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 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.

Why Did Turkey Attack a Russian Plane?

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan may want to derail the an alliance against ISIS—and thus weaken the Assad regime.

How to Counter Violent Extremism

Heavy-handed tactics don’t stop terrorism. Good policing and public trials do.

The Pentagon’s Unholy Alliance with Missionaries

The reckless use of a charity to sneak spy equipment into North Korea will endanger Christians across the world.

Mainstreaming Assassination

Endorsing a program of targeted killing opens the door for perilous reciprocation.

Did Foreign Governments Blackmail Denny Hastert?

Alleged misconduct by the House speaker was well known to the FBI—and to Turkey and Israel.

The Republican Revival of Romney’s Foreign Policy

The Hay Initiative encourages GOP candidates to sing from Mitt’s old hymnal.

The CIA’s Torture Defenders

An all-star cast teams up to spin their enhanced interrogation regime.

A Refugee Crisis Made in America

Will the U.S. accept responsibility for the humanitarian consequences of Washington-manufactured wars?

How Turkey Plays the War on Terror

America’s reluctant ally finally offers token assistance against ISIS only as cover for a campaign against the Kurds.

Why We Spy on the Japanese

NSA surveillance often occurs because the resources are in place, and have to be used for something.

Cashing in on Counter-Terrorism

Government-friendly inexpert witnesses help grease the wheels for an unaccountable war on terror.

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?

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