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September 18, 2013

Background Checks? Check and Double Check.

Navy Yard Shooting: Stuck on Stupid First, he was a former member of the military and passed those background checks.
Second, he has a concealed carry permit, and made it through those checks. He had just recently gotten clearance to be on the Navy Yard as a civilian contractor. As with enlisted, civilian contractors also have to be background checked. Just LAST WEEK he purchased a shot gun in Virginia and passed the Federal background checks for that purchase. This man was background checked to the nth degree. Even after his arrests for gun issues, and psychiatric issues, he was given the civilian contractor clearance and gun permit.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at September 18, 2013 8:08 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Member of oppressed minority. Check.

The trump card that beats all common sense.

Posted by: tim at September 18, 2013 8:43 AM

Bottom line: It's not flawed laws and regulations, it's flawed implementation and enforcement. Incompetent, unmotivated square-fillers GS-11 and below. Deal with them in any department and see for yourself.

Posted by: BillH at September 18, 2013 9:56 AM

A black man who is not a cretin, has no record, and has been walked through a few open doors is likely to be promoted one level past his level of competence, which inevitably makes him the dumbest person in the room. This is not a path to mental health.

Posted by: james wilson at September 18, 2013 10:10 AM

C'mon guys, we all know where the clearances came from.

Posted by: glenn at September 18, 2013 11:31 AM

Doesn't that just make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside? I mean, the country's in the very best of hands.......isn't it?

Posted by: Jimmy J. at September 18, 2013 4:37 PM

An arrest is not a charge; a charge is not a conviction.

All of those lesser things are a blurry flurry of paperwork that may be retained or not; that may be accessible or not. And then you come to the vast piles of files that have to be processed, and unless a red flag sticks out, the file is processed.

The surveillance state may be here, but someone has to sift through all of that stuff and say 'Hold'. Even if the computers filter, someone has to make the final call and those people are as overloaded with info and and cramped with time as are the people processing the VA's paperwork.

George Orwell meets bureaucratic inertia; Winston Smith fathers four children with Julia before O'Brien (just before his retirement party) actually hears about Smith and then tosses the file because it would ruin his record with the Party and jeopardize his retirement pension and benefits. Big Brother continues babbling on the telescreens as things are swept away to keep everything looking good and all reports continue to be filed in proper form and on time - content be damned.

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The NSA knew.

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