While surfing the net recently I came upon the below article from last year about the British security company G4S. ROK Drop readers may remember that G4S was the company that USFK hired to provide security for US bases in Korea and then proceeded to not comply with their contractual agreements leading to US soldiers to man the gates. Additionally G4S would go on to have another security scandal during the London Olympics Games. Well before the USFK and Olympic contract scandals G4S had another major security scandal in Afghanistan:
A BRITISH security giant, whose subsidiary in Afghanistan has been accused of hiring dope-smoking thugs and criminals as security guards, is responsible for protecting 16 Australian embassies around the world.
The security firm G4S and its affiliates protect Australian embassies across the globe from Brussels to New Delhi and Shanghai, but the company was last week accused of “major offences” in Afghanistan by the Afghan government.
This follows a US Senate investigation last year which found the employees of a G4S subsidiary in Afghanistan, ArmorGroup, included Taliban affiliates and criminals.
However, G4S executives strongly denied yesterday that its problems in Afghanistan had implications for the security of Australian missions in other parts of the world. (….)
G4S was one of several security firms in Afghanistan to be criticised last week by the Afghan government for unspecified offences.
In 2009, dozens of employees from G4S’s Afghan subsidiary ArmorGroup — responsible for protecting the US embassy in Kabul — were accused of misconduct including nudity, drinking and urinating on each other. [The Australian]
This shows that G4S was shady long before USFK ever gave it a contract. If you are wondering G4S is still getting contracts from the US government to guard embassies despite the past scandals. This then got me wondering if G4S was in anyway involved with the security scandal at the US embassy in Libya? It turns out that another British company Blue Mountain Security was responsible for security at the embassy. However, after looking at the background of the management of Blue Mountain Security many of them had prior ties to G4S. I wonder if they used the G4S tactic of underbidding for the contract and then paying very little for the guards and not being able to hire enough of them? We know they paid the local security guards very little to guard the embassy. Did they have enough guards hired to meet their contract requirements?