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John S. Pistole Esq.

Self Description

November 2010: "John S. Pistole was sworn in as the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) fifth Administrator in July 2010. As TSA Administrator, he oversees management of a 60,000-strong workforce, the security operations of more than 450 federalized airports throughout the U.S., the Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS), and the security for highways, railroads, ports, mass transit systems and pipelines.

Under his leadership, TSA will continue to grow as a risk-based, intelligence-driven counterterrorism agency dedicated to protecting our transportation systems.

Pistole came to TSA as a 26-year veteran of the FBI with extensive national security and counterterrorism experience. After the tragic events of September 11, 2001, he was put in charge of the FBI’s greatly expanded counterterrorism program, eventually becoming the FBI’s Executive Assistant Director for Counterterrorism and Counterintelligence. In 2004, Pistole was named Deputy Director for the FBI.

Pistole has led or been involved in several high profile investigations, including the attempted car bombing in Times Square on May 1, 2010; the December 25, 2009, attempted attack on Northwest Flight 253; the plot against New York City subways in 2009; the 2006 UK liquid explosives plot; and the May 2003 suicide bombings of three housing compounds in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in which 35 people died, including nine Americans.

Pistole began his career as a Special Agent with the FBI in 1983, serving in the Minneapolis and New York divisions before his promotion to Supervisor in the Organized Crime Section at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. In 1999, as Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Boston, he helped lead investigation and recovery efforts for the Egypt Air Flight 990 crash off the coast of Rhode Island.

In 2007, Pistole received the Edward H. Levy Award for Outstanding Professionalism and Exemplary Integrity. He is a recipient of the 2005 Presidential Rank Award for Distinguished Executive.

Pistole practiced law for two years prior to joining the FBI. He is a graduate of Anderson University (Indiana) and Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis."

Third-Party Descriptions

November 2010: 'TSA Administrator John Pistole acknowledged in recent testimony that these "blob" machines, as opposed to the "naked" machines, are the "next generation" of screening technology. His concern, he said, is that "there are currently a high rate of false positives on that technology, so we're working through that."'


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Student/Trainee (past or present) Anderson University Organization Nov 29, 2010
Organization Executive (past or present) Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Organization Nov 29, 2010
Student/Trainee (past or present) Indiana University (IU) Organization Nov 29, 2010
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Organization Nov 29, 2010

Articles and Resources

Date Resource Read it at:
Apr 19, 2011 Stripped of Dignity

QUOTE: [airline security] system does not seem smartly tailored to focus on dangerous people rather than “good, law-abiding people.” So kids, seniors and those with disabilities, joint replacements and other medical conditions — things they already feel embarrassed about — end up getting harassed.

New York Times
Apr 15, 2011 Unions Woo Airport Security Screeners

QUOTE: “There are no work floor regulations for us so when there’s an issue, management’s attitude is: ‘It’s our way or the highway...'”Many T.S.A. employees hope a union will help change the agency’s system for determining how workers get raises, a system they say is opaque and riddled with favoritism.

New York Times
Apr 13, 2011 TSA, Congress vow to review pat-down of 6-year-old girl

QUOTE: The incident, recorded and posted on YouTube by her parents... is “another example of mistreatment of an innocent American at the hands of TSA."

Washington Post
Mar 16, 2011 Panel: Don't treat fliers like terrorists

QUOTE: If implemented, the recommendations could shorten wait times at security checkpoints and allow the Transportation Security Administration to screen passengers based on risk...Right now, "everyone who checks in is treated as a potential terrorist," said Tom Ridge... The group called it a "one-size-fits-all solution" in which children and the elderly can be pulled aside for extra screening.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Nov 28, 2010 The TSA is invasive, annoying - and unconstitutional

QUOTE: Neither virtual strip-searches nor intrusive pat-downs should be considered "routine," and therefore courts should rule that neither can be used for primary screening.

Washington Post