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Excerpts Of Navy Yard Report: 160 Cameras And No One Watching; Facing Down Shooter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Cameras showed the Navy Yard gunman’s every move, but arriving police didn’t know the control room existed. Employees who had cellphones locked away to protect military secrets had no way to dial 911. Arriving police were stuck outside security gates as the base went on lockdown. Aaron Alexis came face-to-face with several Navy Yard employees who survived, including one who threw a megaphone at the gunman and ran as a shotgun blast sailed by. These are among the dozens of details in a new report obtained by The Washington Post under a Freedom of Information Act request. The report was written by D.C. police to better understand how the shooting unfolded and what lessons they could take away.

   A private security guard was in an office with monitors showing the feeds from 160 security cameras while the shootings occurred. Those cameras, police now know, covered almost every inch of Building 197 and were documenting in real time every move by gunman Aaron Alexis. But the guard locked the door, hid and notified no one that he was there with access to the information. “

 

   The report is a damning indictment of security at the Navy Yard as well as the performance of the Metro DC police and various Federal law enforcement agencies with allegations of many DC officers “self-dispatching” themselves to the scene and thus leaving large swathes of the city unprotected along with mentions of numerous “private photographers” on the scene representing different law enforcement entities .

    The whole episode calls to mind a free-for-all of law enforcement , more interested in covering themselves in glory , securing larger operating budgets and documenting it all for the media than in protecting public safety a la the Dorner affair , Ruby Ridge and Waco . 

Read the whole thing at the Washington Post

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obama Revitalizes His Demonization Of Law-Abiding Gun Owners

 

 

” Once again, President Obama is exploiting the tragic deaths from a mass shooting to push his political agenda to control guns. This time, he escalates the rhetoric by blaming Second Amendment advocates for criminals’ acts.

Referring to Monday’s tragic shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, along with the mass murders in Newtown and Aurora in 2012, Tucson in 2011 and shootings in Chicago, he said: “As long as there are those who fight to make it as easy as possible for dangerous people to get their hands on a gun, then we’ve got to work as hard as possible for the sake of our children. We’ve got to be ones who are willing to do more work to make it harder.”

So who is fighting to make it easy for criminals to get guns?

Of course he is referring to the 5 million members of the National Rifle Association. He did the same thing in April after his gun control agenda failed to get 60 votes in the Senate. In the Rose Garden, he blamed the lack of support on the “gun lobby” lying about the legislation, which “intimidated a lot of senators.”

Contrary to the president’s accusations, the NRA long has lobbied for better mental health treatment and strengthening the background check system.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poll Conducted Before The DC Navy Yard Shootings Finds Declining Approval Of How Government Handles Gun Control

 

 

 

” Before the debate over tightening national gun-control laws was rekindled by the latest mass shootings, at the Washington Navy Yard and in Chicago’s South Side, a growing number of Americans were questioning the government’s stewardship of the right to bear arms, according to a poll by the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research that concluded at the end of August.

Asked to size up how the government is doing on protecting a variety of rights and freedoms spelled out in the Bill of Rights and federal law, Americans saw slippage on almost all issues, most dramatically on the matter of gun rights, where the impression of decline turned up everywhere — among Republicans and Democrats, men and women, young and old, city dwellers and those in small towns.

Overall, 44 percent of Americans feel the federal government is doing a good job of safeguarding the right to keep and bear arms, down from 57 percent two years earlier. Of course, definitions of “good job” on gun rights diverge; not everyone wants the government to safeguard Second Amendment rights.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another Leftist Meme Shredded

 

 

 

” Support for gun control has dropped to its lowest level in a year, despite this week’s Washington Navy Yard shootings and a string of mass shootings over the past 14 months.

What’s more, a new Rasmussen Reports poll finds that nearly half of all Americans–46 percent–believe that the nation would be less safe if only police and the military were allowed to have guns.

The poll is likely to shell shock those in Congress eager to revive gun control efforts in the wake of the Navy Yard shootings that left 13 dead, including the shooter.

Rasmussen found that just 33 percent believe stricter gun control laws would have prevented the Navy Yard shooting. Some 59 percent said more laws wouldn’t have stopped the shooter.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As The Professor Is Wont To Say , “We’re In The Best Of Hands”

 

 

” The U.S. government contractor that vetted Edward Snowden, who leaked information about national surveillance programs, said it also performed a background check on the Washington Navy Yard shooter.

USIS, a unit of Falls Church, Virginia-based Altegrity Inc., owned by Providence Equity Partners LLC, did Aaron Alexis’s background investigation in 2007, Ray Howell, a USIS spokesman, said in an e-mail. “Today we were informed that in 2007, USIS conducted a background check of Aaron Alexis” for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, Howell said.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Report: Swat Team Told To ‘Stand Down’ At Navy Yard Massacre

 

 

” One of the first teams of heavily armed police to respond to Monday’s shooting in Washington DC was ordered to stand down by superiors, the BBC can reveal.

A tactical response team of the Capitol Police, a force that guards the US Capitol complex, was told to leave the scene by a supervisor instead of aiding municipal officers.

The Capitol Police department said senior officials were investigating.

Aaron Alexis, 34, killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard.

“I don’t think it’s a far stretch to say that some lives may have been saved if we were allowed to intervene,” a Capitol Police source familiar with the incident told the BBC.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jon Stewart, Daily Show Team Rip CNN Apart for Confusing,

Frenzied Shooting Coverage

 

 

Published on Sep 17, 2013

” September 17, 2013 – Jon Stewart opened Tuesday night’s Daily Show with a powerful indictment of how cable news covered the Washington Navy Yard shooting, aimed squarely at the “breathless wrongness” of CNN. Stewart spent not one, but two whole segments mercilessly tearing CNN apart for how awfully it covered the shooting, especially all the unnecessary speculation.

Stewart yelled at one CNN reporter, “You’re just standing in front of a camera naming shit you see!” and likened it to “walking down the street with a five-year-old.” He ran the gamut from one anchor demanding to know the size of a building to another asking about the clothes someone who may have been the suspect possibly wore. And even tempering the speculation wasn’t enough, with Stewart advising that if what you’re about might be incredibly wrong, “don’t say them out loud!”

Stewart concluded that the “vomit onto the screen” CNN was projecting “is a feature, not a bug,” and figured out exactly what game they’re trying to play after playing a clip of Jeff Zucker boasting about CNN’s Boston coverage ratings.

“The lesson they take from this is, it doesn’t matter how much they betray our trust, we’ll keep coming back. We’re in an abusive relationship with CNN! And it’s time we kicked those bastards to the curb, because we have to remember, this network was created by Ted Turner, not Ike Turner.”
In the second segment, Stewart’s team of correspondents (John Oliver, Jason Jones, Samantha Bee, and Aasif Mandvi) appeared in a pack outside CNN’s headquarters to give them a taste of their own medicine.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shelter-in-Place: This Generation’s Duck-and-Cover

 

 

 

 

” By the time it was over, former Navy reservist Aaron Alexis had shot and killed twelve individuals at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, D.C.

Commander Tim Jirus told Fox News: “For those of us who knew there was an active shooter because they were much closer to where that was happening at, there is shelter-in-place. You lock your door inside your building until someone tells you it’s clear.”

According to the Washington City Paper, “[Metropolitan Police Department] Chief Cathy Lanier said after the first shots were reported this morning, MPD officers were on the scene within two to three minutes, at which point security within Navy Yard had already engaged the shooter. Within seven minutes, Lanier says, an ‘active shooter team’ was in the building and had ‘multiple engagements’ with the shooter, the last of which resulted in his death.”

Bryan Preston noted that the Navy Yard, like all military bases, is a “gun free zone” thanks to a Clinton-era policy. Preston wrote, “In 1993, President Bill Clinton decreed that US military personnel were to surrender the Second Amendment rights that they swear an oath to support and defend.” So the employees at the 3000-person building were sitting ducks, unable to defend themselves against an active shooter.”

 

 

 

Read the whole thing from PJMedia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gunman Roaming DC Naval Yard

Active Shooter at Washington Navy Yard, At Least 2 People Shot

 

 

” At least two people have been shot and an active shooter is on the grounds of the Washington Navy Yard in Southeast D.C.

The U.S. Navy says three shots were fired at 8:20 a.m. Monday at Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters building and D.C. police say at least two people have been shot.

The Navy Yard is on lockdown and a “shelter in place” order has been issued, the Navy says. About 3,000 people work in the building, the Navy says.”