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Omission of information may have led to approval of secret clearance for Navy Yard shooter
WASHINGTON -- The Navy Yard shooter lied about a previous arrest and failed to disclose thousands of dollars in debts when he applied for a security clearance in the Navy.
Federal investigators dismissed the omissions, and made Aaron Alexis one of their own.
The gaps in his record eventually allowed him to work in the secure Navy building where he gunned down 12 workers last week.
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus recommends that all police reports, not just arrests or convictions, involving an individual be included when a background check is done.