Updated--Seattle Times' Dominic Gates Risks Prison by Writing Article Exposing Boeing/FAA Management Corruption--Article Synopsis: "No, Virginia, it is Not Safe to Fly on the 787, if One Were to Ever Deliver to an Airline, Due to Boeing/FAA Management Co
Breaking news article of special interest to anyone reading this Blog:
You may have thought that Dominic Gates and The Seattle Times (TST) would have been cowed at this point from writing and publishing rightfully hard hitting news about Boeing/FAA Management corruption that risks people's safety for more Boeing bottom line dollars and more quid pro quo cushy Boeing Management jobs for compliant FAA Management personnel, considering all of the unethical if not "extra-legal" (outside the law) pressure Boeing has put on TST as noted on this blog.
I am glad that Dominic has not been deterred by Boeing's heavy handed attempts to intimidate his newspaper from doing their critical jobs. His front page Seattle Times article on TST's most read day (today, Sunday, February 8th) proves otherwise.
The press is not perfect by far. Investigative journalism as Dominic has demonstrated in this article is a dying art, and one that powerful Boeing and their outside counsel have been doing their best to put to death wrongfully forever in order to cover up any public knowledge of Boeing Management corruption of the worst possible kind--Boeing Management corruption that intentionally places millions of lives of the public at much greater risk in order to add just a few more dollars to Boeing's bottom line and in their own pockets. It is the same corruption I risked my job and entire life to bring to an end. Boeing terminated me and ruined my life and tried to imprison me for doing so, but I still persist in trying to end this unholy marriage of Boeing/FAA Management personal greed. That very Boeing/FAA Management corruption still arrogantly exists right up to the present moment, however, as demonstrated by Dominic's powerful article.
Dominic is an Irish-American who looks nothing like "Braveheart" (Mel Gibson, in the film) does. However, he does share one uncanny quality with "Braveheart"--bravery, and should be applauded everywhere for it.
I myself also look nothing like "Braveheart" does as well, but Boeing and their outside counsel have been trying to do to me in effect exactly what the king did to Braveheart in the last scene of that movie. Injustice, indeed. Only the very corrupt deserve such a fate, and I don't wish to point out any specific candidates in Boeing Management that I might think deserve that fate because I don't think like those corrupt actors obviously do, as judged by their actions. Better to turn the other cheek than cast the first stone, methinks.
But enough of such a clumsy introduction. Follow this link to Dominic's wonderful article exposing FAA/Boeing Management corruption in detail never before seen except on my blog and website, and read my comments on the article in the comments section.
Can you believe that Boeing, their outside counsel, and Dan Satterberg (the King County Prosecutor) tried to put me in prison for leaking the original 787 lightning story to Dominic in (futile, up to this point) efforts to save lives before the 787 entered service?
At least, thanks to Dominic's follow up on the original story I was accused of working with him on, some 787 passengers and crew will know before they board it just what a "bucket O lightning hot composite wing tank bolts" they are literally getting into, if they were to make that mistake.
LOL. Read the comments on the article on the TST website. One commenter has a fantastic comment that will solve this 787 safety problem that corrupt FAA and Boeing Management have tried thus far to cover up rather than fix--make Boeing and FAA higher management fly on 787 test flights through severe thunderstorms with the inerting system off as they are now proposing that unknowing 787 passengers and cabin crew do when and if the airplane enters service!
That commenter has nailed the perfect solution to all of this in the face of the current arrogant FAA/Boeing Management corruption that seeks to make the 787 less safe for Boeing profitability and 787 production debacle make schedule purposes. If they were forced to fly on them in that condition, they would reverse course immediately in order to save the only bacon that ever seems to matter to them--their own.
A comment on this blog entry from GFS:
I too admire Dominic and other reporters who've had the courage to stand up and do their job, in spite of the increasingly strong attacks on them by various contingents over the past decade. To shout out the truth is very difficult and dangerous now days. And with the financial meltdown at the various newspapers nationwide, it is becoming even more difficult as the papers do not want to get involved in costly lawsuits. Some of the news organizations will not even survive now. In Seattle, it is said that the Seattle PI, which has been struggling for years, is finally going to be euthanized. That is a great loss for the Seattle readers as some very excellent writers and other staff work there. The Times it is said, will continue on, but they are suffering too.
I guess one might suggest, that if one has a well written paper in the area, it might be a good idea to subscribe, even if you do just read it online. These reporters need our support.
All good points, GFS. Dominic is to be commended for standing up against the crude attempts by RICO-esque companies like Boeing to silence him and his paper from telling the truth when they have refused to tell the truth multiple times (in the previous four 787 delay announcements and in their 787 lightning protection public pronouncements, to name a few such instances).
What Boeing has been doing to The Seattle Times and the P-I and their reporter's sources is obviously outside the law and against the Constitution. Will they be brought to justice for that and numerous other areas in which they have intentionally skirted laws and regulations? The answer to that depends on the integrity of our government agencies, of course. You would have to hope that the recent change in the executive branch of our country will instill a new era of bravery and service within every government agency that will return them to their missions and required levels of integrity that will stop such corrupt managements as Boeing's and the FAA's before they intentionally imperil even more innocent lives. The process of bringing our government out of the "beds" of such corporations and into service for the public as always was their mission will take time. Corrupt Boeing and FAA Management have "placed their bets" on government agency corruption continuing unabated from this time on as judged by their actions presently. Let's hope they are horribly wrong and their is no longer any more "free passes" for such powerful white collar criminals. Let Boeing's outside counsel do real work in defending them from rightful charges inside a courtroom, rather than using illicit power to keep them from rightfully facing trial for their actions in a court of law. You would think they would not be totally adverse to that, as it seems there would be more billable hours in defending the many white collar criminals that would need such legal services if they were held to account for their actions.
Sadly, this is where Dan Satterberg and his cadre of corrupt KCPO prosecutors is problematic--they are unlikely to press charges against these white collar criminals no matter how much evidence is brought against them. Hopefully, however, other courts and prosecutors besides King County's ethically addled ones could do the right thing when King County predictably refuses to.
Time will tell in this regard, I guess.
That Seattle is falling from the stature of a two newspaper town is troubling, especially if Boeing's pressure on The Seattle Times works as they want it to, resulting in a neutered sole remaining newspaper that will only cheer-lead for Boeing no matter what is the true status of Boeing's ethical, legal, and other troubles.
The free press must be maintained no matter the cost, for without it, we will backslide into the fascist state that companies as ethically challenged as Boeing swim most crookedly in.
The Last Inspector