Hagel orders reviews after shootout,acknowledges missed ‘red flags’

Hagel has also ordered security reviews to be carried out by Deputy Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter,who is currently in India.

Written by Associated Press | Washington | Published: September 19, 2013 1:06 am

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel Wednesday acknowledged that authorities missed some “red flags” which might have prevented the Washington Navy Yard shootout,even as he ordered the review of physical security and access procedures at all American defence facilities worldwide.

At least 12 people,including Indian-American defence contractor Vishnu Pandit,were killed by a lone gunman who was shot down after the brazen shooting rampage at the high-security Navy Yard Monday.

“Obviously,there were a lot of red flags. Why they didn’t get picked,why they didn’t get incorporated into the clearance process,what he was doing,those are all legitimate questions that we’re going to be dealing with,” Hagel said.

“When you go back in hindsight and look at all of this,there were some red flags. Of course there were. And should we have picked them up? Why didn’t we? All those questions need to be answered,” he said,responding to question about the past history of the alleged shooter.

Hagel has also ordered security reviews to be carried out by Deputy Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter,who is currently in India.

Mother of Navy shooter ‘so,so very sorry’

New York: The mother of Aaron Alexis says she is “so,so very sorry that this has happened.” Cathleen Alexis said Wednesday she does not know why her son did what he did and she will never be able to ask him. She said in a statement,“My heart is broken.” AP

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