Brief Introduction

Federal airline safety inspector Rodney Stich discovered areas of major corruption related to a series of aviation disasters which were being blocked from being corrected. This led, him to take unprecedented actions never before taken, some of which were making reports to federal judges and Supreme Court Justices under the federal crime reporting statute. Every attempt to make such reports were blocked by federal judges. He also published books to inform the people of the corruption that was having grave consequences for many of them.

After Stich's first book was released in 1978 (first edition of Unfriendly Skies) and he appeared as guest on hundreds of radio and television shows, other former and present government agents (and other insiders) started providing him with information on criminal activities in other areas, which they had discovered as part of their official duties.

Stich, after unable to obtain a response from members of Congress, again sought to report the corrupt activities to a federal judge under 18 U.S.C. § 4, and also under 28 U.S.C. § 1361 (allowing any citizen to obtain a court order requiring a federal official to perform a required duty and to halt unlawful conduct).

Federal judges blocked each and every attempt by former federal agent Rodney Stich and his group of other former government agents from reporting the ongoing criminal activities.


Eventually, under what resembled parallel efforts to silence him, apparently controlled by a powerful source high in the federal government, he started experiencing great harm from numerous attacks from judges, Department of Justice personnel, and a hoard of lawyers.


Criminal Contempt of Court and Prison for Reporting
High-Level Corruption Resulting in Deadly Aviation Disasters


One tactic used against him was by federal judges and Department of Justice prosecutors charging him several times with criminal contempt of court for filing federal actions seeking to report the high-level corruption—crimes against the United States—that were responsible for great harm, including a continuing series of aviation disasters.


Related legal files:

Trial court brief, U.S. District Court, Sacramento .


Shortly before Christmas 1987, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals at San Francisco rendered a decision on the appeal of the sentence. The three judges, James R. Browning, Alex Kozinski, and Pamela Rymer, turned down the appeal without addressing a single one of the many defenses that were raised. Incredibly, they approved each and every judicial violation inflicted upon him by the DOJ prosecutor and federal judges; approved the felony obstruction of justice; the felony retaliation against a former federal agent for seeking to report the ongoing criminal activities.

They approved the imprisonment that constituted prima facie evidence of felony retaliation for trying to report the federal crimes that I had discovered. They approved the obstruction of justice tactics, and the many other wrongful judicial acts. The implications of this judicial mindset were extremely serious. Without addressing a single issue that I raised in the appeal briefs, which they should have done, the Court of Appeals judges simply stated: "The judgment is affirmed."


Emergency request of 9th Circuit court of Appeals for stay of imprisonment until decision on appeal. (MS Word) (Adobe PDF) Oct. 5, 1988.


Opening brief to 9th Circuit Court of Appeals appealing prison sentence for having filed papers in federal court attempting to report criminal activities under the mandatory requirements of the federal crime reporting statute. (HTML) April 1, 1989.


His Reply Brief: (MS Word)  May 26, 1989)(Abode PDF)


Petition filed with 9th Circuit Court of Appeals addressing another contempt of court charge for having attempted to report criminal activities (including areas of corruption that would later that year result in 3,000 deaths on 9/11). (MS Word) (Adobe PDF) March 1991 Case CR 90-0636 VRW. These charges were instituted by San Francisco federal judges Vaughn Walker and Marilyn Petal.

Petition to U.S. Court of Appeals, San Francisco, Jan. 27, 1992  (MS Word) (Adobe PDF)

Emergency Petition For Stay to Judge Anthony Kennedy

Judge Raul Ramirez ordered Stich to turn myself in on January 14, 1988. Over the Christmas holidays, Stich prepared a petition to Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Justice Anthony Kennedy (before he became a Justice of the United States Supreme Court). He then filed the petition for submission to Kennedy the following Monday. The emergency petition sought an order staying the prison sentence until the a decision was reached on the appeal. (MS Word) (Adobe PDF)


Kennedy had testified at great lengths during his televised Senate confirmation hearing for appointment to the Supreme Court, expressing repeated concerns for due process, constitutional safeguards, respect for privacy. Kennedy denied me relief. His conduct violated numerous criminal statutes, including obstruction of justice, aiding and abetting, accessory before and after the fact, misprision of felonies, fraud, conspiracy, and other crimes. The same applies to the other judges described within these pages.


Judge Kennedy was already involved in the corruption Stich sought to expose. Kennedy was on the appellate panel that heard prior appeals of the district court's dismissal of the federal actions against the Federal Aviation Administration and NTSB. Kennedy knew the consequences of cover-up, as several major air tragedies associated with the air safety corruption followed his decision upholding the district court's dismissal of my action. That action sought to report to a federal court the federal crimes that Stich discovered, as a federal investigator, at United Airlines and within the FAA that were associated with a series of air disasters.


At that time he had been nominated for Justice position on the U.S. Supreme Court. The U.S. Senate confirmed Kennedy for the Supreme Court position on February 3, 1988, and he was sworn in a few days later. (MS Word) (Adobe PDF)

Petition to Supreme Court Justices

Stich quickly filed a petition for writ of certiorari with the United States Supreme Court. In his written arguments he raised the pattern of judicial suspension of civil rights and the criminal implications by Ninth Circuit judges, their obstruction of justice, their felony persecution of whistleblowers, and reminded the Supreme Court Justices of their supervisory responsibilities over these judges. Aiding and abetting these acts by judges over whom they had supervisory responsibilities, the Supreme Court Justices upheld this misconduct, becoming co-conspirators with the criminal acts that would continue to inflict great and catastrophic consequences upon the United States.

Evidence of Involvement by Supreme Court Justices
In Repeated Cover-Ups of High-Level Corruption
And Series of Aviation Disasters

This food-for-thought section touches upon the years of cover-ups (i.e., obstruction of justice) by Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, that enabled to occur many tragedies. Described in such related documentary books written by professionals, former intelligence, law enforcement, and aviation safety personnel.

Series of Deadly and Catastrophic
Consequences from Corruption and Justices' Complicity

The cover-ups, the obstruction of justice, the corruption of judicial positions and the courts, have not been without resulting harm. Just a few of the many areas that were and are most directly affected includes:

Miscellaneous Related Legal Material

Supreme Court Decision Supporting Retaliation Against
Whistleblowers Reporting Similar
High-Level Corruption: The Ceballos Decision

This window of intrigue starts with−but is not limited to−the recent decision by five justices of the U.S. Supreme Court (May 30, 2006) in Garcetti  v. Ceballos (Case # 04-473). That decision and related matters provides an insight into the past conduct of Supreme Court Justices that have had catastrophic consequences.

The 5-4 decision (May 30, 2006) by the Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court had removed all protections from government employees who expose corruption in government offices. That decision means that if any government employee was to report criminal activities, even subversive activities in government offices involving government officials (as described in the list of books of such activities), the people perpetrating the crimes can retaliate against the government agent and the Justices of the Supreme Court decided the employee suffering the retaliation has no legal redress. That decision has grave consequences for the public and government institutions

  • In stripping those Ceballos and any other government employee whose legally-required report exposes misconduct in government) Justice Anthony Kennedy and four other justices stated:

    But Ceballos was not expressing an opinion, or acting as a whistleblower; he was including in his reportas required of his positionthe corrupt act of a county sheriff deputy.


    The  Ceballos decision will have a major adverse effect upon the performance of such agencies as the FAA (air safety), FBI (police and terrorist activities) and the CIA (intelligence gathering). This effect, implemented by a Supreme Court decision, approves what had existed de facto in many government agencies, and which had made possible in the aviation arena—deadly consequences over many years; in the FBI and CIA−serious consequences including he successful hijackings of four airliners on September 11, 2001.


    But there is much more behind the Ceballos decision that is virtually unknown, and which had ripple effects affecting millions of people, affecting national institutions, human rights, and national security.

    For those who make the effort to follow the evidence presented here, a whole new world of intrigue and corruption surfaces.

    Excerpts of Garcetti v. Ceballos decision.

    Ceballos Decision Approved
    Corruption in Government Offices and
    Retaliation Against "Objectors"

    The five Supreme Court Justices approved retaliation against government agents/employees who write into their officially-required reports statements that are not desired by management. This requires,  government agents/employees, in order to avoid retaliation, to doctor, corrupt, or falsify their reports to omit the truth. Examples of agents who could or were harmed by the de facto application of this Supreme Court decision:

    FAA air safety agent who reported corrupt, criminal, unsafe, and illegal practices that enabled to occur a series of fatal airline disasters, some of which occurred in his immediate area of government air safety responsibilities. Included in the reports for which he suffered retaliation was the need to implement the inexpensive and easy measures to prevent the 40 years of hijackings that followed his reports.

    As a result of the retaliation, that discouraged other safety agents from making similar reports, and which blocked the needed preventative actions, many hundreds of people were brutally killed in preventable airline disasters since 1950. Federal judges, including Justice Kennedy who wrote the Ceballos decision, played major roles in the retaliation, cover-ups, and continuation of these crimes. (Details in Unfriendly Skies: 20th and 21st Centuries.)

    FBI Special Agent Richard Taus, who suffered retaliation for reporting criminal activities of the CIA during the 1980s, and of his immediate FBI supervisor, Lindley DeVecchio. In 2006, the Brooklyn district attorney circumvented the FBI and DOJ block−and the block by federal judges−and charged DeVecchio with multiple murders while he was an FBI agent.

    Examples of other government agents that could have been blocked from reporting criminal activities that they discovered because of the de facto retaliation that was standard for decades when misconduct was reported that government management wanted hidden:

    Another actual example thoroughly documented of federal judges, Supreme Court Justices—including Justice Anthony Kennedy—criminally misusing their judicial office and the courts to retaliate against former federal agent Rodney Stich for attempting to report criminal activities that he and a group of other government agents had discovered during their professional duties with the government:

    Former federal agent Rodney Stich first attempted to report the criminal activities to a federal judge that were implicated in a series of fatal airline crashes, some occurring in Stich's immediate area of federal aviation safety responsibilities. Although members of Congress had the same responsibility under the crime reporting statute to receive evidence of the federal crimes, none of the many that were contacted ever showed any interest in asking for evidence. (For the benefit of younger viewers who weren't adults when the many airline disasters were occurring, airline crashes occurred every few months during the period from 1947 to 1980. The basis culture still remains, and it was this culture that made the hijackings of 9/11 possible, along with a few other airline crashes.)

    The Garcetti v. Ceballos 5-4 decision, voided for courageous government employees the prior legal and constitutional protections against retaliation when the employee reports corrupt or criminal actions of other government personnel.

    In Garcetti v. Ceballos, the employee who suffered the retaliation was simply preparing a report that was part of his official duty. He was an assistant district attorney who prepared a report that identified fraud in an affidavit used to request a search warrant by a sheriff deputy.

    Management didn't like the report, which was accurate in its facts relating to a sheriff deputy placing false information into a sworn affidavit, and therefore retaliated against him. Management wanted him to either leave out the information and thereby falsify the official report and protect a government employee engaging in fraud.

    Justice Kennedy, writing for the majority, engaged in obfuscation, sidestepping the fact that he was making a required report, entering factual information that displeased the culture that protected corruption. It wasn't a matter of being a whistleblower; he merely quietly prepared and filed the report. What management wanted him to do is falsify the facts, and thereby protect a guilty employee. This corrupt practice exists all the time, and was one that I discovered in the government's aviation safety offices, which had the effect of being cremated alive and dismembered alive in airline disasters that were made possible by the arrogance and corruption in these offices.

    The majority's opinion was written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, which made into law an earlier holding or action by Kennedy while he was a U.S. court of appeals judge in the Ninth Circuit at San Francisco, which he acted on after being appointed to the Supreme Court but before leaving his Ninth Circuit position. In that 1987 case, a former federal agent filed a petition for emergency relief with Court of Appeals Judge Anthony Kennedy, in which he raised similar but far worse issues involving criminal activities throughout government offices and covert government operations.

    An editorial in the Las Vegas Sun (June 1, 2006) stated:

    The ruling  was seen as the clearest sign yet of the Supreme Court's political shift toward statisma willingness to defer to the convenience and prerogatives of those who run government agenciesfollowing the retirement of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and the arrival of Samuel Alito. A year ago, Justice O'Connor authored a 5-4 decision  that encouraged whistle-blowers to report sex discrimination in schools. But on Tuesday, her replacement joined in the slim majority.
        Parrot the party line, or get busted back to proverbial foot patrol? So the "mission" of the Los Angeles County prosecutor's office is to present a uniform and reassuring face to the public--not to investigate possible police misconduct? Critics predict the ruling in Garcetti v. Ceballos could have a sweeping impact for the nation's 20 million government employees, silencing police officers who fear retribution for reporting department corruption.
        Of course a thorough probe into charges of official malfeasance [or criminal!] will tend to be "inflammatory"and to inflame public outrage and demands for reform. That's Bad? 

    Sampling of Documents Constituting Prima Facie Evidence
    Of Criminal Complicity by Supreme Court Justices

    Email address for the author and activist against corruption in government:

    For more information relating to the author and his activities put "Rodney Stich" into a search engine such as Google or The links run into many tens of thousands.

    List of Documentary Books
    On Endemic Corruption in the United States
    And Justices' Complicity








    All of the books are available at, 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.

    There Were, Of Course, Consequences!

    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:







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