Anderson Cooper Interview

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Exposing The Truth Of Abu Ghraib Anderson Cooper Interviews Whistleblower Joe Darby By Daniel Schorn • [pic][pic] Joe Darby, the man who first exposed the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, tells CNN's Anderson Cooper he faced hostility and lived in fear after blowing the whistle on his fellow soldiers. • Abu Ghraib whistleblower Joe Darby tells Anderson Cooper how he was told by the U.S. Army that he could not return to his Maryland home because the military felt it was not "safe" for him there. • [pic] Joe Darby, speaking with Anderson Cooper (CBS) (CBS) This segment was originally broadcast on Dec. 10, 2006. It was updated on June 21, 2007. You may not remember the name Joe Darby, but you remember the impact…show more content…
"I said, 'Sir, I just want to go home. I've always just wanted to go home.' He said, 'Well son, that's not an option.' He said, 'The Army Reserve has done a security assessment of the area and it's not safe for you there. You can't go home,'" Darby remembers. "'You can probably never go home.'" "They said, 'If you had to choose, where would you want to live?' And you know basically where do you pick, you know? You've lived a whole life in one area," he says. Asked if it seemed fair to him, Darby says, "No." "It's not fair. That we're being punished for him doin' the right thing," his wife Bernadette adds. The Army's security assessment of his hometown had concluded that "the overall threat of harassment or criminal activity to the Darbys is imminent. ?a person could fire into his residence from the roadway." The local VFW commander told Cooper the military was right to keep Darby out of town. "Probably so. There was a lot of threats, a lotta phone calls to his wife," Engelbach remembers. He says there was a lot of anger in Cumberland. "?Cause it really did put our troops in harm?s way more so than they already were," Engelbach says. Bernadette Darby says she heard people calling her husband a traitor, that he was a dead man and that he was walking around with a bull's eye on his

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