Shoutout to ThinkProgress
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I mean, I like 24. It's an enjoyable fantasy. But it's a fantasy, for God's sake.
That said: if the creators of the show had any guts at all, they would write into one of the episodes an instance of torture resulting in bad information (which, as we know, happens a lot), which bad information leads to failure to prevent a disaster. Now THAT would get the wingnuts talking!
"We tortured [Mohammed al-]Qahtani," said Susan J. Crawford, in her first interview since being named convening authority of military commissions by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates in February 2007. "His treatment met the legal definition of torture. And that's why I did not refer the case" for prosecution.
As one result, now we can't prosecute him for any crimes because the US tortured him. Good job, torture fans!
Tom Clancy was regularly featured in the aftermath of 9/11 'cuz, you know, he wrote a book where something kinda similar but not really happened. I guess the director of Black Sunday wasn't available.
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