Spokesman says Panetta satisfied with USAF disclosure of Dover info

Little's comments came on the day The Washington Post reported nearly 1,000 cremated body parts of 274 troops were sent to a landfill from 2004 to 2008.

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The Air Force already was under fire for reports months ago that nearly 2,000 unidentifiable troops' remains had been sent to a landfill. The Pentagon has launched a formal investigation into the situation at Dover.

Lawmakers have slammed the mishandling of the remains.

“What the hell?” Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.), who has pressed DOD on the matter, told The Post. “We spent millions, tens of millions [of dollars], to find any trace of soldiers killed, and they’re concerned about a ‘massive’ effort to go back and pull out the files and find out how many soldiers were disrespected this way?” Holt asked. “They just don’t want to ask questions or look very hard.”