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Exclusive: Video Shows Drunk, Stoned US Defense Contractors

Cindy Galli, Rhonda Schwartz and Brian Ross  – (ABC NEWS) – October 17, 2012 – Cellphone video recorded earlier this year at an operations center of a U.S. security contractor in Kabul, Afghanistan appears to show key personnel staggeringly drunk or high on narcotics, in what former employees say was a pattern of outrageous behavior that put American lives at risk and went undetected by U.S. military officials who are supposed to oversee such contractors.

The video, provided to ABC News by two former employees, is scheduled to be broadcast in a report this evening on “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” and “Nightline.”

Asked if a response to an attack by terrorists would have been possible during the events seen on the video, one of the former employees, Kenny Smith, told ABC News Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross, “No, sir.”

Questions posed by ABC News to the Pentagon have sparked a criminal investigation by the U.S. Army, a spokesman says.

The contractor, Virginia-based Jorge Scientific, has won almost $1 billion in U.S. government contracts.

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Internal Review Shows Gross Mishandling of Military Whistleblower Reprisal Investigations

Bryan Rahija  – (POGO) – May 7, 2012 – Pentagon investigators mishandled more than half of a set of whistleblower reprisal cases, according to a damning internal assessment report obtained by the Project On Government Oversight.

The Washington Post and iWatch News published stories on the assessment over the weekend.

As POGO Executive Director Danielle Brian told iWatch’s R. Jeffrey Smith and Aaron Mehta, “This devastating report proves one of our worst fears—that military whistleblowers have systematically been getting a raw deal.”

The assessment evaluates 156 of cases from fiscal year 2010 handled by the Department of Defense office tasked with investigating complaints of military whistleblower reprisal, the Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) Directorate of Military Reprisal Investigations (MRI). MRI has since merged with the OIG’s Civilian Reprisal Investigations unit to form the Pentagon’s Whistleblower Reprisal Investigations unit.

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Boots on the ground and other news

…Kirby Dick’s The Invisible War, an indictment of the rape “epidemic” within the U.S. military, has brought swift action from the Pentagon…

…Dick’s film, filled with heartbreaking accounts of sexual assaults against both female and male soldiers, often at the hands of their military superiors, gets its international premiere Friday at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, plus two more screenings during the festival that runs to May 6… ~Peter Howell, Toronto.com

Virginia Beach company in legal battle over boots
Robert McCabe – (The Virginian-Pilot) – April 29, 2012 – It’s a tale with the makings of a guerrilla mockumentary, but the players aren’t fooling around.

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A few bad apples and other news

While police searched for the “Tweed Creeper,” Col. Williams was carrying on his normal, high flying life. Hours before the first sexual assault, he joined in a fun filled air force publicity stunt. Days later, he met with Canada’s defense minister. And the day after the Comeau murder, he stopped by a charity event on the base. ~Name, Rank and Serial Killer -48 Hours Mystery, CBS News

Former Employee of U.S. Embassy in Baghdad Sentenced to 42 Months in Prison for Stealing Nearly $250,000
WASHINGTON  – (DoJ) – April 8, 2011 – A former employee of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., to 42 months in prison for stealing nearly $250,000 intended for the payment of shipping and customs services for the embassy, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride for the Eastern District of Virginia.

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Vodka Butt-Shot Contractor (ArmorGroup) STILL Guarding the Kabul Embassy

A spokeswoman for watchdog group POGO said hazing at a camp for security guards went "well beyond partying."

ArmorGroup caused an international scandal and lost its State Department contract. Why’s the company still protecting one of America’s most dangerous diplomatic outposts?

By Daniel Schulman – MOJO – Thu Feb. 17, 2011 – More than a year has passed since the State Department decided to drop its contract [1] with the security firm protecting the US embassy in Kabul, following an international scandal featuring drunken debauchery [2] fit for a Van Wilder flick. But the company that introduced the world to vodka butt-shots is still on the job—and it doesn’t seem to have plans to stand down anytime soon. Long after the expiration of its initial contract, in fact, ArmorGroup North America is currently hiring [3] more guards to protect the Kabul embassy.

The firm sparked controversy in September 2009, when a Washington-based watchdog group sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton [4]highlighting a list of violations by the company, from a chronic guard shortage to the hiring of personnel who couldn’t speak English and would be unable to communicate with their colleagues in an emergency. But the most shocking charges concerned what the Project on Government Oversight [5] called a “Lord of the Flies environment”—hazing and wild partying depicted in a series of graphic photographs [6] showing members of the Kabul embassy security force drunk, half-naked, and engaged in an array of NSFW behavior. Read the remainder of this entry »