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The Navy Yard Shootings: The Surveillance State Fails Again

Navy Yard Shooting
The rampage at the Washington Navy Yard by alleged killer Aaron Alexis, who held a “secret” security clearance, is certainly a tragedy for the families of those killed and wounded, but it is also a stark reminder of the limits – indeed the abject failure – of the surveillance state being built by the federal government under Barack Obama.

As of right now the investigation into Alexis’s background and how he obtained a security clearance is in its early stages. We do know that the Navy has said Alexis enlisted as a full-time Navy reservist in May 2007 and that he was discharged in 2011 after a series of misconduct issues.

A series of “misconduct issues,” yet Alexis still passed the kind of background check that has become ubiquitous in today’s surveillance state?

The attack at the Navy Yard was the worst attack at a U.S. military installation since U.S. Army Major Nidal Hasan, who also had a security clearance, opened fire on unarmed soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009, killing 13 people and wounding 31 others. 

Hasan said he acted in retaliation for U.S. wars in Muslim countries; however, the obvious warning signs that Hasan was a danger to his fellow soldiers were ignored or brushed aside out of political correctness.

Likewise, Boston bombers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were given “background checks,” however the fact that they were involved in radical Islam was either not revealed or was ignored out of political correctness. 

The signs the Tsarnaev brothers were capable of planning and carrying out a terrorist attack were there, but they were unrecognized until after the attack due in large measure to the inability of the government to sort through the huge volume of information it is collecting and the failure of the federal government and local governments to share the data collected in a useful manner.

Pfc. Bradley Manning, the Army intelligence analyst who leaked the largest cache of classified documents in U.S. history, and who was recently sentenced to 35 years in prison for violations of the Espionage Act, had a high level security clearance as well.

Manning’s security investigation apparently failed to reveal, or out of political correctness ignored, the “gender identity issues” that he cited as part of his defense and that apparently led him to now prefer to be called Chelsea Elizabeth Manning and to seek to change his sexual identity.

In each of these cases the surveillance state had, or should have had, the information necessary to prevent the action that later proved so catastrophic – but it failed to act.

And it failed to act because it was overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information the surveillance state is collecting and the political correctness that prevents it from focusing on the real threats.

While the NSA sweeps up the telephone records of millions of average Americans going about their daily business, the threats from radical Islam and the personal grievances of someone who sees themselves as being discriminated against are ignored.

Perversely, the government’s failure to deliver on the promise of more security in exchange for less freedom has now brought about new calls for further restrictions on the freedom of average American citizens.

President Obama and Senator Diane Feinstein of California both think we need more gun control and restrictions on our Second Amendment rights. 

“Obviously, we’re going to be investigating thoroughly what happened, as we do so many of these shootings, sadly, that have happened, and do everything that we can to prevent them,” the president said.

The problem is that Obama, Feinstein and others of that ilk will not actually be “investigating thoroughly” the vast misallocation of resources and priorities their surveillance state has created – or the political correctness that blinds it to the obvious threats it does expose.

Rather than start with the premise that Americans need less freedom to be safe, if Obama and Feinstein really plan on “investigating thoroughly” what happened at the Navy Yard, they should start by admitting that while the government is looking at everything and everyone it is apparently seeing nothing.

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letting the fox in the hen house

Budget cuts is a cop out ! Those to whom the responsiblity of their job is to check who goes in and out of locations it is your duty to God and Country and the Citizens of this country to do a First Class Job of what ever you do. Lives depend on it. Our freedoms depend on it. If you are that person it behooves you to no matter the finances, do the very best and go the extra mile of checking everything .


This shooter in the DC naval base was a walking red flag with a secret clearance and managed to infiltrate and carry onto the base enough weaponry to kill 13 people from a secured building 2nd story by shooting his way in, His history of inability to cope, run in with the law, schizoid temperament were all there and yet the security programs and agencies in multilayer for which WTP pay billions in taxes were criminally negligent and failed miserably.

Our politicians in many instances are now calling for more punishing of the legal and the sane, the law abiding again when it was they who literally failed outright with all this silly unenforceable pile of illegal laws leaving WTP closer to being criminals and them well protected with tax paid security. They want to impose even more on the 1st, 2nd and 4th amendment rights, to reduce their chances of being confronted or opposed by WTP. They take our free speech, rights to self defense and right to own and protect our property, yet they want us to give them taxpaid security...more two tiered law by the corrupted elites we cannot investigate or punish for writing illegal law to keep them in control with power and extravagance. This is why WTP must now reorganize this government, to cull and pare it and regain our representation before these criminals in our congress further muck up this country...