Same Firm Granted Both Alexis and Snowden High-Level Security Clearance

September 20, 2013 - 3:03 PM

Edward Snowden and Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis have more than a few similarities.  For starters, both worked in IT via private contractors, both received high-level security clearances, and neither had a college degree, as CNSNews.com revealed in a September 17 article.

Now, we have a new connection.  Both men were given background checks - and high-security clearances - by the same firm.

The Washington Post reported yesterday that, "USIS, the Falls Church government contractor that handled the background check for National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, said Thursday that it also vetted Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis for his ­secret-level clearance in 2007."

It also cited a previous story back from June reporting that "the company... is under criminal investigation over whether it misled the government about the thoroughness of its background checks."

Apparently, from 2008-2011, USIS "allegedly skipped this second review in up to 50 percent of the cases. But it conveyed to federal officials that these reviews had, in fact, been performed," according to the Post.  The second review is required to make sure nothing falls through the cracks.

As Ed Morrissey at Hot Air noted today, we'll never know if this happened to Alexis since his records were destroyed via protocol.