TSA admin Pistole refuses to testify before Congress


Once again, TSA administrator John Pistole is thumbing his nose at Congress and refusing to testify.

Pistole claims that the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation has no jurisdiction over the TSA.

So let me get this straight: Pistole thinks that a Congressional subcommittee, part of the body that approves the TSA’s $8-billion-a-year budget, paid for by U.S. taxpayers, has no jurisdiction over the TSA.

This isn’t the first time Pistole has refused to testify before Congress. The TSA administrator apparently thinks he’s above the law. He thinks his entire agency is above the law, as he’s even refusing to send anyone else from the the TSA to testify in his place.

I don’t know what to call this behavior other than overweening arrogance. If not criminality.

Subpoena his ass.

(Photo: AHN News)

  • donttreadonme9

    Jack booted thugs thieves and power hungry mongers…where did they hire these clowns from? Really i dread going to OHare because of the idiots in the TSA patting down children and grandmas…come on let’s get rid of the TSA and privatize.

  • anc1entmar1ner

    Please ask your congressional representative to cut off all funding for TSA until they start showing some respect for the Constitution, the traveling public, and for Congress.

  • Joshua Tolley

    I’d recommend holding him in contempt of Congress, but they tried that on Eric Holder, who has thus far weaseled his way out of any consequences.

  • RB

    “I don’t know what to call this behavior other than overweening arrogance.”

    I think it is clealy tyranny.

    tyr·an·ny [tir-uh-nee]

    noun, plural tyr·an·nies.

    1. arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power; despotic abuse of authority.
    2. the government or rule of a tyrant or absolute ruler.
    3. a state ruled by a tyrant or absolute ruler.
    4. oppressive or unjustly severe government on the part of any ruler.
    5. undue severity or harshness.

    • Susan Richart

      He needs to be tried for treason.

      • geez-louise

        How about we start with the lesser “he needs to lose his job,” and work from there?

    • David G

      It might seem like arrogance on the surface, but what he says is true, and it’s above Congress’ pay-grade to go after him because of who, or what- he works for. Maybe that part of the TREASON needs to be addressed first? Surely, the Congressional committee members know by now they are out of their league when they go after the TSA. All of us need to be looking beneath the surface on this one, and take note of the chilling facts that Pistole alludes to: There is a part of “government” we’re not supposed to know about, let alone be looking into. Follow the money, it leads to the black projects and the shadow government; see http://www.veteranstoday.com/2012/12/01/secret-space-war/

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000011056914 Daniel Brock

    Congress needs to find the asshat in contempt and jail him

  • GOP_Lies

    Look, the TSA obviously thinks it IS above the law. Their violation of the fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution on a daily basis against the American people and their perverted sexual molestation of adults AND CHILDREN also on a daily basis provides all the proof that you need that the TSA IS above the law! Our own sworn to uphold the Constitution elected representatives also have LET the TSA get away with this! These so called representatives think that they are ABOVE THE LAW as well by their actions or lack of action to put a stop to this taxpayer supported CRIMINAL U.S. government agency!

  • Daisiemae

    John Pistole is a traitor, and he deserves the ultimate punishment meted out to traitors.

  • http://elliott.org Christopher Elliott

    We are represented. The Consumer Travel Alliance’s Charlie Leocha is testifying on behalf of air travelers. You can watch it live todayon the Web. Here is the link http://transportation.house.gov/hearings/hearingdetail.aspx?NewsID=1755

    There is a link for the webcast. It will start at 10 am and Charlie will probably be speaking about 11 – 11:15. You can see the video later as well.

    Wish him luck. Many of us helped him draft his Congressional testimony, and we are hopeful that the right people will pay attention.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-Hollis-Weber/100000095895830 Robert Hollis Weber

      Chris, Leocha’s testimony was a breath of fresh air. It’s about time someone said the things he did, particularly that the AIT scanners don’t work and should therefore be immediately decommissioned. Period, end of sentence.

      It would be great if a transcript of his comments were available. (It’s too bad that Patdown John wasn’t there to hear him.)

    • KFred

      I tried to watch it but it is only available on Windows Media. I’m glad to know that the fight continues. It is unbelievable that Pistole gets away with this arrogant behavior.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=705915465 Deborah Newell Tornello

        KFred, you can watch Windows Media on a Mac simply by downloading Flip4Mac. It automatically reconfigures the video so you can watch it in Quicktime. Go here: http://www.telestream.net/flip4mac/overview.htm