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Blue Mountain Group security guards on duty at US consulate in Libya during Sep 2012 attack allegedly poorly trained & screened

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Company non-response
6 March 2013

Blue Mountain did not respond to: Blue Mountain Group security guards on duty at US consulate in Libya during Sep 2012 attack allegedly poorly trained & screened.

5 March 2013

Time to Put Private Security Contractors Under the Gun

Author: Amol Mehra (International Corporate Accountability Roundtable) for Huffington Post [USA]

[Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Blue Mountain Group to respond. Blue Mountain Group said they have no comment; previous Aegis Defense Services response provided below] On the night of the attack [on US consulate in Benghazi, Libya], a group of heavily armed militants approached the compound which was guarded by five U.S. diplomatic security agents, two local militia men, and five unarmed Libyan guards hired by the private security contractor Blue Mountain Group. As the attackers approached, the Libyan private security contractors were said to have abandoned their posts. The men had received hardly any screening or training before being deployed to safeguard Ambassador Stevens' life. Even other firms and the Libyan government questioned whether Blue Mountain Group was up to the task. The questions raised by these reports only add to the call for greater scrutiny around the use of private security contractors, their effectiveness in conflict areas, and, importantly, who they are accountable to for their actions. [refers to Aegis Defense Services, Sandline International, Blackwater]

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Company response
11 February 2013

Aegis Defence Services’ response re inadequate labour practices in US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan

Author: Aegis Defence Services

“The POGO report referenced refers to a contract undertaken by our US affiliate (Aegis Defense Services LLC) in Afghanistan. The terms of this contract...mean that the company is unable to make any public comment , but we draw your attention to the information available on the public record where it is clear Aegis’ client is satisfied that there is no case to answer on any matter raised in the POGO report. Certain of the specific allegations made by former Aegis employees are subject to court action in the US which Aegis believes is without merit and is vigorously defending. Aegis takes its responsibilities towards upholding human rights very seriously...Aegis was actively involved in the development and signature of the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers...

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