A disturbing report from the Washington Post has revealed that the Air Force had dumped the "incinerated partial remains" of at least 274 American troops in a Virginia landfill, a figure much higher than the military initially let on, before stopping the practice three years ago. According to the report, 976 fragments from 274 military personnel were cremated, incinerated, and taken to the landfill between 2004 and 2008. There are still another 1,762 fragments that could not be identified.
The shameful, never-formally-authorized practice was not disclosed to families, and the Air Force is not keen on telling them now, on account of either embarrassment or because identifying the remains would be time- and cost-prohibitive, as put by Jo Ann Rooney, the Pentagon’s acting undersecretary for personnel. Making the identifications will cost about as much as it takes to get to the bottom of an idiotic decision.