Scott Horton Interviews Philip Giraldi

Scott Horton, November 21, 2011

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Former CIA officer Philip Giraldi discusses the CIA agents “rolled up” in Iran and Lebanon because of sloppy tradecraft (like regularly meeting at a Beirut Pizza Hut); clarifying the CIA terms “officer,” “agent,” and “asset;” the Iranian agents killed from ill-conceived CIA mailing practices during Giraldi’s tenure (though he learned about it in the newspaper); how the purging of US intelligence assets could help the Iran war propaganda campaign; and why a Libyan-style regime change could soon come to Syria.

MP3 here. (21:17)

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.

17 Responses to “Philip Giraldi”

  1. heres the first one who hopes Hez made them sing like the proverbial cannary…I suspect the CIA is a terrorist organisation.. that needs to be properly purged.

  2. There is a foreign intelligence agency that has a history of turning in US assets to be murdered. It also would benefit by becoming a main source of intelligence for the US from Lebanon and Iran via eliminating our direct sources. It works hand and glove with American neocons. Could it be that Israel has once again stabbed America in the back?

  3. Maybe water boarding is effective after all. The USG wanted to use torture. I wonder if the CIA agents being tortured now still support waterboarding. The CIA is a terrorist organization that causes more harm than good. There is no room for the CIA in a democratic republic. The CIA is an imperialist tool.

  4. ok is it just me or does Phil say

    "an asset can be anything either an agent or a technical operation like a telepath or something like that"
    5:10-5:25
    a telepath???
    does that have other meanings besides the one im thinking of?

  5. The Pizza Hut spy disclosure reminds one of the story of the "Cops who couldn't shoot straight. Thanks as always to Dr. Phil for his continued excellence in educating the American public.

  6. tel-tap = telephone tap

  7. SCOTT — INTERVIEW — Jennifer Lynch

    FBI Sanctioned for Lying About Existence of Surveillance Records

    “An order from the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California has revealed the FBI lied to the court about the existence of records requested under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), taking the position that FOIA allows it to withhold information from the court whenever it thinks this is in the interest of national security. Using the strongest possible language, the court disagreed: ‘The Government cannot, under any circumstance, affirmatively mislead the Court.’”

    http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/11/22-0

  8. (1) No, the spies were not exposed because of CIA stupidity, the stupid pride of highly intelligent people, but because of Iran’s officials having greater intelligence. But then, we could say that our CIA officials were stupid thinking they were more intelligent then those in Iran, those who run a greatly more intelligent and moral democracy. For liars who use an illusion of good to hide their intent to be enriched upon our misery, they have an inflated god-ego and will always think they that have twice the intelligence of anyone around them.

    (2) No, Iran does not torture, it holds the moral high ground and would do more harm then good to itself by using torture.

    (3) No, Iran will not execute the spies without a civilian jury trial.

    (4) No, spying can never accomplish but corruption most criminal. Pathological liars, if they lie to enemies, they could just as easy stab a friend in the back with the clearest of conscience.

  9. Today a new article that proves my point:

    FBI Sanctioned for Lying About Existence of Surveillance Records

    “An order from the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California has revealed the FBI lied to the court about the existence of records requested under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), taking the position that FOIA allows it to withhold information from the court whenever it thinks this is in the interest of national security. Using the strongest possible language, the court disagreed: ‘The Government cannot, under any circumstance, affirmatively mislead the Court.’”
    http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/11/22-0

  10. that makes more sense

  11. How does the CIA recruit any of the agents when they are so totally unreliable? It´s not just risky to work for them, it is suicidal.

  12. Damn straight, Mr. Zrnchik.

    Does a country need an intelligence service? Yes, absolutely. However, the intelligence agency must confine itself to gathering and analyzing information, and honestly reporting its findings. It must not–I say again, must not–be a paramilitary outfit operating outside the law.

    At present, the CIA is completely out-of-bounds. It's a disgrace. Our friend Giraldi keeps telling us this.

  13. I remember when Hezbollah discovered Ali al-Jarrah the cousin of 9/11 pilot hijacker Ziad Jarrah who was working for the Israeli Mossad for 9/11.
    http://www.prisonplanet.com/cousin-of-alleged-911

    I wonder what he told Hezbollah officials.

  14. SPY — EXPERT IN DECEIT — TELLER OF FICTION

    Orville H. Larson
    “Does a country need an intelligence service? Yes… gathering and analyzing information”

    A garbage question, a non-issue that gives us nothing but confusion and darkness.

    GUT ISSUE
    Do we need a spy-intelligence service?

    Answer, only if we need a spy-stupidity service, for information gathered by spies who are deceitful toward an enemy, they have a destroyed conscience and will talk for effect void of a moral conscience.

    For either a man never lies, or he will always say and do what is in his own best interest.

  15. cocaine, probably

  16. No word from Petraeus, huh?

  17. The likelihood is that they are homosexuals or coin operated vermin who got what they deserved.

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