Saturday, October 06, 2007
Brazil: The Keystone Cops Weigh in Again
I am now in India, a lovely, well-mannered country where nobody has tried to kill me, by crashing an airplane into me and blaming the innocent pilots, and so for a time at least Brazil seems, well a half world away.
But the vigilant and honorable Richard Pedicini, our Sao Paulo bureau chief, has remained on the job, 24 - 7 it seems to me.
Evidently, the congressional invetogators, known as the CPI, have now signed off on their "report," which evidently exonerates the air traffic controllers and blames only the American pilots. This remarkable feat or investigative work has been accomplished by the tried and true method of ignoring the undisputed evidence and deliberately mistranslating sections of the cockpit voice recorder. Oh, and why have we not heard Word One from the Gol recorder?
Now, I have been remiss in not saying that I hear regularly from sensible, fair minded Brazilians who tell me their country can be crazy. And I have been hearing from a lot of the recently warning me that the CPI has about as much credibility as the Myanmar parliament..
Anyway, here's an update, translation courtesy as usual of Mr. Pedicini.