Posted: Monday Oct 28, 2013
Oct. 28, 2013
Dr. Richard Saccone, lecturer in political science at Saint Vincent College and Pennsylvania State Representative from the 39th District, recently announced that his ninth book, God in Our Government, has been published by Hollyn International Corp.
“Contrary to what we’ve been told recently, our history is by no means secular,” Saccone commented. “It is rich with the influence of God’s hand and God’s word. His presence is apparent in the documents of our government, on the memorials we cherish most, in our government buildings, in our art and in the words and writings of our greatest leaders.”
“In a time when our culture is spiraling downward into a moral abyss we have lost touch with God,” he continued. “We have fashioned a moral vacuum into which all manner of depravity is allowed to rush in, while any trace of virtue, God or the Holy Scriptures is consciously sucked out. There has never been greater need than today for our people to hear the truth of our Godly heritage. There has never been a greater need than today for our people to hear that truth reaffirmed by their leaders. In this new book I present the evidence to support that statement, by looking not only at the words of the founders but the very source documents of our liberty.”
A member of the faculty at Saint Vincent since 2003, he teaches international relations, global terrorism and political science.
Saccone has traveled throughout the world as a military officer and a civilian during times of peace and conflict and today he is using these personal experiences as a teaching tool in the academic world.
Saccone retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1995 with the rank of captain. He began service as a flight line mechanic and after graduating from Weber State University, he became a special agent and officer in the Office of Special Investigations conducting felony criminal, fraud and counterintelligence investigations and operations worldwide.
Most of Saccone’s military career was spent overseas. For much of this time, his home base was in South Korea. During a return assignment to Los Angeles Air Force Station, he worked with an anti-terrorist task force for the 1984 Summer Olympics. He then returned to the classroom, graduating from the Naval Postgraduate School with a master’s degree in National Security Affairs and from the Defense Language Institute, studying Korean.
After returning to Seoul, he became the chief of counterintelligence for the USAF in Korea and worked on the counterterror task force for the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. He also commended a special investigative detachment and, as the chief liaison officer in the national capital, worked closely with ten different foreign government agencies and as many U.S. agencies.
For his exemplary service, he received two Meritorious Service medals from the USAF and several awards from the Korean and American governments. Along the way, he wrote scores of culture and travel articles for a local paper in Seoul and began writing books about history and culture of South Korea to share his experiences with others. He appeared on the Korean episode of the popular PBS show Full Circle with celebrity Michael Palin. He also taught English at a number of Korean institutes in his spare time.
After retirement from the USAF, Saccone stayed in South Korea to work as a TV news anchor on an English language station and took several jobs working for Korean and American companies in Seoul and Central America. During this period, he was asked to represent an international organization in North Korea building nuclear power plants as part of the Agreed Framework negotiated under President Clinton’s administration. As the only American living in North Korea at the time, he gained valuable diplomatic experience working and successfully negotiating with the North Koreans. This resulted in his authoring two books about that enigmatic country. They are titled Negotiating with North Korea and Living with the Enemy: Inside North Korea.
Saccone returned to complete his Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh and continued teaching at Saint Vincent College where he had instructed part-time in the past. During this period, the war in Iraq began and Saccone decided to take his turn offering his years of interrogation and counterintelligence experience. Assigned to the U.S. Army as a civilian, he served at Abu Ghraib prison and in the hotspot of Mosul as a senior counterintelligence agent. He was responsible for identifying, capturing and interrogating insurgents.
Since returning from Iraq, Saccone has enjoyed an academic fellowship to Israel as a fellow for the Foundation for the Defense of Democracy, a Fulbright-Hayes summer scholarship to Egypt studying Islam, history and politics and an educational trip to Africa. The latest trip included stops in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana to study the sub-Saharan experience in order to enhance his understanding of the vast continent of Africa.
Saccone has traveled to 70 countries on six continents and has authored seven books on North and South Korea. He is an active member in the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa and has written numerous articles concerning international politics and culture.
Active in the Elizabeth Township community where he now resides, Saccone has served on the township Emergency Medical Services Board, the Elizabeth Forward School Board and for many years as a church youth leader. He is a graduate of the American Association of Christian Counselors.
Married to Yong Saccone for more than 34 years, the Saccones have two sons, Nick and Matthew, who graduated from Elizabeth Forward in 2002 and 2003 respectively. Both are graduates of the Virginia Military Institute as civil engineers.
Photo: Dr. Richard Saccone
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