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Restoring Faith in the Pentagon

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Science  02 Feb 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5505, pp. 816
DOI: 10.1126/science.291.5505.816

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Questions about the Pentagon's ability to objectively study Gulf War illness have dogged the department for years and spawned numerous conspiracy theories. Removing those doubts has proven difficult. Just 6 weeks ago, an independent panel reported that the Pentagon had worked "diligently ... to leave no stone unturned." But that conclusion was spoiled by nasty disputes among panel members and staff, some of whom charge that its review was flawed and anything but independent.