This quote is also from my first report to the FAA local MIDO office, when I was naive and chose not to believe all those press reports about the FAA being the "handmaiden of the aviation industry" and a "tombstone agency." This quote is from the section of my report noted in the first quote below that I deleted to make that quote shorter and I stated that I may quote later. This quote from that section details my history as an inspector at Boeing, and some of the other corrupt Boeing QA supervisors I've worked for over the years:
At first Mfg Leads and Supervisors tried to question the validity of the defects I found, hoping to get me in trouble with my management that way, and then have my management put pressure on me, as their pressure obviously didn‘t work. If I was found writing things up that shouldn’t have been, they could have went to my management and could easily have me written up for incompetence or increasing the cost of the product unnecessarily and fired. Even though the defects I found were valid, they still would run to the QA office and complain about them, or occasionally the number of them I found.
At PSD, Manufacturing Leads and Supervisors always played a game of "blame the messenger" with thorough inspectors like me. Inspectors were always timed. Maybe not with a clock, but with the sensibilities of the Manufacturing Leads and Supervisors. If they thought the inspection was taking too long, especially on shakedown jobs and wire bundle jobs that took the most time, they would run and complain to QA management. The problem was, that inspectors not only got tagged in these complaints with the actual time it took them to do the inspections, they also got tagged for the time it took the mechanics to do the rework of the defects the inspector found, as some Manufacturing Leads and Supervisors seemed to see inspectors as extraneous personnel, and those flagged defects as unnecessary work, even a conspiracy by the inspector to slow down the delivery of the product. Hence, the "blame the messenger" attitude.
The Last Inspector