February 28th, 2012
02:45 PM ET

Portion of 9/11 remains dumped in landfill, report says

Unidentified human remains of people who died in the September 11, 2001 attacks on the Pentagon and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania eventually wound up in a landfill, the Defense Department said in a report Tuesday.

Parts of the cremated remains were handed over to a biomedical waste contractor and inadvertently dumped, the report said.

The September 11, 2001 attacks killed nearly 3,000 people in attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington and in the hijacking and crash of a commercial jet in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

The Pentagon report explored the handling of human remains at a U.S. military mortuary at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

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  1. high hopes

    This is disgraceful, especially, for the families who have nothing left of their loved ones. What are you thinking?

    I agree with bobcat.
    Show some respect.
    PULL IT!

    February 28, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©


    Your family will wonder, I am sure, if you are involved in a catastropic tragedy like. 9/11.
    Your ashes won't give a damn, but I'm betting your loved ones would.

    February 28, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    Im with you on that banasy! And a landfill? For cryin out loud! Couldnt think of a worse place! Well hell, just dump em with the rest of the garbage! Sheesh!

    February 28, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    Well, on that happy note, hello everybody.
    I have to be asleep soon: I think I'm busier now than I was before they took me out of a rehearsal on a stretcher, so maybe I'll be off to that Big Landfill sooner than I think.
    Have to get up early.
    Buh bye.

    February 28, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    @ banasy: BTW, whenever I die, that's as catastrophic and tragic as it gets for me.

    February 28, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      It wasn't your feelings I was talkimg about, but the ones you leave behind.
      I know at that point, you'd be past caring.
      Still, your family will know where your ashes are...these people can't say the same thing.
      I was empathizing with the families.
      Buh bye.
      Sleep now.

      February 28, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. unsoved Myteries of World war II

    People will be examining 9/11 for many decades to comes, just as we have concerning each and every major event in our history. Of course more will be revealed, as has been the case with WWII, for example. How did Allied Command break the Nazi secret code allowing them to intercept and decipher nazi communications? For years, this was kept a secret 'for reasons of national security'. Now, through our Freedom of Information Act, we know why Allied Command "failed" to warn their own troops or citizens of coming attacks that did occur. And even when new information IS revealed, most aren't "into" World WarII OR 9/11 to the point where they keep tabs. Like, they don't study. (shrug) Anyway, no matter how we feel about it, 9/11 will be discussed freely and without hiderance for decades. Hinder is spelled 'encourage'. See? Secret Nazi Flying Saucer Program has been FULLY revealed. But you aren't "into' it enough to know. 'You' being oh, about 3/3 of US less one tenth of one percent. (overly generous estimate)

    February 28, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. unsoved Myteries of World War II

    This isn't near as big of a news story as the bodies of genetic mutants found under the Bayer Pharmaceutical Corporatons world headquarters. Yet to be exhumed and given a proper burial, the corpses of literally thousands of Jewish women and children lay buried...experimented on even years before WWII by Bayer scientists, 8 of whom were comvicted of this atrocity at The Hague. The others went to work in Russia and the US, and for various corporate and government agencies. (Just as Von Braun and thousands of others involved in nazi secret weapons programs did)

    February 28, 2012 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Please, no more

    You know this decision went to the White House. Shows you how they feel.

    February 28, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ummmm.....

      Those descisions were made under Bush...and you're right. He didn't care.

      February 28, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    Oh boy here we go again! Good nite philip, have a blessed one!

    February 28, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ummmm.....

    Screens, there are comments here. They are as valid as any other opinion ...you may think as you like, but dismissing the comments here as somehow unworthy is rather small.

    February 28, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Social Change

    How does something like that happen? Horrible.

    February 29, 2012 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
  12. **** U.S.A. ****

    N.A.T.O burned the Quaran !

    February 29, 2012 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©


      February 29, 2012 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  13. ** cosmicVox *

    When the planes hit there was a lot of bits and pieces flying everywhere. A sad but true fact.

    February 29, 2012 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |
  14. ** cosmicVox *

    Guess I have to spell it out. The loved one's of these victims have had 10 years to come to terms with the idea that people they cared about wound up God knows where in death. Possibly someplace even more disgusting than a landfill. The idea that someone felt the "need" to report this, thus dredging up all these emotions again for the families and friends, to me is reprehensible.

    February 29, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
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    March 6, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
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