With Mr. Petersen’s permission, I have posted the letter below that he wrote asking help from Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, while he experienced unlawful detainment by BIS/Boeing in Saudi Arabia and was not allowed to leave to seek medical treatment in the United States. Apparently there are a number of people, both U.S citizens and citizens of other nations, who have been experiencing such treatment. This is an outrage. Defininitive action must be taken by the U.S. government, concerning this unlawful behavior by Boeing/BISS and what appears to be an involved Saudi government. Accepting employment with Boeing/BISS and working in the Middle East should not be tantamount to signing away one’s human and civil rights and becoming a slave or political prisoner.
I have sent the following email to the U.S. State Department as they allow only seven days in which to respond to their email.
Subject: RE: Boeing Company Violating Human Rights [Incident: 100604-000108]
Date: Fri, 18 Jun 2010 17:04:54 +0000
Thank you for your email. I am responding because you stated that I have seven (7) days to reopen this matter should I not feel it has been resolved. I do not feel it has been properly resolved. My point in this matter is that the Boeing Company and its wholly owned subsidiary Boeing International Support Systems have engaged in U.S. Passport confiscation, false imprisonment, failure to provide for the safety and wellbeing of its employees and other fraudulent activities. They have defrauded the Saudi Government through over billing (claiming to have more employees working for them than actual) and in providing substandard flight training and unsafe aircraft maintenance. They are a U.S. Contactor and as such are required to meet certain ethical, professional and legal standards in accordance with the Technical Assistance Agreements established through our U.S. State Department. They have not met those standards and should be held accountable for violating such agreements.
I and others, including people from other nations were held against our will and were not allowed to return to our countries of origin when requests were made in writing to Boeing managers. Many were forced to sign liability releases before being paid, having their passports returned, and being provided with an “Exit Visa” in which to leave the country of Saudi Arabia. Although, this information was reported first to the U.S. State Department in June of 2009, via the U.S. Consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (please find attached letter dated June 3, 2009) and then to the FBI in December of 2009 to my knowledge, no investigation has ever been initiated by either agency.
You should know that I recently sent a letter to President Obama dated June 16, 2010 asking that he please have someone contact the Phoenix, FBI on my behalf to inquire as to why they did not initiate an investigation of some sort for what I believe are criminal violations of U.S. Law.
Thank you for taking the time to review this information and please reopen this investigation [Incident: 100604-000108].
s/ Robin Petersen
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> Date Created: 06/04/2010 12:06 PM
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> Status: Solved
Robin P. Petersen
Saudi City, Jeddah
Email ASU55RP@hotmail.com Phone # 966 (0) 56 650-7815
June 3, 2009
US State Department
The Honorable Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State
Subj: Withholding of US Passports
Dear Mrs. Clinton;
I am writing you this letter to request your assistance. I am a US Citizen / Retired Veteran and have been injured in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. I need to return to the United States for medical care.
Although I have requested the return of my US Passport, the managers of the Boeing International Support Systems / Alsalam Aircraft Company will not return the passport to me nor will they provide me with an exit visa to leave this country.
I have enclosed a copy of a letter that was written to the Boeing C.E.O. dated June 2, 2009 for your review. Please help me.
Robin P. Petersen
Encl: letter dated June 2, 2009 to the Boeing Company CEO