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Former air marshal's whistle-blower case moves to high court
Former air marshal's whistle-blower case moves to high court

A federal air marshal who was fired in 2006 after exposing government plans to withdraw security from airliners asserted in U.S. Supreme Court filings Monday that the way the Transportation Security Administration restricts the release of sensitive information is arbitrary and inconsistent. Robert J. MacLean, 44, of south Orange County, lost his job for disclosing to the news media that air marshals were going to be removed from long distance commercial flights to save money. At the time, Islamic terrorists were threatening to target U.S. and European aircraft in a post-Sept. 11 plot. Congressional reaction prompted the TSA to cancel the plan. But agency officials designated...

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