Wow JohnM, spoken like a true box-swapper. I'm pretty sure a -5 tow isn't a one-man operation; so don't be so quick to dish the blame. As far as FCC's go, there are two types, those that move the mission, and those who get fired. I don't know if you've finished your 7-level, but mx management imparts a necessity of understanding the safety - mission balance beam. It may seem cut and dry, but if you understand the system, you will see it is just shades of gray. Mission completion is not based on perfecting safety but rather minimizing risk to an acceptable level. Hence the MEL and FCC. I’m sure we all have stories of an occasional idiot, but by acting in a "legalistic" or broadband cut-and-dry world, you simply reduce mission efficiency without actually decreasing risk by adding additional adverse factors to ORM levels. As rotary-wing maintenance this is something you should definitely understand, due to an increased sensitivity to operational risk, if I remember correctly, rotors crash a lot more often than airlifters.
"Never trust a clean Crew Chief"