‘The big lie’: Pentagon admits faking...

‘The big lie’: Pentagon admits faking “arrival ceremonies” for MIA soldiers

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#1 Oct 14, 2013
‘The big lie’: Pentagon admits faking “arrival ceremonies” for MIA soldiers

10/12/13 | by S.H. Blannelberry

“The big lie,” that’s what staff at a military base in Hawaii call “arrival ceremonies,” which are meant to honor the remains of American soldiers returning from World War II, Vietnam and Korea.

Why do some of the military and civilian staff who put on these “arrival ceremonies” call them “the big lie”?

Well, that’s because the human remains in those flag-draped coffins being carried out of “static” cargo planes by honor guards aren’t arriving back to the U.S. from old battlefields for the first time, rather they’ve been here for months, in many cases sitting in labs waiting for forensic analysis, a NBC News report revealed.

The Pentagon told NBC News in a statement that these ceremonies, which Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) started conducting in September 2006 are “symbolic in nature,” but understood how some may have come to believe that the remains were literally arriving for the first time.


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