U.S. Guards Gone Wild in Afghanistan

It was a "'Lord of the Flies' environment," a watchdog group says

Wednesday, Sep 2, 2009  |  Updated 1:17 PM CDT
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U.S. Guards Gone Wild in Afghanistan

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It was a "Lord of the Flies environment," a watchdog group said.

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The State Department is probing shocking allegations that guards at the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan guzzled booze, engaged in hazing and hired hookers as attacks intensified in the capital city.

E-mails, photographs and interviews paint a sordid mosaic of a "'Lord of the Flies' environment" at the Kabul-based camp in which private security guards from the firm ArmorGroup downed vodka, stripped naked and harassed the locals during raucous parties, according to a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from the nonprofit watchdog group Project on Government Oversight.

"These are very serious allegations and we are treating them that way," a state department spokesman said.

Clinton has "zero tolerance" for the behavior alleged by the watchdog group and ordered a "review of the whole system," the spokesman said.

Get more: Reuters, New York Daily News

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