This quote is also from the 11/24/02 letter I wrote to Nicholas Sabatini, Associate Administrator for Regulation and Certification, to try and get an objective investigation of my report done for the public's sake:
An interesting thing I learned when I recently called various MIDOs on the Eastern half of the U.S. to find out how they would have approached such an investigation if I had submitted such a report as mine to them was that one of the MIDOs was insistent that, if I wanted my identity kept confidential during an investigation, that I not tell them my name or put my name in the report. The person I talked to said there was no way to keep my identity secret otherwise as the company investigated had the right to get a copy of my report via the Freedom of Information Act. I assume the right of a company to get a copy of such a report also is applicable at the Seattle MIDO. That makes their eagerness to protect my identity by not investigating most of my report all the more suspicious, I believe.
Another factor that may have come into play in the way the investigation was done is the fact that both (name), Senior ASI, and (name), Boeing CMO Manager, both did not appreciate the fact that I wrote to Administrator Garvey to get additional resources for the investigation and to get the investigation started. (Name) had suggested that "I write to Congress," and when I wrote Washington State’s two Senators and Administrator Garvey per that suggestion, (name), when I formed him what I had done, asked if I had used his name in the letter. I told him I had. He told me that "I wish you hadn’t done that." In that conversation or a later conversation, I asked (name) what his boss, (name), felt about me writing to the Senators and Administrator Garvey. He said, "he’ll get over it." I have no idea what (name), head of the TAD, felt about me "going over their heads." Did those feelings affect the manner in which the investigation was done negatively? Possibly. My main concern was to get the investigation begun forthwith and done thoroughly and effectively. Although I always conversed with (name) and (name) in a pleasant and respectful manner, what they thought about me or my actions was not my main concern. If they had negative views of me personally, I would hope their professionalism would have still allowed them to do their jobs with the same level of integrity as always despite those feelings.
The Last Inspector