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.
Former employees say the wild behavior was routine, however, it went unnoticed by U.S. military officials who are tasked with overseeing defense contractors. As a result, American lives were put at risk. Even worse, these contractors are paid for with taxpayer money.
The video was reportedly provided to ABC News by two former employees of the defense contracting firm. It will air tonight on “ABC World News With Diane Sawyer” and “Nightline.”
Pictured above is the operations center’s “security manager.”
More from ABC News on this developing story:
Asked if a response to an attack by terrorists would have been possible during the events seen on the video, one of the former employees, Kenny Smith, told ABC News Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross, “No, sir.”
Questions posed by ABC News to the Pentagon have sparked a criminal investigation by the U.S. Army, a spokesman says.
The contractor, Virginia-based Jorge Scientific, has won almost $1 billion in U.S. government contracts.
The company says it has taken “decisive action to correct the unacceptable behavior of a limited number of employees” and that several of them seen on the video are no longer employed by Jorge Scientific.
Additionally, U.S. defense contractors are prohibited from using alcohol or drugs. In fact, in the military, it is known as “General Order Number One.”
The two former employees that spoke to ABC News, John Melson and Kenny Smith, have filed a lawsuit against the firm Jorge Scientific over the incident and they say the video backs up their claims.
“They endangered Jorge employees, the U.S. mission, and U.S. military personnel,” the lawsuit states.
To read ABC News’ entire report, click here.
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