Whistleblowers hit turbulence; TSA ex-employees say they've been blackballed for revealing problems

Federal investigators worked two years to find out who told the media about a plan to save money by cutting the number of air marshals on long-distance flights. When they finally zeroed in on Federal Air Marshal Robert MacLean, he feared lying would...


The OSC said it had investigated Bricker's "allegations and concluded there were reasonable grounds to believe that the person nel actions violated the Whistleblower Protection Act," according to an agency statement released in February 2005

But Bricker said OSC could not have reached any other decision in her case, noting: "This was a no-brainer. This was an easy one."

Ron Marsico may be reached at rmarsico@starledger.com or (973) 392-7860.

Photo Credit: 1. PHOTOS, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT, BY MARK AVERY, RHEA ANNA, WILLIAM PERLMAN/THE STAR-LEDGER AND JOE BRIER/FOR THE STAR-LEDGER

Graphic Credit: THE STAR-LEDGER

Infobox: 1. "This agency is real good at harassing and intimidating." -KIM BRICKER, FIRED FROM THE TSA

2. "Bags were going through unchecked - period. And bags that were checked weren't being checked properly." -THOMAS BITTLER, SECURITY TRAINING OFFICER, BUFFALO NIAGARA AIRPORT

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