Scott Horton Interviews Philip Giraldi

Scott Horton, September 14, 2011

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Former CIA officer Philip Giraldi discusses the CIA’s failure to disclose information on the 9/11 hijackers living in San Diego (before the deed) to the FBI; why government incompetence and inefficiency can explain events (like 9/11) that seem to be deliberately planned or allowed to happen; the major implications for US alliances over a possible veto on the Palestinian state UN resolution; why Israel is worried about (potential) Palestine’s creation along 1967 borders, as well as access to the ICC and UNESCO; and declining relations between Israel and Turkey.

MP3 here. (18:12)

Philip Giraldi, a former CIA officer, is a contributing editor to The American Conservative and executive director of the Council for the National Interest. He writes regularly for Antiwar.com.

18 Responses to “Philip Giraldi”

  1. Scott Horton: you have a great program; why don't you have the stones to have David Ray Griffin on your show to expose the improbability of the "incompetence theory"; for that matter why don't you have the stones to have Jim DeEugenio on to talk about JFK and how his death (and that of MLK and RFK) helped secure the national security state.

    Your theory of history is I guess coincidence and lone nuts.

  2. Oh pshaw, CIA didn't know why the focus shifted to Iraq after 9/11. How utterly stoopid & incompetent are they. Fire them all. I was 5 miles away from WTC on the event, I didn't panic, nor did anyone I knew. I knew nothing about Afghanistan, terrorism, etc. After I did a little reading on that, the shift to Iraq became totally clear. I found it on a map & started reading about WMDs. Bet mid-02 & yearend, I'd figured out there were no WMDs in Iraq but the U.S. was going to invade anyhow. That had to be one of the most obvious U.S. lies/moves of all times. Yet Giraldi sez CIA couldn't figure it out.

  3. Israel has only ever been rewarded for bad behavior, called a moral hazard. So what they've been doing is smart not stupid. The U.S. might pay a tee-insy itsy bitsy price for Israel's bad behavior, but that's it. Meanwhile Israel has given up no territory and is gradually going to take over all the land they occupy and to hell with the Palestinians. Is the pattern not clear enough for you, Giraldi?

  4. Phil Giraldi is one of two things. Either he is a disinfo agent who's working for the 'System' and who's job it is to help hide the truth about 9-11 (who really did it) and continue to peddle the long-ago-debunked and totally discredited lies about 19 goat herders with goat poop stained toenails armed with box cutters & fire-proof passports, or he's one of the absolute dumbest men to ever serve in the CIA.

    Frankly, I don't know which possibility scares me more.

    Incidentally, I won't even bother listening to this show or any other show he's on that touches on the subject of 9-11 because I wore out my only pair of rubber boots and whenever he talks about this subject, the manure gets really deep really fast.

  5. I'm not convinced that 911 was an 'inside job' either. I guess that makes me stupendously stupid or a sneaky double agent?

  6. I don't put anything past anyone; if it's physically possible, and you have the power, why not do it? What are the consequences? A lot of people have been up to some pretty nasty business and not met much resistance. All I know about 911 is that it was an extremely shitty thing to do to human beings; but I've read a bit of history and one thing that surely hasn't changed through the ages is the willingness of men to kill for their interests–shit loads of people if necessary. It's a bummer, but if you look at the world from the point of view that we're all on a massive rock floating through space, and there's really no one to hear us scream, I think some people, possessed of every negative trait humanity has ever exhibited just say "Fuck it lets get the job done." I think that's how some people look at the world. It's spooky and makes me want to buy a heavy jacket and move to Siberia.

  7. Dick Cheney wanted to have planes shot down? That vile sonofabitch. I hope his next heart attack is his last.

    I liked Horton's and Giraldi's bantering about getting rid of Congress. Like the the rest of the U.S. Government, it's worthless.

    Of course the U.S. Government will oppose Palestinian statehood at the UN. This will only serve to reinforce the (correct) perception that the U.S. is Israel's puppet.

  8. Damn straight.

    As one who's dubious about anything the U.S. Government says about the September 11 "attacks," I associate myself with "The Critics of 9/11 Truth: Do They Have A Case?" by Paul Craig Roberts at LewRockwell.com:
    http://lewrockwell.com/roberts/roberts324.html

  9. Yes, i will choose option one, thankyou.

  10. Kissingers beefing up of the Israeli military(1973) in response to Syria's desire
    to recover "conquered" land and the subsequent "oil crisis" which ended americas run of growth illustrates just how clear Israel's interests are not the same as the United States.
    Plus isn't this the next step towards Peace?

  11. I think steve is way off. I believe giraldi is straight up. he’s just an informed guy giving you his opinion. that interview he did with Edmonds for the american conservative was an awesome insight. I read all his shit.

  12. I'm responding to Scott's comment about "opting out" of the porno scanner.

    I really don't understand this point of view. Yes, BOTH the scanner and the "pat down" (feel up, more accurately) are outrageous, obviously unnecessary, and morally criminal. Neither is the "good" option.

    With that in mind, if you're going to fly, you realize you will be forced to choose. No, this isn't a voluntary choice; you are essentially being mugged and told "your life or your wallet". That's a choice made under duress and is therefore not morally binding on you.

    But since you have to make the choice, why on Earth would anyone opt to have a stranger feel up their genitals as opposed to having someone you can't see briefly look at a hazy image of you naked? BOTH are violations of your privacy, but while the scanner is only an assault on your mind (your sense of modesty/privacy), the pat down is an assault on your mind AND a very very invasive molestation on top of it. Why would you go for a double-dip of abuse?

    "Everyone go through this line and get whipped once. If you say 'opt out', you go to a different line where we whip you twice."

    Sorry, it is not a sign of moral approval that you keep your mouth shut and get whipped once. Nor is it a moral victory to volunteer to be whipped twice.

    Yes, if you're a very frequent traveler, there may be concerns about radiation. I can see that argument.

    But for most of us, the few times a year you have to deal with this choice, why would you rather be fondled by someone who stands right there (and can actually look at you in the face/eye), as opposed to photographed by a voyeur you can't see?

  13. The reservations expressed about Giraldi are right on the money. He sits on both sides of the fence and peddles doublespeak.

  14. GODS OF SOCIETY

    Whether men of the corporate rich planned 9/11, or their brutal imperialism generated the vengeance that drove otherwise moral men to do 9/11, the fact remains — men of the stuck-up intelligent middle-class are the root cause.

    For the gods of society, the 40% of men to intelligent to ever do an honest days hard manual labor, yet to dumb to ever be rich, do they not know that only by brutal imperialism do they have great jobs, terrific homes, two new cars in the garage and deluxe healthcare?

  15. how is it that israel can keep getting away with making the withdrawal from gaza look like a gift to the pals?.. does anybody really think that sharon is capable of a benevolent act?.. the occupation was too costly and had to be ended..the israels also like to point out that when they left gaza, what did the pals. do?..they fired thousands of rockets into israel, that what they did.. my question is, how many casualties did the israelis suffer, and how many casualties did the pals. suffer during the same period?.. also, the withdrawal from lebanon… how many american and french soldiers were killed in lebanon?.. sharon withdrew 8,500 israelis from gaza and at the time added 40,000 more to the west bank!..

  16. This story is in my movie from 2008 and the one from april 2011 too. Michael Anne Casey and Alfreda Frances Bikowsky are the other two CIA spooks you are looking for. Bikowsky was there in the famous we got bin laden snap shot of the president and his goons all watching a live feed of the raid that turned to not exist. The part not being talked anoit is how Al-Midar and Al-Hazmi were not only in the US but stayed with a GID agent on load from the Saudis and lived in his house in California. Of course everyone knew they were there. No one involved in the USS Cole bombing were pursued because that was also a "privateer" style operation. On the payroll via Ptech and BMI the knew BCCI.

  17. This story is in my movie from 2008 and the one from April 2011 too. Michael Anne Casey and Alfreda Frances Bikowsky are the other two CIA spooks you are looking for. Bikowsky was there in the famous we got bin laden snap shot of the president and his goons all watching a live feed of the raid that turned to not exist. The part not being talked about is how Al-Midar and Al-Hazmi were not only in the US but stayed with a GID agent on load from the Saudis and lived in his house in California. Of course everyone knew they were there. No one involved in the USS Cole bombing were pursued because that was also a "privateer" style operation. On the payroll via Ptech and BMI the new BCCI. here go to http://www.warbydeception.com and fast forward it to 2:42.48 put their names and photos up and explained it.

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