Robert J. MacLean’s whistleblowing battle continues. On May 19, the Supreme Court decided to consider the case involving the fired federal air marshal who leaked information to the press because he felt the public’s safety was at risk.
Specifically, MacLean had been briefed about a potential terrorist attack back in 2006. Subsequently, MacLean said he had received another public text message sent to air marshals from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) that because of a budget cuts, the agency was cutting back on overnight trips for undercover air marshals. MacLean then went to his boss with his concerns who urged him to keep quiet, and then he went onto another layer of superiors but again, his issue was heard with deaf ears. Instead, the air marshal went MSNBC with the information. The news caused a national stir, a Congressional uproar and a political storm, and the Department of Homeland Security changed its policy.