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.

author archive

Who in the White House Decided to Wiretap Manafort?

Trump may have been right about Obama efforts to derail campaign.
Philip Giraldi September 21, 2017

How I Believe Facebook Was Censoring My Political Speech

Forget China, the Internet police are already here in U.S.
Philip Giraldi September 15, 2017

‘Fool’s Errand’: A Guide to the New Forgotten War

Scott Horton's Afghanistan primer will impress both casual readers and experts.
Philip Giraldi September 7, 2017

Is U.S. Congress Declaring War on WikiLeaks?

Senate bill calls organization a 'hostile intelligence service' working with 'state actors.'
Philip Giraldi September 1, 2017

Two CIA Contractors Successfully Sued for “Black Site” Torture

Hired psychologists devised "enhanced interrogation techniques” to break prisoners.
Philip Giraldi August 23, 2017

Hack or Leak: Who Really Stole the DNC Files?

Lack of forensics leads to muddy waters indeed.
Philip Giraldi August 15, 2017

The New Know-Nothings In Congress

Hearings are endorsements of established viewpoints.
Philip Giraldi August 8, 2017

The Strange Case of Imran Awan

Only fraud or something more?
Philip Giraldi August 3, 2017