Kabul Embassy Fires Contractors Gone Wild

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Friday, September 04, 2009 at 11:07 am

The AP in Kabul reports that the U.S. Embassy there has cashiered eight of the ArmorGroup security contractors accused of “lewd behavior and sexual misconduct,” as well as ArmorGroup’s in-country management team.

This smells more like crisis management than accountability. For one thing, as the Project on Government Oversight and Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) have disclosed, the embassy’s security staff — that is, the State Department employees who interface with ArmorGroup — have known about this sort of behavior for years, and yet ArmorGroup’s contract was renewed last year. The State Department’s spokesman Ian Kelly put forward that knowledge like it was exculpatory. It’s one thing to note that the State Department senior leadership just found out about ArmorGroup’s problematic track record a few days ago. The embassy in Kabul can claim no such ignorance.

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ArmorGroup employees fired very much after the fact « Later On
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[...] at 9:30 am by LeisureGuy I assume they were fired only because the story is starting to get play. Here’s the report on their firing. Some [...]


marc
Comment posted September 4, 2009 @ 3:51 pm

POGO reports that it's whistleblowers were among those fired. If history is any guide the whistleblowers will be blacklisted from the industry but the party boys will be back in Iraq or Afghanistan on a new contract in a few months.


gladness
Comment posted September 4, 2009 @ 5:50 pm

Busted for “partying too hard?” They're blowing off steam and most of it looks hilarious. It's not like they chained up an iraqi and threatened to electrocute him, or raped and murdered a little iraqi girl before burning her and her whole family alive… Call me when this becomes a real story…


knowbuddhau
Comment posted September 5, 2009 @ 3:23 am

Sounds a lot like the BS offered in defense of the guards at Abu Ghraib. And since when is “could be worse, could be raping little girls and immolating her and her family” been any kind of standard of excellence for the United States?

How much of my tax bill is paying for these clowns to “blow off steam” with hookers and liquor in a Muslim country–representing us all–while the lives of embassy personnel depend on them?

If I tried anything like that stateside, I'd be fired, arrested, charged, and convicted by now. We have more “contractors” in Afghanistan than uniformed military. And yet, we're repeatedly jacked with the phrase, “our people in harm's way.” We're so damn concerned about 'em, bring 'em home already.

Most of the people we've sent to Afghanistan are NOT there for the American values we pay our taxes to promote; no, they're there for the friggin' money. And when the hired guns of ArmorGroup or Triple Canopy or Blackwater kill people for no apparent reason, the locals most assuredly don't say, 'Oh, it wasn't the US military, don't take revenge on them.'

While we're paying for corporations to sell back to us the services of people the US taxpayer trained, real US military are taking the blowback, getting killed, because of these mall cops on steroids.

BTW, destiny called, she's waiting, wants to know if you're brave enough to meet her?

Destiny, once spurned, is notorious for not calling back. Keep that in mind while you wait for something ghastly enough to warrant your concern.


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