Sex Acts Tied to Promotion at Afghan Embassy: Guard

Private contractor encouraged nude, drunken parties, worker says

By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 3, 2009 6:37 AM CDT

(Newser) – One of the guards at the rowdy US embassy in Kabul went public last night, telling ABC News that new recruits had to participate in naked parties and perform sex acts with other men in order to get promoted or be assigned preferable shifts. The guard, one of 12 who have complained, said that supervisors at ArmorGroup, a subsidiary of military contractor Wackenhut, not only knew about the "deviant sexual acts" but also helped to organize the hazing.

"It was mostly the young guys fresh from the military who were told they had to participate," said the guard, who spoke anonymously. "They were not gay but they knew what it took to get promoted." The State Department renewed ArmorGroup's contract to guard the embassy last month despite complaints as early as 2007. "The security of the US embassy in Kabul is in jeopardy," a diplomat wrote, because of ArmorGroup's "deficiencies."

An Afghan police man stands guard near the site of a rocket attack near the US Embassy in Kabul. Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009. Five rockets slammed into Kabul on Aug. 4, one of them falling near the embassy.
An Afghan police man stands guard near the site of a rocket attack near the US Embassy in Kabul. Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009. Five rockets slammed into Kabul on Aug. 4, one of them falling near the embassy.   (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
Defense Secretary Robert Gates delivers a speech at the US Embassy in Kabul Wednesday Sept. 17, 2008.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates delivers a speech at the US Embassy in Kabul Wednesday Sept. 17, 2008.   (AP PHOTO/POOL - Paul J. RICHARDS)
The State Department is investigating allegations of hazing and inappropriate behavior among privately contracted guards at the US embassy in Kabul.
The State Department is investigating allegations of hazing and inappropriate behavior among privately contracted guards at the US embassy in Kabul.   (Project of Government Oversight)
One guard told ABC News that participating in naked, drunken escapades was critical for promotion.
One guard told ABC News that participating in naked, drunken escapades was critical for promotion.   (Project on Government Oversight)
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This CNN clip details the breakdown in discipline at the US embassy in Kabul, where guards were allegedly hazed.   (bekaskhan)

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