Mercenaries behaving badly not only cause public relations problems, the boorhish behavior and mistakes can cost lives.
Consider what happened on Sept. 9, 2005, when five security guards from private contractor DynCorp were supposed to be on duty protecting Afghan President Hamid Karzai but — instead — returned to their compound drunk and with a whore in tow.
They had been intoxicated, loud and obnoxious,” an internal company report of the incident said, adding that Afghanistan’s deputy director for elections and a foreign diplomat were also in the lounge.
“Complaints were made regarding the situation,” the report said.
Unfortunately, these incidents are not isolated.
The Associated Press obtained documents under the freedom of information act that showed similar incidents by more than 200 mercenaries working for comapnies like DynCorp, Triple Canopy and Blackwater Worldwide, now known as Xe Services.
The papers document excessive drinking, drug use, sexual misconduct and mishandling of sophisticated weapons.
Although the three DynCorp employees were fired, American officials have been slow to respond to requests for actions against others and American use of contractors continue to increase.
While some of the infractions occurred during the Bush Administration, officials tell Capitol Hill Blue that the Obama White House is “working overtime” to keep reports of misbehavior secret.