Re: Negligent certification
According to the New York Times, since 2005 FAA no longer relies on independent experts for airplanes certification, but lets companies designate their own employees for such tasks.
I think this is also an answer to Schneier when he proposed IT companies should hire people to advocate for citizens' privacy and security. Most people do only the interests of those who pay them.
I really hope that if it is demonstrated that Boeing and FAA took "shortcuts" to allow the Max fly and be sold as an identical 737 replacement, the fines will be adequate to the deaths toll - and not only of US citizens.