– Phil Giraldi Speaks Candidly With AFP:
• Former CIA agent finds out there is a limit to free speech—even amongst “conservatives”
By Dave Gahary
George Orwell once said, “The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.” That ominous warning was clearly on display last month when Philip Giraldi— one of the heavyweights who has been able to cross the line between the alternative media and the established media—was banned from writing for The American Conservativemagazine, where he had been a contributor since its inception, because they didn’t like an article he wrote— not for them, but for another publication.
Giraldi, born in New Jersey and educated at the University of Chicago and the University of London, served in U.S. Army intelligence during the Vietnam War and was a CIA operations officer, i.e., agent, for 17 years.
Since his time with “the Agency,” Giraldi has been writing for several websites and magazines about national security issues and most particularly about the war on terror. He has also been the executive director for the past seven years of the 30-year-old Council for the National Interest (CNI), founded by former U.S. diplomats “outraged by the U.S. policy in the Middle East, which was favoring Israel very heavily and damaging our other interests in the region,” explained Giraldi in an exclusive interview with AMERICAN FREE PRESS.
CNI’s objective is to change “U.S. policy to make it more aligned with U.S. interests and less with Israeli interests,” he added. The hullaballoo over some words started Sept. 19 when Giraldi penned a 1,483-word piece entitled “America’s Jews Are Driving America’s Wars: Shouldn’t they recuse themselves when dealing with the Middle East?”