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Contractors in Kabul accused of 'lewd and deviant behavior'

Security guards at the US Embassy in Afghanistan indulged in hazing and nudity, the Project on Government Oversight says. It calls for Pentagon oversight.

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A national watchdog group is asking the Pentagon to deploy military minders to oversee a group of contractors hired to guard the US Embassy in Kabul. The group reports that guards there created a "Lord of the Flies"-like environment that threatened embassy security.

The Project on Government Oversight investigated reports from employees of a private security firm hired by the US State Department that guards had participated in inappropriate behavior at parties near the embassy and had put American security, if not the mission in Afghanistan, in jeopardy.

"Lewd and deviant behavior" of about 30 guards and supervisors included drinking at parties in which there was nudity, brawls between guards, and at least in one instance the presence of women, allegedly prostitutes, at a nearby camp that was used to house the guards, according to a letter sent by POGO to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton Tuesday.

There were other alleged incidents in which guards were shown in videos and pictures in a drunken and semi-nude state alongside Afghan nationals, who would presumably consider such behavior in a Muslim country offensive.

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