Primetime Torture Project: An Ad for Torture – Season 7 of 24
CNN Report on HRF’s Primetime Torture Campaign
New Era in Politics, New Focus for ’24′ – 01/10/09
The New York Times – http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/08/
Can Jack Bauer make it in the age of Obama? Bauer, the counterterrorism agent at the center of Fox’s serialized hit “24,” is an archetype of the Bush years. The series made its debut just two months after 9/11, at a time when the nation seemed ready to embrace a hero who did not stop to ask questions about legal niceties in his pursuit of the bad guys.
Day of Reckoning – 01/10/09
The Washington Post – http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/09/
There’s a new administration in town, and a trailing legion of civil libertarians, do-gooders and smug senators with subpoena powers. They want to crawl all over the recent past, second-guessing years of successful counterterrorism operations — which, of necessity, worked the dark side. Jack Bauer is still saving America on “24,” but in the show’s seventh season, which begins tomorrow night on Fox, the post-9/11 action hero appears to be grappling with the vociferous, real-world criticism of his hardball tactics. For years, “24″ has been in the cross hairs of not just human rights activists appalled by its casual depiction of torture, but also military and law enforcement professionals, who say it has corrupted impressionable recruits.
Bad guys and West Point – 02/12/08
Letter to the Editor, The Globe and Mail – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/Page/document/v5/content/
Re How (Recently) West Point Learned The Laws Of War – Focus, Feb. 9: As a human-rights advocate, I’ve been working with military leaders and educators to try to end America’s use of torture since the release of the Abu Ghraib photos in 2004. These abuses are so outrageous and the U.S. response so inadequate, it is tempting to look for bad guys in every spider hole.
Reinventing ’24′: Jack Bauer’s newest nemesis isn’t a terrorist — it’s public opinion. – 02/02/08
The Wall Street Journal – http://online.wsj.com/public/article_print/SB120189888101136151.html
During its first five years on television, the terror-thriller “24″ built a huge fan base by creating the first true superhero of the post-Sept. 11 era: special agent Jack Bauer. Ruggedly handsome and righteously defiant, Jack was willing to do anything to defend his country.
An award for truth on torture – 10/10/07
The Los Angeles Times – http://articles.latimes.com/2007/oct/10/entertainment/et-quick10.s5
Human Rights First, a New York-based nonprofit, has nominated five television series – Lost, The Closer,Boston Legal,Criminal Minds and The Shield – for excellence in realistically portraying torture or interrogation. “As incongruous as it may seem for a human-rights group to ‘honor’ the depiction of torture, these awards recognize that only a handful of TV shows have taken the time necessary to depict torture in a thoughtful, realistic fashion,” said David Danzig, director of Human Rights First’s Primetime Torture project. “Viewers of these programs don’t walk away saying to themselves, ‘Gee, this stuff really works!’”
Signal Flair – 05/25/07
St. Petersburg Times – http://www.sptimes.com/2007/05/25/Features/Signal_flair.shtml
He made the trip to teach some real-life truths, but former FBI interrogator Joe Navarro was the one who left with a bitter lesson learned. Navarro, a Tampa-based expert on interrogation and nonverbal communication, was asked by the civil rights organization Human Rights First to join a group speaking with the producers of Fox’s hit espionage show 24 in November, hoping to tone down the torture sequences.
Torture’s Wider Use Brings New Concerns – 03/13/07
NPR, All Things Considered – http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=8286003
The Fox Network series 24 features a hero who is not shy about using torture to achieve his objectives. The portrayal of torture as a positive tool worries human-rights watchers as well as the general who heads up West Point. They say the portrayals may be influencing military interrogators
US TV torture scenes trouble human rights activists – 03/08/07
Reuters – http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N06410040.htm
Desperate to get answers from a terrorism suspect who is refusing to talk, steely eyed U.S. intelligence agent Jack Bauer bursts into an interrogation room and shoots the prisoner in the leg.
What U.S. Interrogators Learned from TV; 02/27/07
Jack Bauer, the fictional federal agent in the hit American TV show “24,” gets what he wants—and does whatever it takes to get it.
Getting Drilled – 02/23/07
Entertainment Weekly – http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20013220,00.html
Once a trademark of 24 Jack Bauer’s relentless use of torture to extract the truth from suspects has become a lightning rod for human rights advocates.
Whatever It Takes – 2/19/07
New Yorker – http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2007/02/19/070219fa_fact_mayer
The office desk of Joel Surnow—the co-creator and executive producer of “24,” the popular counterterrorism drama on Fox—faces a wall dominated by an American flag in a glass case.
’24′ Tamps Down the Torture – 2/15/07
Philadelphia Inquirer –
Fox’s 24 will become less torturous, but not because the U.S. military, human rights groups and children’s advocates want it to.
US military tells Jack Bauer: Cut out the torture scenes, or else! – 02/13/07
The Independent – http://news.independent.co.uk/
In the hugely popular television series 24, federal agent Jack Bauer always gets his man, even if he has to play a little rough.
’24′ gets a lesson in torture from the experts – 2/13/07
LA Times – http://www.latimes.com/
Hollywood is notorious for its meetings, but even by L.A. standards this one was unusual. A few steps away from the CTU set of Fox’s “24,” an unlikely alliance of human rights activists, the dean of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and veteran interrogators with experience stretching from Saigon to Abu Ghraib gathered around two tables in mid-November.
Does ’24′ encourage US interrogators to ‘torture’ detainees? – 2/12/07
Christian Science Monitor – http://www.csmonitor.com/
The Fox Broadcasting Company television show “24,” which for the past five years has detailed “a single, panic-laced day” in which Jack Bauer – a heroic counter-terrorism agent, played by Kiefer Sutherland – must stop “a conspiracy that imperils the nation,” is one of the US’s most popular shows. But it may also be encouraging real-life interrogators to “go too far” when they question terrorist suspects.