July 1st, 2010
10:06 AM ET
4 years ago

Pistole sworn in as head of TSA

John Pistole was sworn in as head of the TSA on Thursday.
John Pistole was sworn in as head of the TSA on Thursday.

Washington (CNN) - Former FBI Deputy Director John Pistole was sworn in as the new head of the Transportation Security Administration Thursday, concluding a lengthy search process in which two previous nominees withdrew from consideration amid allegations of improprieties.

The missteps left the agency - which includes the nation's 50,000 airport screeners, thousands of air marshals, and others - with an acting chief for almost a year and a half, a time marked by a series of transportation-related security scares, most notably the Christmas Day bombing attempt on an aircraft entering the United States.

Pistole was sworn in by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano during a rail security event at New York's Pennsylvania Station.

A career official with the FBI, Pistole was appointed head of the bureau's counterterrorism division after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.


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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Matt

    Hmmmmm. Hopefully he will do a good job. He's got the name for it.

    July 1, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    So, after tons of criticism, Obama finally gets around to something.

    July 1, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  3. Concieled Carry

    I wish I had that position, because I would enact a new rule that allows anyone with a Concealed Carry permit traveling to and from a destination that has reciprocity to keep their sidearm with them on the flight. The only restriction would be that they abstain from drinking in flight or in the airport while changing flights. Anyone with a completed background check is NOT a national security risk, and it's one less air Marshall I need on a given flight.

    July 1, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  4. Jeff in Virginia

    The Republican holdup for filling this position is absolutely disgusting, and clearly politically motivated. It is blatantly obvious that they do not want strong security.

    Republicans want a terrorist attack, for the sad use of scoring cheap political points, JUST like they did for 9/11.

    July 1, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  5. Transportation Security Administration

    what a difficult job, best he can hope for is no explosions and catch the bad guys

    July 1, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  6. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It is about time. There was too much stalling from the GOP. The idea that there would be some concern over unionization is just plain crazy. You would prevent there being a person in charge just because of that.

    July 1, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  7. AEK

    I'm sure the Republicans are proud of themselves for holding up this critical job to satisfy their petty political agenda. Thanks for helping keep our country safe! Hypocrites!

    July 1, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  8. Tommy

    I can see it now. Someone will shout "Pistole" and point at him in an airport and 18 TSA agents will drag him off.

    July 1, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  9. Willy Brown

    Wonder how many times he voted for Obambi

    July 1, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |