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.

Losing Liberty Through the Backdoor

Letting the government bypass iPhone security measures won’t stop terrorists—or make you safer.

The Pentagon Fights Back

The White House emphasis on humanitarianism may be turning some military leaders against Obama.

How to Prevent Another Benghazi

The U.S. needs committed intelligence officers, not ticket-punching careerists.

Will Congress Stop the Iran Deal?

Long after the nuclear agreement was settled, opponents are undermining an already fragile peace.

The Distortion of Russia

One does not need to love Vladimir Putin to appreciate that Washington shares interests with Moscow.

Why the U.S. Spies on Netanyahu

Should NSA listen in when a foreign government seeks to shape America’s foreign policy?

Coalition of the Unwilling

In the war on ISIS, U.S. allies Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Israel may be playing both sides.

That Old Time Spycraft

Can the U.S. resist the temptation of technology as it tries to rebuild its human intelligence against ISIS?

The Truth of Jonathan Pollard

The scale of damage done by the convicted spy to U.S. security should not be discounted upon his release.

Why Did Turkey Attack a Russian Plane?

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan may want to derail the an alliance against ISIS—and thus weaken the Assad regime.

How to Counter Violent Extremism

Heavy-handed tactics don’t stop terrorism. Good policing and public trials do.

The Pentagon’s Unholy Alliance with Missionaries

The reckless use of a charity to sneak spy equipment into North Korea will endanger Christians across the world.

Mainstreaming Assassination

Endorsing a program of targeted killing opens the door for perilous reciprocation.

Did Foreign Governments Blackmail Denny Hastert?

Alleged misconduct by the House speaker was well known to the FBI—and to Turkey and Israel.

The Republican Revival of Romney’s Foreign Policy

The Hay Initiative encourages GOP candidates to sing from Mitt’s old hymnal.

The CIA’s Torture Defenders

An all-star cast teams up to spin their enhanced interrogation regime.

A Refugee Crisis Made in America

Will the U.S. accept responsibility for the humanitarian consequences of Washington-manufactured wars?

How Turkey Plays the War on Terror

America’s reluctant ally finally offers token assistance against ISIS only as cover for a campaign against the Kurds.

Why We Spy on the Japanese

NSA surveillance often occurs because the resources are in place, and have to be used for something.

Cashing in on Counter-Terrorism

Government-friendly inexpert witnesses help grease the wheels for an unaccountable war on terror.

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