West Point Dean To 24 Creator Joel Surnow: "Stop It."
Apparently anticipating a recent report that says that torture doesn't work and interrogators are too influenced by torture scenes presented in the popular media (i.e. 24) Brigadier General Patrick Finnegan and four others went to meet with the producers of 24 in November in order to tell them to quit using that fanciful shortcut that never works in real life to resolve crises, or if they have to, show the consequences of such actions:
"People watch the shows, and then walk into the interrogation booths and do the same things they've just seen," said Tony Lagouranis, who was a U.S. Army interrogator in Iraq and attended the meeting.
"The kids see it, and say, 'If torture is wrong, what about '24'?" Finnegan said.
. . .Joe Navarro, an FBI interrogation expert who was at the meeting, said he wouldn't want anyone like Bauer on his team. "Only a psychopath can torture and be unaffected," he said. "You don't want people like that in your organization. They are untrustworthy, and tend to have grotesque other problems."
Welp, Joel Surnow, the series right-wing producer, remains unconvinced that torture is a failed policy whose only end is to create republics of fear ruled by depraved maniacs:
The show's co-creator and executive director, Joel Surnow, 52, a self-described "right-wing nut," seemed stunned by the complaints, but gave no hint that the torture scenes would be toned down - or shown not to work. "We've had all of these torture experts come by recently, and they say, 'You don't realize how many people are affected by this. Be careful,'" Surnow conceded. "But I don't believe that."
Eh, who can blame him. Apparently he only giving the people what they want.