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Whistleblower: We Asked to Bury 9/11 Remains at Sea

Former Dover Air Force Base mortuary director speaks out

(Newser) - The 9/11 remains that ended up in a landfill could have been buried at sea instead: That's the plan some officials at the Dover Air Force Base mortuary pushed for, but their superiors in the military rejected it. "We fought the fight, but I had zero clout back... More »

Remains of 9/11 Victims Dumped in Landfill

Dover Air Force Base under fire for treatment of cremated remains

(Newser) - Small, incinerated portions of the remains of 9/11 victims ended up in a landfill, the Pentagon has acknowledged for the first time. The remains of victims of the attacks in Pennsylvania and at the Pentagon, too small to identify, were brought to the Dover Air Force Base mortuary, where they... More »

Dover Mortuary Punished Whistle-Blowers

Report tells Air Force to act, or else

(Newser) - Officials at the Dover Air Force Base, beset by accusations that they horrifically mistreated the nation's war dead, punished the whistle-blowers who brought those abuses to light, according to a new report from the Office of Special Counsel. The special counsel sent its 39-page report on the abuses to... More »

Remains of 274 Troops Dumped in Landfill

Scale far greater than Air Force initially admitted

(Newser) - The remains of far more troops were dumped in a Virginia landfill than the military has previously acknowledged, the Washington Post has discovered after pressing the Air Force for information. Records from the Dover Air Force Base mortuary show that the cremated partial remains of at least 274 troops were... More »

Troops' Incinerated Remains Dumped in Landfill

Post: Air Force disposed of unidentified body parts that way for years

(Newser) - How's this for a disturbing follow to yesterday's already disturbing report of how the main US military mortuary lost and otherwise mishandled troops' remains: The mortuary at the Dover Air Force Base routinely disposed of some body parts by incinerating them and dumping them in a landfill, reports... More »

Air Force Lost Fallen Soldiers' Body Parts

Probe finds 'gross mismanagement' of dead at Dover Air Force Base mortuary

(Newser) - Federal investigators savaged officers in charge of the Dover Air Force Base mortuary today, accusing them of “gross mismanagement” in their handling of America’s war dead. Among their alleged screw-ups: losing body parts, keeping poor inventory records, and, in one case, sawing off a dead Marine’s arm... More »

In Obama's Dover Trip, Echoes of Nixon

War kept both awake; Nixon's 4am walkabout more 'heartrending'

(Newser) - President Obama’s predawn trip to welcome home fallen Americans today has echoes of Richard Nixon’s 4am stroll to the Lincoln Memorial in 1970, hours before a huge anti-war protest. “What both Obama and Nixon had in common was that a war kept them awake,” Amy Davidson... More »

Obama Visits Dover to Honor War Dead

Prez makes midnight trip to base as 18 bodies arrive

(Newser) - President Obama made a surprise visit to Dover Air Force Base before dawn today to honor fallen American service members. The president arrived at the base shortly after a transport plane carrying 18 bodies landed. Obama and other officials boarded the plane and stood by as a chaplain prayed over... More »

Press Allowed to Witness Return of Dead Service Member

Afghanistan casualty's return first to be covered since end of 18-year-old ban

(Newser) - The press was allowed to cover the return of a fallen US soldier last night for the first time since President Obama lifted an 18-year-old ban, the Washington Post reports. The family of Air Force Staff Sgt. Phillip Myers, who was killed by a bomb in Afghanistan Saturday, gave permission... More »

Pentagon Lifts Coffin Media Ban

(Newser) - The Pentagon has lifted the media ban at Dover (Del.) Air Force Base and will allow photos of the coffins of US war casualties returning from overseas—provided the service members' families approve. Under the new rules, the families can withhold permission, CNN reports. Some relatives had lobbied against... More »

Let the Coffins Be Seen

(Newser) - The ban on media at Dover Air Force Base when America’s war dead come home ignores the very rights they died fighting for, and it should be lifted, Connie Schultz writes for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “Supporters of the Iraq war have long argued that media images of... More »

Should We Allow Coffin Pics?

(Newser) - President Obama is reviewing a media ban at Dover Air Force Base, where dead soldiers arrive in flag-draped coffins, but "in truth, it's not an easy issue," John Barry writes in Newsweek. There is widespread support for raising the ban "as a way of reminding the... More »

Fort Dix Terror Plot Foiled

(Newser) - Six alleged terrorists are under arrest after plotting an attack against New Jersey's Fort Dix Army Base. The men, Islamic radicals from Albania and the former Yugoslavia, had hatched a deadly (if decidedly low-tech) plan: storm the base with automatic weapons and execute as many soldiers as possible. More »

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