Boeing seems to really be at a sweet spot financially right now, and this time is really what the fraud documented on this site is all about, and why Boeing refuses to end it to this day—its all about the money.
Remember Boeing’s solely Cost and Schedule driven production process documented elsewhere on this site? The “pushing garbage out the door” production system that one of the inspectors on my crew rightly called it? Right now is the reason for all of this fraud—the “sweet spot” where Boeing is pumping out airplanes (or “garbage” in the view of my inspector coworker) at such a clip and so cheaply with every corner than can be legally and illegally cut (as documented on my web site with the massive rollerstamping of inspections off that were never actually done) that they are reaping immense rewards to the bottom line for their lawbreaking—much more money than any bank robber has succeeded in stealing or has even ever dreamed of stealing.
It is this time that Boeing was seeking to maximize the rewards of by refusing on multiple occasions to end the fraud in Quality Assurance I brought to the Boeing Board’s attention. To Boeing, the ends (the bottom line) surely justifies the means, just as it does for the bank robber who doesn't care how many people are killed during the robbery as long as they meet their targeted quota of cash.
If you look at today, it seems Boeing has succeeded in their plans—the stock price is up, profits are record breaking, and they are well on their way to getting anyone who dared to stop their bottom line ballooning fraud that places millions of innocent lives at extra risk sent to prison by a prosecutor’s office that will do their “dirty work,” no matter how offensive to the public interest and to the law.
They likely sit in their board rooms smoking cigars and snickering that the people that attempted to bring them to justice or to compliance with the law now are “on their way to prison” instead of themselves, who they deep down know are the ones who should be put there. They also know life is not fair, which they know to be true by their own position in life—a position that would have been filled by a vastly more ethical person if life was indeed fair, and people were rewarded for good deeds, and not rewarded for breaking all the rules in order to get the required result. Since life is not fair, they have no obligation to cede their positions to the people that would occupy those spots in a hypothetical “life is fair” world. Indeed, if they did so their executive coworkers would consider them to have gone insane.
Such is executive life at the most arrogant company on the face of the planet. It is why the morale of those that don’t only care about the money is so low. They see the company talk about ethics once a year, then watch the rest of the year as their management acts any way but ethical. They, as I did, know the way they are supposed to act, and it definitely is not to turn your boss in for unethical conduct to the oxymoronically named “Boeing Ethics Department.” To do so would be suicide for your career, as it was partially for mine. They might just place you under surveillance, considering you a threat (albeit a small one) to their continued unethical existence, as seems to have happened in my case.
If you are placed under such surveillance for turning in an ethics complaint and therefore exposing yourself as a potential problem for the company, be sure you don’t so much as spit on the sidewalk. If you do and they consider you enough a threat to their criminal enterprise, they will have you prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for doing so after terminating you to keep you from witnessing and documenting more wrongdoing at the company. Believe me, I know. Even if your only crime was to attempt to make public their crimes to get the public to pressure their representatives to end them after you had exhausted all other official channels to end the fraud after Boeing ensured those agencies did not expose, investigate, and/or end it, Boeing will make special efforts to come after you. Believe me, I know. They will lie to the police, making you out to be a corporate espionage artist, when they know intimately what you did was not for your own benefit, but placed your job at risk in order to protect lives—lives Boeing intentionally has placed at extra risk just to maximize their bottom line.
So, whatever you do—do not go to the Boeing “Ethics” Department under any circumstances. In doing so you are exposing yourself to extreme risks to your own livelihood, while the chance of getting your ethical complaints actually investigated and righted, no matter how much evidence you have of wrongdoing, is next to nil, especially if it is an allegation against a corrupt manager.
Boeing protects internal lawbreaking if the risk reward/ratio makes it lucrative, as it does in the fraud in the QA department noted on my site that makes all inspections of Boeing planes extremely suspect. They, not you who fund them, own the FAA, which should be the agency to bring in the FBI to stop this fraud. But like Arthur Anderson and Enron, the FAA is an enabler and protector of this fraud that even they cannot say with a straight face does not place lives at risk, in the highly unlikely event they confirmed its obvious existence at all.
While Boeing may go down in history as the Enron that was never caught because of their carefully cultivated power over our public officials and agencies. Washington State’s two Senators, who are Democrats and will fight for the people on all other occasions, will not touch Boeing, no matter how detailed someone documents the crimes of Boeing placing lives at risk and sends such evidence to them. They will stand up against the president, but they cower when faced with the power of Boeing. Indeed, they have been called the “Senators from Boeing,” and while you can expect them to stand up for the public’s rights against powerful corporations, just don’t expect them to do so against Boeing, even if the very lives of the public are at risk. Unfortunately, they are still better than Republicans, even if they act just like a Republican would and carry Boeing’s water, no matter how bad its stench.
Boeing depends on time making all things pass, while its corruption endures. People naive enough like me to expect their government representatives to grow a backbone and stand up to Boeing’s misconduct will come and go, thanks to corrupt government agencies under Boeing's control that should be investigating and prosecuting the massive fraud at Boeing rather than the people that tried to end that fraud when they refused to do their jobs. When the police and prosecutors ignore obvious fraud at major corporations in their city and county, and even condone and protect such fraud by arresting and prosecuting people like me that won’t stop their efforts to do so any other way, then who is left to end such Boeing fraud? The media? Public outrage? Me?
Our Democracy only works if everyone takes part in it and performs their role in its continuance. In this kind of fascism that results when Boeing controls our government more than we do, democracy cannot hope to be restored without brave action by the media investigating who is right, and who is wrong in an unbiased way and reporting it, or the public becoming outraged by corporate sponsored fascism taking root in America and writing letters to the editors and to their Congress asking for action, and protesting if they do not act.
Boeing is not an evil corporation. It is just now run by a cabal of corrupt individuals that, whether they realize it or not, are just a number like they treat any other employee and should be just as replaceable. Boeing can survive this era of internal corruption only if it casts off all managers involved in this corruption, releases its control of government officials and has those it knows are guilty of crimes (quid pro quo jobs, etc.) prosecuted and begins anew with a totally different culture.
I think employees would like this new culture of actual integrity—not the carefully molded by PR shell of integrity Boeing has today that hides the rotten core beneath it. It would be more like the “family” atmosphere before the unholy McDonnell Douglas merger that infected Boeing management with that culture that ultimately destroyed the company. Employees could follow the laws and regulations again without fear of reprisal for doing so. Ethics complaints would be actually investigated and the chips let fall where they may, especially in cases of management misconduct.
Of course, a new class of employees at Boeing would be “harassed” and “retaliated” against. The employees who participated in and took advantage of the old corrupt system to persecute anyone trying to end that corruption would be endangered. No longer could they have their “welfare jobs” in inspection—they would actually have to get off their arses and do their jobs before stamping inspections off. They would have to do their critical jobs well, or they would be let go. This would result in the most egregious rollerstampers being fired because they would not know how to actually perform the inspection jobs they had been doing for years. And inspectors who did their jobs would be recognized and rewarded, not harassed and fired as in the past corrupt system. The company culture would exist again that was always legally required to exist, but because of Boeing’s absolute power over oversight and law enforcement agencies, was never required to exist because it was more lucrative for those government officials to let chaos and corruption ensue.
Boeing is doing so well financially now and their competitor is so on the rocks that they can actually afford to become the ethical company with integrity described above and still have healthy margins. If they did so, they might find that actually building an airplane whose quality, safety, and reliability was ensured as required is more lucrative to the bottom line than just pretending to do so. Happier customers would become repeat buyers more often and might be willing to pay a premium for airplanes that were actually inspected when they were produced to ensured they met engineering requirements and were in a condition for safe operation. And they might be happier with the fewer turnbacks, late departures, in flight engine shutdowns, maintenance costs, and hull loss accidents that resulted from Boeing acting with integrity of its own free will, and adhering to regulations and laws rather than ignoring them when they think it is convenient for the bottom line (as they did in the QRS-11 case I helped “out,” as well as the inspection fraud detailed on my site).
And maybe then Boeing people can feel real pride in what they built and delivered to customers—a pride that people like me close to the production process have never felt because of the fraud we witnessed. Sure, mechanics and inspectors feel pride today in what they produce just as they would feel pride in anything they produced, no matter what its objective quality was, but a pride born of ignorance (intentional or not) cannot match a pride born rightly from fact. No, not a pride born out of the current statistics that, for instance, in the case of the 747, would make a “prideful” person have to justify their pride by stating that “I built 1369 widgets and only 45 of them crashed with only 3757 people killed," but a pride that matched the data that would come from a hypothetically uncorrupted quality system, say, “I built 1369 widgets and all are still in service and no one died or was injured on any of them.”
The point being, that would you feel pride in a product you built if you built 1369 of them, 45 of them failed at their intended purpose, and 3,757 people die as a result? I doubt it. I’m just trying to show that pride can be based on ignorance of the facts, as I think it is in many cases at Boeing. Sure, you could have thought you did the best job you could in your part of building the plane, but even if you were not wrong and your work was flawless, that doesn’t mean the guy next to you didn’t screw up and the defect wasn’t found by the decrepit quality system noted on my web site. So, if you know some people don’t care as much as you or can’t do as good a job as you and you know about all of the rollerstamping going on that lets such defects deliver to customers undetected, how can you feel any pride in what you built? Correct. You can’t. That doesn’t mean, however, other people won’t.
So hopefully one day will come when Boeing will not be so dependent on government corruption, and instead will focus on complying with laws and regulations. Then, perhaps, you can feel pride instead of revulsion for your management, and feel real, deserved pride in your work without trying to discount people’s deaths as meaningless in the scheme of things, as is commonly done today.
Many people have focused on Boeing management’s care less attitude about its own employees, where they are treated more like cockroaches than human beings. But that is just scratching the surface of the true nature of Boeing Management. A much more insidious nature lies beneath as noted on this site that is much more important to end because it places lives, and not just livelihoods, in danger.
At least, if I’ve done anything against this self-perpetuating fraud at Boeing it is to ensure blame falls where it is due when the next plane crashes because of this fraud.
They cannot truthfully say now that they weren’t aware of the fraud going on under their watch. Or its cover up, of which my prosecution is an integral part.
Today's Report Quote:
This quote is also from my addendum (supplement) to my first report, This corruption at Boeing bodes ill for the 787 program, I believe. Customers should hope their 787s are not damaged at Boeing and have to be repaired and "inspected" by these Boeing personnel:
Please investigate composite repairs at Auburn, Renton, and PSD, at a minimum, per the information I gave you earlier which I reiterate:
On composite repairs, I, the "thorough inspector", was the only inspector that would actually inspect the composite repairs on the T/R (Thrust Reverser)sleeves when the Field mechanics would leave the slats down when they opened the T/Rs, or maybe run the slats down into the open T/Rs, or would run something else into them, per inspection procedures, before stamping the work off. Because I inspected the work, and prior PSD inspectors had not, the composite repair technicians were very sloppy in their repairs at PSD, as they had always been under "self-inspection" at PSD, in effect, even though we made it look like the work was inspected by stamping the Form (number) composite repair record, and NCR that did the work, off. Of course, it may have been that they did their jobs sloppily everywhere they worked. I had only anecdotal information on that, as I inspected only at PSD. Anyway, I found that often the composite repair technicians would use the wrong composite material to lay up the repairs, or would set their equipment to heat up or cool down the repair too fast during the cure, or record insufficient thermocouple readings than the minimum required. I wrote NCR revisions on these items, as there was no way to fix the errors without ripping out the repairs and starting over. This threw the composite repair mechanics for a loop, as that had never happened to them before at PSD. One technician, the one who usually did the repairs at PSD, (name), (from) Renton EMF Composites shop (number), thereafter would go get my lead of the time, (name), to do the "inspection," as he didn’t like me inspecting his work, and writing his mistakes up. (My Lead) came out to speak to me about the situation, stating that he had known that composite repair technician for, I believe, a seemingly ridiculous amount of time, like 15 years, and that he "did good work," implying I should not be looking at his work at all, like him.