Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Bush speaks out to protect Abu Ghraib whistleblower Joseph Darby 


Fooled ya, didn't I?

Here's what's really going on (updating Xan, back):

The Army reservist who tipped off investigators to abuse of Iraqi prisoners by his fellow soldiers is in protective military custody because of death threats, family members said Tuesday.

Spc. Joseph M. Darby, 24, received the threats after his role in the scandal was publicly revealed in May, his sister-in-law, Maxine Carroll, said.

Carroll said in a telephone interview from her home in Windber, Pa., that she doesn't know where Darby is, and she refused to put a reporter in touch with his wife, Bernadette, who is Carroll's sister.

Darby's mother, Margaret T. Blank, of Corriganville, said soldiers moved his and his wife's belongings out of their nearby apartment weeks ago. She said she gets a weekly call from the Army Reserve's 99th Regional Readiness Command "telling me my son's OK and my daughter-in-law's OK, and that's all I've heard from them."

Darby testified by telephone Aug. 6 at a pretrial hearing for Pfc. Lynndie England. He said he agonized over whether to turn in photos of his fellow soldiers' acts, but ultimately did so because he feared the mistreatment would continue.

On Monday, Carroll appeared on ABC's "Good Morning America" with Bernadette Darby, who said she was surprised by the vicious response of some friends and neighbors to what she considered an act of bravery.

"People were -- they were mean, saying he was a walking dead man, he was walking around with a bull's-eye on his head. It was scary," she said.

Carroll said someone wrote "Iraq" on the fence outside her home.
(via Newsday)

Hey, freedom's untidy!

THK had the right word for these guys: "Un-American!"

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