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.

Who in the White House Decided to Wiretap Manafort?

Trump may have been right about Obama efforts to derail campaign.

How I Believe Facebook Was Censoring My Political Speech

Forget China, the Internet police are already here in U.S.

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

Scott Horton’s Afghanistan primer will impress both casual readers and experts.

Is U.S. Congress Declaring War on WikiLeaks?

Senate bill calls organization a ‘hostile intelligence service’ working with ‘state actors.’

Two CIA Contractors Successfully Sued for “Black Site” Torture

Hired psychologists devised “enhanced interrogation techniques” to break prisoners.

Hack or Leak: Who Really Stole the DNC Files?

Lack of forensics leads to muddy waters indeed.

The New Know-Nothings In Congress

Hearings are endorsements of established viewpoints.

The Strange Case of Imran Awan

Only fraud or something more?

Should AIPAC Register as a Foreign Agent?

Pro-Israel organization should not get a pass.

Feds Deploy Massive ‘Pre-Crime’ Dragnet on Millions of Americans

How not to prevent the next Reality Winner.

Trump’s Tweets Are Not Harming National Security

Former intel officers-turned-Cassandras peddling crisis and self-promotion

Why Is Nikki Haley Still Trump’s UN Ambassador?

It’s unclear whether she is speaking for herself or the White House.

Make No Mistake, We Are Already at War in Syria

Trump’s anti-war promises were just glib campaign rhetoric.

Why Can’t the UK Stop Terror Attacks?

Let’s not make the same mistake here.

How Hillary Lost, In Her Own Words

Trump may be testing his supporters today, but it is worth remembering how bad the alternative was

Was Russia Probing U.S. Electoral Systems?

Maybe, but gathering intelligence is not the same as full interference.

How China Rolled Up a CIA Network

Washington might be sending too many spies, making them more vulnerable.

How the Kushner Story Hurts U.S. Intelligence

Russia now knows that its diplomatic communications are compromised.

Do High-Level Leaks Suggest a Conspiracy?

National-security officials may see themselves as patriots, but their methods set a dangerous precedent.

The Real Meaning of ‘Sensitive’ Intelligence

Why sources and methods matter more than the material itself.

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