Federal law did not block a federal air marshal from attacking Homeland Security’s dress code in an MSNBC interview, the Supreme Court ruled.

Robert MacLean, who became a federal air marshal in 2001, initially went to the media out of dissatisfaction with an agency directive canceling missions on flights out of Las Vegas.

Since the Transportation Security Administration had quietly warned on July 26, 2003, of a potential al-Qaida plot to hijack U.S. passenger flights, MacLean believed that the cancelation of all overnight missions a few days later created a danger to the flying public.

MacLean said he addressed his supervisor and the Office of Inspector General regarding the directive, but was told “that nothing could be done.”

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