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Former TSA Chief John Pistole Under Consideration for Top FBI Job

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John Pistole/fbi photo

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

John Pistole, the former TSA chief who had been appointed by President Obama, is now being considered for the position of FBI director, CNN reports. 

Pistole, who was named deputy FBI director in 2014, met with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to talk about the position over lunch. 

What’s unclear is whether Pistole is interested in the job, especially after President Trump has repeatedly attacked the intelligence community and tried to get the former FBI director to pledge allegiance to him. At least five people under consideration for the job have withdrawn their names.

In the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, Pistole ran the FBI’s counterterrorism division.

TSA Administrator Pistole to Retire After More Than 4 Years at Helm

John Pistole

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

John Pistole, head of the TSA, will retire after leading the agency for more than four years, Reuters reports.

Pistole was in charge of 60,000 employees and security operations at more than 415 airports nationwide.

Pistole “has been integral in leading TSA’s transformation to a risk-based, intelligence-driven counterterrorism agency dedicated to protecting our transportation systems,” Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a statement.

“Because of his efforts over the past four and a half years, our country’s transportation systems are more safe and secure,” Johnson added.

Johnson did not say what prompted the retirement.

TSA’s John Pistole Talks About Airport Security

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9/11 Changed Career for Ex-FBI Agent John Pistole: He Now Heads TSA

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Also read AP Story: TSA Chief Optimistic About Everything But Terror 
 
 
 
By Tim Evans
Indianapolis Star

Anderson native John Pistole was an FBI agent performing routine audits of the agency’s local offices when the terrorists attacked on Sept. 11, 2001.

Counterterrorism wasn’t exactly Pistole’s area of expertise. Nonetheless, he was quickly pulled into the investigation of the attacks on New York and Washington. It was a move that changed his career path and his life.

Today, Pistole heads the Transportation Security Administration — an agency that didn’t exist on Sept. 11, 2001, and, in fact, was created in response to the terrorist attacks.

In the aftermath of those attacks, Pistole’s work propelled him to the No. 2 position in the FBI before being named last summer to lead the TSA.

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The Controversial TSA Patdown of a 6-Year-Old Girl

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TSA Now Checking All Passengers Against Terror Watch List

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Homeland Security Secretary  Janet Napolitano announced Tuesday that 100 percent of passengers on flights within or bound for the U.S. are now being checked against government watchlists, fulfilling a key 9/11 Commission recommendation a month ahead of schedule.

A Homeland Security press release said that Transportation Security Administration reached 100 percent watch list matching for all domestic airlines on June 22.

Under the program called “Secure Flight”, the TSA now prescreens a passenger name, date of birth and gender against terrorist watchlists before passengers receive their boarding passes. Previously, airlines did the screening.

Authorities said the program also helps prevent passengers from being mistaken for those on the watchlist who have similar names.

“Secure Flight makes air travel safer for everyone by screening every passenger against the latest intelligence before a boarding pass is issued,” Napolitano said.

“The threats we face in the aviation sector are real and evolving, and we must confront them with strong and dynamic security measures,” added TSA Administrator John S. Pistole. “Secure Flight bolsters our efforts to be more intelligence-driven and risk-based in our approach to aviation security.”

Head of TSA, John Pistole, Visits Airport to Bolster Morale

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By ASHLEY PARKER
New York Times

WASHINGTON — As John Pistole strode through Concourse B of Ronald Reagan National Airport on one of the busiest travel days of the year, flanked by airport employees, a news media handler and a reporter, a bewildered traveler looked up and wondered aloud: Is a celebrity flying through?

Well, sort of.

Mr. Pistole, the administrator of the Transportation Security Administration, has become the unwitting face of everything Americans hate about airport security in a post-9/11 world, the most recent outcry being the agency’s new pat-down procedure, which many passengers say feels invasive and inappropriate.

He has been maligned on Twitter — ”I won’t fly in the U.S. again until John Pistole and TSA are eliminated,” reads one message — and Democrats and Republicans alike have criticized his agency’s new security measures.

But Mr. Pistole, 54, said that while he had been surprised by the ”fullness of the public reaction,” he was happy to take the heat if it meant keeping travelers safe.

”My hope is that, whatever people want to call me, they recognize that we’re simply doing everything we can to work with people to provide the best possible security,” Mr. Pistole said.

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Color-Coded Terror Alerts Might Get Scrapped

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The color-coded terror alerts  that began eight years ago after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks could be headed for the trash bin.

The Associated Press reports that the Homeland Security Department is proposing to discontinue the the five-color coded system, with green representing the lowest threat and red the highest. At airports, the color has been orange, the second from the top.

AP reported that critics thought the colors were too vague and Democrats had complained during the Bush years that it was being used as a political scare tactic.

Transportation Security Administration chief John Pistole told ABC’s “Good Morning America” said the administration wants to give the public a better idea of threats and that the colors may be too vague.

“I think it’s something that is under review to make it meaningful and relevant to the American people,” he said. “I’m just not sure how relevant it is.”