September 11, 2001

It was a beautiful morning, typical of early September. The bright and warm sun rose slowly and steadily, burning away the few wisps of clouds that still lingered in the sky. Summer vacation was over, the kids were back to school, and the roads were clogged with buses and commuters. I was twenty-three years old,... Continue Reading →

What happens when 20 lbs of C-4 explodes?

Read to the end and you will see... C-4 is classified as a high-order explosive (HE), that produces an over-pressurization shock wave.  It is similar to TNT, Semtex, nitroglycerin, dynamite, and ammonium nitrate fuel oil (ANFO). It is very stable and cannot be detonated by a gunshot or by dropping it (unlike the explosive TATP, commonly referred... Continue Reading →

Easter

Easter- the Holiest of days on the Christian calendar. Back in 2008, I was fortunate enough to travel with then Vice President Dick Cheney to Jerusalem, Israel.  My particular assignment was to guard the main entrance of the King David Hotel, where the Vice President was RON'ing (Secret Service slang for "Remaining Overnight").  It just... Continue Reading →

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