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John S. Pistole Nominated to Head Transportation Security Administration

On May 17, 2010, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate John S. Pistole as Assistant Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security (Transportation Security Administration). John PistonePresident Obama said, “The talent and knowledge John has acquired in more than two decades of service with the F.B.I. will make him a valuable asset to our administration's efforts to strengthen the security and screening measures at our airports. I am grateful that he has agreed to take on this important role, and I look forward to working with him in the weeks and months ahead.”

John S. Pistole currently serves as Deputy Director of the F.B.I., a position he has held since October 2004. FBI Director Robert Mueller said that he “appointed John Pistole deputy director because he best brings the qualities to help lead — and transform — the FBI during a time of evolving terrorism and crime challenges. John is a dedicated public servant, a major asset to the FBI and to our nation.” Pistole is currently the highest-ranking FBI official not appointed by the President of the United States.

Previously, Mr. Pistole worked in the F.B.I’s Counterterrorism Division, beginning in 2002 as Deputy Assistant Director for Operations, then as Assistant Director for Counterterrorism, and later as Executive Assistant Director for Counterterrorism and Counterintelligence.

Mr. Pistole began his career as a Special Agent with the F.B.I. in 1983. He served in the Minneapolis and New York Divisions before being promoted to a Supervisor in the Organized Crime Section at F.B.I. Headquarters. Mr. Pistole later served as a field supervisor of a White-Collar Crime and Civil Rights Squad in Indianapolis, Indiana, and then as Assistant Special Agent in Charge in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1999, Mr. Pistole helped lead the investigative and recovery efforts for the Egypt Air Flight 990 crash off the coast of Rhode Island.

Following the espionage arrest of Robert Hanssen, Mr. Pistole helped lead the Information Security Working Group in 2001, addressing security and vulnerability issues. He was then named an Inspector in the F.B.I.’s Inspection Division.

During his career at the FBI, Mr. Pistole coordinated the FBI’s collaboration with the Italian National Police, as they investigated the assassinations of Italian magistrates Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino. Last year he spoke at the Supreme Court at an event commemorating the legacy and contributions of Falcone.

Mr. Pistole is a recipient of the 2005 Presidential Rank Award for Distinguished Executive and, in 2007, the Department of Justice Edward H. Levy Award for Outstanding Professionalism and Exemplary Integrity.

Prior to joining the F.B.I., Mr. Pistole practiced law for two years. He is a graduate of Anderson University and the Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis.

|Francesco Isgro|CiaoAmerica!| May 21, 2010|


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