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.

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

Drones for “Regime Protection”

The CIA’s insurance plan for Karzai and Maliki—and what it means for Syria

A Necessary Reckoning With Torture

The Constitution Project’s report on detainee treatment is but a first step toward the truth—and reclaiming our national honor.

Turkey Cracks the Whip

If Netanyahu wants rapprochement with Ankara, he must do more than apologize for the Mavi Marmara killings

Sex and the CIA

Spies aren’t apt to be philanderers—even if there are plenty of both at the Agency.

Gulf States Buy Egyptian Riots

Is Saudi money undermining Cairo’s Morsi government?

Who’s Turning Syria’s Civil War Into a Jihad?

The West, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia all have their own angles in the conflict

CIA After the War on Terror

John Brennan knows there’s more to intelligence than drones.

A Critical Look at Rand Paul

He’s made his foreign-policy speech, but what does the senator’s record show?

Drone Doubts at the CIA

A report on the post-Petraeus CIA and jihadist “refugees” in Turkey.

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