Boeing, Having Done Torture Flights, Branches Out with New Business "Slavery Flights," or Better Put "The Slavery Business" as Much More Than Just Flights Were Involved--Revised 7/7/10 (See End of Blog for Important New Info)
This I got from G. Florence Scott's (GFS's) excellent blog, and other sources:
Seems Boeing was not content to branch out to just the torture flight business and, since that decision, has went into the "slavery business." After reading G. Florence's blog, you'll have to wonder what's next in Boeing mismanagement's bag of tricks to increase profitability at the expense of everyone else and the law itself.
Seeing the below, one should wonder what other kind of corruption and lawbreaking Boeing is engaged in against human rights (in this case, the human rights of a US citizen war veteran) and other international and national laws and regulations:
G. Florence Scott's Blog:
This story was sent to me as a comment related to the McNerney stories about Jim McNerney being placed in charge of Obama’s Export Council. It was sent to me by the plaintiff, Robin Petersen, who has filed suit against Boeing. I find this very disturbing that what Mr. Petersen was subjected to could even conceivably happen. I wish Mr. Petersen well and good luck with his legal proceedings.
7:10 p.m. June 2: This is real. I found the court filing here.
(The link appears to be broken at the moment--see the link to my copy of the lawsuit below)
THE BOEING COMPANY AIDING AND ABETTING HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN SAUDI ARABIA
The Boeing Company, a U.S. company incorporated in the State of Delaware and with corporate offices in Chicago, Illinois and St. Louis, Missouri and its wholly owned subsidiary Boeing International Support Systems, Saudi Arabia (BISS) are reportedly engaged in the practice of passport confiscation, involuntary servitude, debt bondage, and fraudulent recruitment practices upon U.S. Citizens and Third Country National (TCN) workers. The Boeing Company may be held responsible for violations of U.S. Law and international law for Aiding and Abetting; their subsidiary company, BISS which recruits employees out of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and is alleged to have confiscated passports from US Citizens and Third Country National workers in Saudi Arabia.
As reference, the U.S. State Department's 2009 report on Human Trafficking details the unconscionable and disturbing ongoing human rights violations that are presently taking place in the country of Saudi Arabia. A report authored by former Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, (2006) identifies Saudi Arabia as Tier 3 country whose government does not fully comply with the minimum standards and is not making significant efforts to eliminate human rights violations in their country. The report further states that the United States employs a zero tolerance policy against human trafficking both domestically and abroad. A third report by the Department of Defense, OIG dated January 15, 2010, provides information relating to Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act January 10, 2006 that gives the United States Government authorization to terminate grants, contracts, or cooperative agreements for Trafficking in Persons (TIP) related violations.
A lawsuit brought by Attorney Kissandra L. Tysman of the Tysman Law Firm, located in Mesa, Arizona was filed on May 7, 2010 in U.S. District Court, Phoenix, Arizona against The Boeing Company and its wholly owned subsidiary BISS. The lawsuit alleges that her client Mr. Robin Petersen, a pilot and former U.S. Navy Commander who became injured overseas while employed by Boeing/BISS was not allowed to return to the United States for medical treatment in that he had his U.S. passport confiscated; was held against his will; and was not provided with an Exit Visa in which to leave the country of Saudi Arabia. Mr. Petersen had made several written requests for the return of his passport to The Boeing Company Operations Manager, in Saudi Arabia, Mr. Shaun A. Ford, and also contacted Mr. W. James McNerney, Jr., The Boeing Company's CEO by Federal Express letter, detailing the fraudulent activity, unethical business practices, and violations of human rights that he had observed and experienced while employed by Boeing/BISS. Mr. McNerney never responded to Mr. Petersen's concerns and request for help. The lawsuit also alleges that a number of other U.S. Veterans and Third Country National workers who were employed by Boeing/BISS in Saudi Arabia had their passports confiscated and were subject to inhumane treatment.
Mr. Petersen made several attempts to get help from the U.S. Consulate located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He was finally helped by a consulate security official in June 2009, who then ordered Boeing/BISS company officials to return Mr. Petersen's U.S. passport and provide him with the required Exit Visa in which to depart the country of Saudi Arabia. On June 8, 2009, and after six months without having the freedom to travel, Mr. Petersen was able to return to the United States to get the proper treatment he needed for his injury. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court, Arizona, May 7, 2010 (case # 2:2010CV00999 Petersen v Boeing) and lists the following causes of action:
Count 1, Confiscation of U.S. Passports
Count 2, Violations of RICO statutes
Count 3, False imprisonment
Count 4, Breach of Contract
Count 5, Fraud
Count 6, Intentional Inflection of emotional distress
Count 7, Failure to pay wages
Although this lawsuit has been filed in the United States, it is important to know that there is an effort on the part of several worldwide organizations to hold executives of companies such as Mr. McNerney, CEO of The Boeing Company criminally responsible for willfully aiding and abetting their business partners who engage in human rights violations.
End of G. Florence Scott's blog.
Link to Mr. Petersen's Petersen v Boeing Slavery Business (False Imprisonment, Unpaid Work--Among Many Other Abuses) Suit
Read it all, and you will get a very instructive glimpse of just how "ethically" and "legally" Boeing does business globally, including here in the U.S. with its victimizing of fine U.S. citizens (that have bravely served their country in war) like Mr. Petersen.
The contrast between Mr. Petersen's citizenship and Boeing's corporate citizenship in this country could not be more stark. Mr. Petersen is at the very best end of the spectrum and Boeing Management is obviously on the opposite end of that spectrum, still willing to do anything--legal or not--to meet their personal stock option price goals, regardless of the risk to Boeing, investors, and employees themselves.
Of course, this may strike you as unbelievable unless you know, like I and others like GFS who closely follow Boeing purposeful mismanagement know, just how truly morally and ethically bankrupt Boeing Management still is several years after the Druyun/EELV fraudulent "ethics reforms" at Boeing.
Hopefully Mr. McNerney and other implicated executives and managers in this "new" Boeing "slavery business" will be held accountable for this fraud they directed and/or knew about and let continue.
Of course, Mr. McNerney's lack of ethics is well known on this blog in his unethical (to put it lightly) testimony before Congress dissembling about the integrity of Boeing's post Boeing/Druyun Tanker Scandal/EELV scandal "ethics reforms."
As that blog and GFS's blog show, Boeing's ethics reforms themselves were a fraud, so fraud by the same group that broke the laws that made the Boeing Ethics Program a purely CYA exercise to let Boeing Management of the highest levels continue to perpetrate frauds and corruption in the USA and around the globe unabated should not be surprising.
Hopefully Mr. Petersen's lawsuit will end just one of the serious frauds that current Boeing Management is involved in--the noted Boeing "slavery business" Mr. Petersen had the misfortune to be subjected to.
Of course, Mr. Petersen was obviously defrauded himself through an innocent mistake born of his false trust in the ethics of Boeing--contracting with Boeing in the first place. Mistakenly believing in Boeing P.R. and commercials that paint Boeing Management in a falsely positive way may have led him to make that mistake. Alas, after his ordeal, his lawsuit gives a stark and true view into what Boeing's true priorities are (exposes what "That's Why We're Here" really means), and just how legally and ethically bankrupt Boeing Management from the top down are.
More and more people, governments, and companies (like ICO) are finding out what a mistake it is to do business with the unethical management still in place today at Boeing.
Maybe one day Boeing will be a great company again that the U.S. and companies and people can do business with, but that can never happen until the current management from the top down is almost totally replaced.
To find an ethical Boeing manager that always does what is right rather than just what is best to meet cost and schedule goals and paint the company in a falsely positive light would be akin to looking for the proverbial needle in a haystack.
Of course, there are some good managers that engage in fraud only because they must do so to keep their jobs, as I had to do to keep my job as an inspector, but separating them from the ones engaging in the fraud willingly or directing it would be impossible as they all will say, "I only did it because I was told to do it" if they were ever caught by the mythical uncorrupted U.S. enforcement agency doing its job (even at a company too powerful to follow the law like Boeing).
The only way to keep your job at Boeing is to engage in the fraud as directed to do so by management, or they will oust you as a danger to that fraud. And no, engaging only partly in the fraud you are asked to do (as I did, as I knew engaging fully in the fraud as directed to do would endanger lives) will not keep you free of harassment and retaliation for not being a "team fraud player." You must fully embrace the fraud to truly be considered a good Boeing employee. Been there. Experienced that. So, I do feel for Boeing Management involved in fraud that have any consciences left. However, they should come forward to the appropriate authorities and report that fraud (SEC, FBI, FAA, DOD, etc.), at least anonymously.
The suit shows that Boeing Management is still up to the old fraudulent tricks similar to what I witnessed first hand--not inspecting work on the aircraft as required, not doing required X-ray inspections (inspection fraud), and, in addition, falsely certifying pilots--printing glowing reviews of the pilot's skill before they ever were tested. If U.S. schools acted like Boeing in Saudi Arabia certifying pilots, students would all get A+'s before ever turning in any tests or assignments.
And the suit shows, unsurprisingly, Boeing's conduct in such contracts--they only seemed to care about getting paid by Saudi Arabia, regardless whether or not Boeing did any work for the customer. If this contract is still ongoing, you have to wonder why Saudi Arabia would put up with such bad service by Boeing. Could the oversight people in Saudi Arabia be looking the other way for some inducement? If not, the situation in the lawsuit shows the Saudis to be easily duped by Boeing fraud. It seems to have to be one or the other. Hopefully the Saudis will crack down on Boeing if solely Boeing Fraud, and crack down against both Boeing and Saudi implicated officials if inducements to look the other way or get the contract in the first place were involved.
I would say that business arrangements in which the vendor doesn't care to perform the contracted service and the buyer doesn't seem to care if the service or goods are delivered are indicative of some kind of fraudulent relationship. That is one reason why I think the RICO charges in this lawsuit are fitting. Another reason is the fact I have thought Boeing Management should have RICO charges lodged against them years before my employment with them ended, from what I knew about the fraud at the company at that time. Since then, numerous other Boeing Management frauds have become public, and, obviously, those are just a small percentage of the frauds Boeing Management is engaged in, due in no small part to their draconian treatment of any employee reporting their frauds to anyone.
It's sad that Boeing Management still is so arrogant they so flagrantly violate laws around the globe and violate even basic human rights, even almost a year and a half after the human rights adverse Bush Administration contracted with Boeing for the torture flights.
Hopefully the Obama administration will show Boeing that that era of governance in this country is past, and that human rights abuses like Boeing did to Mr. Petersen and his coworkers will not be tolerated and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, holding all involved personnel (even connected CEOs like McNerney) civilly and criminally accountable.
Of course, Obama should first immediately replace McNerney on Obama's Export Council--one of the worst, if not the worst, misappointment of the Obama administration, showing that the current administration doesn't yet know about the ongoing corruption and fraud by Boeing Management. Unions should have decried that appointment as well, for McNerney and Boeing have likely outsourced more jobs than they ever have created out of this country or to nonunion areas of the US--The opposite of what we need to do to reverse the damage to our country we are now feeling the effects of, brought to us by CEOs like Condit, Stonecipher, Mulally, and McNerney.
Too bad that Boeing Management's continued refusal to do business legally and ethically as noted above and elsewhere is endangering the Tanker contract for Boeing's workers.
Boeing employees have often railed against annual ethics training forced on them only because of the wrongdoing of Boeing Management in the tanker/EELV affairs, and a related code of conduct they are held to (especially if they are a whistleblower that would endanger ongoing Boeing Management fraud) while Boeing Management continues to break laws and violate regulations at will with few if any consequences to the Boeing Management violators themselves.
Until the above fraud and other ongoing Boeing Management frauds are rectified and the responsible management held to account, and Boeing admits to and rectifies all past abuses of the laws and regulations its management has not yet been held accountable for, the the U.S. cannot award the Tanker or any other contract of any value to Boeing.
Sorry, senators and representatives from Boeing (Murray, Cantwell, Tiarht. etc.) that have known about this and other Boeing frauds for years and done nothing but keep them covered up so they can booster for a Boeing Tanker contract--you should have done the right thing and asked for Boeing to clean its management house years ago and swear off fraud and corruption forever to meet their personal bottom line goals. If so, you could rightly push the government to do more business with Boeing.
But not now. If these politicians have any ethics or consciences left, they will only continue pushing for a Boeing tanker contract if Boeing promises them they will clean their management house immediately after said award. Anything else, and they are only abetting the corrupt Boeing Management noted on this and other blogs and the American taxpayer and their true customers--U.S. citizens, will be defrauded yet again.
And, without saying, all U.S. authorities (FBI, DoD, etc.) should descend on Boeing in Saudi Arabia and audit the hell out of every contract Boeing has there, for starters. Then they can move on to other countries in which Boeing abuses may have occurred as well.
They need to track every penny, as a company that will abuse human rights and engage in these type of enslavement activities (and is involved in the kind of fraudulent business practices noted in the suit) likely is engaged in other fraud reciprocated there as well--e.g., bribery and kickbacks.
This just in:
I got a comment on this blog from Mr. Petersen himself which I have pasted here for visibility:
'Mr. Eastman’s report of “Boeing Safety Violations” is to be celebrated according to Boeing CEO, Mr. James W. McNerney.
The CEO's letter that was provided to all Boeing employees in 2009 states in part;
“If you think something is unethical, please report it. We commit to you that Boeing will celebrate the courage of people who point out existing or potential ethical problems, and that we will not tolerate retaliation against people who raise legitimate ethical concerns.”
Mr. Eastman did his job and I did mine, in that I reported first, to Boeing’s managers, then to the “Ethics Department” and then to Mr. McNerney himself. Mr. McNerney, a member of the Boeing Ethics Program (for God Sakes) declined to respond to my report of “Ethics Violations” and to my request for his help while I was being held against my will by people who claim to be managers of The Boeing Company.
I am certain “The Boeing Company” will try and do everything possible to prevent a "Jury" from ever hearing my case. Their legal team has already stated that "The Boeing Company" has no connection to Boeing International Support Systems, Saudi Arabia (BISS). I however, will do what I can to prove them wrong and defend against those who condone the abuse of others, engage in fraud, and who attempt to cover up their crimes. The unethical and fraudulent business practices taking place in Saudi Arabia by "The Boeing Company" and its wholly owned subsidiary (BISS) are crimes against humanity and they require the attention of U.S. Federal Law Enforcement Agencies, the U.S. State Department, and the power of the United States legal system to bring them to justice.
In closing, I say again, Mr. Eastman did his job, by standing up for the "Safety of Others." He should commended for his integrity, honesty, and intestinal fortitude, for doing the right thing. These are values that some people in leadership positions at "The Boeing Company" either do not comprehend or have long forgotten.
Robin P. Petersen
Here is my response to Mr. Petersen's comment:
'Thanks, Mr. Petersen, for the great comment.
I appreciate the kind words you have for me, as well as your bravery in standing up against the fraud and human rights violations perpetrated on you and your coworkers on the Saudi Arabia Boeing contract.
It is unbelievable that Boeing is trying to state that Boeing International Support Systems is responsible and Boeing isn't, as if BISS is some unrelated company. Unbelievable, of course unless you know as we do how corrupt Boeing Management really is from the top down.
Thanks for pointing out that quote in the McNerney 2009 letter to all employees. As we and every Boeing employee should know, exactly the opposite is true. The "Boeing Ethics Program" is and always has been a fraud, doing the opposite of what its written "mandate" is. It is a system in which to get ethical employees to report themselves to Boeing so Boeing knows who they are and then can retaliate against them. It does act against some hourly and non-management salaried people as those people are viewed as expendable in Boeing management's view, but allegations against fraud in Boeing Management will put a target on your back.
But, this is not really surprising, as how else would you expect an ethics program at a corrupt corporation to operate? Boeing's ethics program works exactly that way--ignoring the corruption and lawbreaking of management while ensuring retaliation against those employees who are duped by statements like the noted McNerney statement into self reporting themselves as ethical employees opposed to management fraud to the Boeing "ethics" department.
That McNerney never responded to your letter (or had someone else respond) was unethical in itself. Don't expect McNerney to be disciplined by the Boeing ethic program for that, however, for the aforesaid reasons. Your suit and investigations by the appropriate agencies in the U.S. and Saudi Arabia are the only hope McNerney and Boeing will be held accountable for this serious corruption and lawbreaking.
I wouldn't hold my breath, but if the appropriate U.S. agencies don't act, maybe the Saudi government will. Boeing Management facing Saudi justice may be just what is needed to scare the rest of Boeing Management straight from their all too crooked natures.
You are right. The first sign of bias in your case will be the denial of a jury trial at the request of Boeing. That way, Boeing has only to improperly sway one person (the judge) rather than twelve different people, who are much less likely to ignore Boeing fraud than a well connected judge would be.
Also, you are exactly correct that U.S. Federal Law Enforcement Agencies, the U.S. State Department, and the power of the United States legal system (at a minimum) should be used to bring Boeing Management to justice for their serious frauds and crimes in this matter.
I also agree with your statement that integrity, honesty, and doing the right thing are values that some people in leadership positions at Boeing either do not comprehend or have long forgotten. I would just amend that to "most people" from "some people" in my experience.
Thanks, Mr. Petersen for defending your country bravely yet again with this lawsuit against one of the most (if not the most) arrogantly corrupt managements at any U.S. corporation today.'
End of comment.
I'll keep you updated on developments with Mr. Petersen's lawsuit and related investigations as I get them.
And, investigators, this is the type of fraud you probably need to be looking for when investigating this:
Seems BAE got caught and Saudi officials were complicit. Hopefully, Saudi complicity is not the case here, and the Saudi government can launch investigations in tandem with U.S. authorities, and implicated Boeing managers can face Saudi justice even if the U.S. won't act as it has in the past when Boeing fraud has been reported to it because of bias towards Boeing because of the quid pro quo jobs (and perhaps other inducements) it hands out to key government officials here.
Would it be that we had agencies as ethical as the U.K. agency that is prosecuting BAE on their Saudi defense contract crimes to hand out the needed and long overdue justice for complicit Boeing officials.
After reading how BAE set up an illicit account to do the bribery, GFS's comment about "Hidden Treuhands" on this blog is even more on target, I believe.
Seems that Boeing's problems with declining U.S. defense contracts has forced it to go overseas to make up the difference, bringing its "win at any cost" (even to the law) ethic overseas.
The Boeing ethics program being fraudulent doesn't really matter in this instance. How can a company that breaks the law at will have an ethical ethics program? Once Boeing swears off fraud and starts to willingly comply with laws and regulations (including those safeguarding basic human rights), it can have no real positive ethical or moral character as a corporation, as those are a higher level of "corporate ethics" than just basic compliance with the law.
This Recently in About the Case:
Because of my contact concerning this case, POGO (The Project on Government Oversight) has added this case to its list of Boeing abuses on their website.
POGO maintains a Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD) that is an indispensable public service to the public and Federal Contractors considering contracting with Boeing for anything.
The database for Boeing now contains 38 instances of Boeing misconduct, totaling 1.6 Billion dollars.
Foreign and domestic governments should always refer to POGO's database of Boeing misconduct before they sign on the dotted line with Boeing.
POGO is one of the few organizations that points out this fraud and corruption by government and industry. They are also indispensable to whistleblowers that are abused by those entities because of almost non-existent and in many cases biased against the whistleblower "whistleblower protections." If you give to any non-profit, please consider donating to POGO. POGO never asked me to put this info on my site. I am very thankful for organizations (especially POGO) that fill in the gaps when so many of our government enforcement agencies are still so corrupted, and corrupt management of corporations like Boeing and BP therefore get away with anything.
And, those 38 serious incidents of misconduct in the POGO database are not indicative of the real level of Boeing Management corruption. Take that number to the second or third power and you may have something approaching the true number. Boeing continues to commit fraud because of the reasons all corrupt companies like Boeing and BP do: A simple cost-benefit analysis. As long as they save more money by committing fraud than not, they will continue committing fraud.
Certainly, the government should throw some of these corrupt executives in prison. That may swing the cost-benefit analysis over far enough so Boeing at long last begins acting as an ethical company.
A comment on this blog entry by GFS:
Well said, Gerry. I respect your mission and your dedication to it, though it has been such a difficult and thankless job. Thank you.
For years, I held out hope that Boeing would get its act together and we might truthfully be able be glad they were here, and be able with sincere enthusiasm gather and wave flags of support for their business ambitions. Alas, it has not happened, and in fact, in the several years I've been researching and blogging about Boeing (and others) their business practices have only become more corrupt and degraded.
I would suggest people look into "Hidden Treuhands." (Google it for links to read up on this tool used to hide people, assets, money, and relationships from everyone including oversight and law enforcement.) Learning Hidden Treuhand opened my eyes to the depth and breadth of the fraud and corruption. I have no doubt that Boeing is among the many corporations currently using Hidden Treuhands to their best advantage, even though it may be at the expense of their employees and the American taxpayers.
It is demoralizing to see what they have become. And for many of us, that has made us profoundly determined to seek justice for all of those who've been rear ended and left as road debris by this company.
Keep up the good fight, Gerry.
Thanks for the comment and the blog my blog is based on.
You are right. I am saddened too that corrupt management at Boeing continues to hold its parasitic grip on Boeing--apparently to milk every stock option they can out of it before it dies by their mismanagement and corruption.
As an employee, I long hoped for corrupt management there to be replaced, and you know the story of my failed attempt to get just the corrupt management of the QA department at Boeing changed to restore public safety and the freedom of all Boeing inspectors like me to do our safety critical jobs to at least the minimum standards required to ensure Boeing commercial and military aircraft have the required levels of quality, safety, and reliability.
Alas, Boeing management is corrupt as it ever was, even pre-Tanker scandal.
I agree. People should read that book. With the news that Boeing is into Human Trafficking, and the situation as described in Saudi Arabia, I believe the question is not whether Boeing has such hidden accounts to hide illegal transactions as perhaps may be occurring in Boeing's Saudi Arabia contracts, but where they are and for what purpose they were set up.
Only a full accounting of every penny in the Saudi and other similar contracts will find the truth. We can only speculate the reason for Boeing's fraud in the Saudi contract as noted in the suit so far.
Even resolution of the suit will not answer these questions. Only a separate investigation by the most thorough and most honest national or international investigative/enforcement agency will tell.
In the end, though, such fraud is almost always about the money. Tracking payments to Boeing and Saudi officials related to the contract should be a good part of such investigations.
The fact that they had Mr. Peterson sign the Code of Conduct and that he had read ethics rules when he landed in the unethical and illegal hell he was subjected to by Boeing mismanagement shows again that Boeing's ethics program was only going through the motions to make those customers who are deluded enough to believe Boeing Management on any subject believe that Boeing has a robust ethics program. Nothing could be further from the truth, as this suit and many other incidents show.
Perhaps some disfavored non-management and very few management employees are held to the ethics rules, but for most Boeing Management, they are not even guidelines, and they can even run human trafficking rings and McNerney will allow it.
The question for investigators should be, what did McNerney know about this fraud on the Saudi contracts, and when did he know it.
We'll soon find out, I surmise, whether investigative agencies still effectively are on Boeing's leash on this matter.
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Another comment by GFS:
A contact says about Boeing and their claim not to be connected to BISS:
"If Boeing does not believe BISS to be a part of the Boeing corporate family, then why were they (BISS) included in the source of funds identified by the Boeing Company to the Department of Defense, Defense Security Service, in their statement of foreign ownership, control and influence? (Standard Form (SF)328)."
Another comment by GFS:
What is all the more disgusting is that Mr. Petersen has had nothing but grief while trying to seek justice for his abuse by BISS in Saudi Arabia. Mr. Petersen's attorney seems to be very unmotivated to do her job of representing him, and Boeing recently tried an end run in court, claiming the case should be thrown out. (Yeah, if we just keep claiming it was nothing, never happened, eventually everyone might believe it.)
I am beginning to hear from others who say have been abused by the same cabal of questionables.
Thanks for the post.
Yeah, it is amazing the depths Boeing and its lawyers will sink to to avoid accountability for their actions.
I read Boeing's response and motions in response to Mr. Petersen's suit. Sad to see Boeing descend to such depths of legal pencil whipping and esoteric legal technical arguments to avoid accountability for their actions. Not surprising, however, given what most now know about the lack of ethics of Boeing. Boeing Management is purely bean counters and lawyers, as one former key customer famously said. Doing the right thing is simply not in their ethical makeup. Been there. Seen that.
When Mr. Petersen gets his day in court before an ethical judge, no doubt they will see through Boeing's technicalities and ensure justice is done for Mr. Petersen per what the law actually is, not what Boeing and their counsel purport it is on the most esoteric of technicalities.
A jury as opposed to a judge would see through the technicalities better, I would guess. Juries want to see corporations held accountable for their wrongdoing and will apply the law in favor of Mr. Petersen as Boeing's/Boeing ISS's acts were so egregious.
They won't see Boeing's arguments to get off the hook for what they did on mere highly technical and questionable (to say the least) legal grounds as a valid or ethical defense for Boeing's wrongdoing to Mr. Petersen and his coworkers.
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