We’re constantly fed the “national security” excuse to justify everything our government does here at home and abroad. Our military is spread thin over many countries in the world for national security purposes. We’re occupying the Middle East for national security purposes. We get involved in the internal, political affairs of foreign countries for national security purposes. It’s costing Americans about $1 trillion a year to maintain our global military hegemony. But is everything our Department of Defense does or authorizes really for national security purposes?
Our tax dollars are being used to finance naked “frat” parties overseas. And I’m not being anti-military. I’m not even talking about the military. I’m talking about private contractors who won no-bid contracts with the DOD. These Private Military Companies (PMC) have outnumbered U.S. Military personnel in Afghanistan. As our troops withdraw from that region, privately owned security forces are moving in and performing much the same tasks as our military. So whenever the President brags about his troop withdrawal, just remember that we still have a large presence there. It’s just not technically a large military presence.
One such company is Virginia-based Jorge Scientific that has received about $1 billion in taxpayer-funded government contracts. They were given $47 million by the U.S. State Department to train the Afghan National Police in Kabul. ABC News obtained cellphone video footage of employees of this company, one of them a security manager, getting drunk, carousing and shooting up drugs:
The video shows the security manager for the company staggering about the operations center late one evening after taking large gulps of vodka and then engaging another employee in a half-naked wrestling match. “It was like a frat house for adults,” said [former employee] Melson. “Some of them to the point where they were passing out, there’s firearms laying around, some of them still carrying the firearms on them.” Another portion of the video shows the company’s medical officer with glassy eyes and unable to respond to a request for help after shooting up with a prescription anesthetic, Ketamine.
Melson and Smith, two former employees of Jorge, quit the company only after working for a few months. They believed their lives were in danger because of the behavior of their co-workers. There’s no way these employees could have done anything to protect themselves or each other in the event of a terrorist attack. They also stated that their complaints to upper management fell on deaf ears.
ABC News reported two years ago a similar incident involving the security personnel for Armor Group, the PMC contracted to protect the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan:
A guard who spoke with ABC News this week on the condition of anonymity said the drunken parties had been held regularly for at least a year and a half and that guards were pressured to participate, as well as perform sex acts, in order to gain promotions or assignment to preferable shifts. The guard, a U.S. military veteran, said top supervisors at Armor Group were not only aware of the “deviant sexual acts” but helped to organize them.
Is this a problem that is rampant in the PMC industry? Could our embassy in Libya have been compromised because of similar behavior? Could that have been the real reason for the “cover-up?”
If these security companies have time and money to spend on booze, drugs and toga parties, do we even need them at all?