October 19th, 2012
04:51 AM ET

Drunk contractors cause harm in Afghanistan, lawsuit alleges

By Dugald McConnell and Brian Todd

The amateur video shows men, shirtless and seeming dangerously drunk, rolling on the ground or staggering near a counter top covered with booze bottles. Another part of the video shows a man babbling incoherently with a syringe nearby.

This is not a scene at a college frat house. It is a video of employees of an American security contractor working in Kabul, Afghanistan.

"It reminded me of times I'd visit my friends going to college that were in fraternities," said John Melson, a former employee of Jorge Scientific who was based at that villa in Kabul on assignment to support efforts to train Afghan security personnel.

The images in this video are now part of a lawsuit by two former employees of Jorge Scientific who allege that contractors with the firm were careless with their guns, abused local staffers, wrecked cars, destroyed furniture, and often could not perform their duties due to drunkenness.

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    There's not much you can really comment about this except the word idiot . Lucky they didn't kill someone .

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  7. Robbie

    Heeeeeeey, this video gives me a hard on ever time I watch it! Drunk hunky dudes get me stiff!!!

    March 3, 2013 at 8:41 pm | Reply
  8. Bills Cat

    Take it up with Halliburton, he has every dime and drop of water tied up with no-bid contracts.

    October 21, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Reply
  9. StanCalif

    Soon after taking office, Obama won a Nobel Prize! His prize was awarded simply for "not being Bush"! The world hated us for what had been going on.
    Obama came into office not knowing what disasters were soon to be on his shoulders. All things considered, he did a great job. Could he have done more? Certantly, but the challenges left to him were enomous! Once out of office, former Pres. Bush went into hiding and offered no support at all to the new president. This is unpresidented!
    Dick Cheney did not stay silent very long. As VP, he was under the radar conducting his "business" and we heard very little about his deeds. Out of office, he begins to rant and rave. Did he ever make any effort to work with the new administration? No! Dick gave us the Gulf Oil disaster, his biggest achievement in office!!!

    October 21, 2012 at 8:50 am | Reply
  10. Vera Waitress

    Last week President Obama extended whistleblower rights to military personnel and military contractors. This is only the beginning, people. The defense contractor boondoggle party is over.

    October 20, 2012 at 1:38 am | Reply
  11. Vera Waitress

    The US Spent $600 BILLION dollars last year on defense. Wow, people. Our country is languishing under a huge definicit, and we're spending $600 BILLION on this? Awful.

    October 20, 2012 at 1:37 am | Reply
    • I wipe my @ss with Old Glory

      Maybe if we didn't put so much time, energy and money into making the rest of the planet despise us, we wouldn't be looked upon as the joke of the world.

      October 22, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Reply
  12. Vera Waitress

    The question is not "Contractors or Soldiers." The question is "Why not neither?"

    October 20, 2012 at 1:33 am | Reply
  13. OffTheWorldPolitics

    We should not jump to conclusions. These men can not be blamed for that they have seen.

    October 19, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Reply
    • I wipe my @ss with Old Glory

      They're there of their own free will because they see money to be made from the suffering of others. No sympathy here.

      October 22, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Reply
  14. Hahahahahahahahah

    Did he drive, crash through a Towel Head's bedroom, and kill the Towel Head's sheep? Hahahahahahahhaa

    October 19, 2012 at 10:48 am | Reply
  15. dmj

    I worked for a defense contractor for a few years. The pay & benefits were good. A man's gotta make a living.

    October 19, 2012 at 9:08 am | Reply
  16. David Kuklinski

    jman: What branch of service and what years?

    October 19, 2012 at 8:53 am | Reply
  17. jman

    I hated contractors when I was deployed...they have no real purpose over there. They are doing jobs our Soldiers could do (and our Soldiers would do it for less). Most of the contractors I have met are, simply put, "dirtbags". Always talking crap to Soldiers because the contractors generally have some authority over us....Get em out of there. They are a making our mission more difficult and they cost more than putting a Soldier in their position.

    I remember in my first deployment to Iraq we lost a Soldier due to electrocution in a shower trailier because KBR forgot to ground a cable, or something to that extent, near the trailer. When the Soldier took a shower he was electrocuted and died. Betcha PVT Snuffy filling an electrician MOS doing that same job wouldnt have forgot that cable...you know why? Because PVT snuffy and his best buddies would be showering in that trailer too.

    October 19, 2012 at 5:31 am | Reply
    • StanCalif

      I agree with you! The sole purpose of "contractors" doing soldiers' work is to create profits for "friends". Dick Cheney's friends made huge profits (and continue to do so)! Electrocuting a few soldiers is no big deal to them. Romney certainly "let the cat out of the bag" with his disdain for the 47% (it's been going on for a long time in the GOP). Our soldiers don't come from the 2% the GOP cares about, but the contractors do!
      Has any contractor been held responsible for the electrocutions? Of course not! The "excuse" given was that the work as done in accordance with "local practice"!

      October 21, 2012 at 8:10 am | Reply

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