A reader writes:

You asked (referring to 24): "Do people take this stuff seriously?"

Quite unfortunately, yes. I guess you've forgotten the comments of one of Justice Scalia:

"Jack Bauer saved Los Angeles . . . . He saved hundreds of thousands of lives.... Are you going to convict Jack Bauer?" Then, "I don't think so... So the question is really whether we believe in these absolutes. And ought we believe in these absolutes."

Pretty scary, huh?

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