Security clearance lapses stemmed from Washington’s heedless emphasis on speed over quality

By Rebecca LaFlure

Profits and politics, plus a sudden growth in secrecy-obsessed institutions, played key roles in misguided security clearance decisions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federation of American Scientists":

"… Aftergood, who studies privacy and security classification issues for the Federation of American Scientists, a nonprofit research and advocacy group in Washington. Clearing the back …"

Audit reveals widespread problems in security system used by the Navy

By Rebecca LaFlure and R. Jeffrey Smith

The U.S. military is widely using a security system that lets felons onto its bases.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Connecticut":

"… cal laboratories, 15 major U.S. Army bases, the Coast Guard’s academy in Connecticut and its headquarters in Washington, and the Navy’s Trident ballistic mis …"

"… Washington, and the Navy’s Trident ballistic missile submarine bases in Connecticut and Georgia, according to the website of Rapidgate’s operator, Eid Passp …"

TSA cannot guarantee accuracy of 900,000 airport security badges

By Alexandra Duszak

More than 10 percent of TSA badges have errors

Excerpts from this story referencing "Transportation Security Authority":

"… in the airport operator badging process,” the report said.Each year, the Transportation Security Authority oversees the vetting of approximately 550,000 badge applications. Despite …"

Badly flawed background check system fails to contain firearms sales

By Rick Schmitt

Background check system is plagued by a host of data problems, loopholes and disputes over just who should be barred.

Excerpts from this story referencing "America":

"… nter has referred to gun shows as “Tupperware Parties for Criminals.” American-born al-Qaida member Adam Gadahn suggested in a video message over the In …"

"… of getting easy access to arms to launch attacks in the United States. ''America is absolutely awash with easily obtainable firearms,” Gadahn said. “Yo …"

"… t this to at least be the beginning of a new discussion on how we can keep America safe for all our people,” Obama wrote. The NRA responded that it welcom …"

"… ent believes we can identify some common sense measures that would improve American safety and security while fully respecting Second Amendment rights,” Wh …"