John S. Pistole Headlines ABA Law and National Security Event

Administrator, Transportation Security Administration, Will Speak on Jan. 13

WASHINGTON, D.C.,Jan. 10, 2011 — John S. Pistole, administrator, Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, will discuss TSA’s efforts to balance the security of the American people with privacy concerns. The Jan. 13 event is part of the _ Standing Committee on Law and National Security breakfast program, and will be held at the University Club in Washington, D.C.

Pistole was sworn in as the TSA’s fifth administrator in July 2010 and oversees management of a 60,000-strong workforce, the security operations of more than 450 federalized airports throughout the United States, the Federal Air Marshal Service, and the security for highways, railroads, ports, mass transit systems and pipelines.

Pistole came to TSA as a 26-year veteran of the FBI with extensive national security and counterterrorism experience. After Sept. 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 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.

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

John S. Pistole
Administrator, Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Standing Committee on Law and National Security Breakfast Program
Sponsored by the ABA Standing Committee on Law & National Security

Jan. 13
8 – 9 a.m.

University Club
1135 16th Street, NW
Washington, D.C.

For media credentialing, please contact Alexandra Buller at . There is no charge for media to attend this event.

With nearly 400,000 members, the _ is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world.  As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

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Comments (7)

  • Barbara
    6:06 PM January 10, 2011

    Does this mean that Pistole is going to listen or just talk bs about why we should let this discrace go on in spite of the Constitution?

  • Jeff
    6:29 PM January 10, 2011

    As I can’t attend, please send my disrespect to Mr. Pistole.

    It would be good to ask him to explain the legal basis for electronic strip searches to look at people’s genitals before they get on planes, and the followup basis to conduct physical searches with genital touching without probable cause when clear-thinking citizens opt out of a coercive illegal search.

  • R Dilley
    7:31 PM January 10, 2011

    It’s time to stop treating Americans like the enemy and end the security charade. End the virtual radiation strip searches and end the abusive pat downs. I will not fly until this is stopped, the patriot act rescinded and our constitutional rights are restored in full.

  • Edgar
    8:51 PM January 10, 2011

    Will Mr. Pistole please tell us what an “enhanced patdown” is?!? He refused to tell Congress in November. Failing that, perhaps this man can explain by what twisted perversion of logic he claims that we have consented to search, when he won’t even say what we are consenting to? Surely the most basic element of consent is to know what you consent to, right?

  • Susan
    11:24 PM January 10, 2011

    Our liberty is our liberty, it is not to be watered down, negotiated and bargained away, or “balanced.” John Pistole does not have the lawful authority to do so.

  • Estelle Edwards
    3:27 AM January 12, 2011

    Abolish the TSA. Join the Meetup group below and RSVP ‘yes’. Tell your friends around the country.


  • Raven
    12:23 AM January 13, 2011

    In the United Kingdom anyone under 18 is not permitted to go through the scanners because the resulting images of nude children violate child pornography laws. Does Mr Pistole intend to continue flying in the face of common decency and the laws of our country in creating naked pictures of our children?