Joseph Darby

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Joseph Darby (* 1979 in Corriganville , Maryland , USA ) is an American sergeant of the US military policeman who brought the abuse of prisoners in Abu Ghraib to the public as a whistleblower .

In January 2004 , Darby gave a CD with photographs and an anonymous brief description to Special Agent Tyler Pieron of the US Army Criminal Investigation Command , who was stationed in Abu Ghuraib Prison . This triggered an avalanche of research and media reports on these serious violations of the Geneva Conventions .

Darby originally agreed to remain anonymous. When he was officially asked how he had come into possession of the photos, he was forced to surrender. He said literally, "It raped everything I personally believe in and everything I was taught about rules of honor in warfare." He had known Lynndie England since basic school. He testified in court that he had received the photos from Charles Graner .

Since the scandal was exposed, Joseph Darby and his wife Bernadette have been victims of bullying in their neighborhood . He was cut or molested by former friends and neighbors, and their property was damaged. It was necessary and approved to place them in a victim protection program in a secret location. Bernadette said:

"We did not receive the response I thought we would. 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. "

“We didn't get the response I expected. People were, they were mean, said he was as good as dead, he was a running target. It was scary. "

- Bernadette Darby : ABC News: Good Morning America

On May 16, 2005 , he received the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award in recognition of his civil courage .

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Individual evidence

  1. Reality Check ( English ) ABC News. August 16, 2004. Archived from the original on August 28, 2004. Retrieved on May 25, 2019.