Gerald Eastman’s Court Date is fast approaching.   

With all of the disclosures of corruption involving his former employer, The Boeing Company, and federal oversight agency FAA, new attention to his allegations of Boeing and FAA wrongdoing is warranted.  (See www.thelastinspector.com)

What do you do when every avenue open to you within the hierarchy of your contractor employer is a dead end to straightening out wrongdoing you observed going on in your work area, and supervisors?  When in following prescribed channels, you go up the command chain in your company and find that your company not only condones, but also might have been directing your seemingly corrupt supervisors in those problem activities? 

You go to the federal oversight authority, the Federal Aviation Administration.  And if the FAA, itself is so corrupted you cannot get the problems addressed and rectified?  You keep trying, multiples of times.  And if that still doesn’t work?  You go above FAA to Department of Transportation (DOT) Office of Inspector General.  And if you can’t get anyone there to cross the corrupt ones? 

What can a formerly loyal TBC employee (quality assurance inspector) and honest person do if every avenue of redress is corrupted and manipulated?  Some might, in desperation, consider going to the media, particularly if the person was aware that there might be a big safely risk to the flying public and military users of the company’s aircraft. 

A person with a moral base, and a conscience that won’t just let him blow it off and look the other way, as many advised him to do to avoid being targeted and destroyed by the very company he had loyally worked for, might try to turn some lights on in the swamp.  Think about it.  In the current atmosphere of corruption coming from the highest levels of our government, it could well be you, any of you who work in defense or other government contractors, or in government agencies.    In the opinion of this observer more investigations into the business practices of Boeing and the FAA/DOT and the legally enforced ending of harassment of Boeing and FAA whistleblowers must be done.  -GFS

Ex-Boeing worker accused of leaking sensitive documents

 

Story Published: Jul 10, 2007 at 3:00 PM PST

Story Updated: Jul 10, 2007 at 3:00 PM PST

By Associated Press

SEATTLE (AP) – A former Boeing Co. worker accused of downloading sensitive internal documents and leaking them to the media was charged Tuesday with 16 counts of computer trespass.Gerald Lee Eastman was arrested in May 2006, briefly held in jail and subsequently fired from his job as a quality assurance inspector in Boeing’s Seattle-based propulsion division, the company confirmed.In a statement of probable cause, a Seattle police detective said Eastman downloaded hundreds of thousands of pages of documents that contained information he did not have authorization to access and shared some of it with reporters at The Seattle Times and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Police said Eastman told investigators he “was disgruntled with the Boeing Company because he had brought several issues related to inspection of parts to the company, and to the (Federal Aviation Administration).

“He contended that none of his concerns were addressed to his satisfaction by either the company or the FAA, and that he continued to try to get his concerns heard and rectified to his satisfaction,” court documents said.

Boeing spokesman Tim Neale countered, “We always take those types of allegations seriously and have processes in place to follow them up.”

Walt Gillette, vice president of airplane development for Boeing’s 787 program, estimated that the leaks could potentially cost Boeing $5 billion to $15 billion, court documents said.

Neale said he could not confirm whether Boeing had suffered any actual losses as a result of the leaks, and noted the case prompted changes in the company’s security system.

“We have tightened our security system so that in today’s environment someone could not obtain sensitive documents in the same manner he did,” Neale said.

Eastman is scheduled to be arraigned Monday. He faces a standard range of about three and a half years to nearly five years in prison if convicted on all counts.

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