A New Jersey congressman wrote directly to Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta two months ago to seek details about the Dover Air Force Base mortuary’s practice of dumping troops’ cremated body parts in a landfill but says he never received a reply.
The congressman’s letter raises questions about when Panetta learned that the mortuary disposed of cremated portions of remains at the King George County, Va., landfill. Panetta has said he was unaware of the dumping before this week.
Isn’t it funny how nobody knows anything in the Obama administration… Holder doesn’t know about Fast and Furious, Obama didn’t know about Solyndra, Palosi know nothing about nothing etc etc… seems like anytime anything goes to shit in this government nobody knows anything about it.
Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.), acting on behalf of a constituent whose husband was killed in Iraq and was prepared for burial by the Dover mortuary, said he sent a letter to Panetta on Sept. 16 “seeking clear and definitive answers” about the mortuary’s landfill practices. Holt said he had raised the issue a few months earlier with the Pentagon’s legislative affairs office but was “frustrated by a failure” to get a full response.
Pentagon press secretary George Little said Friday that Panetta’s office had received Holt’s Sept. 16 correspondence and that staffers “have been working to collect the information required to answer the questions in the congressman’s letter. We will, of course, provide a thorough response as promptly as possible.”
You are shitting me right? Since Sept 16th they have been working on an answer? What? A buy some time while we cover our ass answer?
Air Force officials have said they dumped only cremated fragments or portions of body parts that were unable to be identified at first or were later recovered from the battlefield. Family members had authorized the military to dispose of those portions.
The Air Force said the body parts were cremated, then incinerated, and taken to the landfill by a military contractor. The manner of disposal was not disclosed to relatives of the troops.
Image not disclosing that to the family… I’m sure they’d be OK with sending their kid to the dump.
In his letter to Panetta, Holt asked why the ashes were trucked to the landfill and not interred at Arlington National Cemetery. He also asked whether the human remains had been mixed with incinerated medical waste, and he sought information on which military contractors were responsible.
As of Friday, Holt said, he still had not received answers from Panetta’s office.
Maybe if they ignore it, it will go away – beside the it’s cheaper to just dump them.
“I thought there would be some straightforward explanation that we could get fairly quickly,” Holt said in a telephone interview. “Evidently this has been harder for them to answer.”
This is a Democrat complaining about getting answers out for the government – welcome to our world.
In 2007, Gari-Lynn Smith received her husband’s autopsy report and learned that some remains had not been found in time to include in his casket.
Over the next four years, she tried to find out what happened to those body parts. A Dover mortuary official notified her in April that they had been cremated and taken to the landfill.
How would you like the government to tell you… ‘Oh by the way we took your spouses parts to the dump.’
In addition, Holt criticized the Pentagon for not informing him — at the time of his inquiries this summer — that the Air Force was simultaneously conducting a separate investigation into the Dover mortuary.
The results of that 18-month investigation were made public Tuesday, when federal investigators said they had documented “gross mismanagement” after whistleblowers complained about lost body parts, shoddy inventory controls and lax supervision.
“Gross mismanagement” is a slight understatement.
Panetta has said he was fully briefed about the probe as soon as he took office in July. That investigation, however, did not examine the mortuary’s landfill-dumping.
The defense secretary appointed an independent panel Tuesday to review overall operations at the mortuary. The panel’s leader, former U.S. surgeon general Richard H. Carmona, quit Friday so he instead could run for the Senate. He is seeking an open seat from Arizona.
What a damn minute… if we go back to the top Panetta said he didn’t know about it until this week and now he knew about it the day he took office in July? Well which is it? I smell a lie – but what’s knew with this bunch?
Now understand this didn’t just happen under the Obama administration it started in 2003 so their are a lot of people that need to answer questions and any one apart of this should face some sought of charges light abuse of a corpse.
Pathetic that our government would treat our troops this way – shameful.