September 18, 2013

Military base shootings shake sense of security

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In this Aug. 27, 2013 file photo, a mirror is used on a vehicle at a security checkpoint to enter the Lawrence William Judicial Center as the sentencing phase for Maj. Nidal Hasan continues in Fort Hood, Texas. Hasan was convicted of killing 13 of his unarmed comrades in the deadliest attack ever on a U.S. military base. The rampage Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, at the Washington Naval Yard shocked the military, just as the attack at Fort Hood did. Defense Secretary is ordering a review of base security worldwide, and the issuing of security clearances that allow access to them, vowing: "Where there are gaps, we will close them." (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

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An armed officer who said he is with the Department of Defense, works near the gate at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, a day after a gunman launched an attack there.

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"My mom was pretty shocked," Meyer said. But he said it would not be feasible to inspect every vehicle and trunk for weapons.

John Barney, owner of Tri-Star Commercial, an Austin, Texas, security company that has put cameras and card access systems in several military installations, said that after Fort Hood, the Pentagon mostly responded by increasing the armed police presence, but added few electronic measures.

But he admitted electronic security is not necessarily enough.

Just recently, he said, he was in a military warehouse area near San Antonio and entered without showing any identification or encountering military police. In one building, he came across an open metal cage stacked with M-16 rifles that anyone could have walked off with, he added.

"I've noticed gaps and holes that make me concerned," Barney said.

In the San Diego area, Karen Archipley, the wife of a retired Marine, visits Marine bases regularly for her work with an organic farm that trains veterans in agriculture. She said her sense of security has not been shaken.

"It's now happened twice in the past five years, but I would tell you that those are individual incidents. It wouldn't matter where those people were. They could have been at a post office," she said. "If somebody is unstable, unsteady, it doesn't matter."


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