What Happens When A Whistleblower Dumps Boeing’s Secrets?

IT is not for nothing that “dropping like flies” has become a familiar theme at this investigative site. This is so because the fusion between the Deep State Mafia and the Corporatocracy has melded together, fascist-like.Yes, honest brokers schooled in the political-corporate arena will admit as much.


and round and round the “mysterious” deaths, a/k/a “suicides”, never cease — that is, if you dare to blow the whistle on the corprotacracy!!

MIND you, when it comes to this or that airplane maker, well, the fallout couldn’t be any graver. Starker. As a matter of record, even the New York Times couldn’t help but take notice!!

John Barnett is wearing a blue short-sleeved shirt, standing in an area with trees while he places his hands in his pockets.

♦  ♦  ♦  ♦  ♦ | By Sydney Ember | March 12, 2024

A prominent Boeing whistle-blower, a former quality manager who raised concerns about manufacturing practices at the company’s 787 Dreamliner factory in South Carolina, was found dead on Saturday with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to local officials.

The whistle-blower, John Barnett, was in Charleston for a deposition for a lawsuit in which he accused Boeing of retaliating against him for making complaints about quality and safety.

Quality problems involving both design and manufacturing have plagued Boeing for years — most prominently after the crashes of two Boeing 737 Max jets in 2018 and 2019, and again since a fuselage panel blew out on a Max flight shortly after takeoff two months ago.

Mr. Barnett filed the complaint against Boeing with the U.S. Labor Department in 2017 under the AIR21 Whistleblower Protection Program, which protects employees of plane manufacturers who report information pertaining to air carrier safety violations. He left the company that year.

Boeing’s lawyer deposed Mr. Barnett on Thursday and he was questioned by his own lawyers for half the day Friday. They were scheduled to complete the deposition on Saturday morning, said Robert Turkewitz, Mr. Barnett’s lawyer in the case.

When Mr. Barnett, 62, did not show up on Saturday morning and did not answer phone calls, Mr. Turkewitz said he grew concerned and called Mr. Barnett’s hotel. Mr. Barnett was then found dead in his pickup truck in the hotel parking lot.

The Charleston County Coroner’s office confirmed the death, which it said appeared to be “a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.”

The Charleston Police Department noted the coroner’s finding in a statement and said it was conducting an investigation. “Detectives are actively investigating this case and are awaiting the formal cause of death, along with any additional findings that might shed further light on the circumstances surrounding the death of Mr. Barnett,” the department said.

Mr. Turkewitz said Mr. Barnett’s experience at Boeing had deeply affected him.

“It was really weighing on him, what was going on, and reliving all these things that had happened and the stress it had caused,” Mr. Turkewitz said.

Mr. Turkewitz said he planned to proceed with Mr. Barnett’s case, on behalf of Mr. Barnett’s family. “What John wanted was at least for it to make a difference,” he said.

In a statement, Boeing said, “We are saddened by Mr. Barnett’s passing, and our thoughts are with his family and friends.”

Known as Swampy because of his Louisiana roots, Mr. Barnett worked at Boeing for nearly three decades until he retired in 2017. He had worked at Boeing’s factory in Everett, Wash., before moving to a new factory in North Charleston, S.C., in 2010 to work on Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner, a wide-body jet that was the company’s most important new plane in a generation.

A Boeing plant, with large pieces of planes in production.
The Boeing plant that produces 787 Dreamliners in North Charleston, S.C. Mr. Barnett raised concerns about manufacturing practices at the facility.Credit…Pool photo by Gavin McIntyre

After two of Boeing’s 737 Max planes crashed in 2018 and 2019, Mr. Barnett’s concerns about quality issues at Boeing were featured prominently in The New York Times and other news outlets, as examples of widespread problems with the company’s manufacturing.

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