Monday, August 06, 2007

How Ruthless Rumsfeld Outed Joe Darby

BBC News has published a story about the ordeal faced by Joe Darby, the Military Policeman who exposed the abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib, after he reported the abuse to his superiors. Darby understandably feared retaliation from within the military for exposing the abuse and requested anonymity:

And then he was sitting in a crowded Iraqi canteen with hundreds of soldiers and Donald Rumsfeld came on the television to thank Joe Darby by name for handing in the photographs.

"I don't think it was an accident because those things are pretty much scripted," Mr Darby says.

"But I did receive a letter from him which said he had no malicious intent, he was only doing it to praise me and he had no idea about my anonymity.

"I really find it hard to believe that the secretary of defence of the United States has no idea about the star witness for a criminal case being anonymous."
There are at least two possible explanations for Rumsfeld's behavior. Either he's an imbecile or he's ruthless.

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