Brittain Mallow
Commander, Criminal Investigation Task Force


An interview with Brittain Mallow conducted November 29, 2011 by Myron A. Farber for the Columbia Center for Oral History, Rule of Law Oral History Project.

Colonel Brittain Mallow was a military police officer and a Middle East foreign area specialist for the United States Army. Before the September 11th attacks, he was the Deputy Commander of the Army’s Criminal Investigation Command [CID].  In February 2002 he became the Commander of the Criminal Investigation Task Force [CITF], which had elements at the Guantánamo Bay detention center, in Afghanistan, and later in Iraq. Highlights of this interview include Col. Mallow’s personal experience of the September 11th attacks, the military screening and selection process of Guantaìnamo Bay detainees, discussions of intelligence gathering and the use of enhanced interrogation techniques, the conditions at Guantánamo Bay, Kandahar, and Bagram detention centers, and the use of SERE [Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape] program techniques in interrogations.

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