TSA Administrator John Pistole said today that intelligence is the best tool in the fight against terrorism. He spoke about the future of transportation security 10 years after the 9/11 attacks at the Newseum in Washington, DC.
His comments focused mainly on airline security and the controversial body image scanners and enhanced pat downs. The Transportation Security Administration has come under scrutiny for stories of patting down little children, the elderly and disabled.
Since 9/11, terrorists have struck have several modes of transportation, as evidenced by the attacks on trains in Madrid in ’04, and the subways in London in ’05 and Moscow in March 2010.
Pistole oversees a 60,000-person workforce, including the security operations of more than 450 federalized airports throughout the U.S., the Federal Air Marshal Service, and the security for highways, railroads, ports, mass transit systems and pipelines.
He became administrator in July 2010 after 26 years with the FBI. After 9/11, he was put in charge of the FBI’s expanded counterterrorism program, eventually becoming the bureau’s executive assistant director for counterterrorism and counterintelligence. In 2004, he was named FBI deputy director.