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.

CIA’s ‘Colossal Flop’

Why having officers pose as businessmen overseas is a bad idea.

The Hollywood Spy

The producer of “Pretty Woman” helped Israel build its nuclear arsenal.

The NFL’s Feel-Good Jingoism

America’s “civic religion” forgets the soldiers in its celebrations.

Quitting Over Syria

How the behind-the-scenes threat of an intel revolt helped prevent war.

NSA Blowback

Why the agency went overboard spying on allies—and what damage has been done.

Spy vs. Spy: Iran, Turkey, and Israel Edition

Turkey is fertile ground for Iran-related intelligence operations, and Israel recently blew one.

How Washington Tipped Off al-Qaeda

Seemingly authorized leaks have done far more damage than Snowden’s revelations.

CIA’s Deadly Cultural Ignorance

Fear of officers “going native” keeps our intelligence agencies ill-informed about Somalia, Syria, and other trouble spots.

What’s the Evidence Behind the Case for War?

5 questions Obama needs to answer about Syria and WMD

Flying Blind in Egypt

Cairo’s counter-intelligence has left U.S. policymakers in the dark.

How al-Qaeda Succeeded Last Week

Even the threat of terror attacks was enough to shut down U.S. embassies—and reveal a fearful Washington.

Who Can Control Israel’s Arms Dealers?

Turkey too resells American weapons and military secrets for a profit—and that’s a loss to our security.

Edward Snowden Is No Traitor

Why treason charges against the NSA whistleblower don’t hold up

How America Eavesdrops on Allies

The NSA’s global surveillance power is unmatched—and even our friends are uneasy.

Turkish Spring

The CIA and State Department were caught flatfooted by protests against the Erdogan government.

Pope Francis and the Vatican’s ‘Gay Lobby’

The pontiff wasn’t referring to sex and blackmail, but a subculture of corruption within the Holy See.

Paul Wolfowitz’s Iran Connection

Was the Iraq War’s architect getting advice from an agent of the Islamic Republic?

Spycraft in Moscow

The wigs may seem silly, but Moscow’s exposure of CIA espionage is serious business.

CIA Pays the Potentate

Afghanistan’s problems can’t be solved by bribing President Karzai

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