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Backstory: Grave Abuses at Arlington National Cemetery

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Mark Benjamin, Salon.com's national correspondent and the reporter who first brought the abuses at Arlington National Cemetery to light, discusses how his year-long investigation culminated in both the firing of the top two officials at the cemetery as well as an ongoing Senate investigation. An Army investigation recently found gross negligence at the nation's most well-known cemetery—including over 6,000 misidentified graves, bodies interred on top of each other, and remains found in, what was assumed to be, an empty grave.

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Comments [3]

emperor has no clothes

aren't we discussing the bones of people who already died? maybe i'm missing something but pls explain the exact import of where people's bones are actually buried. i feel like i'm listening to a talk show of voodoo witches. there is a reason for the expression "let the dead stay buried"

i do understand the import of locating and tending to corpses and remains on foreign battlefields, so long as there is treasure in the coffers to afford it. (soldier and soldier family morale/pr). but offense over mixed ashes seems strange and inconsequential in today's extraordinary times, given that there is a story under absolutely every rock.

Aug. 12 2010 01:35 PM

these people are dead. why do we care!

worry about solders living on food stamps or living homeless on the street

Aug. 12 2010 01:30 PM

Bodies Misplaced at Arlington National From CBS news last june:Cemetery
Controversy has emerged at Arlington National Cemetery as an Army investigation found that the remains of more than 200 people may have been misplaced. http://www.newslook.com/videos/219842-bodies-misplaced-at-arlington-national-cemetery?autoplay=true

Aug. 12 2010 12:15 PM

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