John S. Pistole
|Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration|
June 25, 2010
|Deputy||John W. Halinski|
|Preceded by||Gale Rossides (Acting)|
|Deputy Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation|
October 1, 2004 – May 17, 2010
|Preceded by||Bruce J. Gebhardt|
|Succeeded by||Timothy P. Murphy|
June 1, 1956 |
|Alma mater||Anderson University
Robert H. McKinney
School of Law
He is a graduate of Anderson University and the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Pistole practiced law for two years before joining the FBI in 1983.
Public service 
Since the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks, John Pistole has been pivotally involved in the formation of terrorism policies during the Bush and Obama administrations.
9/11 Commission 
On 14 April 2004, Pistole testified before the 9/11 Commission at its 10th public hearing on a panel, Preventing Future Attacks Inside the United States.
On 16 June 2004, Pistole testified before the 9/11 Commission at its 12th public hearing. The page on the 9/11 Commission website does not include Pistole's name, and the PDF transcript does not list him as a participant, but he testified on June 16, 2004 as a panelist. He discussed threat levels of a possible attack by Al Qaeda in 2004, as well as other topics.
On 23 August 2004, Pistole testified before Congress about changes the FBI made in response to the 9/11 Commission.
Pistole and Valerie E. Caproni were the two FBI officials who approved a memo laying out the FBI's policy on the limits to the interrogation of captives taken during the United States' war on terror. The memo was from the FBI's General Counsel, to all offices, explaining that FBI officials were not allowed to engage in coercive interrogations; FBI officials were not allowed to sit in on coercive interrogations conducted by third parties; FBI officials were required to immediately report any instances of suspected coercive interrogation up the FBI chain of command.
Pistole served as Deputy Director of the FBI from October 2004 to May 2010. As a Deputy Director, Pistole was second in command within the FBI and pivotally involved in the formation of terrorism policies.
Pistole was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration on 17 May 2010 and was unanimously confirmed to serve in that position by the United States Senate on 25 June 2010. On 16 November 2010 Pistole defended his agency's new extensive pat-down procedures and Advanced Imaging Technology (A.I.T) as necessary.
On 21 November 2010, Pistole again justified the new search policies on CNN saying "We know through intelligence that there are determined people, terrorists who are trying to kill not only Americans but innocent people around the world." On 21 November 2010, Pistole acknowledged new TSA screening procedures are "invasive" and "uncomfortable" but said they were necessary. Unfortunately, many questions raised by American citizens regarding this policy remain unanswered and Pistole has remained silent regarding significant constitutional objections.
After a recent attempt by a TSA "VIPR" team in Savannah to search passengers disembarking from an Amtrak train. As a result of this action, the TSA was banned from Amtrak property by Amtrak Police Chief John O'Connor.
- "John S. Pistole - Deputy Director of the FBI". Federal Bureau of Investigation. Retrieved April 24, 2007.[dead link]
- Statement Of John S. Pistole Executive Assistant Director Counterterrorism/Counterintelligence Federal Bureau Of Investigation Before The House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security, August 23, 2004.
- "Initial Set of Documents Received from DIA/DOS/FBI". American Civil Liberties Union. 15 October 2004. Retrieved 24 April 2007.
- "Enhanced pat-downs necessary for now, TSA chief says". CNN. 22 November 2010.
|Deputy Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
|Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration