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ArmorGroup, North America. Subsidiary of Wackenhut Corporation, so-called "security provider."

Prepubescent antics  in Kabul.

Fraud in Miami.

It’s far too early in the morning to be viewing photos of obese shirtless men drinking shots out of each other’s butt cracks when they are supposed to be guarding the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. But hell, it’s my job, right?

In an amazing report, the Project on Government Oversight has sent a letter to Hillary Clinton describing the derelict contractors on hire from ArmorGroup North America (AGNA), a division of a company called Wackenhut. Of the 450 men deployed to protect the embassy, around 30 have reportedly turned their overseas mission into a nonstop frat party, complete with hazing, eating potato chips out of each other’s bare bottoms, peeing on each other, threatening their recalcitrant colleagues, rolling into the dining hall in underwear carrying bottles of alcohol, hiring prostitutes and in general making our old friends from Blackwater look like the guards at Buckingham Palace.

The prepubescent antics have led to a turnover rate of 100 percent per year at the facility, and dozens of men have lodged individual complaints. In addition, there are other dangerous features of the Wackenhut contract. Some two thirds of the force are Indian and Nepalese soldiers with limited command of English, who may not be prepared to react to a threat in coordination with the other men. The whole group is under-equipped and understaffed, with some guards working 14 hours a day for weeks at a time.

And most of all, they are apparently unsupervised. Last spring, a contingent of guards decided to go on a "reconnaissance mission" outside the Embassy perimeter, fully armed and disguised in Afghan clothes. The adventure violated a number of military regulations, beginning with the obvious. These idiots are contractors, not combat soldiers, and they are assigned to the Embassy and only the Embassy. They were not allowed to take weapons into the countryside, they are not allowed to run around out of uniform, and they are not allowed to leave the Embassy unprotected. Nonetheless, their corporate masters at ArmorGroup gave 18 of them commendations on letterhead that faked the seal of the State Department.

Another one of the embarrassing leavings of Bush/Cheney et al and their corporate friends.

As an analogy, suppose you say living in the U.S. is like living in kind of a classy and pricey condo community which has as one of its assets a community pool.

And, suppose you go away for a weekend, not knowing that a bunch of stupid frat rats are going to break in and party in the pool, unbeknownst to all the condo owners.

And, suppose you go down early Monday morning for a quick dip, blithely innocent, and discover the pool is filled with human droppings, smells of urine, and there are broken and unbroken beer bottles and cans, and vodka and whiskey bottles scattered all over the premises, along with assorted drug paraphernalia, underwear, condoms and other items of frat rat debauchery?

This essentially describes the devastation of the Bush/Cheney presidency and what we have left over after eight years of their reckless and unconscionable rule.

I have written to my two senators and congressman, all Democrats, but unceasingly deaf to my complaints about the conduct of the Bush/Cheney administration.

Again, my complaints will be read by unseeing and uncomprehending eyes, but I do it anyway:

Dear Senators and Congressman:

Our disgrace in Kabul:

Another one of Bush/Cheney's leavings


ArmorGroup, North America.

Security contract with the State Department to provide services through July 2010.

Wackenhut's fraud in Miami:

ArmorGroup, North America's gross misbehaviour in Kabul, Afghanistan:
homoerotic orgies, including slurping vodka from male butt cracks, to name a few...

My sensibilities are offended. After catering so much to Bush/Cheney et al and all their corporate friends, have you any sensibilities left?

If you do, pray be so good as to produce them and DO SOMETHING!

Imagine the even more conservative sensibilities of the Islamic world, which includes Afghanistan, and what this adds to their ongoing hatred of our culture.

I'm tired of this stupid jock/frat culture of ours!

Originally posted to Karen Hedwig Backman on Sat Sep 05, 2009 at 11:53 AM PDT.

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