The security company contracted to protect the U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, is being implicated in a federal lawsuit alleging security guards it employs were encouraged to lie about the number of hours they worked "to avoid revealing that they have been on the job up to 18 hours per day," according to a Wednesday report in Foreign Policy magazine.
The news comes as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified before Congress about the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya, that resulted in the deaths of four Americans, something some lawmakers have argued could have been prevented with better security.
Adam Zagorin, a reporter and senior fellow at POGO, told HuffPost Live Wednesday that the suit was filed on behalf of some 200 guards, most of whom are retired U.S. military under contract with the private company that guards the U.S. embassy in Kabul.
"Inside this embassy are well over 1,000 diplomats and other people who are supporting our military efforts in that country and also dealing with the Kabul government of Hamid Karzai," Zagorin told HuffPost Live. "What these guards in the lawsuit are maintaining is that they are systematically overworked. They work, according to them, up to 18 hours some days but very often it's about 14, 15, 16 hours per day. They do that at least six days a week, according to the lawsuit, and often seven days."
"What this is really all related to is a much larger picture which is that guards at this embassy ... they say that for various reasons including the long hours ... that the embassy is at risk of attack," Zagorin added.
According to Foreign Policy, the suit alleges the employees were also not paid for the time that they were asked not to report.