The nation's highest court agreed to consider the matter at the request of the
Government attorneys are challenging a decision issued in May 2013 by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in
The 1989 law prohibits retaliation against federal workers for disclosing information that exposes mismanagement, abuses of power, the waste of government money and serious threats to public health and safety.
Government attorneys have argued that MacLean, who was once stationed at
MacLean has contended that the plan to remove air marshals from long-distance flights was not marked "security sensitive" when it was conveyed to personnel via unencrypted text messages. He also asserts that the government applied the designation to his disclosures months after his firing.