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  1. Australians investigated over Kabul ‘deviancy’
    September 4, 2009

    SEVERAL Australians are among a group of foreign security guards at the US embassy in Afghanistan who are being investigated over drunken and deviant parties.

    The guards are employed by ArmorGroup, the security company that employed the Australian security contractor shot dead last month by a British colleague after a late-night drinking session. Darren Hoare and a British colleague were shot dead in Baghdad.

    The Australians employed by the company as security guards are mostly former members of the Australian Defence Force or Australian police forces.

    US authorities said about 300 of the 450 ArmorGroup guards at the embassy are Gurkhas. The rest are Australians, South Africans and Americans.

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has ordered an investigation into allegations that guards at the embassy in Kabul were engaged in wild parties noted for the sort of anarchy and bullying detailed in the William Golding novel Lord of the Flies.

    The inquiry comes after an independent group sent Mrs Clinton a dossier claiming that guards at the embassy had been engaged in drunken parties involving prostitutes and ritual humiliation. Pictures and video footage were attached.

    The dossier, compiled by Project on Government Insight, includes an email allegedly from a guard in Kabul describing scenes in which guards and supervisors are ”peeing on people, eating potato chips out of [buttock] cracks, vodka shots out of [buttock] cracks (there is video of that one)”.

    US State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said the allegations were being taken seriously.



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