On October 12, 2000, a suicide attack was initiated against the United States Navy Destroyer USS Cole while it was harbored and refueled in the Yemeni port of Aden. Seventeen American sailors were killed, and 39 were injured. The terrorist organization al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for the attack.
The author maintains that in November of 2000, a highly secret project to capture Osama bin Laden, known to have masterminded the attack on the USS Cole in the Gulf of Yemen, was implemented on orders from the government of the United States and its then Commander-in-
Based on British intelligence reports pinpointing Bin Laden’s location in a safe house outside Abyan, Yemen, the project codenamed '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, a covert CIA operation 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. 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.
The book outlines the planning that went into the raid at Abyan, the details of the covert CIA operation itself, its tragic consequences, and the subsequent cover-up by an administration facing a senatorial election and a Republican president taking office in a matter of weeks.
“Tony Attanasio is a thorough researcher and puts a personal touch to the disaster that took place in Yemen in the year 2000. His development of the characters is amazing. He manages to put a human face on this horror. Obviously his vast experiences in both the law enforcement and intelligence community added to this most enjoyable story. I found A SILENT STAR to be most exciting, heartfelt and factual from my experiences and perspective. The adage ‘I couldn’t put this book down till I finished it’ fits well here.”
Retired CIA Case Officer
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About Tony Attanasio:
Tony Attanasio is a former U.S. Marine and a retired NYPD Detective. He served ten years with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. He served in Miami, New York and whileattached 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 in the discipline of terrorism. Currently Tony is teaching at Palm Beach State 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.
He also served as the organized crime advisor, to Robert DeNiro 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.”
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. He is currently conducting research for his fourth book, 'The Silent Crescent'.