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.

Obama’s War on Leaks Skirts the Constitution

Convicted under the kangaroo court conditions of the Espionage Act, Jeffrey Sterling never had a chance.

Finding the Foreign Agents

In monitoring the activities of foreign organizations, the DOJ often gives powerful political lobbies a pass.

What Makes a Whistleblower?

Edward Snowden’s actions brought him accusations of treason, and a life of exile.

Why Spies and Analysts Shouldn’t Mingle

Working closely together encourages tunnel vision and groupthink.

What the Torture Report Is Missing

The Senate’s investigation may only be the tip of the iceberg.

Don’t Risk War With Russia

Washington rushes to court open conflict with Moscow against every rational interest.

The High Cost of Empire Maintenance

Every year, congressional delegations and government officials rack up millions of dollars worth of publicly funded distractions abroad.

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.

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