Embassy Guards Gone Wild Get Fired

"All of them were involved in what -- what we can call extremely inappropriate activity," a State Department spokesman told reporters in Oct. when the last group of guards was relieved of duty, adding that ArmorGroup did bring in additional guards to replace them.

The State Department had had major concerns about ArmorGroup's ability to staff the contract for several years, according to documents made public earlier this year by POGO and in testimony before the Congressionally chartered Commission on Wartime Contracting, but eventually decided to renew the contract after changes were made by the contractor.

In June 2007, the State Department warned "the security of the U.S. embassy in Kabul is in jeopardy" because of "deficiencies" on the part of ArmorGroup.

Similar complaints were raised at a Senate hearing in June 2009 by Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.).

At the time, Sam Brinkley, vice-president of the ArmorGroup's corporate parent Wackenhut Services, defended the company's performance in Kabul.

"We are a guard company that prides itself in doing missions well," Brinkley testified.

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