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      Convicted felons granted access to Navy facilities without background checks

      Dozens of convicted felons have recently been granted access to Naval bases nationwide, a Naval Inspector General's report says, calling into question security procedures in place at these sensitive installations.

      Military Times reports that the Navy has allowed "routine access" to 52 convicts whose background checks were not scrutinized heavily. In some cases, temporary access was granted to some with no security screening whatsoever.

      The man purported to be behind the Sept. 16 attack at the Washington Navy Yard, Aaron Alexis, had a secret security clearance, granting him legitimate access to the base.

      Naval officials say that this specific investigation has nothing to do with the access Alexis was granted and is, therefore, irrelevant to the investigation of thee Navy Yard shooting.

      READ MORE at federaltimes.com.