http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/12/07/60minutes/main2238188.shtmlExposing the truth has not been easy for Joe Darby. He turned in the pictures of prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib in Iraq – pictures he discovered purely by accident. He tells correspondent Anderson Cooper how he came upon those pictures, and how turning them in has changed his life forever – for the worse.
...But he didn't get support back home in Cumberland, Md., a military town that felt Darby had betrayed his fellow soldiers. The commander of the local VFW post, Colin Engelbach, told 60 Minutes what people were calling Darby. "He was a rat. He was a traitor. He let his unit down. He let his fellow soldiers down and the U.S. military. Basically he was no good," Engelbach says.
Asked if he agrees with that, Engelbach says, "I agree that his actions that he did were no good and borderline traitor, yes." [continued]
The people of Darby's town should cheer him as a hero. Engelbach and those who would persecute Darby are as bad as those who tortured prisoners. They are America's worst. They are America's shame. Darby is a hero.
One must wonder why Rummy made Darby's name public; as does Darby. Perhaps Darby should sue Rummy for helping to ruin his former life?