Malcolm Barrett is an agent of the National Intelligence Department, sent on missions of the utmost importance regarding the internal security of the United States government with regards to the Stargate.
In spite of the NID's traditional image of being a dark, shadowy and oily agency, Barrett is an example of the NID's upright and legal operations, proving that not all agents under the banner of the organization support its illegal and black-ops projects, incurring a significant amount of risk to his career.
In recent times, Barrett has become an ally of both the SGC and the Atlantis Expedition, often assisting the respective members with whatever the latest crisis may be.
Barrett was first encountered by SG-1 when Major Samantha Carter and Dr. Daniel Jackson were searching for the other members of Martin's people. They tracked them to a warehouse that was actually an NID surveillance outpost. He was also tracking Peter Tanner and his men in an attempt to acquire their ship but was unsuccessful as Colonel Jack O'Neill allowed them to leave. (SG1: "Wormhole X-Treme!")
After Senator Robert Kinsey's apparent assassination by Colonel Jack O'Neill, Barrett was called to the White House and given a special assignment, ordered to track down the shadow group pulling the strings behind the NID's rogue arm, and bring them to justice. In addition, he was approached by Major Samantha Carter, who was seeking to exonerate O'Neill. Together, they discover that the rogue NID agents work for a group of powerful businessmen, who want to find commercial applications for technologies brought back from other worlds through the Stargate. To accomplish the special task from the White House Barrett doesn't hesitate to blackmail Kinsey, or to work with Luthor, an illegal weapons seller, just to get information he needs. He and Carter were able to capture Agent Mark Devlin and Carter used a Mimetic imaging device to impersonate Devlin and get the Committee members to incriminate themselves. (SG1: "Smoke and Mirrors")
He had a more important role when he helped Major Samantha Carter, Dr. Daniel Jackson and Teal'c interview and inspect a Goa'uld-Human hybrid found in a lab in Los Angeles, California. While working together with Carter, they developed a comfortable working relationship to the point of friendly teasing. When Carter thanked him for sending the Richard Woolsey memo, he took his chance to ask her out, but he was surprised to find out she was seeing someone. When Dr. Keffler refused to give them any other information about how to turn the Ark bomb off that the Anna/Sekhmet had armed, Barrett lost his temper and went after him physically. Jackson was able to find the deactivation code in Anna's drawings. (SG1: "Resurrection")
Barrett and other NID agents assisted Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter and Dr. Daniel Jackson in the search for Ba'al. They called off the raid when Ba'al appeared on TV on the other side of town. (SG1: "Ex Deus Machina")
He later warned Major General Henry Landry that The Trust had infiltrated a lower-level operative into the Atlantis expedition who has planted a bomb to destroy the city, set to be detonated the next time Atlantis dialed Earth. Later, Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter returned from an offworld mission and assisted him and Dr. Bill Lee in their attempts to discover the location and nature of the Atlantis explosive device. (SGA: "Critical Mass")
Agent Barrett arrived at Stargate Command with instructions to take a number of Ba'al clones for interrogation at NID headquarters, due to brainwashing by operatives of The Trust, he inadvertently assisted Ba'al and his clones in escaping from the SGC with a copy of the Ancient Stargate map, and may also be responsible for informing Ba'al about the transporter-jamming technology employed in the SGC base. (SG1: "Insiders")
When Jeannie Miller was kidnapped by Henry Wallace of Devlin Medical Technologies, he lead the investigation and coordinated with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service to locate her. When Dr. Rodney McKay discovered the trojan on Jeannie's computer and traced it to an address, he and McKay went to investigate. When they arrived he was knocked unconscious by masked men and McKay was kidnapped as well. He then traveled back to Stargate Command and assisted Lt. Colonel John Sheppard and Ronon Dex in trying to link the company that owned the building to a group capable of pulling this off. (SGA: "Miller's Crossing")
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