By Mary C. Rydzeski
BRIAN'S QUOTE OF THE DAY
Brian on Background Checks in the U.S. and Aaron Alexis: "Whether it's Edward Snowden deciding take some of America's top-secret intelligence, go to Hong Kong and then Russia; or you have a low-ranking Private in Iraq decides to leak all our diplomatic intelligence and then he ends up spending a life in jail and switching sexes; or now we have this guy. What type of background check got him in? We still don't know."
DAN BORELLI, former FBI Agent and Criminal Profiler, talked about the latest news from the D.C. Navy Yard shooting. Borelli revealed the new information that came out today, which includes the name of the one and only shooter, Aaron Alexis. "As this thing was unfolding yesterday, I honestly believed that this was somebody that must have known that base that must have had access because that is a hard target. You've got rings of security personnel, you've got armed guards. The average person walking off the street is not going to be able to get as far as Alexis did," Borelli explained. He also weighed in on Alexis' psychological profile and why he would still have access to a Navy shipyard when he has a history of hearing voices and violent tendencies.
NATE JACKSON, former NFL star and author of Slow Getting Up: A Story of NFL Survival from the Bottom of the Pile, talked about his new book and how he started in the NFL from a tiny Division III school. "This book is not like the glorious football "triumphant hero" book. It's more of an honest account of the pain, the insecurity, the triumph as well - the good stuff - but the bad stuff as well ," Jackson explained.
FOX News National Security Correspondent JENNIFER GRIFFIN gave the latest news from the Navy shipyard shooting in D.C. Griffin said the shooter's father thinks Alexis' psychological problems - violent tendencies and hearing voices - is linked somehow to the September 11th terror attacks, where he was in New York and helping with rescue efforts. Griffin said there are also conflicting reports of his family members saying they have not seen him for a number of years. All reports, however, have pointed to severe mental issues.
This morning RNC Chairman REINCE PRIEBUS joined Brian and weighed in on President Obama's handling of the situation in Syria. "I don't want the American Presidency to be so reduced in stature by this sort of out of touch and ineffective leadership that he is providing. Even I would like to see Barack Obama appear to be much stronger... This is our country and it is becoming very sad to see," Priebus exclaimed. He went on to say that President Obama's leadership is a sad thing to watch and questioned where his head is considering he bashed republicans while the tragedy in D.C. was unfolding.
JON GILLIAM, former Navy SEAL and former member of the FBI's New York Joint Terrorism Task Force, stopped by the studio and gave his expertise to Brian about Aaron Alexis. Gilliam said that Hewlett-Packard, who Alexis was a subcontractor for, should take the blame for this incident.
Gilliam also said that the access card Alexis had was key in this shooting: "I think even before you get to the issue of a metal detector, you're looking at the breakdown in the background check and then what that actually leads to, which is an access card. If this guy did not have an access card, it would have simply been a shooting at the gate. But the fact is he had a clearance, he got in, and then once he got in, he was able to further that attack using that card. So that's really the key to this whole thing."
STEVEN ROGERS, Retired Officer of Naval Intelligence for the FBI National Joint Terrorism Task Force, also weighed in on the Navy Shipyard shooting. Rogers said he was extremely relieved that there was only one shooter because there were concerns that this was a terrorist attack if there were multiple gunmen. Rogers went on to agree with Gilliam that there are problems in our security clearance procedure. "The whole security clearance process has to be revisited," Rogers exclaimed.
REP. JASON CHAFFETZ (R-UT) talked about the President's poor decision to switch topics yesterday and give a speech about economics instead of the Navy Shipyard shooting. "There would've been nothing wrong. We would all respect the President for delaying it one day and being sensitive to the fact that we have an active shooter - maybe even two other shooters - out there," Chaffetz exclaimed.
FOX News Chief Washington Correspondent JAMES ROSEN talked about his trip overseas with Secretary of State Kerry to Switzerland, Israel and France. He also weighed in on Syria and said that while Putin is currently riding high on the world stage, no one is talking about the Russian President's repression of gays and lesbians.
Columnist SCOTTIE NELL HUGHES rounded out the hour and talked to Brian about why Obama needs to stop blaming Republicans for potentially shutting down the government. "It's not the Republicans, it's the Democrats. We're willing to reach across the aisle give up a lot of issues that we care about," Hughes explained.