Sunday 5 August 2007

The Abu Ghraib whistleblower's ordeal

Typical really, someone does the right thing and then they live in fear of their lives. The fact that anyone could justify Abu Ghraib enough to threaten the family of someone who exposed blatant immorality is beyond me. You read stories like this and wonder if there is any hope for any of us with such people in existence! People like Joe Darby give me hope that we may yet survive all the evil-hearted scum-fucks in the world, those dark specimens of our species who would happily inflict pain and suffering on their fellow humans.

The US soldier who exposed the abuse of Iraqi prisoners in Abu Ghraib prison found himself a marked man after his anonymity was blown in the most astonishing way by Donald Rumsfeld.

When Joe Darby saw the horrific photos of abuse at Abu Ghraib prison he was stunned.

So stunned that he walked out into the hot Baghdad night and smoked half a dozen cigarettes and agonised over what he should do.

Joe Darby was a reserve soldier with US forces at Abu Ghraib prison when he stumbled across those images which would eventually shock the world in 2004.

They were photographs of his colleagues, some of them men and women he had known since high school - torturing and abusing Iraqi prisoners.

His decision to hand them over rather than keep quiet changed his life forever.

The military policeman has only been allowed to talk about that struggle very recently, and in his first UK interview, for BBC Radio 4's The Choice, he told Michael Buerk how he made that decision and how he fears for the safety of his family.

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