March 16, 2010: Robert MacLean US Border Patrol

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March 16, 2010 Robert Maclean US Border Patrol

maclean2-1After four years of active duty, FAM Robert MacLean (born on March 8, 1970, in Torrejon Air Base, Madrid, Spain) elected not to reenlist and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Air Force in 1992. In the Air Force, MacLean was awarded the Basic Training Honor Graduate Ribbon, Outstanding Unit Awards, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Air Force Good Conduct Medal

MacLean’s Air Force Specialty Code AFSC was a nuclear weapons maintenance technician for Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs). At the age of 18, MacLean was required to have a TOP SECRET clearance and be certified under the Department of Defense’s Personnel Reliability Program (PRP) in order to have direct access to nuclear weapons components.

Among one of the PRP’s main goals are, (Quoting from Department of Defense Directive 5210.42):

After his discharge, MacLean entered the U.S. Border Patrol as a Border Patrol Agent and served almost six years in its San Diego Sector as a trainer. MacLean was recruited by the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) tiny, but elite Federal Air Marshal program immediately after the September 11 attacks. MacLean was in the first air marshal class to graduate after the September 11, 2001 Attacks After subsequently hiring a significant amount of new air marshals, the FAA program was moved under the new Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration and called the Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS). In MacLean’s Federal Air Marshal Service termination notice, it cited his 14-year unblemished record of honorable service to his county:

“I considered your combined 14 years of military and civilian federal service, including your 5 years as a Federal Air Marshal. I also considered that you have no previous discipline with the FAMS and that your previous performance appraisals were satisfactory.”


Letter to Robert MacLean.

Ref: “In Discussion” – March 16, 2010 – TSA Homeland Security

It was a great pleasure to talk with you yesterday. I am forever amazed at a system that penalizes people such as yourself who risk so much in dedication of an ideal. That ideal being maintaining values that do not cheat yourself or the people of what is only right in affecting change in a skewed world. It is the earnest hope here not only of myself but also of my colleagues that you receive compensation in the form of reinstatement. It became clear to me in talking with you that your dedication to country and need to return back to work in law enforcement was and is essential. Not only for yourself and your family but also for the public who would I have no doubt benefit greatly from you experience, expertise and knowledge. Any regrets that you may have at all which I suspect are few, amount to the wisdom of an individual whose return to service can only achieve one outcome; that is profoundly help those that will I am assured be blessed from your wisdom and sense of service to this country. I earnestly request that your assertion to see past decisions rescinded, never be lost in a sea of doubt. I can state to you categorically that these circumstances you find yourself in will come to an end. The resolution will at the end of a very long day return your life to a state of well-being, supported by the over-whelming desire of supporters to finally risk their own careers and position in correcting a fundamental dis-service to their country.

We will pursue this to the very best of our ability to ensure that the dream you hold of returning to service becomes reality. These are not mere words but real voices of support.

David William Gibbons

On behalf of “In Discussion”


  1. While the TSA persecuted me, we had a criminal in charge of the government agency that is supposed to protect federal whistleblowers, former U.S. Office of Special Counsel director, Scott Bloch.

    We’re now into a new administration and an army of government attorneys and a “federal blank check” prevent me from going back to work for over four years. The entire time my case has been before the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), and we will be going on seven months that a regional MSPB administrative judge has had my case sitting on his desk without a decision.

    Does the American public want whistleblowers to consider being unemployed and destitute for four years before blowing the whistle on criminal and dangerous mismanagement? Do you trust the senior executives in Washington DC to police our federal agencies? Or do you want the agents in the field, and the low-level officials in the cubicles to have the confidence to blow the whistle on corruption and fraud?


    Robert MacLean

  2. Today’s Washington Post”:

    “Why would the Obama administration want to follow the Bush administration’s lead on that?

    After all, this is an administration with officials, including President Obama, who have trumpeted the important role whistleblowers play in keeping government honest. With this case in particular, when Rahm Emanuel, the president’s chief of staff, was a congressman from Chicago, he cited [federal whistleblower and fired U.S. Park Police Chief Teresa] Chambers and others as ‘examples of individuals losing their jobs for telling the truth.’

    ‘We are at loss to explain why the Obama administration is continuing this case,’ said Jeff Ruch, executive director of the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, which is representing Chambers.

    Can the Obama Interior Department demonstrate that the Bush administration would have been justified in firing Chambers on the basis of the three remaining charges?”

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