Gone Wild

Contractors Party Hard in Kabul

Military contractors just can't seem to get good publicity. A letter sent to Hillary Clinton by the Project on Government Oversight alleges that ArmorGroup contractors guarding the U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, are engaging in outrageous behavior that puts diplomats at risk while also wasting taxpayer dollars. The goings-on read like a script for the latest frat-boy shock-humor comedy featuring "drunken brawls, prostitutes, hazing and humiliation (and) taking vodka shots out of butt cracks," supposedly "with those who declined to participate often ridiculed, humiliated, demoted, or even fired." The letter also criticizes ArmorGroup North America of "chronic understaffing" in Kabul, leading to problems with morale and high turnover rates. Meanwhile, Gawker got a hold of photos depicting alleged contractors' lurid antics, including the infamous "butt shots" and alcohol-soaked hazing.