Tell Congress to Support TSA Whistleblower Robert MacLean!
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Tell Congress to Support TSA Whistleblower Robert MacLean!

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      Government Accountability Project

Dear Whistleblower Supporter:

When former federal air marshal Robert MacLean discovered that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was planning to cut costs by removing air marshals from flights – at a time during heightened intelligence warning of hijackings – he did the right thing and blew the whistle. Many senators, at the time, praised the warning and fixed the situation by calling for the TSA to correct it (which the agency did). But MacLean was fired for his disclosure, and the government board that was supposed to protect him from retaliation sided with TSA.

Now, MacLean has one last chance to appeal the ruling made by the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board. Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), and Elijah Cummings (D-MD) have submitted a friend of the court brief in defense of MacLean.

Sign the petition below to tell your Member of Congress to show support for whistleblowers by defending Maclean.

The retaliation against MacLean sets a dangerous precedent for whistleblowers who want to speak out. In his case, TSA retroactively marked his disclosure as “Sensitive Security Information” (SSI) three years after the fact, and then used that marking to retaliate against MacLean. These types of secret classifications are a concept so broad that they can be applied to any disclosure, if certain Department of Homeland Security officials decide that such an action would "be detrimental to the security of transportation.”

Really? Just like that? What this means is that whistleblowers now have to guess whether information they reasonably believe evidences waste, fraud or illegality … might later be marked secret. It doesn’t take a lot of foresight to see that TSA whistleblowers will likely choose to remain silent, at the potential cost of American lives and taxpayer dollars.

MacLean had an unblemished record of 14 years of military and federal service before he was fired. Additionally, his disclosure helped draw public scrutiny and congressional outrage to TSA's ill-conceived plan, which was rapidly scrapped.

MacLean well may have changed the course of history by restoring sanity when TSA was about to abandon American security during a heightened hijacking alert. He deserved a medal. But the bureaucracy fired him, and the Merit Board said that action is permitted by the Whistleblower Protection Act.

Robert Maclean deserves support from every American who has ever stepped foot on an airplane. Tell your Member of Congress to support MacLean by signing the petition below.

This is a joint GAP and Project On Government Oversight campaign.

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    1. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Dawn Scott NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR
      • over 2 years ago

      I too was a whistleblower against TSA, and yes I also lost my job a few weeks ago. I worked there almost 10 years.

    • Brian Kiever SALISBURY, NC
      • over 2 years ago

      I know MacLean, he did the right thing protecting the American people.Bravo brother, fight the fight!

    • Seth Cooper LINCOLN, NE
      • over 2 years ago

      I'm signing this petition because it is of the utmost importance that whistleblowers in all sections of employment be able to speak out about wrongdoing, corruption, and oversight in their fields. Wheather it be the TSA, food safety, or torture; the public is the reason for government exists and should therefor be its prime concern. If nothing is done internally on the part of the employer then it is the moral and patriotic duty of the whistleblower to put the instrest of the many before the interest of the few.

    • Gabriel Bruno CHULUOTA, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      What was done to MacLean is a travesty. Does Congress want an honest government?

    • Margaret Carter BEAUMONT, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      Whistleblowers and good cops can save this country fast.


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