FAAthe Deadly Tombstone Agency
With Many Other Enablers

A history of deep-seated corruption associated with a continuing series of related aviation disasters is detailed and documented in the book by former federal aviation safety inspector Rodney Stich's History of Aviation Disasters: 1950 to 9/11 and other documentary books written by and with a coalition of professionals: former intelligence, law enforcement and aviation safety personnel. Further supported in FAA documents, an FAA hearing under conditions similar to an independent prosecutor proceeding, and in federal lawsuits, deep-seated misconduct by key people repeatedly blocked the corrective actions to correct known safety problems and safety violations, which resulted in decades of preventable and forewarned aviation disasters.

These included decades of easily preventable airliner hijackings and other disasters. The catastrophic consequences on September 11, 2001, were the latest and most publicized consequences. The present cover-up of the behind-the-scene misconduct insures that the decades of déjà vu consequences will continue.

A quick description of how hard-core corruption of key people in the FAA−and key people at United Airlines−by their misconduct, enabled 43 people to be cremated alive in only one of the many fraud-related airline disasters. Click here to see how the system works!

Sampling of Aviation Disasters in Stich's
Areas of Federal Airline Safety Responsibility



See more of the aviation disasters that occurred in the area over which FAA airline safety inspector Rodney Stich has federal safety responsibilities and in which he discovered unprecedented corruption that motivated him to take unprecedented actions never before taken. And for which he suffered unprecedented retaliation, exposing corruption of people in control of key government positions.

Sampling of Deadly Culture in FAA

Refusing to take action on known safety problems:
Pattern of FAA management personnel refusing to take corrective actions on major air safety and criminal violations reported by federal air safety inspectors, despite their duty to do so.

Covering up for major safety problems:
FAA management practice of covering up for major safety problems and safety violations at politically powerful airlines, despite the continuing crashes due to the problems. In one instance repeatedly documented at a major airline, inspectors reported the airline was not providing the legally required training and competency checks of their pilots and flight engineers and falsifying government-required records to fraudulent indicate that this training was being provided. FAA management at local, regional, and Washington levels covered up for this practice and retaliated against inspectors who reported the federal offenses. In these cases, it was politically powerful United Airlines.

Warning safety inspectors not to make written reports of safety problems:
FAA management practice of instructing FAA inspectors not to file reports on safety problems or safety violations at politically powerful airlines. FAA management claimed the office (and they) would look bad when an airliner crash resulted (from the uncorrected safety problems and safety violations).

Refusing to take action on criminal actions at United Airlines:
Despite years of refusing to provide legally-required and industry-accepted training and competency checks for crewmembers, and 5the criminal falsification of government-required compliance records, FAA management refused to act, despite a series of resulting major aviation disasters.

Destroying official reports on major safety problems, safety violations, and criminal falsification of government-required records.
Destruction of official government air safety reports of major air safety problems and air safety violations that were filed by federal air safety inspectors, followed by numerous specific air disasters resulting from the same problems and made possible by the criminal destruction of government reports. FAA management had a practice of removing official reports of safety problems and safety violations from the office files, giving them back to the inspectors. or destroying them. Destroying official documents are felonies.

Threatening inspectors whose safety activities disturbs management tranquility.
FAA management harassing, threatening, and retaliating against federal air safety inspectors who attempt to report or carry out the federal government's air safety responsibilities. FAA management practice of retaliating against inspectors who continued to make reports of major safety problems and safety violations, or who took authorized actions on safety problems that they encountered. This retaliation included forced transfers, denial of promotions, unsatisfactory fitness reports, denial of desired training, and numerous petty actions.

FAA inspectors threatened by United Airlines personnel involved in safety corruption:
Federal aviation safety inspectors who sought to report and act on serious safety problems and violations were threatened by airline management at certain politically powerful airlines with being transferred. FAA management's protection of this practice encouraged airline personnel to continue their unsafe practice and safety violations.

FAA Management Removing Inspectors From Areas of Known Safety Problems.
Removal of key federal air safety inspectors from their government air safety duties to eliminate their reporting and taking actions on serious air safety problems or air safety violations.

Suspending inspector for reporting dangerous high-sink-rate problem at United Airlines:
FAA inspector was suspended for several weeks after he reported the high-sink-rate procedure used by a powerful member of the pilots union, Bart Stephens. Stich had also reported another pilot as having this problem, Gale Kehmeier, and recommended that he be given corrective training. The training was never given, and several months later, that same captain flew into Salt Lake City airport and crashed due to the high sink rate problem. That crash occurred before the FAA hearing had concluded and shortly after Stich submitted his closing brief warning of the consequences of the safety problems and the arrogance and corruption within the FAA.

Criticizing inspector for reporting captain's conduct that later killed planeload of occupants:
Criticizing Stich for reporting a captain who flew in and out of clouds, under a visual flight plan, with a load of passengers in the Lake Tahoe area. That same captain, at a later date, doing the same unsafe practice, crashed into a mountain peak flying a Lockheed Constellation, killing everyone on board.

FAA management encouraging inspectors to ignore major air safety problems by providing outstanding performance ratings, financial bonuses, promotions, to those inspectors who don't report safety problems or safety violations, while simultaneously doing the reverse to those inspectors who do report the problems and attempt to take corrective actions.

All of these problems still exist, as reported to Stich. One particular example was the principle inspector for Alaskan Airlines who was pressured and resigned after reporting serious maintenance problems at that air carrier. Shortly thereafter, an Alaskan Airlines jet plunged into the ocean off of southern California when the unlubricated and worn-out horizontal stabilizer jackscrew failed. No pictures available of that disaster as the aircraft plunged into the Pacific Ocean at great speed and disintegrated.

Criticizing inspector for reporting lack of vigilance of flight crew:
Aviation-ignorant management criticized Stich for reporting failure of pilots to look outside the aircraft for long periods of timewhile other aircraft were approaching head-on. This was at a time when midair collisions were frequent occurrences.

Corruption practices aided by unqualified FAA inspectors.
The corrupt practices were aided by the FAA inspectors who lacked airline or heavy military experience; those who wanted to live a quiet life until early retirementespecially military personnel; those who did not want confrontation with politically powerful airline like United Airlines, or aviation-ignorant FAA management; those who saw the path to promotions and higher pay as going along with FAA management.

Further complicating these problems has been the placement of unqualified, politically popular, people in key positions within the FAA, who lack the background and ability to recognize and  act on safety problems or to confront the deep-seated culture of corruption within certain FAA offices.

This sampling of FAA culture, during the long period when aviation disasters were a constant occurrence, made life for an inspector in the FAA a constant deadly experience, and motivated Stich to take unprecedented actions never before taken by a government agent, leading into areas of systemic corruption far beyond the government's aviation safety offices.

"Independent Prosecutor" Role Motivated By
Series of Corruption-Related Aviation Disasters

The extent of the FAA misconduct throughout the Western Region caused the safety problems and violations of major safety requirements at United Airlines to continuealong with a continuation of resulting airline crashes.

Unable to get members of Congress to intervene, despite their oversight responsibilities and despite the continuing death toll, FAA inspector Rodney Stich used the law in a creative manner and forced a hearing upon the FAA during which he subpoenaed FAA management and records. He conducted a hearing before a hearing officer from the FAA administrator's staff, charging that corruption within the FAA caused and enabled a series of specific airline crashes to occur. This had never before occurred in the FAA, and resulted in a 4000-page hearing transcript further proving the deep-seated widespread corruption within the FAA.

The transcript of the hearings show that FAA management personnel engaged in lying, with subornation of perjury by FAA legal counsel Donald Boberick, as the FAA organization was perverted to deny the existence of what was already proven by government records. No concern was shown for those who would subsequently due from their deception, including those on three airliners that crashed during the hearing and which were caused by the exact same safety problems and safety violations that Stich had repeatedly reported.

Criminal Acts During Air Safety Hearing

Expansion of cover-ups by FAA  management of crash-causing air safety misconduct when FAA inspectors testify and product official government reports of corruption within the FAA related to a series of fatal airline crashes. Over 4,000 pages of hearing transcript exists in FAA hearing supporting charges of corrupt and criminal activities within the FAA related to a series of fatal airline crashes.

Stich warned in his FAA closing brief that a cover-up would result in continuation of the problems and continuation of the crashes and deaths. These events quickly continued after that brief was filed.

Despite the overwhelming evidence of deep-seated corruption, the FAA hearing officer, William Jennings, a lawyer on the FAA Administrator's staff, misstated the evidence and praised the guilty, the very people responsible for the deadly misconduct. After the hearing and cover-up, the same people were given  letters of commendation and bonuses for their cooperation (or silence).

 Involved in the cover-up that would have deadly consequencesfor decadeswas the FAA hearing officer and the lawyers in the FAA legal department. Ironically, funerals were being conducted simultaneously for victims of this misconduct as reward was seeking to cover up these deadly conditionsthe latest most publicized consequences occurring on 9/11.

This misconduct in the FAA is oftentimes referred to as the Tombstone Agency. But the corruption don't not permit dismissing it so lightly.

Details of the hearing, and the blueprint of crashes and deaths, can be found in Unfriendly Skies: 20th and 21st Centuries.

Deadly Corruption at United Airlines

The problems with arrogance and corruption in the FAA air carrier operations branch were only part of the problems that Stich faced. These problems within the FAA would not have surfaced if certain key people at United Airlines had not engaged in corrupt practices that violated blocks of major federal aviation safety requirements, which they sought to cover up by falsifying government-required records. This practice resulted in a continuation of a series of airline crashesmore than all the other airlines combined. This misconduct included, for instance:

Lawsuits Against the FAA

Former federal airline safety agent Rodney Stich, after leaving the FAA, filed lawsuits against the FAA, under the requirements of the federal crime reporting statute.

Further airline disasters made possible by the cover-ups and obstruction of justice by Department of Justice officials, federal judges, and Supreme Court Justices.

Friend-of-the-Court Brief
In the Paris DC-10 Disaster

Stich, based upon his insider knowledge that would explain the corruption in the FAA that were responsible for approving the known defective components in the DC-10, filed a petition to intervene as a friend of the court in the Paris DC-10 crash, July 7, 1975. (Adobe PDF)

Cover-Ups by Political
NTSB Board Members

While he was a federal aviation safety agent, Stich discovered NTSB board members were covering up for the FAA corruption, and falsifying government accident reports to omit this primary factor. This cover-up would continue for years, partly to protect its earlier complicity, and be seen in the downing of TWA Flight 800 and the American Airlines Flight 587 that crashes shortly after takeoff from New York's JFK Airport, shortly after the 9/11 hijackings (which were also a byproduct of the NTSB cover-ups of prior years).

In 1978, a PSA Boeing 727 crashed into the City of San Diego, killing over 100 people, which took the record from the United Airlines DC-8 crash into New York City as the world's worst airline disaster. Stich discovered that the NTSB was withholding major information about why the crash occurred, and filed a petition with the NTSB to receive the evidence that Stich had uncovered. (Adobe PDF)

It is mandatory for the NTSB to receive such evidence when a petition is received. The NTSB refused to receive it. If they had, and publicized it, public outrage could very possibly have resulted in an investigation and that would have very probably exposed the deadly FAA corruption and the NTSB's cover-up of it.

So disturbed was Stich by the NTSB cover-ups in the PSA San Diego crash that he filed a lawsuit against the NTSB seeking to force it to enter into the official records evidence that it had withheld. December 17, 1980 (MS Word) (Adobe PDF)

After that lawsuit was filed in the federal courts at San Francisco, assistant U.S. attorney George Stoll called Stich on the phone and advised that he was recommending to his superiors in Washington that the DOJ supports Stich's lawsuit. Stoll was unaware that Washington officials had been covering up for the corruption in the FAA and NTSB that Stich had brought to their attention several years earlier, and they were not about to let this information become known.

Shortly thereafter, Stoll, who had supported Stich's lawsuit, then filed a motion to have it dismissed. (Adobe PDF)

The federal judge accommodated the request and filed an order dismissing the lawsuit. March 25, 1981.  (Adobe PDF)

Stich filed an objection to the motion to dismiss following the DOJ's reply brief. April 19, 1981. (MS Word) (Adobe PDF)

Stich filed points and authorities in support of his objection to dismiss. April 11, 1981. (MS Word) (Adobe PDF).

He also filed Statement of Issues. April 11, 1981.(Adobe PDF)

Stich filed a reply brief to the DOJ's response to his objection.

Transcript of the proceedings in the district court. April 23, 1981. (Adobe PDF)

The second dismissal order by the district court judge. April 27, 1981. (Adobe PDF)

Stich then filed a motion to alter or amend, a legal term for the court to reconsider. May 3, 1981. (MS Word) (Adobe PDF)

Stich filed a notice of appeal and filed appeal briefs with the U.S. Court of Appeals at San Francisco. The court dismissed the objection. (Adobe PDF)

Stich then filed an appeal (petition for writ of certiorari) with the U.S. Supreme Court and then filed a brief. July 17, 1982.  (Adobe PDF)

Then was followed by an amended brief. (Adobe PDF)

The U.S. Supreme Court issued an order refusing to receive the case. October 4, 1982. (Adobe PDF)

Earlier, the U.S. Supreme Court filed, and then refused to act on the lawsuit against the FAA that reported criminal activities related to a series of airline crashes, and the refusal by U.S. district and appellate judges to receive the information of criminal activities, that they were required to receive under the federal crime reporting statute. In this way, Supreme Court justices became implicated in the criminal activities, the tragic consequences, and over the years would compound these federal offenses when other areas of criminal misconduct were brought to their attention.

Universal Culture of Cover-Ups in United States

Every level of the FAA, up to and including the FAA administrator, as seen in records in the possession of former government air safety agent Rodney Stich.

Reports to NTSB politically appointed board members. Stich reported the FAA misconduct, and the crimes of perjury and subornation of perjury during the FAA hearing, to the political members of the NTSB (at that time it was the CAB Bureau of Aviation Safety). They admitted to Stich that they had already been told of these problems by Stich's predecessor Instead of receiving the evidence of such misconduct as their legal mandate required, they covered up, knowing that deadly consequences would occurand did occur.

This cover-up by NTSB board members enabled the conditions within the FAA to continue, which resulted in many preventable airline disasters. NTSB board members covered up for this relationship by omitting critical information from their official accident report, thereby falsifying the reports.

Lawsuit filed by former federal aviation safety agent against the NTSB (CAB Bureau of Aviation Safety at that time).

Cover-up by the FBI and other Justice Department divisions when federal air safety inspector sought to provide them with evidence, and when Stich had to circumvent their block to reach a federal grand jury. Shown by records and by charges in federal filings.

Complicity Through Cover-Ups
By Members of Congress

Bribe-taking members of Congress, who for 40 years had been provided reports of hard-core corruption within the FAA, and criminal activities in overt and covert government activities, and in every instance, covered up. They became enablers to the many resulting tragedies experienced by the people and the nation.

These are the same members of Congress, and the secretary of the Department of Transportation, whose crocodile tears cover up for the fact that they were repeatedly offered evidence of the corruption that resulted in a stead series of fatal airline crashes, fatal hijackings, and who helped insure the success of the September 11, 2001, terrorist hijackers. The cover-up of these matters by members of Congress following the September 11 tragedies will insure the protection of the guilty and continuation of the tragic consequences, as documented for the past 40 years in the books described at this site. 

Possible reasons for the congressional cover-ups include, for instance:

Sampling of letters sent to members of Congress over the years seeking to report criminal activities subverting vital U.S. interests.

Lawsuit filed against members of Congress in the federal courts at Washington, D.C., on the basis of their felony cover-ups and obstruction of justice. March 24, 1992. (MS Word) (Adobe PDF) The main purpose of filing that lawsuit was to make a record of the charges against members of Congress and their cover-ups, which continued the corruption and the decades of resulting tragedies for America.

Another lawsuit against members of Congress in the federal courts at Reno, Nevada.

Cover-Up Culture Among FBI-DOJ Personnel

Personnel in the Department of Justice, including U.S. attorneys and the FBI, were notified of the misconduct, the related airline crashes, and the federal crimes of perjury and subornation of perjury during the FAA hearings. They gave excuses for not receiving the information, even though Stich was a key federal aviation safety agent responsible for determining the existence of these federal offenses.

After the FAA hearing, and after FBI and DOJ personnel covered up for the criminal acts during that hearing, Stich circumvented the block and appeared before a federal grand jury in Denver. This is where Stich discovered how the grand jury is usually a tool of the prosecutor.

An example of the culture in the FBI and DOJ can be seen from the evidence of FBI agents engaging in murders with decades of Washington officials approving. These murders were reported locally by the media in the Boston and New York City area,, while media people made no mention of this far-reaching culture elsewhere in the United States (an example of how media people keep from the public information on serious corruption in government offices).

Sampling of relevant links:

Culture of Cover-Ups by Federal Judges

Cover-ups by federal judges when Stich filed federal actions under the federal crime reporting statute and under the statute providing for obtaining a court order requiring a federal official to perform his legal duty and to perform it in a legal manner. Many federal filings show this judicial obstruction of justice. Information at various sites, including list of lawsuits.

Federal judges, from 1978 to the present date, have repeatedly covered up for the criminal activities that Stich sought to report to a federal judge under the federal crime reporting statute.

Federal judges eventually issued a series of unlawful and unconstitutional injunctive orders permanently barring Stich from ever filing any papers in the federal court. These orders were intended to block the reporting of criminal activities to a federal judge that were required to be reported, and also voided for Stich the various federal defenses needed to defend against the parallel legal efforts by CIA-front law firms to destroy Stich's ability to continue his exposure activities.

The corrupt acts by federal judges are amply proven by judicial records. Further, Supreme Court Justices were implicated throughout this period in the criminal cover-ups and criminal retaliation. The sequence of obstruction of justice tactics by lawyers and judges made possible some of the nation's most catastrophic consequences.

Culture of Cover-Ups by Media People

Cover-ups by much of the media, who had been repeatedly told of these problems and offered hard evidence. This practice of cover-ups by media people continued into other areas as Stich and his group of other former government agents sought to report criminal activities in government that they had discovered during their professional government duties. Several reasons exist for the cover-ups by media people:

Federal judges rendered orders permanently barring Stich from federal court access to prevent him from exercising the mandatory requirements under the federal crime reporting statute to report a federal crime to a federal court (or other federal officer; Justice Department personnel and members of Congress refused to receive the information).

Federal judges and Justice Department prosecutors charged Stich with criminal contempt of court when Stich attempted to report additional criminal activities, including that within the FAA and FBI, as described in his books.

Federal judges and a CIA-front law firm misused the courts to corruptly strip Stich of the $10 million in assets that funded his exposure of criminal and even subversive activities.

Cover-ups by lawyers and law firms who knew of the corrupt and criminal activities in the FAA.

Much of the broadcast and print media who knew of these serious matters, the prior consequences, and those that would continue and result in great tragedies.

Federal judges. In the early 1970s, federal actions filed by the former federal air safety inspector, seeking to report these criminal activities, were blocked by federal judges. They unlawfully refused to perform their administrative duties (not judicial duties) under the federal crime reporting statute and under the statute providing for any citizen to seek a court order to force a federal official to perform a legal duty and/or to halt their illegal conduct.

These obstruction of justice judicial acts were felonies

Lawsuits directly related to the events of 9/11.

Thousands of Needless Deaths in Horrific Aviation Disasters

Many factors motivated former federal agent Rodney Stich to continue fighting the seemingly hopeless David vs. Goliath battle to halt the corruption and resulting tragedies. In the beginning, when the primary consequences were the steady stream of preventable and usually forewarned aviation disasters, the motivation included concern over the horrors experienced by people involved in the actual aviation disaster, and the lifetime of emotional and financial pain suffered by family members.

As a result of the widespread corruption in overt and covert government operations, the systemic cover-ups that treat high-level corruption as the "third-rail," and the retaliation against whistleblowers, great American tragedies have repeatedly occurred, and will continue to occur.

Sampling of Early Consequences



Progression of Consequences


These few examples of the horrors associated with airline disasters enabled to occur by documented corruption withheld from the American people. The standard culture of cover-ups in the United States enabled the corruption, cover-ups, to mutate into different areas. In the aviation area, although the continuing series of airline disasters eventually came to a halt for other reasons, the culture continued, and enabled to occur a number of easily preventable airline disasters. The inbred culture created the conditions that enabled four groups of terrorists to easily hijack four airliners within a few hours of each other and kill nearly 3,000 people.

One of Over 200 Victims Choosing This Way to Die—
Made Possible by Many Enablers in United States

Victims of Less Catastrophic Events

There were many other forms of victims from the systemic high-level corruption. These included for instance victims of the:

These offenses are described in the books written by insiders.

Harm to People Overseas From
High-Level Corruption in the United States

In addition to the decades of harm resulting from the systemic corruption of key people and groups in the U.S. government, affecting aviation safety, financial, human rights, in the United States, there is the harm from outside sources brought about by the actions of U.S. politicians affecting people in other countries—such as the history of invading and killing foreigners—there are the successful "terrorist" attacks made possible by high-level corruption, and then there are the foreigners who are also victims from the same high-level corruption that adversely affects the American, but in a different form.

Remains of a girl—about the age of the 9-year-old Killed in Tucson in January 2011.

In criminal law, people are accomplices, and guilty, if they know of a criminal act and fail to report it to proper authorities and also to take efforts within their capability to halt their continuation. And there are endless numbers of accomplices that are complicit in these crimes and enablers of the consequences.

Suggestion to people outside the United States. Become familiar with the documented systemic corruption in the United States and show the outrage lacking of people in the United States, and:

TWA Flight 800 Intrigue

Two unpublicized events made possible the downing of TWA Flight 800, as disclosed in the books, History of Aviation Disasters: 1950 to 9/11, and Crimes of the FBI-DOJ, Mafia, and al Qaeda. These events are addressed in letters that were sent by former federal agent Rodney Stich, including the following:

. These were the following:

The continuation of the culture of corruptionand the continuation of the cover-upsmade many people and groups enablers of many subsequent airline disasters. The following aviation disasters occurred after forewarned information of the terrorist attacks were given to FBI agents by a mole inside a key al Qaeda cell:



Additional FBI Enablers To
Downing of TWA Flight 800


In a recent book, Crimes of the FBI-DOJ, and the Mafia, details are given of how a Mafia soldier acted as a mole inside the al Qaeda cell headed by Ramzi Yousef, who directed the earlier bombing of the World Trade Center and had plans to simultaneously bomb 11 U.S. airliners departing Far East locations. The advance warnings were disregarded by high FBI-DOJ personnel who sacrificed the lives that would be lost so as to protect personnel in the Department of Justice. Very sensitive information, that would also play a role in ignoring the warnings of planned terrorist attacks on other U.S. targets. That cover-up enabled to occur approximately 4,000 deaths as the forewarned terrorist attacks occurred.

More information on the enablers to those catastrophic events:

Consequences of Corruption Culture And
Cover-Ups Not Limited to Aviation

Corruption of the type described at this site does not occur in a vacuum. High-level corruption in one area is simply one tentacle of a widespread culture of corruption. And the consequences of that corruption−and the endemic cover-ups−have consequences in other areas. The culture of corruption affects the people and the nation in many other ways, That includes the latest series of financial frauds that has occurred in the housing and financial sectors. Also, the effect of the endemic corruption and endemic cover-ups−major parts of the culture in the United States−that enablers successful terrorist attacks upon U.S. interests.

Advance Notice of Bombings of
U.S. Embassies in Africa


FBI-DOJ personnel were given advance notice of the bombing of two U.S. embassies in Africa by a mole inside the al Qaeda cell headed by Ramzi Yousef. One was in Kenya and another in Tanzania.




Sampling of Consequences in continuing series of preventable aviation disasters, the association shown from the 1950s to the present date, made possible by the culture of cover-ups in the United States. This includes preventable attacks upon U.S. airliners in the U.S. and throughout the world.


Sampling of Documentary Books
On Endemic Corruption in the United States







All of the books are available at amazon.com, in print and on the Kindle, and at many other Internet sites. They bring together the various pieces of the puzzle to better understand the overall picture, and why the same conditions continue year after year. Information on the books by former government agent Rodney Stich

Sampling of early books reviews

Sampling of complimentary letters/faxes to author/activist Rodney Stich.

More information about these books by clicking here.





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