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Probe Finds Army General Obstructed Official Investigation—Once Again

Gen. Patton

Maj. Gen. Gary S. Patton

The Pentagon Inspector General has found that a two-star general obstructed an investigation into widespread fraud and patient abuse at a U.S.-funded hospital in Afghanistan, according to a report published today by the Project On Government Oversight.

POGO obtained a redacted copy of the latest 19-page investigative report on the general, as well as a letter finding against him. Neither document has been previously released to the public.

It is the second time in less than a year that the IG has cited Major General Gary S. Patton for his role in obstructing an official probe into horrific conditions at Dawood National Military Hospital in Kabul. In this second case of obstruction, the IG found that Patton had essentially ordered a Navy officer working at the hospital to stop talking to DoD IG inspectors looking into wrongdoing at the troubled Afghan medical facility. Among the IG report's conclusions is a formal recommendation that, "the Secretary of the Army take appropriate action against MG Patton."

This finding follows another in late August 2013, when the IG concluded that Patton, along with Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV, his superior in Afghanistan, had both tried to stop their subordinates from contacting Pentagon investigators about patient neglect and alleged fraud at Dawood. Congressional hearings in 2012 detailed alleged “Auschwitz-like” conditions at Dawood, including patients starving, a lack of anesthesia for operations, maggots crawling from wounds, feces on the floor and rampant corruption.

In response to the second and most recent adverse finding against Patton, Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) are demanding accountability for Patton, according to POGO’s report. 

Read the POGO report here.

By: Adam Zagorin
Journalist in Residence, POGO

Adam Zagorin, Journalist in Residence Adam Zagorin is a journalist in residence for the Project On Government Oversight. Adam's work dives into many different areas including corruption and the financial arena.

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