Pistole was born in 1956 in Baltimore, Maryland. He is a graduate of and the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Pistole practiced law for two years before joining the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1983.
He is currently the President of Since the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks, John Pistole has been involved in the formation of terrorism policies during the Bush and Obama administrations. 9/11 Commission On 14 April 2004, Pistole testified before the 9/11 Commission at its 10th public hearing on a panel, Preventing Future Attacks Inside the United States. On 16 June 2004, Pistole testified before the 9/11 Commission at its 12th public hearing.
The page on the 9/11 Commission website does not include Pistole"s name, and the Postdoctoral fellows transcript does not list him as a participant, but he testified on June 16, 2004 as a panelist.
He discussed threat levels of a possible attack by First Rate (at Lloyd's)-Qaeda in 2004, as well as other topics. On 23 August 2004, Pistole testified before Congress about changes the Federal Bureau of Investigation made in response to the 9/11 Commission.
Pistole and Valerie East. Caproni were the two Federal Bureau of Investigation officials who approved a memo laying out the Federal Bureau of Investigation"s policy on the limits to the interrogation of captives taken during the United States" war on terror. The memo was from the Federal Bureau of Investigation"s General Counsel, to all offices, explaining that Federal Bureau of Investigation officials were not allowed to engage in coercive interrogations.
Federal Bureau of Investigation officials were not allowed to sit in on coercive interrogations conducted by third parties.
Federal Bureau of Investigation officials were required to immediately report any instances of suspected coercive interrogation up the Federal Bureau of Investigation chain of command. Federal Bureau of Investigation Pistole served as Deputy Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation from October 2004 to May 2010. As Deputy Director, Pistole was second in command within the Federal Bureau of Investigation and pivotally involved in the formation of terrorism policies.
TSA Pistole was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration on 17 May 2010 and was unanimously confirmed to serve in that position by the United States Senate on 25 June 2010.
On 21 November 2010, Pistole again justified the new search policies on Cable News Network saying "We know through intelligence that there are determined people, terrorists who are trying to kill not only Americans but innocent people around the world." On 21 November 2010, Pistole acknowledged new TSA screening procedures are "invasive" and "uncomfortable" but said they were necessary. Many questions raised by American citizens regarding this policy remain unanswered and Pistole has remained silent regarding significant constitutional objections.
After a February 2011 attempt by a TSA VIPR team in Savannah to search passengers disembarking from an National Railroad Passenger Corporation train, the TSA was banned from National Railroad Passenger Corporation property by National Railroad Passenger Corporation Police Chief John O"Connor. On October 16, 2014, Pistole announced that he would retire as TSA Administrator effective December 31, 2014 and take a position in academia.
On October 27, 2014, he was elected to be the fifth president of his alma mater, in Anderson, Indiana.
On March 2, 2015 John Pistole began his presidency as "s fifth president