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Tony Attanasio is an accomplished writer who writes from direct personal experience. Tony was seriously injured in a line-of-duty incident that ended his career with NYPD. He subsequently served ten years with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), where he served as an Intelligence specialist. During his tenure he served in Miami, Europe and New York City. Both in Miami, Florida, and Europe, he served as liaison with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and traveled to CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia, where Tony presented a course on International Organized Crime. Tony is currently a member of the NYPD Shield - counter terrorism group. (see full resume below)

Books By Tony Attanasio

A Silent Star

Subsequent to the attack on the USS Cole in October of 2000, British intelligence reports pinpointed bin Laden's location in a safe house outside of Abyan, Yemen. A top secret project, code named, Perfect Justice, was carried out by a team of highly-trained CIA operatives, two male and two female, in a commando-style raid. It was to be a Black operation, one that would be conducted in absolute secrecy under the cover of official deniability. If unsuccessful, it would in effect, never be acknowledged by the CIA, or any other governmental organization, to have ever taken place.

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All but one of the team members survived the ensuing firefight, as did Osama bin Laden. His escape, as well as the tragic loss of one CIA team member, prompted the United States government to expunge all evidence of Perfect Justice from the official records.

CIA successes are rarely reported, but failures are obliterated from public consciousness forever. This account will outline the planning that went into the raid at Abyan, the details of the operation itself, its tragic consequences, and the subsequent cover-up by an administration facing a senatorial election in New York and a Republican president taking office in a matter of weeks. It will also examine the lives of the four team members, and what may have prompted each to serve their country in this unique capacity.

It is hoped that by reporting the events that took place in November 2000, the author of this book will afford some small measure of recognition to those who risked their lives for their country in Operation Perfect Justice, and to one who gave the last full measure of devotion; a sacrifice that will never be acknowledged by the government she served so valiantly. Since no official documentation of this operation exists in the public record, the author will rely on the expertise of selected military and government officials for pertinent material relating to the authenticity of black operations. These sources will not be named nor credited for their assistance. 

 

 

Kenny O

During the 1970s New York City was a Mecca for heroin and cocaine usage with addiction a major health concern. The majority of these drugs was trafficked and sold by traditional organized crime families such as the Gambino, Bonnano and Genovese LCN clans. One location where these groups planned, trafficked and sold these drugs, affectionately called Boy for heroin and Girl for cocaine, was in the Bronx. A special unit was put together to gather information on these groups and subsequently dismantle their networks. This unit of NYPD, under the auspices of the Organized Crime Control Bureau was able to accomplish this through many hard working hours and the assistance of an informant - KENNY O.

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The members of this group were diverse in nature speaking Spanish, Italian as well as the Sicilian dialect. This memoir is the actual story of the relationship of KENNY O and Tony Pesca, the NYPD Officer assigned to work with KENNY O in an undercover capacity to infiltrate these groups which included several violent and sociopathic members who eventually placed both KENNY O and Tony Pesca in harm's way.

KENNY O was bright and had a humorous personality which led to a few cases that bring laughter to the reader. This story brings to the reader the life events of both Tony Pesca and KENNY O that led to their relationship. But the success they achieved is unmatched in bringing down several notorious traffickers and contract killers.

Additional information from KENNY O led to the conviction and incarceration of the head of the Gambino LCN family - John Gotti.

 

The Iranian Connection: Code Word Orchid

“The Iranian Connection: Code Word Orchid” is an internationally-flavored novel,  which relates the actions of Hezbollah operatives who wish to detonate a nuclear device in New York City in order to weaken The United States’ support for Israel in post September Eleventh months as well as disrupt the US economy.  Anti-terrorist organizations work at odds with, and then in concert with, one another to foil the deadly explosion. The story develops characters on both sides of the plot and it highlights the now infamous non-cooperation among law enforcement agencies in the United States that made the Office of Homeland Security a reality.

It is believed that while previous works such as “The Sum of All Fears” have several common story-elements, “The Iranian Connection: Code Word Orchid” is unique in its content and delivery of authentic details of recent anti-terrorism efforts in The United States.

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Resume - Tony Attanasio

Tony_Attanasio_HeadshotTony is a former U.S. Marine and a retired NYPD Detective Sergeant who subsequently served ten years with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. He served in Miami, New York and while attached to the American Embassy in Miami and Rome, Italy, he served as DEA's CIA liaison and liaised with various intelligence agencies from Europe and the Middle East.

While a member of DEA, Tony presented a course at CIA HQ in Langley, Virginia that focused on international organized crime and money laundering techniques.

Tony has been declared an expert in International drug trafficking and organized crime by the N.Y. State Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court in Miami and the German (Bavaria) Supreme Court.

Tony has a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice (Core concentration - counter terrorism strategies).

In 1991, Tony attended the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

Tony_Attanasio_ClassroomTony has served as an Adjunct professor at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, where he taught an undergraduate course in the discipline of terrorism. Currently Tony is teaching at a major SE US college, where he teaches courses in Forensic Accounting, Organized Crime Investigations, Arabic/Moslem Culture, The Psychology of a Suicide Bomber, and a course that focuses on terrorist investigations and intelligence collection techniques.

In addition, Tony is a certified Florida Department of Law Enforcement Criminal Justice Instructor and has taught at the Connecticut State Police Academy in Meriden, Connecticut.

His first book, written with Howard Hellman, THE ORCHID MEMORANDUM, published in 2004, has received a five star rating from readers. This book focuses on the relationships between Jihadists and various organized crime groups. His second book, KENNY O–AN UNTOLD STORY FROM THE ANNALS OF NYPD was published in August of 2012 and has already received five star reviews…

His newly published 3rd book - A SILENT STAR - has received world-wide notice and five star reviews.

A new  edition of the ORCHID MEMORANDUM  will be available by mid May of 2013. THE IRANIAN CONNECTION: CODE WORD ORCHID (SEE BOOK SYNOPSIS).

He is currently conducting research for his fourth book THE SILENT CRESCENT – The focus here is women in Islam.

Tony also served as the organized crime advisor, to Mr. Robert DiNiro relative to his film RONAN.

Tony has received numerous awards in the field of law enforcement and government, including seventeen awards for valor from NYPD, three awards from DEA for exceptional duty, an award from the BKA (Germany) and an award from the Republic of Italy.

In 1998, Tony received a commendation from the Governor of the Marianna Islands for the training of his investigators in the discipline of Forensic Science investigations.

In 2004, Tony received the state of Florida's prestigious "Davis Award."
 
Locations Served:

Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Malta, north Africa, Greece, France, Switzerland, Middle East, Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, Curacao, Aruba, Brazil, Mexico, Cayman, Bahamas, Turk and Caicos, Japan, Okinawa, Guam, Marianna Islands and Canada... 



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