Joseph Darby, the whistleblower who first alerted the world to the abuses taking place at Abu Ghraib prison, is an extremely unpopular man in the Western Maryland town he calls home. According to the May 17 Washington Post, many locals believe Darby's actions imperilled his fellow servicemen and can't forgive him for the damage done to the armed forces' reputation. As it happens, Jeremy Sivits, the first military police officer to be court-martialed in the incident, grew up a short distance away from Darby.
So what impels certain people to blow the whistle, and risk their home and welfare? And why are there so few Sherron Watkinses, Colleen Rowleys, and Joseph Darbys? On today's show, Human Rights Watch's Caroll Bogert reflected that the Abu Ghraib scandal "reveals something I think Americans don't like to think about themselves--which is that Americans are not more moral than other people. We are all human beings, and we all carry within ourselves the germ of evil."