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March 13, 2010

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This story was sent to me as a comment related to the McNerney story above by Robin Peterson. I find this very disturbing that this could even conceivably happen. I wish Mr. Peterson well and good luck with his legal procedings. GFS

THE BOEING COMPANY AIDING AND ABETTING HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN SAUDI ARABIA


The Boeing Company, a U.S. company incorporated in the State of Delaware and with corporate offices in Chicago, Illinois and St. Louis, Missouri and its wholly owned subsidiary Boeing International Support Systems, Saudi Arabia (BISS) are reportedly engaged in the practice of passport confiscation, involuntary servitude, debt bondage, and fraudulent recruitment practices upon U.S. Citizens and Third Country National (TCN) workers. The Boeing Company may be held responsible for violations of U.S. Law and international law for "Aiding and Abetting" their subsidiary company, BISS which recruits employees out of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and is alleged to have confiscated passports from US Citizens and Third Country National workers in Saudi Arabia.

As reference, the U.S. State Department's 2009 report on "Human Trafficking" details the unconscionable and disturbing ongoing human rights violations that are presently taking place in the country of Saudi Arabia. A report authored by former Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, (2006) identifies Saudi Arabia as a "Tier 3" country whose government does not fully comply with the minimum standards and is not making significant efforts to eliminate human rights violations in their country. The report further states that the United States employs a "zero tolerance" policy against human trafficking both domestically and abroad. A third report by the Department of Defense, OIG dated January 15, 2010, provides information relating to "Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act," January 10, 2006 that gives the United States Government authorization to terminate grants, contracts, or cooperative agreements for "Trafficking in Persons" (TIP) related violations.

A lawsuit brought by Attorney Kissandra L. Tysman of the Tysman Law Firm, located in Mesa, Arizona was filed on May 7, 2010 in U.S. District Court, Phoenix, Arizona against "The Boeing Company" and it wholly owned subsidiary BISS. The lawsuit alleges that her client Mr. Robin Petersen, a pilot and former U.S. Navy Commander who became injured overseas while employed by Boeing/BISS was not allowed to return to the United States for medical treatment in that he had his U.S. passport confiscated; was held against his will; and was not provided with an "Exit Visa" in which to leave the country of Saudi Arabia. Mr. Petersen had made several written requests for the return of his passport to "The Boeing Company" Operations Manager, in Saudi Arabia, Mr. Shaun A. Ford, and also contacted Mr. W. James McNerney, Jr., "The Boeing Company" CEO by Federal Express letter, detailing the fraudulent activity, unethical business practices, and violations of human rights that he had observed and experienced while employed by Boeing/BISS. Mr. McNerney never responded to Mr. Petersen's concerns and request for help. The lawsuit also alleges that a number of other U.S. Veterans and Third Country National workers who were employed by Boeing/BISS in Saudi Arabia had their passports confiscated and were subject to inhumane treatment.

Mr. Petersen made several attempts to get help from the U.S. Consulate located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He was finally helped by a consulate security official in June 2009, who then ordered Boeing/BISS company officials to return Mr. Petersen's U.S. passport and provide him with the required "Exit Visa" in which to depart the country of Saudi Arabia. On June 8, 2009, and after six months without having the freedom to travel, Mr. Petersen was able to return to the United States to get the proper treatment he needed for his injury. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court, Arizona, May 7, 2010 (case # 2:2010CV00999 Petersen v Boeing) and lists the following causes of action:

Count 1, Confiscation of U.S. Passports
Count 2, Violations of RICO statutes
Count 3, False imprisonment
Count 4, Breach of Contract
Count 5, Fraud
Count 6, Intentional Inflection of emotional distress
Count 7, Failure to pay wages

Although this lawsuit has been filed in the United States, it is important to know that there is an effort on the part of several worldwide organizations to hold executives of companies such as Mr. McNerney, CEO of "The Boeing Company" criminally responsible for willfully aiding and abetting their business partners who engage in human rights violations.

GFS

This is quite outrageous. And the comments by the usual suspects (Boeing managers, legal counsel or other possibly Boeing compensated media watchers and spin controllers), are even more outrageous. I recognize the writing styles (and some names) from attacks made on The Last Inspector, during the uproar and legal travesty Boeing created to silence one rightful whistleblower a year or so ago. The ugly comments and attacks are nearly a carbon copy to what was said in the Seattle papers back then.

Fortunately Boeing had to give up and back off their attempts to massacre The Last Inspector when the jury called them out and the case was dismissed.

It is astounding the lengths Boeing and those at the Boeing trough will go to to silence the truth when it threatens their quest for greater profits.

I had an anonymous source write to me today from elsewhere in the country about this appointment of McNerney. His/her comments were:

"I am not sure that I would believe this if I hadn't read it in the PI. Why would this administration appoint the president and chief executive officer of the worst export offender in the United States to chairman of the President's Export Council?"

It is true that Boeing has what appears to me to be a very stinky track record with export control violations and other types of violations and corruption concerning their defense contracts. Try looking at POGO's Federal Contractor Misconduct Database:

http://www.contractormisconduct.org/


Here, you may see a partial list of such unscrupulous and unethical activities. POGO keeps updating it as needed.

Obama appointed James Jones (General, Marine Corps, Ret.) to the position of National Security Advisor shortly after taking office. Jones was most recently a member of the Boeing Board of Directors - a director serving on the company's Audit and Finance Committees. One might expect that he was (and still is) quite well versed in the business practices of Boeing and probably is aware of everything known and everything kept secret done by that corporation.

The appointment of Gary Locke was also an imprudent appointment, in this observer's opinion. I am having a lot of doubts about President Obama's ability to pick uncompromised and uncorrupted advisors. In my opinion he is making some extremely bad mistakes and all of us are paying for it now and in the future.

It would appear corporations like Boeing have reached new high levels of influence and control of our government and economic resources.


Another anonymous source wrote to me today and said this:

"The POGO (Project on Government Oversight) database does not include "security infractions" recognized by the U.S. Department of State. The Boeing Company has many of these per month."

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