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Air Force mortician pays price for whistleblowing

Lerner said it was a public humiliation. “It was clear they were trying to send a message to the other employees at the mortuary that this is what happens to people who come forward.”~Caroline Lerner

“Integrity is never popular up front, but long term it lasts forever” ~Bill Zwicharowski

David Martin – (CBS News)  – MAGNOLIA, Del. – March 30, 2012 –  On Friday, the military released documents that explain how incinerated partial remains of 9/11 victims went into a landfill. Some officers from the Dover Air Force Base mortuary wanted a burial at sea overseen by a chaplain, but instead the remains were declared medical waste.

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Probe Finds Dover Supervisors Targeted Whistleblowers

(November 11, 2011 – interview with whistleblowers William Zwicharowski, James Parsons & Gari-Lynn Smith)

Jim Garamone – (American Forces Press Service) – WASHINGTON  –  January 31, 2012 – The Office of Special Counsel has determined that supervisors at the U.S. Port Mortuary at Dover Air Force Base, Del., retaliated against four employees who tried to expose wrongdoing at the facility.

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Dover mortuary landfill dumping: Congressman asked Pentagon about practice in Sept.

Craig Whitlock –  (Washington Post) – November 11, 2011 – 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.

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