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.
This administration has stretched the questionable legal provision beyond the breaking point, dismissing private suits.
The warmongering right has carefully built a network of credentialing institutions that secure it outsized influence.
States craft terror definitions and designations to absolve themselves and satisfy their constituencies.
With Republicans now ruling Congress, any momentum for surveillance state reform has been lost.
The drive to “do something” pushes the NSC and FBI to take extreme responses to Charlie Hebdo.
Convicted under the kangaroo court conditions of the Espionage Act, Jeffrey Sterling never had a chance.
In monitoring the activities of foreign organizations, the DOJ often gives powerful political lobbies a pass.
Edward Snowden’s actions brought him accusations of treason, and a life of exile.
Working closely together encourages tunnel vision and groupthink.
The Senate’s investigation may only be the tip of the iceberg.
Washington rushes to court open conflict with Moscow against every rational interest.
Every year, congressional delegations and government officials rack up millions of dollars worth of publicly funded distractions abroad.
Incoming intel committee chair Richard Burr will end any hope of holding out of control spy agencies accountable.
Revoking visas from affected countries can protect the U.S. without isolating nations in need.
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.← Older posts
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