Thursday, May 06, 2004

Pointless Snarkiness and Eye-Rolling 

OK, there's really no story here, but Blogger (AGAIN!) just ate a long post of mine and I want to put something up. So bear with me.

The NY Times reports today that
At least six air traffic controllers who dealt with two of the hijacked airliners on Sept. 11, 2001, made a tape recording that day describing the events, but the tape was destroyed by a supervisor without anyone making a transcript or even listening to it, the Transportation Department said today.
I don't for a second believe that there is any conspiracy-theory value to this story. Nor do I believe, after reading the rest of the article, that any vitally important information was lost. Still, there are other parts of this tale worth sharing:
The taping began before noon on Sept. 11 at the New York Air Route Traffic Control Center, in Ronkonkoma, on Long Island, but it was later destroyed by an F.A.A. quality-assurance manager, who crushed the cassette in his hand, cut the tape into little pieces and dropped them in different trash cans around the building, according to a report made public today by the inspector general of the Transportation Department.
This is truly bizarre behavior, don't you think? Apparently the quality-assurance manager does quality work no matter what he's doing. I can only imagine what the memos he writes look like.

Of course, they can't be any worse than the memos written by the manager who made the taping in the first place. Why were the tapes made?
The center's manager...asked the controllers to make the tape because "he wanted a contemporaneous recordation of controller accounts to be immediately available for law enforcement," according to the report...
Ok, enough. The paper of recordation has had its sayinghood. Consider this postation finished.

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