Dover Mortuary Punished Whistle-Blowers

Report tells Air Force to act, or else
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 1, 2012 9:51 AM CST
Dover Mortuary Punished Whistle-Blowers
An Army carry team lifts a transfer case containing the remains of a soldier at Dover Air Force Base in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Officials at the Dover Air Force Base, beset by accusations that they horrifically mistreated the nation's war dead, punished the whistle-blowers who brought those abuses to light, according to a new report from the Office of Special Counsel. The special counsel sent its 39-page report on the abuses to the Air Force this week, threatening to publicly identify the officials in question unless the Air Force took "substantial" disciplinary action against them within 30 days, the New York Times reports.

"We applaud the whistle-blowers for their courage in coming forward," the head of the special counsel said. "We expect the Air Force will now take appropriate steps to discipline the wrongdoers and deter future acts of retaliation." The counsel wasn't satisfied with how the Air Force punished the officials accused of actually losing body parts and otherwise mismanaging the base—all were reassigned, but not fired—and says if it's not happy this time, it may ask a federal board to impose harsher penalties. (Read more whistle blowers stories.)

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