Washington Navy Yard Shooting Insighton September 17th, 2013 at 9:35 am
We are starting to hear all kinds of speculation regarding the Washington Navy Yard shooting. One thing that I have heard several times now is that the yard is “secure” and “how did the man get guns on base”? We will no doubt be hearing all sorts of conspiracy theories in the next few weeks.
I used to work for a company that contracted for the U.S. Navy. On quite a few occasions I had to visit the Washington Navy Yard to work on contract details. It was not my experience that the yard was a secure facility at all. As a contractor I did not have a security clearance and was never requested to get one. I used to drive up to the gate where you would be stopped and asked where you were going and directed to the right building. The guard at the gate was more of an information booth than security checkpoint. My rental car was never search.
The Washington Navy Yard administers many, many contracts for Navy bases all over the world and contractors are in and out all day long. If every car was searched the line to get in would stretch to Philadelphia.
Additional: The LEG is asking how the man was able to get clearance as a subcontractor. When I was traveling to the Navy Yard I worked for a leasing company. I doubt than anyone in the company had any type pf clearance at all. Granted we weren’t dealing with weapons systems or even anything secret but we were able to get on base with no problem whatsoever.
In fact, the Washington Navy Yard is open to the public! The public can enter the Navy Yard and go to the Washington Navy Yard Museum!
I guess that it makes better “news” to speculate how the gunman got into the base.