‘2 + 2 = 5’ … and ‘NextGen is Good for the Environment’

A powerful film about human nature, culture, and the indoctrination process. It warns to NOT question authority. It is in Farsi but with English subtitles.

Of course, this short film is also about much more: religion, ascendant fascism, and the whistleblower-retaliation culture that still predominates today’s aviation world.

See also:
  • (CASE STUDY) – A Whistleblower Retaliation Case: Lewis-FAA
  • (8/24/2015) – FAA’s Culture of Corruption & Cover-Up
  • (9/16/2014) – The John Woods Whistleblower Case
  • (10/17/2013) – The NoPay Game: also used against FAA Whistleblowers
  • (SEP 2012) – Open Letter to Congress: Whistleblowers urge Congress to pass WPEA
  • (4/3/2008) – The 4/3/2008 Congressional Hearing about FAA Whistleblowers
  • (REFERENCE) –  aiREFORM webpage about ‘Whistleblowers’

The John Woods Whistleblower Case

20140909.. John Woods pic from AlJazeera article
At 32-minutes into Broken Dreams: The Boeing 787, the cameras reveal Starkville, Mississippi and then focus in on the story of Whistleblower John Woods. An expert in the manufacturing of composites for aviation, Mr. Woods spoke up for safety at the South Carolina Boeing plant … and he was soon fired. Click on the YouTube display below, and the video will start at the point in the video where Mr. Woods’ story begins.

Mr. Woods was employed in the private sector, but his story is entirely representative of what happens to FAA air traffic controllers, inspectors, and others who similarly speak up for safety. The fact that he is an older employee with many decades of experience is also notable; often, when FAA retaliates against their own employees, they do so to pressure them into early retirements. The pattern is this:

  1. Employee responsibly speaks up about a safety issue.
  2. The Employer is threatened, and retaliates, eventually firing employee.
  3. Employee files a Whistleblower case to higher authorities, such as to FAA’s Office of Audit & Evaluation (Clay Foushee, manager).
  4. After a lengthy delay, the higher authority concludes nothing can be substantiated and drops the case.

In the end, and often after years of delay, all the Whistleblower case processing gives the Agency or company exactly what they want and need: a cleansing of those ‘problem employees’ who have the audacity to speak up for safety. And the dismissed employees? They are each left trying to pick up the pieces of their shattered life.