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Pentagon: Navy uses "unauthorized" gate security

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Updated: 9/23/2013 7:13 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Security at local military bases and at naval installations throughout the country is not sufficient and even allowed convicted felons past security gates on at least eight occasions. That's according to a 45-page Defense Department report obtained by Action News.

It claims the security network regulating contractors passing through gates at bases does not vet their names through the National Crime Information Center or even the terrorist watch list.

Delving deeper into the report, Action News uncovered the fact that the Navy spent $1,179,299 of what the report calls "potentially unallowable costs for services and equipment" to a company called Eid Passport.

The report claims the gate systems company was operating without a contract and that prevented the Navy from fully accounting for total costs.

A Navy spokesman told Action News, "While the Navy does not discuss specific security measures that we employ, the safety of personnel on our installations, and the processes used to grant installation access, is a top priority of the Navy world-wide."

The gates at our local bases and the one that admitted last week's shooter at the Washington Navy Yard all employed the same security network. The Pentagon's report claims it's inadequate and should be changed.

After last week’s shooting, we contacted NAS Jax and Naval Station Mayport. spokespersons for each installation tell us their contractors undergo thorough background checks by professionals at the bases.
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