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POGO Statement on Kabul Embassy Guard Firings

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September 4, 2009

Statement by Danielle Brian, Executive Director, Project On Government Oversight:

"POGO is pleased that the State Department has finally taken decisive steps to bring the Kabul security guard scandal under control. We remain very concerned, however, with certain elements of this action. POGO has no solid information of the identities of those reported to have been removed. We have been told people are being fired for simply being in the photographs. We do know a number of those were unwilling participants. 
 
We also want to hear that the supervisors who were responsible for this debacle are being held fully accountable and not simply allowed to resign and go to another contractor." 

Founded in 1981, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) is a nonpartisan independent watchdog that champions good government reforms. POGO’s investigations into corruption, misconduct, and conflicts of interest achieve a more effective, accountable, open, and ethical federal government.

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