Senate has confirmed John Pistole to serve as TSA Administrator

Whenever there is an act of air terrorism, the FBI is the lead agency. This has been a source of conflict since the creation of the TSA, which many assume is the lead agency responsible for all aviation security issues. That issue may be coming to a close now that the Senate has confirmed an FBI agent to the top TSA job.

The U.S. Senate fast tracked the confirmation of John Pistole to serve as the next Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration. I think the best thing that will come out of this appointment is that Pistole is formerly with the FBI. Not that being with the FBI provides any insights into aviation security or how the aviation industry operates, but the best way to talk to the FBI is by being FBI.

To have a successful aviation security system, it is important to build relationships and work with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The FBI is notoriously closed-lipped when it comes to working and playing well with others in the sandbox. Even in my days as a Coast Guard officer working narcotics intelligence, the FBI would work with you on cases, but they always kept something to themselves.

Pistole’s appointment likely means better communications between TSA and the FBI. Although the TSA is prominent in aviation security, whenever there is a hijacking, or bombing or unlawful interference with aviation security the FBI is the lead agency.

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4 Responses to Senate has confirmed John Pistole to serve as TSA Administrator

  1. I am all for the FBI to take the head security issue. They are suppose to be our best government funded agents that get the job done. Though they are close lipped with there operations and whereabouts they always seem to get there job done with or without us knowing about it going on.

  2. Hopefully your right and the appointment of John Pistole will help close the gap between the TSA and the FBI. I’m not too surprised that the FBI takes over on investigation either. They seem to have much more experience working for them when it comes to investigations, let’s face it Federal Bureau of INVESTIGATION would tend to lead anybody to that conclusion.

  3. I like the fact that we are starting to get things in order of who does what in certain situations. In my opion the FBI is a much better agency to deal with many of the aviation security problem this counrty is facing. But the TSA does have its place among the agency which help fight the good fight against terrorism

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