Author Archives: Philip Giraldi
About Philip Giraldi
Phil Giraldi is a former CIA Case Officer and Army Intelligence Officer who spent twenty years overseas in Europe and the Middle East working terrorism cases. He holds a BA with honors from the University of Chicago and an MA and PhD in Modern History from the University of London. In addition to TAC, where he has been a contributing editor for nine years, he writes regularly for Antiwar.com. He is currently Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest and resides with his wife of 32 years in Virginia horse country close to his daughters and grandchildren. He has begun talking far too much to his English bulldog Dudley of late, thinks of himself as a gourmet cook, and will not drink Chardonnay under any circumstances. He does not tweet, and avoids all social media.
Telling friends from enemies in Iraq and Syria is largely a matter of guesswork.
The government has cried wolf too many times to be trusted with backdoors into our cell phones.
Keeping tabs on Turkey alone is justification enough for Langley to relax its new rules on targeting Europe.
A new administration only gave interventionism a confused, humanitarian face-lift.
Intelligence pros are far more skeptical of government claims than their bosses let on.
When Tel Aviv goes to war, universities and activists are organized to beat back the bad news.
Authoritarian corruption and a criminal foreign policy stand for election in Ankara.
America’s high-tech spies aren’t equipped to penetrate low-tech terrorist organizations.
What happens to agents and informants when they can’t go home
Bob Menendez and Angela Merkel get rude reminders of how the spy world works.
Talk show rhetoric doesn’t equal good intelligence on the domestic danger posed by Iraq’s terrorists.
Overclassification fetishizes reports stamped “secret,” and covers up official malfeasance.
Europe and the U.S. are both at risk of falling into an Italian spiral of public theft.
Israeli espionage pushes the national security community to fight Israel’s inclusion in the U.S.’s visa waiver program.
No one wants to prosecute CIA personnel—even if it’s proven that they committed war crimes.
Ideologues across the political spectrum stand between Americans and a constitutionally modest approach to foreign affairs.
Seymour Hersh documents Ankara’s efforts to pull the U.S. into the Levant.
Activist experts make bad ambassadors, especially when diplomacy is most needed.
The Senate Intelligence Committee is as sclerotic and turf-obsessed as the agency it’s meant to regulate.← Older posts
from The American Conservative