This quote is also from my addendum (supplement) to my first report:
Inspectors told not to write up defects:
Another example of this happened to (name of fellow line inspector). He was working on the 737NG EBU line, taking the place of an absent inspector that usually inspected on that line, when he found a discrepancy, lack of required (anti-seize) lubricant on the eight link fasteners C/T the (installation number) Pneumatic Installation, that would exist on all prior units. He wrote a rework NCR ((number) on EBU L/N 850) and tried to write up all of the units on the line. He tried to write up an EBU for the discrepancy that apparently had been blue tagged (had a tag attached indicating inspection was complete and the unit was ready for shipping) and was sitting in a shipping buck at the front of the line, but (QA) lead (name), per (our QA supervisor's) direction, told him not to write that unit up, and to let it ship without documenting the discrepancy.
Please check into this and write our management up for it. Ask them why they let the discrepant unit ship without at least documenting it so it would be fixed, and why they did not tell (the line inspector) to write a disposition required tag on it so the prior 1697 shipped discrepant units could be addressed.
(Also, a former QA supervisor) threaten(ed) to fire (our customer coordinator--the inspector that performs delegated inspections for the FAA and the airline customers) if he didn’t stop writing up loose clamps (from original letter, page 25).
The Last Inspector