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banyon
09-01-2009, 06:05 PM
'Lord of the Flies' in Kabul

By JEN DIMASCIO | 9/1/09 2:21 PM EDT
Updated: 9/1/09 6:26 PM EDT

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0909/26665.html

At a time when security in Afghanistan is worsening and the administration is trying to shore up liberal support for the war, State Department contractors guarding the U.S. embassy in Kabul are working in a “Lord of the Flies environment,” a Washington watchdog group told Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday.


About 10 percent of the 150 English-speaking guards employed at the embassy by ArmorGroup, a private security company headquartered in Britain and Florida, approached the Project on Government Oversight and described “a pervasive breakdown in the chain of command and guard force discipline and morale,” according a letter sent to Clinton by executive director Danielle Brian.


An e-mail from one of the guards described parties on days off, during which guards and their supervisors urinated on themselves and others and ate potato chips and drank vodka from the cracks of buttocks.


“You will see that they have a group of sexual predators, deviants, running rampant over there,” one guard, whose name was withheld, said in an e-mail to POGO, adding, “They are showing poor judgment.”


Pictures accompanying POGO’s letter corroborate at least some of the allegations. The e-mail and photographs were given to reporters by POGO.


“Beyond basic decency standards, the situation at Camp Sullivan is clearly in violation of [ArmorGroup’s] contract with the State Department, which specifies, ‘Each contractor employee or subcontractor employee is expected to adhere to standards of conduct that reflect credit on themselves, their employer and the United States government,’” Brian said in the letter to Clinton.


Beyond that, the breakdown in discipline and the guards’ chain of command was a serious security breach that the U.S. government needed to address, Brian said in her letter.


Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), the chairwoman of the Senate Homeland Security Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight, on Tuesday urged the State Department to dig in with a “thorough review of the performance, management and oversight of this contract.”


If the allegations uncovered by POGO are true, they “raise questions regarding [ArmorGroup’s] performance of the contract and the department’s management and oversight,” McCaskill wrote in a letter to Patrick Kennedy, undersecretary of management at State

It’s not the first time ArmorGroup, a subsidiary of G4S Wackenhut Corp., has been under scrutiny.


The State Department warned the contractor in 2007 that its provision of guards, relief personnel and armored vehicles was inadequate. Language was also a problem: About two-thirds of the guards employed by ArmorGroup in Kabul cannot have even basic conversations with their English co-workers, Brian said.


Last March, about 50 guards complained to Brinkley about what they called a guard shortage in Kabul, according to POGO, and in April, guard force commander Warner Ilic wrote to a State Department official complaining about work schedules and long hours that keep guards “very close to the edge of serious sleep deprivation. When we have to work guys overtime or ramp up extra manpower [during scheduled off days] due to increased threat conditions, etc., ... we further compound the issue of sleep deprivation.”


In June, the Senate subcommittee launched an investigation in what POGO called “a pattern of poor oversight” by the State Department. Wackenhut Vice President Sam Brinkley testified at a hearing of the subcommittee that the contract in Kabul, worth about $187 million annually, had been fully staffed since the start of this year. Brian claimed that it was likely Brinkley knew otherwise.


Despite warning letters from State, ArmorGroup’s contract for security services at the U.S. embassy in Kabul was renewed in July.


State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said in a press briefing Tuesday that the department is investigating the allegations raised in the POGO report.


“As soon as we received the documents, they were turned over immediately to our Office of the Inspector General,” Kelly said. “Secretary Clinton has been apprised of the allegations in these documents and has directed the department and the Office of the Inspector General to take appropriate action.”

G4S Wackenhut did not respond to a request for comment.

Taco John
09-01-2009, 06:07 PM
THEY ATE POTATO CHIPS!?

patteeu
09-01-2009, 06:43 PM
This needs to be investigated to see how far up it goes. Hillary Clinton will be indicted in 2 weeks. Obama might be impeached and/or executed. /jAZ

Brock
09-01-2009, 07:03 PM
What did Barack know and when did he know it?

banyon
09-01-2009, 07:03 PM
THEY ATE POTATO CHIPS!?

They certainly did, but they were not on a plate.

Saul Good
09-01-2009, 07:08 PM
In Kabul, eating a potato chip out of someone's ass is probably about as hygienic as eating it with your left hand.

Saul Good
09-01-2009, 07:09 PM
THEY ATE POTATO CHIPS!?

Did they eat the chips out of the butt cracks before or after the cheeks were doused with vodka?

blaise
09-01-2009, 09:33 PM
Did they eat the chips out of the butt cracks before or after the cheeks were doused with vodka?

I just hope the chips didn't come out with some dip on them.

Bwana
09-01-2009, 09:58 PM
This needs to be investigated to see how far up it goes. Hillary Clinton will be indicted in 2 weeks. Obama might be impeached and/or executed. /jAZ

ROFL

Mr. Kotter
09-01-2009, 10:02 PM
This needs to be investigated to see how far up it goes. Hillary Clinton will be indicted in 2 weeks. Obama might be impeached and/or executed. /jAZ



LMAO

Radar Chief
09-02-2009, 06:58 AM
Was it Pringles or Ruffles?
Never mind, doesn’t matter since they probably came back out corn chips anyway.

blaise
09-02-2009, 07:05 AM
Was it Pringles or Ruffles?
Never mind, doesn’t matter since they probably came back out corn chips anyway.

Or chocolate chips.

tooge
09-02-2009, 07:19 AM
wow, have times changed since I was a partier. We did jello shots off hot chicks stomachs, and all sorts of make out drinking games with chicks. These yahoos pee on themselves and eat chips from ass crack? WTF?

HonestChieffan
09-02-2009, 07:36 AM
Bush did it.