The fate of an ex-air marshal who claims he was trying to protect the public from a potential terrorist attack is in the hands of the United States Supreme Court.
Robert J. MacLean says he received a briefing in 2003 concerning a terrorist threat affecting long-distance flights. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) contacted MacLean two days later informing him that the agency was canceling assignments requiring an overnight stay in an effort to cut costs. Fearing the move could put public safety at risk, MacLean complained to his superiors. When his concerns went ignored, he contacted a reporter for MSNBC. The resulting media attention quickly led to a reversal of the travel policy, according to The New York Times (Times.) More Most U.S. Supreme Court Justices Side with Fired Air Marshall who says he is Protected Under Whistleblower Law