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.

The CIA Won the Midterms

Incoming intel committee chair Richard Burr will end any hope of holding out of control spy agencies accountable.

How to Stop Ebola at the Border

Revoking visas from affected countries can protect the U.S. without isolating nations in need.

John McCain’s Terrorists

Telling friends from enemies in Iraq and Syria is largely a matter of guesswork.

The War on iPhone Privacy

The government has cried wolf too many times to be trusted with backdoors into our cell phones.

The CIA Spy Ban Is for Show

Keeping tabs on Turkey alone is justification enough for Langley to relax its new rules on targeting Europe.

Obama’s Failed Foreign Policy Change

A new administration only gave interventionism a confused, humanitarian face-lift.

Does the CIA Believe Obama?

Intelligence pros are far more skeptical of government claims than their bosses let on.

Israel’s Information Ops

When Tel Aviv goes to war, universities and activists are organized to beat back the bad news.

Erdogan Tightens His Grip on Turkey

Authoritarian corruption and a criminal foreign policy stand for election in Ankara.

How ISIS Evades the CIA

America’s high-tech spies aren’t equipped to penetrate low-tech terrorist organizations.

A Witness-Protection Program for Terrorists?

What happens to agents and informants when they can’t go home

Outraged by Espionage

Bob Menendez and Angela Merkel get rude reminders of how the spy world works.

How to Understand the ISIS Threat

Talk show rhetoric doesn’t equal good intelligence on the domestic danger posed by Iraq’s terrorists.

Government’s Closed-Source Intelligence

Overclassification fetishizes reports stamped “secret,” and covers up official malfeasance.

Consumed by Corruption

Europe and the U.S. are both at risk of falling into an Italian spiral of public theft.

Mossad Meets Resistance

Israeli espionage pushes the national security community to fight Israel’s inclusion in the U.S.’s visa waiver program.

Torture, the Senate, and the CIA

No one wants to prosecute CIA personnel—even if it’s proven that they committed war crimes.

Recovering the Founders’ Foreign Policy

Ideologues across the political spectrum stand between Americans and a constitutionally modest approach to foreign affairs.

Turkey Cooks the Books in Syria

Seymour Hersh documents Ankara’s efforts to pull the U.S. into the Levant.

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