Mark Fallon is the Director of ClubFed, LLC an international security consultancy, and is an Expert Consult, Expert Witness and Strategic Advisor on matters of counterterrorism, criminal investigation, transformational training, and leading during crisis. A leading authority on the integration of the psychological sciences to improve the practice of effective questioning and global policing, Mark was a member of the 15-person Steering Committee of Experts that developed the Méndez Principles on Effective Interviewing for Investigations and Information Gathering. He is Past-Chair of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) International Managers of Police Academy and College Training (IMPACT) Section, Past-Chair of the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group Research Committee, and former Interim Executive Director of the Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law (CERL) at the University of Pennsylvania. While a Visiting Scholar at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, he Co-Founded Project Aletheia as a knowledge center to bridge the gap between the science and practice of interrogation. Based on his acumen, knowledge, and experience in both the research and practice of interviewing, debriefing and interrogation, Mark has designed and developed the SMART Tradecraft on Effective Interviewing as part of police reformation initiatives advocating procedural just and virtuous policing.
Mark Fallon is an internationally recognized expert on security issues, counterterrorism, and interrogation. He is the author of Unjustifiable Means: The Inside Story of How the CIA, Pentagon and US Government Conspired to Torture (ReganArts, 2017). He is a co-editor and contributor of Interrogation and Torture: Integrating Efficacy with Law and Morality (Oxford University Press, 2020). Mark is a contributing author for Just Security and SpyTalk. His published writings include those appearing in the New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, Police Chief Magazine, Psychology Today and the Journal of Applied Cognitive Psychology. He has appeared on numerous news broadcasts regarding international security issues, including CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, BBC, Sky News, TRT World News and China News Asia.
Mark Fallon has been featured in film productions including ‘Inside the Real NCIS’ (National Geographic), ‘Cable Car Collision’ (National Geographic), ‘Rendition Revisited’ (Al Jazeera), ‘Inside America’s Dark Prison’ (TRT World Focal Point), ‘Eminent Monsters’ (Hopscotch Films), ‘Zero Impunity’ (a_Bahn Film Production) and is featured as a comic book character in the graphic novel ‘Guantanamo Voices” (Abrams ComicArts – September 2020). Mark assisted in the production of ‘The Report’ (Prime Video 2019), ‘The Forever Prisoner’ (HBO Max 2021) and is among the historic figures featured in the series ‘Turning Point: 9/11 and the War on Terror’ (NETFLIX 2021).
Unjustifiable Means: The Inside Story How the CIA, Pentagon and US Government Conspired to Torture
A true insider and a veteran NCIS agent, Mark Fallon was appointed the deputy commander of the Criminal Investigation Task Force (CITF) charged with bringing suspected terrorists to justice in the War on Terror. With the opening of Guantanamo Bay and the arrival of detainees, government agencies—including the CIA, Army, and NCIS—began infighting over whose jurisdiction the investigation fell under, and what the best method was for extracting information on al-Qaeda.
Fallon has exclusive insider information on the decision to implement “Enhanced Interrogation Techniques,” and the backchannels and deception employed to legalize these methods and hide them from the public’s view. Hard-hitting, raw, and explosive, Unjustifiable Means forces the spotlight back onto how America lost its way and exposes those responsible for torturing innocent men under the guise of national security—individuals who have yet to be held accountable for their actions.
Interviewing and Interrogation: A Review of Research and Practice Since World War II2023
Interrogation and Torture: Integrating Efficacy with Law and Morality2020