Friday, May 09, 2003
Congress and NASA are at odds over the sharing of the privileged interviews given by NASA officials and engineers. NASA won’t even show them the testimony with the witness names blacked out. I can understand NASA not wanting to reveal the identities of people who agreed to talk in anonymity, but why can’t congress see their anonymous testimony?
It’s looking more and more like the powerful within NASA made changes and cut budgets of things they didn’t understand, and therefore compromised the safety of their personnel. Why else would they be so hesitant to share the testimony? If the public isn’t privy to the information coming out of this investigation, we can’t be sure that important people aren’t covering-up their complicity in the disaster. Unwillingness to share the information makes them look guilty, which may be better for them than being proven guilty.