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.

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.

Obama’s Circle of Bad Advice

Activist experts make bad ambassadors, especially when diplomacy is most needed.

Why Dianne Feinstein Can’t Control the CIA

The Senate Intelligence Committee is as sclerotic and turf-obsessed as the agency it’s meant to regulate.

America’s Torture Doctors

Despite grossly violating their oaths, CIA and military physicians escape professional censure.

The End of Drone War?

The collapse of available bases could push the U.S. to revamp its failed counterterrorism strategy.

Diplomacy by Donorism

America’s top overseas appointments go to status-seeking campaign cronies.

Old Testament Armed Forces

Religious zealotry runs rampant in the U.S. military, and among those wishing to deploy it.

Can Putin Keep Sochi Safe?

Russia faces the greatest Olympic security challenge in 20 years.

Intel Community Makes Peace

Contrary to precedent, analysts have taken an active role in Iranian diplomacy.

Turkey in Conflict

Ankara’s domestic struggles could pose severe risks for the West.

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