Assassination Nation

Ah, Boeing. The name conjures images of sleek jets soaring through the skies, taking people to destinations near and far. Unfortunately, lately, it’s been more like Boeing: the world’s largest distributor of airborne lemons. Over the past few months, Boeing has faced a series of problems with its commercial jets, leaving many people thinking, “I ain’t going.”

Let’s speedrun through recent events, shall we? On January 5th, 2024, the door of a 737 MAX 9 operated by Alaska Airlines decided it wanted some fresh air mid-flight. Thankfully, no human casualties were reported, but a t-shirt, two cell phones, and a teddy bear were tragically lost. This incident led the FAA to ground nearly 200 more 737s for safety checks.

Just eleven days later, an anonymous whistleblower spilled the beans to the Seattle Times, blaming Boeing for the door incident. The whistleblower claimed the company’s own records highlighted the problem, saying it “speaks volumes about the quality culture at certain portions of the business.” So, it wasn’t just a freak accident—it was a freak accident waiting to happen.

March arrived, and with it more trouble. On March 3rd, a 737 MAX 8 veered off the runway due to landing gear failure. The next day, an FAA audit determined Boeing had a habit of skimping on manufacturing quality control. On March 6th, the NTSB accused Boeing of stonewalling their investigation into the January door incident, and to top it off, an engine caught fire on a 737 mid-flight that same day.

Fast forward four days: a wheel fell off a 777, crushing cars below. Boeing’s PR nightmare continued to spiral. By March 9th, John Barnett, a former quality control manager with 32 years at Boeing, was found dead in his truck days after testifying against the company. Officially ruled as a suicide, Barnett had previously voiced concerns about Boeing’s hasty fixes on the 737s, appearing on TMZ to discuss potential corner-cutting.

Despite the unfortunate timing, the grim reaper didn’t stop there. On March 11th, a 777 was forced to land due to a hydraulic fluid leak. March 15th saw another 737 grounded because it was missing a panel (whoops!). On March 20th, a 737-900 made an emergency landing after an engine blew out on takeoff.

Then, on April 10th, a second whistleblower, Sam Salapour, came forward. Salapour, a Boeing engineer, testified that the company took shortcuts when assembling the 777 and 787 Dreamliners, claiming these jets had fatal flaws and should be grounded. Mercifully, Salapour didn’t end up dead, but another whistleblower did. Joshua Dean, a former Spirit Aerosystems employee and one of the first to raise alarms about quality control issues on the 737 MAX, died of a sudden and severe staph infection on April 30th.

With two whistleblowers dead in three months and numerous reports from others within the company, it’s starting to look less like coincidence and more like the plot of a poorly written thriller. As stories continue to surface, it becomes clear that Boeing’s problems go beyond just faulty jets; they reveal a culture of negligence and cost-cutting at the expense of safety.

Now, let’s address the elephant in the room: Are we witnessing a massive corporation silencing whistleblowers? While it’s hard to prove definitively, the timing of these deaths is suspicious, to say the least. This situation has sparked a broader conversation about corporate and state-sanctioned extrajudicial killings—a topic as old as capitalism itself.

From historical examples of corporate-sponsored violence to modern-day whistleblower crackdowns, the pattern is clear: those who speak truth to power often face dire consequences. Whether it’s Julian Assange, Edward Snowden, or Boeing’s whistleblowers, the story is the same. Exposing the dirty laundry of those in power can cost you your freedom, your career, or even your life.

So, next time you hear about yet another Boeing plane incident or a whistleblower facing mysterious circumstances, remember: it’s not just about faulty planes. It’s about a system that prioritizes profits over people, and a world where telling the truth can be the most dangerous act of all.

Stay safe, stay informed, and as always, keep questioning the narrative.

Assassination Nation
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