A Lesson In Torture

February 16th, 2007

An unlikely alliance of human rights activists, the dean of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and veteran interrogators gathered in mid-November with some of the creative forces behind ’24.’ The East Coast crowd was there to ask that torture scenes be made more authentic. They didn’t mean bloodier or more savage. Instead, they wanted ’24’ to show torture subjects taking weeks or months to break, spitting out false or unreliable intelligence, and even dying, as they do in the real world.

Another article on torture in ’24’, and that a ever growing group of people think it really is becoming an issue. Like I said about a previously posted article on the same subject – it would be nice to know what the “creative forces behind ’24’ said in reply, almost feels like there is a deeper discussion on this going on behind the scenes but that the public at large is being kept out of it.

source : indystar.com

Broadcasters are free to televise such cringe-inducing scenes of violence with relative impunity in the USA. But a new draft report from the Federal Communications Commission suggests the government may be able to limit violence on TV in a way that does not violate the Constitution.

Related article suggested that the FCC may be nearer to regulating violence (such as torture) on TV.

source : usatoday.com

One Response to “A Lesson In Torture”

  1. J_Aon 24 Feb 2007 at 3:34 pm

    it was about time ;-).

    what I think is more the problem is also that torture on 24 is just brushed off after it’s over with. People are just “fine” and walk away and go back to work when it’s done with. It usually doesn’t even take more than a few minutes.

    Now, while I understand they only have 24 hours on the show, this is as unrealistic as anything, and if they’re going to make torture scenes more realistic, they should also consider the post-torture effects, like the PTSD.

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