Philip Giraldi


Philip Giraldi, columnist for, contributing editor at The American Conservative magazine, contributing writer utor to the Campaign for Liberty member of the American Conservative Defense Alliance, the Council for the National Interest Foundation, discusses the case of the defection of Sharam Amiri, his low-level expertise in nuclear matters and access only to rumor about the nuclear program – which said that there was no weapons program, Amiri’s decision to go home and the CIA’s efforts to burn him by claiming he’d turned over all kinds of top secret stuff in order to cause him as much trouble as possible back in Iran, what a low-level asset like that is worth to the CIA, the new update to the National Intelligence Estimate that will just spin the same old info to sound worse rather than pushing a worst-case pile of fake facts like in 2002, the recent Judallah suicide bombings in Iran and the American role in supporting them and the tie between the Brazil-Turkey-Iran nuclear deal and the Israeli raid on the Gaza flotilla.

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Philip Giraldi, a former CIA officer, is a contributing editor to The American Conservative and a fellow at the American Conservative Defense Alliance. His Smoke and Mirrors column is a regular feature on

20 thoughts on “Philip Giraldi”

  1. Yes. We must keep this republic alive by promoting democratic ways. We cannot defend democracy at home if we cannot defend it abroad, as Lindbergh famously said.

    1. E.A.COSTA – Democracy is not an exportable item, its a concept. Inorder to plant this concept to others one needs to be friendly and humble. At the point of gun this can not be delivred neither it can be delivered with hursh language. USA must learn to speak friendly with others. The biggest power with lowest standard of talks doesnt really make anyone great. Tongue is a rope by which many have hannged themselves.

  2. Mr. Amiri must be doing very well in Iran about now I suppose. He must be eating many sweet cakes and muffins after having been illegally held by our government and kidnapped by two different intelligence agencies.

    1. Tell us a bit about Dindorf's edition of Themistius, schlepper.

      Or a word about "virtus innata" in the Fourth Century A.D.?

      You can't even genuinely imitate the surface, schlepper.

  3. There's no question that Amiri was abducted and didn't defect. If he came to our intelligence agencies with false information then he would've been polygraphed and exposed as a double agent right away. Like I said before, listen to his interview on PressTV and see for yourself how sincere this guy sounds and how logical his explanations about his ordeal are. He was kidnapped at gunpoint in Saudi Arabia, and then he was flown to the USA and put under psychological pressure to admit the details of Iran's nuclear program. When they realized that he didn't know anything they kept him here and bribed him with huge $$$ to pretend like he was a defector and go on TV to claim that he was nuclear scientist who worked for the secret Iranian nuclear weapons program. When he refused to do that they bribed him again to remain in the USA and not say anything about his kidnapping (I think he was offered $50 million for this). Eventually, when he was granted more freedom, he made that internet video which provided rock-solid evidence that he was being held against his will in the USA and e-mailed it to Iran. The Iranians took it to the Swiss Embassy and this embarrassed the USA since it was already obvious at this point that the claims Iran has been making for a year that Amiri was kidnapped were obviously true. Then the USA made another phony video to counter his claims, which wasn't at all convincing and then Amiri had to be released since the USA was exposed for kidnapping him. I don't know where Phil comes up with his story, but it's obviously wrong and this is the first time I ever felt that he was being insincere about anything. Amiri was kidnapped plain and simple and that other guy he mentioned, Ali Reza Asgari, is not "living in Egypt with a fat bank account" but probably languishing in a jail somewhere in the Middle East. You don't kidnap an intelligence officer and then trust him to live with a "fat bank account in Egypt," away from his family. But keep in mind that Amiri wasn't an intelligence officer, but a completely innocent kidnap victim, so the rules of keeping locked away in a cell in the USA don't apply to him.

  4. The comments above by under the name "E. A. Costa" are a different "E. A. Costa" from this commenter.

    Antiwar's security is not that good, nor is e-mail security.

    The prose style is a dead giveaway obviously.

    Have a nice day.

  5. One is about through with antiwar anyway.

    But note the comments referred above have the flavor, not of chocolate milk, but false flag.

    Lindberg–they must be desperate.

  6. The problem is that the Pentagon aims to achieve a disarming and unanswerable first-strike capability as outlined by former Trident missile engineer Bob Aldridge in his books The Counterforce Syndrome, First Strike! The Pentagon´s Strategy for Nuclear War and Nuclear Empire-and on his website
    Former Trident missile engineer Bob Aldridge commented on the missiles to be deployed on ships in the Black Sea in Bulgaria and on land in Poland and Romania by 2015: "Whether they are on ships or land, they are still a necessary component for an unanswerable first strike". The US Navy can track and destroy all enemy submarines simultaneously (Robert C. Aldridge: Nuclear Empire, ch. 9). Minuteman-3 and Trident-2 D5 have an accuracy of 30 meters or less, enough to destroy any hard target. Bob Aldridge resigned because a disarming and unanswerable first-strike capability leads to Launch On Warning and it may happen by mistake.

  7. "Bloody fools in the Pentagon" Brigadier Harbottle stated because they believed they could avoid nuclear winter. Maybe they still think so. At any rate, the D5 warhead on Trident-2 is designed to minimize nuclear winter effects. The same with the warhead on MX, maybe that´s the reason it was put on Minuteman-3 ? And of course, earth-penetrating warheads are made to minimize nuclear winter effects. A First-Strike Capability will be met by Launch On Warning. Bloody fools in the Pentagon, bloody fools. Only Bob Aldridge resigned.

    1. You are obsessed with Bob Aldridge, aren't you? It doesn't matter what the topic is, you write your gibberish about nuclear first strikes and Bob Aldridge. What is your basic malfunction? Have you gone off your medication? Stop spamming every entry with your nonsense. Stop! And take all the E.A. Costas on this site with you while you're at it. You both need to get a life.

  8. I’ve read Giraldi’s latest column “The National Security Product.” It’s a first-rate discussion of the debacle surrounding Sharam Amiri.

    We’re still waiting on the National Intelligence Estimate. That’s a sign that the warmongering Israel-Firsters are getting pushback from the honest intelligence people.

    1. Sorry buddy, but Giraldi's article on Amiri is half-assed and its conclusions are almost definitely wrong. It's probably the worst article he ever wrote for Antiwar. He doesn't even address the fact that Amiri was kidnapped at gunpoint in Saudi Arabia. Does that sound like the way a defection should work to you? Getting kidnapped at gunpoint, getting tranquilized and deported to America and being separated from your family for 14 months? Giraldi seems to think so. And what kind of an idiot would betray the Iranian government and leave his family in Iran while he defected? Think about it. If he were a defector wouldn't returning to Iran be an act of suicide? Hell, he might as well have accepted those millions to keep quiet about his abduction and remained in America if he were a defector.

  9. Dear Steve Hogan. Please read Robert C. Aldridge: 1. The Counterforce Syndrome, 2. First Strike! The Pentagon´s Strategy for Nuclear War and 3. Nuclear Empire. And study his website I think he is right in everything. Unfortunately, I think that the late Brigadier Harbottle was/is right too that "they are bloody fools in the Pentagon because they don´t believe in nuclear winter or think they can minimize the effect sufficiently". What other reason for putting the warhead from MX on Minuteman-3 ?

  10. You know, the warhead on MX like the D5 warhead on Trident-2 are designed specifically to minimize nuclear winter effects, like earth-penetrating warheads. What kind of warhead will be put on the missiles in Bulgaria, Romania and Poland ? Presumably only for Blackmail, but anyway.
    Bob Aldridge stated, "Whether they are on ships or land, they are still a necessary component for an unanswerable first strike". They ARE bloody fools in the Pentagon because the only possible answer is a hair-trigger Launch On Warning.

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