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Pentagon: 9/11 Victims’ Incinerated Remains Disposed in Virginia Landfill

A Pentagon report has revealed that the unidentified remains of some 9/11 victims were incinerated and disposed of in a Virginia landfill.

The Associated Press reports that remains from an unknown number of victims of the September 11, 2001 terror attack on the Pentagon as well as remains from those who died aboard a hijacked airliner that was crashed into a Pennsylvania field were cremated, then passed on to a biomedical waste disposal contractor who incinerated them and left them in a Virginia landfill.

(Photo: Cedric H. Rudisill, USAF)

These human remains “could not be tested or identified,” according to the report.

“We don’t think it should have happened,” retired Gen. John Abizaid, who chaired the committee which prepared the report, said of the landfill disposal at a Pentagon news conference.

The independent committee was formed following an investigation last November that revealed “gross mismanagement” at the Dover, Del. mortuary facility which handled the remains of U.S. troops killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. That Air Force facility was also guilty of disposing of the remains of hundreds of U.S. war dead in the Virginia landfill.

A 2008 policy change led to the shocking practice being discontinued.

It is not currently known whether or not the families of 9/11 victims knew that human remains were being dumped in a landfill.

 

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