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Family of Abu Ghraib whistleblower gets death threats

by Chris Shumway

Aug. 16, 2004 – Relatives of US Army Reserve Staff Sergeant Joseph Darby are living in protective custody due to death threats against them. Darby was the US soldier who alerted military officials that his fellow soldiers were torturing and abusing Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison. He helped spur investigations into conditions at the prison by giving Army investigators a CD containing photos of US soldiers and interrogators beating and sexually humiliating prisoners.

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Darby’s wife, Bernadette, says her husband’s act of whistle blowing angered many people in their Western Maryland community. "People 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 told Reuters. The family is now living in protective custody, which she said limits their privacy.

Bernadette Darby says that, despite the threats, she believed her husband made the right choice exposing the torture and abuse. "Joe is the type of person to take what is going on around him and be like, 'How would I feel if that was my wife?'... He just could not live with himself knowing that that was happening and he did not do anything about it," she said.

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