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Destruction of FAA controller statements


According to the Department of Transportation, at least six air traffic controllers made tape recordings on September 11 describing their experiences. An FAA quality-assurance manager destroyed these tapes without making copies or a transcript. The NY Times reported that the manager told investigators he destroyed the tapes because he thought its production was contrary to FAA policy, which calls for written statements, and because he felt that the controllers "were not in the correct frame of mind to have properly consented to the taping" due to stress.

Source: NY Times, as reported in Marrs, p. 8


Definitely uncool to be destroying these statements, and it certainly sounds as if part of the reason was that the manager didn't like what the people said. Taken by itself, let's call it somewhat suspicious, although taken with other evidence it looks a bit worse than that.

Bottom line, me, I give it:

somewhat suspicioussomewhat suspicious


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