Since September 11, 2001 terrorism has been a front-running issue in the United States and, in reality, all over the world. About a year prior, on October 12, 2000, Islamic Fundamentalist terrorists attacked the U.S.S. Cole while it was visiting Aden, Yemen for a brief stop for fuel (BSF) during its 2000 Western Pacific Deployment (Historian, 2004).
Homeland security policies and initiatives established in the direct aftermath of 9/11 expedited procedures that have compromised American core values and the very foundation of the nation. One such policy is the practice of extraordinary rendition, which allows the U.S. government the ability to essentially abduct suspect individuals in other nations and transport them to third-party nations—usually those in which torture is a standard form of interrogation.
Ground Zero - A Chaplain's Diary
I was honored to be called to deploy to Ground Zero as a police chaplain 10 days after the attack on the Twin Towers. I captured my experiences and thoughts in diary form. I delivered these thoughts in a Patriot's Day speech to a group of citizens in Brownwood, Texas in 2002.