The Jack Bauer Defense for “Heavy-Handed Interrogation Techniques”

18Jul07

Bauer

Via the talking dog:

I know I’m a little late in commenting on this one, but coming across this in a recent Vanity Fair article made my skin crawl.

Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia recently made his case for heavy-handed interrogation tactics via a surprisingly current pop-culture reference. “Jack Bauer saved Los Angeles,” he told a panel of judges, referring to the torturer protagonist of the Fox series 24. “Are you going to convict Jack Bauer?”

My question to Vanity Fair: Is the surprising part of this statement really that the reference is from current pop culture? Are you sure the surprising part isn’t that a supreme court justice is using a fictional character instead of hard data as a defense for the inhumane treatment of real people?

While that’s the line that most jumped out at me, I highly recommend the rest of the article if anyone is interested in the recent history of “heavy-handed interrogation tactics” and how those tactics went from discredited to pervasive in recent years.

*Photo Courtesy of Victor Bracco

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