Misconduct by U.S. Embassy guards in Kabul alleged

Embassy guards in Kabul

Private contractors hired by the U.S. government have jeopardized security at the American embassy in Kabul with lewd, drunken conduct and an understaffed guard force at a time of rising violence in the Afghan capital, the Ploughshares-funded Project on Government Oversight reports. POGO Executive Director Danielle Brian said her group spoke to 15 English-speaking guards. They provided "evidence of a pattern of blatant, long-standing violations of the security contract, and of a pervasive breakdown in the chain of command and guard force discipline and morale," she said in a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Brian urged the State Department to put Kabul embassy security under military supervision and consider initiating suspension proceedings against ArmorGroup and Wackenhut.