“24” does more than “reflect” government policy….

… it shapes it. Check out this Newsweek piece by Dahlia Lithwick about 24‘s influence on those who design and sit in judgment of the US’s torture practices. An excerpt:

According to British lawyer and writer Sands, Jack Bauer—played by Kiefer Sutherland—was an inspiration at early “brainstorming meetings” of military officials at Guantánamo in September 2002. Diane Beaver, the staff judge advocate general who gave legal approval to 18 controversial interrogation techniques including waterboarding, sexual humiliation and terrorizing prisoners with dogs, told Sands that Bauer “gave people lots of ideas.” Michael Chertoff, the Homeland Security chief, gushed in a panel discussion on “24” organized by the Heritage Foundation that the show”reflects real life.”

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Curious about the ways humans use their minds and hearts to distract themselves from the meaninglessness of life.
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