News Release—No Bounds—Boeing's Powerful Outside Hired Gun Attorney, Perkins Coie's Marc Boman, Uses His Close Friendship with Assistant United States Attorney Carl H. Blackstone to Pressure Blackstone to Prosecute Me in Federal Court, Absent a Case.
This is my first ever Press Release (which was just issued in a very raw form on Friday). It concerns major developments in the continuing war by Boeing executives and their hired outside counsel (both private and public) against whistleblowers like me that is shown in detail in my individual case of Boeing whistleblower retaliation--possibly the most severe case of whistleblower retaliation in the United States, if not in the entire world.
The following Press Release details both how and why my case is now threatened to be taken to the federal level by yet another U.S. Attorney of highly questionable integrity, who is only resorting to such threats in response to his extremely rich and powerful close personal friend's request.
The noted U.S Attorney couldn't possibly have reviewed the facts of my case before he acted to accede immediately to that improper request from someone who just happens to be the high level Perkins Coie partner that Boeing hired to guide me into prison without nary a trial, and who's arse is still smarting, apparently, from losing the last trial Boeing and him thought they had so far in the bag, due to similarly illegal and extremely unconstitutional shenanigans, that they started to celebrate their win even before the jury had begun to deliberate on the merits of the case presented to them in court.
They had began celebrating much too early what they thought to be an impending long prison term for me, a whistleblower they saw as a serious danger to the continuance of their own fraudulent schemes and a serious threat to them personally being rightly exposed for the powerful and eminently corrupt RICO-esque group they were.
They indeed also celebrated so heartily and so far before the "gun" of that trial jury's deliberations over my guilt or innocence had even been "fired" because they thought they had just Aced their own "get out of prison free" cards by doing so by engaging in the heavy handed rigging of the King County "justice" system they also had unfair (and illegal) access to the "controls of" behind the scenes.
And this Press release shows that they hired this high level Perkins Coie partner quite apparently also in order to work such unethical if not illegal "magic" behind the scenes of both propriety and legality to ensure Boeing remains forever on the offensive against all whistleblowers like me--whistleblowers who, perhaps, are only now just starting out on their one way "whistleblower journeys" as hopelessly naive as I once was at that same point.
Perhaps such "beginning" whistleblowers naively fully expect their Senator, Representative, CEO, and/or relevant government oversight agency to act to stop the fraud they report rather than simply ignore those reports (however detailed and obviously serious is the reported fraud), just as my reports were ignored by those whose job and responsibility it was to investigate them in an unbiased manner.
Perhaps they also naively trust that Boeing's CEO won't arrogantly direct Boeing's Chief Counsel to retaliate against them to stop them from further "protected" whistleblower actions if their identity as a whistleblower against Boeing fraud becomes known to Boeing's CEO, as was unfortunately my experience in my case of whistleblowing on the deadly serious fraud I witnessed as an inspector at Boeing.
Perhaps these naive whistleblowers are just now beginning to form even the first tenuous train of thought about bringing their intimate knowledge of just a tiny part of Boeing's vast plethora of frauds across the enterprise to the light of day for relevant action in order to stop the fraud that they have intimate knowledge of.
If so, then the actions noted in this Press Release as performed by Boeing, Perkins Coie, the King County Prosecutor, and now apparently even a much, much too friendly U.S. Attorney to one of Perkins Coie's chief partners that Boeing hired to ensure that this whistleblower was sent to prison by hook or by crook, are meant to not so subtly deter such whistleblowers from coming forward and endangering Boeing's continuing fraudulent activities, however unlikely that is in today's changing but still extremely compromised political and agency oversight landscape.
What such potential whistleblowers incorrectly assume (as I once falsely assumed to be the case in my case of whistleblowing, as well) is that the fraud they witnessed was only committed by a few of the lowest level Boeing Management layers and such fraud was therefore unknown and unsupported by every layer of Boeing Management from Boeing's CEO on down.
Nothing could be further from the truth still in today's eminently corrupt Boeing Management culture, rotten from the CEO on down, where whistleblower hunting is a blood sport enjoyed as much by these corrupt executives as their blue-blooded forefathers enjoyed the sport of fox hunting.
See the noted Press Release to see the actual email this apparently quite compromised U.S. Attorney sent off (only per his rich and powerful close personal friend's face to face request) to threaten me with a similarly biased and unbalanced federal prosecution if I did not accede to his corrupt friends' wishes and sign away my rights to a fair trial by a jury and/or judge in their effort to do an end run around such a jury or a hypothetically unbiased King County Superior Court judge.
This is an obviously "last gasp" effort on their part in order to get me sent to prison without the "inconvenience" (to them) of a constitutionally required fair trial on the patently unfair charges against me.
All they would need to do after I was pressured by the compromised U.S. Attorney into signing their (meticulously crafted to entrap me) agreement would be for them to get any one of several biased King County Superior Court Judges to pronounce I had technically violated the agreement. That would be an easy task for these people who find it absolutely normal, after way too many years of the all corrupting power of their working to corrupt Boeing Management's every whim (no matter how illegal or unethical each such "request" is on its face), to work in opposition to the public interest goals of their statutorily and constitutionally required duties.
Could this be an echo of the U.S. Attorney corruption scandal of the recent past where politics, money, and power entered into the decisions and even the very appointments and terminations of U.S. Attorneys that are supposed to be above such reproach? I think it may quite well be. That U.S. Attorney corruption scandal is not yet fully investigated due to foot dragging (literally) by the executive branch of "our" government, therefore corrective actions from it haven't yet taken place in full or even in part, it seems, as judged by the noted U.S. Attorney's actions as noted in my following Press Release:
For Immediate Release: Friday, June 27, 2008
Contact: Gerald Eastman
In these last few months before what appears to be a landslide that will sweep corrupt politicians of the present out of power, you would think that entities that depend on those doomed politicians' corruption in order to continue to perform their chosen frauds would be beginning to throttle back on such illegal relationships.
Not so--at least not so in the case of Boeing's continuing reliance on the ongoing corruption of our elected and appointed government officials to continue to allow them to engage in their frauds of choice.
Boeing is arrogantly even now "putting the pedal to the metal," not only on the frauds they continue to commit (as they know there is still no politician or government entity uncorrupted enough to stop them), but also in their connected attempts to retaliate against any whistleblower like me. However, they were unable to intimidate me into keeping quiet and looking the other way on perhaps the most deadly serious and systemic fraudulent act that Boeing is directing at the moment--the Boeing Quality Assurance Management fraud as noted on my website that makes Boeing's Production Certificate and related certifications and FAA delegations such as Boeing's ODA delegation and each individual airplane's Airworthiness Certificate effectively worthless pieces of scrap paper.
Arrogantly bold and baseless threats and illegal punitive actions against even the most obvious of protected messengers--whistleblowers like me--are the course of action chosen by corrupt Boeing management even to this very day.
These are actions taken by Boeing against whistleblowers like me who are/were naive enough to try to end those Boeing frauds themselves in the political and agency climate of the past several years that was so conducive to abetting such corporate fraud, however serious and deadly it was.
I learned that this continuing effort by Boeing and its outside counsel at whistleblower retaliation was being kicked up to a whole new level last Thursday, when my attorney sent me the following email concerning my continuing legal persecution by Boeing's King County Prosecutor's Office, which we later discussed:
From: Ramona Brandes
Sent: Thursday, June 26, 2008 11:59 AM
To: Gerald Eastman
Subject: New info on federal jeopardy
Northwest Defenders Association
206-674-4700 Ext 3116
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From: Peterson, Scott
Sent: Thursday, June 26, 2008 11:00 AM
To: Ramona Brandes
I just got a call from Carl Blackstone, US Attorney's Office, who asked about Eastman's case. He said they may be interested in prosecuting him federally if he won't resolve the case here. He said you could call him to discuss, 206-553-2905.
(End of email)
Needless to say this new threat against me in the long and continuing saga of Boeing's illegal retributions against me for my ground breaking whistleblowing against Boeing's both illegal and unethical conduct in the Boeing/FAA fraud (as noted on my website) piqued my interest, to say the least.
But what I learned outside this email later was several times more shocking.
But first, to understand events, you must be brought up to date on what has happened since the King County Prosecutor, Dan Satterberg, Boeing, and one of Perkins Coie's most powerful partners failed to secure what they thought would be a walk in the park style conviction against me in April, when my trial on 16 felony counts of first degree "computer trespass" ended in a mistrial.
If you have not viewed the excellent broadcast of my story by the local FOX News channel, please do so now below. It was broadcast 6-12-06, about four weeks after my false arrest courtesy of the Boeing anti-whistleblower team, the King County Prosecutor, and a friendly judge:
Even before those deliberations had begun, the gleeful "embrace" (which was a female version of the "male" high five, I suspect) by Vanessa Lee (Boeing Legal's attorney who sat in the courtroom next to Perkins Coie's partner Marc Boman throughout the trial) of Scott Peterson, King County Senior Prosecuting Attorney, just after Peterson's closing statement to the jury in that trial, was the beginning of the "celebrating before the game was up" that I noted in the introduction to this press release.
Incidentally, during the trial, Boeing and their bought and literally paid for King County Prosecutor's Office had pulled out every stop in order to prevent me from even being considered a whistleblower, and to prevent my whistleblowing activities and the whistleblower protection laws from being considered during the trial by the jury. The jury themselves thought this was wrong, as they sent a question from the jury room to the judge asking whether they could consider such whistleblower protection laws during the deliberations.
After the disappointment and inconvenience of the jury's mistrial, instead of the pre-rigged win Boeing thought they had ensured by the unfair trial they "guided" by spending vast sums of money on Perkins Coie's best available counsel (partner Marc Boman) before and during the trial, Boeing was not as happy and giddy as they were before their expensive inside and outside counsel had remembered (apparently only after the announcement by the jury that deliberations were deadlocked) that I had to be pronounced guilty by the jury before they actually had me in prison, even with the trial's very friendly King County Superior Court Judge ruling to both Boeing's and the prosecution's every whim.
A short time later, the King County Prosecutor put forth an "offer" for me to plead guilty to lesser charges of 2nd degree criminal trespass, the same kind of trespass someone would be charged with if a prosecutor wanted to prosecute someone for stepping on somebody's lawn, in order for me to avoid the added insult of a threatened second and similarly unfair trial.
I refused that "deal." It was clear that Boeing badly wanted me to accept one of these "offers," which were obviously not in my best interest, as I had done nothing wrong other than "the crime" of being too naive in thinking that some politician, government agency official, and/or Boeing Board of Directors member would do something to end Boeing's fraud that placed (and still places) untold lives at much extra risk in order to maximize the bottom line. I certainly thought one of the numerous powerful people I had contacted before my arrest would grow a spine and do something to make things right for the public's sake, well before I would find myself thrown to the wolves that are corrupt Boeing Management and those that they hold the reigns of in "public" office. And, well before the whistleblower retaliation that was the trial I was put through per Boeing's "requests" and per the donations to the campaign of the current King County Prosecutor by Boeing and Perkins Coie.
But before the prosecutor set the case for the second trial, my attorney decided to negotiate a "continuance for dismissal" with the King County Prosecutor's Office.
My attorney and the prosecutor Scott Peterson have been negotiating such an agreement since then, at least up to Thursday's throwing of a monkey wrench into the deal by Marc Boman calling for the favor of a federal prosecution of me from his close friend, U.S. Attorney Carl H. Blackstone, before the case setting hearing Thursday that my attorney and I attended at the King County Courthouse.
Read the last draft of the "continuance for dismissal" my attorney and the King County Prosecutor were working on before Marc Boman (Perkins Coie) and Boeing killed any chance of such an agreement with Thursday's shenanigans to try to threaten and intimidate me into taking the agreement just as they had written it by threats of a federal prosecution by a buddy of theirs in the U.S. Attorney's office if I did not accede and sign it, at this link.
In a nutshell, the continuance for dismissal would have brought the lesser charges of 2nd degree criminal trespass against me and leave them hanging over my head until January, 2008, upon which all charges against me would be dropped, if I kept to the terms of the agreement.
Those terms were to sit down to an interview with Boeing where I would answer all questions, keep the contents of that interview confidential, keep the exact method (already public) I used to remove the files from Boeing for my whistleblowing activities a secret, show them exactly where the files were on my seized computer that I had given to the Seattle Times, and my attorney making a good faith effort to retrieve those same files from The Seattle Times.
In the agreement they are trying so desperately to coerce me into signing, however, there was a trap—-the central and only part of the agreement that I strongly believe Boeing, Perkins Coie, and the King County Prosecutor actually wanted. That clause stated that I, by signing the agreement, gave up the right to a jury trial or trial before a judge on the charges against me if they determined I had violated the agreement. One of the stipulations that would be a violation is if I "committed another crime" during the term of the agreement.
If they later got any one of numerous "friendly" King County Superior Court Judges to determine that I had violated the agreement in any way, then that judge would simply read the "facts" of the case as written in a "Stipulation of Facts" of the case agreed to by my attorney and the prosecutor's office and then immediately decide if I was guilty or innocent of the charges. Upon a guilty decision by the judge, I would go straight to jail or prison for the term decided by the judge.
It is my strong belief that their only interest in this "continuance for dismissal" was for that clause in which I would give up my right to a trial if I "violated" the agreement.
Boeing, Marc Boman of Perkins Coie, and their similarly corrupt puppets in the King County Prosecutor's office, wanted simply to get me to sign the agreement so that they could then find a way to claim that I had violated the agreement, at which point they would get the case before a friendly judge in King County Superior Court.
In so doing, they would have thusly steered around what they saw as an insurmountable problem hereto now. They knew that no jury would convict me as there would always be several people on the jury that actually deliberated the trial on the facts my attorney and I put forth at trial rather than just the mistruths that Boeing, Perkins Coie's attorney, and the prosecutor had made up and/or had allowed to be put forth to the jury and judge.
Too bad I saw through their plot. In fact, I believe that Boeing had Marc Boman talk his close personal friend, U.S. Attorney Carl H. Blackstone, in order to ask Blackstone to make the threat of a federal prosecution if I didn't fall into that trap easily on my own, which made the agreement all the more an unreasonably risk for me to sign.
Then, interestingly, before I left for court yesterday (and before I ultimately found out that it was Marc Boman, Boeing's outside counsel and Perkins Coie partner, that had called on his own personal friend, U.S. Attorney Carl H. Blackstone, to threaten me with federal charges if I did not take the noted entrapment deal) I thought a bit more about the prospect of such federal charges and sent the following email both to my attorney and King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg's office to ensure that she shared the full message with their office:
From: Gerald Eastman
Sent: Thursday, June 26, 2008 12:48 PM
Subject: Fw: New info on federal jeopardy
From: Gerald Eastman
Sent: Thursday, June 26, 2008 12:38 PM
To: Ramona Brandes
Subject: Re: New info on federal jeopardy
I just thought of something important. "Federal Jeopardy" I see could be a good thing. Boeing is not popular in Federal Court. If my case is brought before a prosecutor that is not bought and paid for literally like Satterberg and Peterson are, it may well be Boeing that ends up being prosecuted, and not me. As Boeing's GSA expires sometime in August, it would only take one charge of a high ranking official at Boeing to get the whole GSA invalidated, and Boeing prosecuted as the criminal entity they are (and narrowly avoided culpability for with that GSA). They are also up on all of the numerous Federal whistleblower protection laws, and so, if Peterson forces it into that realm because he is being unreasonable and I think not treating you with the respect and credibility you deserve by trying to use such thinly veiled threats to force your hand, even if you or Peterson don't believe I am a whistleblower, I think I can show them I am, and show both Peterson, Satterberg, and Boeing were retaliating against me illegally (with the email they sent to themselves on 4/12/06 and everything they did to me before and after it). So, it could come out that if Mr. Blackstone is not in Boeing's or Satterberg's pocket securely enough that Mr. Satterberg, Mr. Peterson, and Boeing may end up being the one's prosecuted. I suggest strongly you have Mr. Peterson take these facts into account and clear his actions in this regard with Boeing before he places both himself and Boeing at significant Federal jeopardy themselves. Certainly, if Peterson or Satterberg feel they could do no federal time for their actions in following a corrupt corporation's every illegal whim against me, then they still owe it to Boeing to advise them of the risk he would be placing them in (criminal charges filed against them as a corporation and any of numerous Boeing executives involved in the original fraud Mr. Satterberg never took an interest in even looking into himself, much less prosecuting, and the retaliation lodged against me by Boeing for trying to bring their Southwest Airlines/FAA-like fraud on steroids to an end) by breaking the GSA by thusly "taking it up a notch." Because I still care about Boeing's employees (not its largely and provably corrupt management), please have Mr. Satterberg or Peterson get word from Boeing that they want to "take it up a notch" thusly. If they do want to force it to Federal court, I may finally be allowed a real hearing, absent all of the withholding of evidence and bias by the King County Superior Court of the past.
(End of email)
I do not wish to repeat all of the points I made in the email again here, so I will let you take from the email what statements within it are of interest to you.
Boeing and Perkins Coie's Marc Boman had used Boman's personal friendship with a U.S. Attorney to communicate threats--threats he wouldn't have obviously made absent his close friend Boman's urgent request. And these were threats he made while absent the facts of the case, as U.S. Attorney Carl H. Blackstone couldn't possibly have had full access to those facts at the time he decided to act exactly per his close friend Marc Boman's overtures and improper requests.
I believe it is quite common knowledge that the U.S. Attorneys have been politicized under this administration for Republican and special interests--as in their penchant for being biased for giving even demonstrably corrupt corporations like Boeing whatever they want, no matter how corrupt their wants are. One only has to stay reasonably informed by reading the news to understand that.
Could this pressuring of U.S. Attorney Carl H. Blackstone by his own personal friend for his friend's client, Boeing, be yet another of numerous such illegal if not highly unethical acts?
Was it an act based not on the merits of the case, but instead only on who knows who, who has the most money, who is perceived to have the most power, who is Republican and who is not, and/or who is a corporation and who is just a common citizen trying to stand up to and end corporate corruption?
It almost assuredly is thusly unethical if not illegal.
Everyone knows that power corrupts, and the longer that someone has unbridled power, as in Boeing's case, the more corrupt they seem to become. Let's just say that U.S. Attorneys, Boeing, the current King County Prosecutor, and even a Perkins Coie attorney, apparently, have had much too much power, for far too long.
Well, that is it for now. I will be adding to this News Release constantly, so check back often, especially if you are a reporter or editor.
I do think this is newsworthy. I hope you decide it is as well.
I think that the public has the right to know just why such back alley deals, as occurred in my case between Boeing's hired counsel, Marc Boman, and an apparently ethically and/or legally challenged U.S. Attorney, Carl H. Blackstone, are made (based on powerful and not so moneyed friends helping powerful and moneyed friends in the personal interests of friendship, abuse of power, and quite possibly even the transfer of money and/or power from the moneyed friend to the not so moneyed friend at a present or future date, rather than the actual consideration of merits or lack or merit of the case) and therefore serve the opposite of justice.
The public also needs to know that corrupt and arrogant corporations like Boeing will not relinquish such corruption or arrogance even if their corrupted friends in government will be swept from power in just a few months.
Contact me as noted above if you wish to cover these latest important twists in this important case for every of numerous other potential whistleblowers at just Boeing itself, not to mention those at other corporations that similarly resort to try to "kill the messenger" when that messenger attempts to communicate their frauds to the relevant organization in order to have them stopped before consequences occur, like more people and troops dying because of such fraudulent activities, as are the consequences for the fraud continuing that I tried to stop as noted on my website.
Of course, I will take the actions outlined in my email and attempt to rightly have Boeing and certain officials in the King County Prosecutor's office prosecuted for their corruption if my case is moved to the federal arena (or even if not at this point).
Any possibility that there was for the agreement noted above being signed by me has been killed by Marc Boman's possibly illegal and certainly unethical actions on behalf of Boeing, as well as my knowledge of the likely intentions of the true criminals involved in this matter--both Boeing and the King County Prosecutors from Dan Satterberg on down in the hierarchy.
My goal would be to have the Boeing GSA (the Boeing Global Settlement Agreement for the Boeing CFO/Druyun tanker fraud and the Lockheed competition sensitive data theft by Boeing which was then used by Boeing to rig and win the EELV contract competition) entered into in August 2006 invalidated by such rightful (based on the facts, and not just friendships) charges against the corrupt Boeing executives involved in covering up the fraud that I attempted to bring to light. They did so by falsely testifying against me and colluding with a similarly corrupt King County Prosecutor in order to ensure that I (the "protected" whistleblower) was the one confined to prison before I saw to it that they and other Boeing Management were rightly sent there by a fair and "facts and data" based prosecution for their fraud. In that fraud, they intentionally placed the public at much greater risk by ignoring the laws and regulations meant to protect their lives simply in order to maximize the bottom line.
Federal prosecutors may actually interview me and check into Boeing's corruption as documented on my site and in letters to Congress and federal agencies before they decide who it is that committed the actual wrongdoing in this matter that merits prosecution. That was something the King County Prosecutor's office never did or even considered doing as they were so beholden to the unbridled power and money that is Boeing for their own personal interests, and they therefore intentionally hid behind a similarly biased Seattle Police Department's "investigation" into this matter that also intentionally only focused where corrupt Boeing Management wanted them to look, and came to the conclusions that Boeing Management wanted them to make.
Thanks for your time,
The Last (Boeing) Inspector
A comment on this blog post by GFS:
For crying out loud.
After Boeing convinced the King County Prosecutor's Office and the Judge that you weren't a whistleblower, the issues Boeing was determined to hang you out to dry on were determined by most (after the mistrial on the first trial) to be Boeing's problems with their own security policies and practices regarding their own proprietary business information. One would think this would be a dead horse.
The first jury had enough people who saw this for what it was, there was no way Boeing could win. The jury also advised King County and the judge not to retry this case. So, they want to push it up to federal court? This is not a case for federal court. How insane is this? Boeing just continues to try to ride a dead horse by continuing to beat it. It appears to me they are hiding something, maybe quite a few somethings and are trying their best to draw attention away from it, and possibly use you as a red herring. I hope there are still some ethical federal investigators out there that are still trying to do their jobs, and should I add, being allowed to do their jobs. These actions by Boeing are like sending out a huge cry for their attention.
By the way, the ploy of trying to refuse the legitimate whistleblower the legal identity of whistleblower is something companies have accelerated in recent months in order not to have to admit wrongdoing or even allow their employees the few protections whistleblowers have in the law. That misjustice for whistleblowers, and evasion of accountability on the part of industry needs to be stopped now.
Please write your Senators and Congressmen/women.
The Last Inspector