron Alexis, similar to that random non-incident in Oklahoma, where an Australian student on athletic scholarship got gunned down … by “bored” teen-agers.

You would think that something important had happened, from the many news articles. Luckily, both Obama and Holder know better than that.

Sep 16, 2013 10:12pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
99% of the American army are psychopathic killers… That includes their generals… =FACT

Sep 16, 2013 12:51am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Neurochuck wrote:
The nicer guys and gals probably get to work in HQ in Washington.
The real unstable psycho nutters get sent out somewhere more remote to look after the nuclear missile silos and chemical weapons stockpiles.

Sep 17, 2013 3:33am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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