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.

Deep State America

Democracy is often subverted by special interests operating behind the scenes.

Revenge of the Anti-Terror State

Once-defeated domestic anti-terrorism legislation is being quietly revived in Congress this week.

The True Cost of the War on Terror

Though the global body count is obscured, America’s destabilizing actions may have claimed more lives than nonstate terrorists.

Obama Won’t Demilitarize Police

White House claims of de-escalation are merely misdirection.

Israel Battles the Boycotts

The BDS movement is now drawing official opposition from Tel Aviv and its American allies.

The Presidential Library Trap

Major universities and taxpayer-maintained repositories are too often coopted by political legacy-shaping.

How Was Bin Laden Killed?

Seymour Hersh’s sources tell a more believable story than the self-serving official White House narrative.

Obama’s Unaccountable Drone War

The United States’s targeted killing program has neither the controls nor the justifications the president promises.

The Pope Rebukes Turkey—and Should Challenge America and Israel

The pontiff recognizes the Armenian genocide of a century ago, but can he do more about today’s wars and injustices?

Obama’s State Secrets Overreach

This administration has stretched the questionable legal provision beyond the breaking point, dismissing private suits.

The Neoconservative Cursus Honorum

The warmongering right has carefully built a network of credentialing institutions that secure it outsized influence.

How Governments Twist Terrorism

States craft terror definitions and designations to absolve themselves and satisfy their constituencies.

The NSA Escapes Scrutiny

With Republicans now ruling Congress, any momentum for surveillance state reform has been lost.

Paranoia Strikes U.S. Intelligence

The drive to “do something” pushes the NSC and FBI to take extreme responses to Charlie Hebdo.

Obama’s War on Leaks Skirts the Constitution

Convicted under the kangaroo court conditions of the Espionage Act, Jeffrey Sterling never had a chance.

Finding the Foreign Agents

In monitoring the activities of foreign organizations, the DOJ often gives powerful political lobbies a pass.

What Makes a Whistleblower?

Edward Snowden’s actions brought him accusations of treason, and a life of exile.

Why Spies and Analysts Shouldn’t Mingle

Working closely together encourages tunnel vision and groupthink.

What the Torture Report Is Missing

The Senate’s investigation may only be the tip of the iceberg.

Don’t Risk War With Russia

Washington rushes to court open conflict with Moscow against every rational interest.

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