Tony Camerino is a retired twenty-year veteran of the United States Air Force and Air Force Reserves. As a senior military interrogator in Iraq, he personally conducted or supervised over 1,300 interrogations. Camerino was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his achievements, including leading the interrogations that located Abu Musab Al Zarqawi, the notorious Al Qaeda leader, who was killed in a subsequent airstrike.
Camerino is the author of How to Break a Terrorist and Kill or Capture (both released under the pseudonym Matthew Alexander by St Martin’s Press). An outspoken critic of torture, he has published Op-Eds in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and a cover story, Martyrdom, Interrupted, in The National Interest. Camerino has trained U.S. Army interrogators, US Marshals, foreign interrogators from 15 countries, and private contractors who train the CIA and FBI. He currently lives in Los Angeles, California, and is a writer on the hit television show Person of Interest on CBS. Camerino is also a Fellow at UCLA’s Burkle Center for International Relations.