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.

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.

Where Is Robert Levinson?

CIA freelancer disappears in Iran—and Russian and Israeli gangsters are among the suspects.

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.

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