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Philip Giraldi
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Philip Giraldi is a recognized authority on international security and counterterrorism issues. He is a regular contributor to www.antiwar.com in a column titled “Smoke and Mirrors” and is a Contributing Editor who writes a column called “Deep Background” on terrorism, intelligence, and security issues for The American Conservative magazine. He has written op-ed pieces for the Hearst Newspaper chain, has appeared on “Good Morning America,” MSNBC, National Public Radio, and local affiliates of ABC television. He has been a keynote speaker at the Petroleum Industry Security Council annual meeting, has spoken twice at the American Conservative Union’s annual CPAC convention in Washington, and has addressed several World Affairs Council affiliates. He has been interviewed by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the British Broadcasting Corporation, Britain’s Independent Television Network, FOX News, Polish National Television, Croatian National Television, al-Jazeera, al-Arabiya, 60 Minutes, and Court TV. He prepares and edits a nationally syndicated subscription service newsletter on September 11th issues for corporate clients.

Phil is a former CIA counter-terrorism specialist and military intelligence officer who served eighteen years overseas in Turkey, Italy, Germany, and Spain. He was Chief of Base in Barcelona from 1989 to 1992 designated as the Agency’s senior officer for Olympic Games support. Since 1992, Phil has been engaged in security consulting for a number of Fortune 500 corporate clients. He is currently President of San Marco International, a consulting firm that specializes in international security management and risk assessment, and also a partner in Cannistraro Associates, a security consultancy located in McLean Virginia. Phil was awarded an MA and PhD from the University of London in European History and holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honors from the University of Chicago. He speaks Spanish, Italian, German, and Turkish.

Blog Entries by Philip Giraldi

Time to Talk to Iran

Posted June 9, 2008 | 09:20:04 (EST)

For those who still believe that calling congressmen and expressing one's views can be beneficial, there will be a national mobilization tomorrow on the subject of dialogue with Iran. The Campaign for a New American Policy on Iran has gathered together a number of sponsoring groups from all across the...

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Jesus Says "Bomb Iran"

Posted May 8, 2008 | 10:21:01 (EST)

Not really, but it seems that a number of preachers who call themselves Christians are demanding that the US attack Iran. The best known of the Iran bashers is John Hagee, pastor of San Antonio's Cornerstone Church, which has a reported congregation of 18,000. Hagee appears weekly on 150 TV...

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What's Good for Israel

Posted April 18, 2008 | 10:26:02 (EST)

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz, in its English language edition, has revealed that "The Israeli newspaper Ma'ariv on Wednesday reported that Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu told an audience at Bar Ilan university that the September 11, 2001 terror attacks had been beneficial for Israel. 'We are benefiting from one thing, and...

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Empowering Chavez

Posted April 14, 2008 | 10:46:58 (EST)

The nineteenth century British statesmen Lord Palmerston believed that the national interest should drive all government policy. Twenty-first century America has no sense of a national interest and therefore has no energy policy, no industrial policy, no immigration policy, and no foreign policy. Maladroit Bush Administration global meddling has empowered...

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Obama the Conservative Choice

Posted April 2, 2008 | 20:09:27 (EST)

Huffington Post progressives should look to the conversation that is going on among traditional conservatives if they are seriously interested in nominating a candidate who would be both electable and good for the country. As a conservative, it is frankly incomprehensible to me that anyone would want to go back...

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Fallon Walks the Plank

Posted March 17, 2008 | 19:55:00 (EST)

For those who might still be wondering whether Admiral William J. Fallon fell or was pushed, the short answer is that he was pushed. The abrupt resignation of Fallon as chief of Central Command last Tuesday was a political maneuver to avoid having to fire him. When Margaret Thatcher was...

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Terrorists or Maybe Not

Posted March 4, 2008 | 09:44:00 (EST)

With the presidential election looming and the candidate field soon to be winnowed down to the two finalists, it is about time for the United States government to be honest with the public regarding the terrorism problem. All of the candidates have waxed large about terrorism and have promised that...

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John McCain and Torture

Posted February 18, 2008 | 10:07:00 (EST)

John McCain has a carefully cultivated image as a Senate maverick, a man who talks "straight" and is willing to support unpopular positions if it is in the national interest. Much of that characterization is essentially bogus, with McCain trimming his sails on a regular basis to make himself more...

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Sibel Edmonds Must be Heard

Posted February 4, 2008 | 09:13:20 (EST)

Sibel Edmonds is the FBI translator turned whistleblower who decided to go public late in 2002 and has been seeking to tell her story about high level corruption in the United States government involving Turkey and Israel. What makes her story particularly compelling is that the corruption relates to the...

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The Return of Dick Cheney

Posted January 21, 2008 | 21:19:57 (EST)

It is a particularly irony that meetings ostensibly dedicated to the cause of peace can frequently be used to plan war. President George W. Bush's just completed visit to the Middle East was just such a moment. The ostensible purpose to make peace between Palestinians and Israel was quickly subsumed...

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The Passing of Empire

Posted January 7, 2008 | 13:07:00 (EST)

"The dollar is down more than 40 percent against the Euro over the past seven years, taking a particularly sharp drop last month...For untold millions worldwide, the weak dollar has emerged as a troubling dark spot...It has left many wondering whether the dollar has lost its bling for good...In...
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CIA Torture and other War Crimes

Posted December 26, 2007 | 10:13:00 (EST)

Personal accountability has all but disappeared from the American political system. Bill Clinton lied to his entire cabinet about Monica Lewinsky and not a single cabinet member resigned in protest after he was forced to recant. When Alberto Gonzales lied repeatedly during testimony before Congress everyone knew exactly what he...

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Neocons Strike Back on Iran

Posted December 10, 2007 | 12:24:58 (EST)

One would have thought that most Americans would have been relieved to learn that Iran abandoned its nuclear weapons program back in 2003 and there are no indications that they have revived it since then. The unclassified summary of the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) that reported the collective view of...

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The Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act

Posted November 26, 2007 | 10:06:25 (EST)

There has been a long tradition of fear-mongering legislation in the United States directed against groups and individuals believed to threaten the established order. The first such measures were the Alien and Sedition Acts passed by Congress in 1798 during the administration of the second president of the United States...

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Torture American Style

Posted November 12, 2007 | 10:31:29 (EST)

One of the many genuine tragedies that have come out of the Bush Administration's maladroit handling of the past six years has been the transformation of the United States into a pariah among nations. American democracy has always had its flaws, but the country was truly viewed by many around...

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War Without End Starts With Iran

Posted October 29, 2007 | 11:37:48 (EST)

That the United States government, struggling under the weight of the bloody fiasco in Iraq, might be contemplating another war must seem unimaginable to most Americans. But the political class in the United States does not necessarily relate to what is unimaginable for most people, at least not recently. Consider...

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Nancy Pelosi and the Armenians

Posted October 15, 2007 | 10:29:00 (EST)

There is something peculiar about the way the political class in the United States thinks. At a recent meeting on U.S. foreign policy that I attended, a speaker noted that Americans are "results-oriented." I believe that he is correct but he should have noted that the generalization does not apply...

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Truth and Lies in the Middle East

Posted October 1, 2007 | 11:25:03 (EST)

The politicians and media in the United States are creating the conditions that will inevitably lead to a major new war in the Middle East. While it is difficult to imagine that any U.S. Administration would want to rush into another armed conflict, the deliberate shaping of the debate over...

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Bipartisan War Against the Constitution

Posted September 17, 2007 | 17:46:00 (EST)

Benjamin Franklin once wrote that a "People willing to trade their freedom for temporary security deserve neither and will lose both." The citation is likely apocryphal, at least in terms of its attribution to Franklin, but it is useful shorthand regarding the nature of the constitutional dilemma confronting the United...

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Neocon Ancient History

Posted September 4, 2007 | 17:51:19 (EST)


Neoconservatives are characteristically better versed in reading and writing about battles than actually fighting them, though that deficiency has not inhibited their initiation of vast schemes to remake half the world through force of arms. Noted neocons who identify themselves as historians include the Hoover Institute's Victor Davis...

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