Drum thinks 24 is going to tackle the torture issue head-on this season:

Is there any way for this end other than badly? After all, here in the blogosphere we opponents of torture like to argue that we don't live in the world of 24, guys. And we don't. But Jack Bauer, needless to say, does live in the world of 24. And in that world, there are well-heeled terrorists around every corner, ticking time bombs aplenty, and torture routinely saves thousands of lives. What are the odds that it won't do so again this season except this time after lots of talk about the rule of law blah blah liberals blah blah it's your call blah blah? Pretty low, I'd guess. Hopefully the writers will surprise me.

I watched my first episode of 24 on Sunday. Seemed like silly Hollywood drama to me, with the usual relationship to reality. Enjoyable enough - but do people take this stuff seriously?

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