Navy Yard shooting being used to argue for access to behavioral records

While watching coverage of the Navy Yard shooting on Fox News, the never-ending parade of talking head “experts” agreed that the problem was a faulty background check. Many brought up Edward Snowden as another example of this.

One stated that it is impossible to properly “vet” the 4 million contractors that need security clearance. However, if out of 4 millions contractors one (Snowden) allegedly leaked and two (Alexis and Hasan) allegedly shot co-workers, that doesn’t seem like much of a problem.

Nevertheless, this is what they’re harping on and one of them blamed HIPAA, the health care privacy act, which “protects the privacy of individually identifiable health information.” [It’s enforced by the Office of Civil Rights. Who knew?] Does the same government that burdened doctors, their staff, and patients/consumers with so much excess paperwork related to this law now want to repeal it?

In addition, there’s the coincidence that late last week we learned, Government Seeking Inclusion of ‘Social and Behavioral’ Data in Health Records:

According to a solicitation posted by the Department of Health and Human Services on Sept. 4, the CMS is commissioning the National Academy of Sciences to study how best to add social and behavioral factors to electronic health record reporting.

The government that accidentally emailed 2,400 social security numbers now wants to digitally store our behavioral data.

For what it’s worth, InfoWars is reporting the same thing about the Navy Yard shooter and his security clearance, albeit without the editorializing done on Fox News:

The suspected Navy Yard gunman shot dead by cops earlier today had a secret government clearance despite the fact he was arrested in Seattle in 2004 after shooting out the tires of a car during an angry “blackout.”

He was also charged in a similar incident. However, Alexis wasn’t prosecuted for either, a fact the InfoWars article doesn’t mention.

Nevertheless, the fact that the charges would not have been enough to cause revocation of his security clearance appears to have become the basis for an argument for more people having more access to individuals’ behavioral records. In other words, it’s no longer enough for the courts to decide guilt or innocence; rather someone with access to the government’s database of behavioral records will decide whether or not they like the way you act.

Who is going to have access to your private behavioral data? From what the talking heads have been saying, most background checks are performed by government contractors.

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