August 30, 2014

US army contractor in hot water over shocking Afghan video

By Sajad - Thu Oct 18 2012, 9:41 am

A PRIVATE security company working for the US government in Afghanistan is in hot water after a video surfaced allegedly showing several of its employees drunk and on drugs, US broadcaster ABC reports.

In the video, a bare-chested man identified as a security manager working for Jorge Scientific hobbles around, barely conscious in front of the camera. A second man, who is said to be the company’s medical officer, stares into the lens, apparently under influence of drugs.

The contractor in the video, Virginia-based Jorge Scientific, has won almost $1 billion in U.S. government contracts. The company’s operations manual contains a “zero-tolerance for alcohol and drug use” and says all personnel must be on alert 24/7 for a possible terror attack, ABC News reports.

The military prohibits the use of alcohol or illegal drugs by U.S. contractors in Afghanistan under what is known as General Order Number One.

The alleged behavior went undetected by U.S. military officials and put American lives at risk. The whistle blowers revealed that if a terrorist attack had been made at this time, then employees would have been too ‘out of it’ to respond.

In a statement, Jorge Scientific – which has won almost $US1 billion in US government contracts – said it had taken ” decisive action to correct the unacceptable behaviour of a limited number of employees” and hired an independent investigation team to carry out a probe.

An unspecified number of employees, including a former senior executive and “several others mentioned in the complaint” no longer work for the company, it said.

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  1. Told of the existence of the video, the medical officer, Kevin Carlson, admitted to ABC News that he frequently injected himself with narcotics.

  2. Tonight, ABC News will air cellphone video recorded earlier this year at an operations center of a U.S. Security contractor in Kabul, Afghanistan that seems to show “key personnel staggeringly drunk or high on narcotics,” ABC News reports .

  3. Is this a joke? Where is the proof, the reporting? This is an awful piece of journalistic crap. The photo of the man in the photo could be a man anywhere. No names were given and no credible information was given to substantiate anything in this article.

    And if the USA or NATO is going to come to Afghanistan and give one of it’s contractors a billion dollar contract, then that’s there business. Afghanistan had less than one Billion USA dollars gross domestic product in 2001. The major countries spending money of giving Afghans jobs has been more a gift than the Taliban ever gave Afghans.

    If Afghans want money, get on your feet and work!

    1. Whoops My bad. OK Stone em to death.

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