Tony Attanasio is a former U.S. Marine and a retired NYPD Detective/Sergeant. He 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. 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.
He has served as an Adjunct professor at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, where he taught an undergraduate course entitled: Terrorism intelligence issues. Currently Tony is teaching at Palm Beach State College, where he teaches courses in Forensic Accounting, Human Trafficking Investigations, 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. Tony is also a member of NYPD’s CT SHIELD anti terrorism group.
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.”
His first book, 'The Orchid Memorandum', was written with Howard Hellman was published in 2004. His second book, 'Kenny O - An Untold Story from the Annals of NYPD', was published in August of 2012. His 3rd book, 'A Silent Star' has received five star reviews since its publication in November of 2012, His most recent book ‘The Iranian Connection - Code Word Orchid’, published in 2013, has received numerous five star reviews at Amazon and B&N.com as well as Goodreads.com. http://www.tony-attanasio.com
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