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Remains of some victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks in the US were taken to a landfill site, a Pentagon report has found.
“Several portions of remains” found at the Pentagon and the Pennsylvania crash site presumably ended up in landfill after being handed to a private firm, the report said.
The Pentagon said the remains “could not be tested or identified”. The victims were among those killed when a plane hijacked by terrorists struck the Pentagon and another crashed in Shanksville, killing 40.
Remains that could not be tested or identified were given to a bio-medical waste disposal contractor. The contractor incinerated them and then took them to a landfill.
The information was in a report on the military’s Dover mortuary, where the practice of putting partial unidentified remains in a landfills was discontinued in 2008.
No doubt there will be a fierce backlash to this news, as we saw some weeks ago with the case of some remains from a US soldier killed in combat, and latterly of remains from other US military personnel.
This irrational nonsense will cause must distress and great animosity toward those considered responsible while relatives will be left in further distress. But these unidentified remains are no different from the bits and pieces, the various giblets, removed during many routine operations. Their disposal is a matter of routine, as tissue wastes. Now, the companies responsible for this waste disposal, by a completely appropriate and no doubt licensed process, will face a backlash. Let us hope this settles down quickly, without fuss. Somehow, I doubt that will be the case.