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Still Living With Jack Bauer in a Terrified New American World

Once upon a time, if a character on TV tortured someone, it was a sure sign that he was a bad guy. Now, the torturers are the all-American heroes. From “24” to “Zero Dark Thirty,” it’s been the good guys who wielded the pliers and the waterboards. We’re not only living in a post-9/11 world, we’re stuck with Jack Bauer in the 25th hour.

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How the U.S. Intelligence Community Came Out of the Shadows

The Invisible Government, published by David Wise and Thomas B. Ross in 1964, was groundbreaking, shadow-removing, illuminating. It caused a fuss from its very first paragraph, which was then a shockeroo: “There are two governments in the United States today. One is visible. The other is invisible.”

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Time’s Up for ‘24’

Friday marked a sad day for American exceptionalism. Jack Bauer, the heart-throbby, knows-no-rules lead character in “24,” will no longer appear on TV. Fox announced its decision to cancel the series at the end of its current, eighth season. But fear not, torture fans: Producers are looking to turn “24” into a feature film.

Posted on Mar 27, 2010 READ MORE


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The End Is Nigh for ‘24’

Jack Bauer made a good run of it, but it’s looking like this eighth season of “24” will be the last for one of the top TV relics of the Bush era. Variety reported Tuesday that “20th Century Fox TV and Fox appear ready” to pull the plug on the show, but according to James Poniewozik of Time, “24” might morph into a movie franchise.

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Is the History Channel Smearing the Kennedys?

Is the conservative creator of torture-evangelist “24” really the right person to helm a miniseries about the Kennedys? On the basis of a draft of the script, some scholars say “no.” Above is one of those scholars, Theodore C. Sorensen, an adviser to President John F. Kennedy.

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Glenn Beck Cites ‘24’ to Defend Torture

It’s amazing what happens when powerful minds get together. Take this episode of “Fox and Friends,” during which conservative luminary Glenn Beck quotes Jack Bauer, an imaginary person from the land of TV make-believe, to prove the righteousness of torture. Genius.

Posted on Jan 13, 2009 READ MORE


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Interrogator: Torture Endangers America

Former FBI interrogator Jack Cloonan spills the beans to Foreign Policy Magazine about the techniques he used on top al-Qaida operatives. Cloonan explains that the ticking-time-bomb scenario often used to rationalize torture is a myth and that waterboarding only motivates the enemy to get revenge—even if it takes a generation.

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Joel Surnow

‘24’ Creator Surnow is ‘World’s Worst’

Olbermann put Joel Surnow in his hall of shame for ducking a meeting with the head of West Point, who wanted “24” to tone down its constant “torture works” message. Watch the video, and read about the West Point meeting.

Posted on Feb 14, 2007 READ MORE


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‘24’ Makes the Case for Torture

Jon Wiener at The Nation explores the dangerously simplistic view of torture depicted in Fox TV’s “24.” (In this scene from season 3, Jack Bauer tortures a terrorist by preparing to kill his daughter.)

Posted on Jan 17, 2007 READ MORE


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Skilling Gets 24 Years

Still maintaining his innocence, former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling was sentenced Monday to 24 years for his role in the collapse of the energy giant.  Skilling’s remaining assets will be liquidated, with about $45 million going to a victims’ fund.

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The Massacre of Haditha
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Murtha Alleges Coverup in Haditha Massacre

  • “They knew the day after this happened that it was not as they portrayed it,” Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) told CNN about the military’s response to the November killings of 24 unarmed civilians by U.S. Marines. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said it would be “premature” to judge what actually transpired.
  • Meanwhile, Iraq’s prime minister said that his patience was wearing thin on America’s excuse that it kills civilians by “mistake.”
  • Also, a CNN reporter who had been embedded with military units accused in the killings recalls that they usually took great pains to avoid civilian casualties. However, she was told that “investigators now strongly suspect a rampage by a small number of Marines who snapped after one of their own was killed by a roadside bomb.”
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    What Would Jack Bauer Really Do?

    In championing ?24,? Pat Buchanan and Bush administration apologists oversimplify a complex depiction of counter-terrorism and also use an idealized fictional violence to justify real-world abuses of the law and authority.

    Posted on Apr 25, 2006 READ MORE



    Fear Factor: Jack Bauer is Back

    Season five of the hit show “24” opens with a four-part stunner, a thwarted terrorist attack and a true-life nightmare of a new president.

    Posted on Jan 17, 2006 READ MORE


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