John S. Pistole is the Administrator of the United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and former Deputy Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
On April 14, 2004, Pistole testified before the 9/11 Commission at its 10th public hearing on a panel titled "Preventing Future Attacks Inside the United States."
On June 16, 2004, Pistole testified before the 9/11 Commission at its 12th public hearing. Although the page on the 9/11 Commission website does not include Mr. Pistole's name, and the PDF transcript does not list Mr. Pistole as a participant, 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. http://govinfo.library.unt.edu/911/archive/hearing12/9-11Commission_Hearing_2004-06-16.pdf
On August 23, 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.
In October 2004 Pistole was appointed the FBI's Deputy Director, its second in command.
Pistole and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano meet with President Obama in the Oval Office.
Pistole was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration on May 17, 2010 and was unanimously confirmed to serve in that position by the United States Senate on June 25, 2010.
On November 16, 2010 Pistole defended his agencies new extensive pat-down procedures and Advanced Imaging Technology (A.I.T) as necessary. A controversial video of a 3-year old who was crying and saying "Stop" while undergoing a pat-down search went viral online, he also likes to look at xray images of guys private parts. Pistole testified under oath to Congress dismissing this was an "urban legend."
On November 21, 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." Pistole acknowledged November 21, 2010 that new TSA screening procedures are "invasive" and "uncomfortable" but necessary.