Third Nominee Named To Head TSA


President Barack Obama has nominated John Pistole to take over as the next head of the Transportation Security Administration, his third effort to fill the long-vacant position. Two other recent nominees failed to win confirmation. Pistole, deputy director at the FBI, has been described as “bullteproof.” In announcing his choice, President Obama said: “The talent and knowledge John has acquired in more than two decades of service with the FBI will make him a valuable asset to our administration’s efforts to strengthen the security and screening measures at our airports.” Pistole helped to lead the investigation of the Egypt Air Flight 990 crash in 1999, and recently was involved with the pursuit of the Times Square bombing suspect. Pistole is expected to attract bipartisan support, according to The New York Times.

Maj. Gen. Robert Harding, a retired Army intelligence officer, withdrew his nomination in March, and Erroll Southers, a former FBI agent and counterterrorism supervisor for the Los Angeles airport police, dropped out in January.