Posted by: thescoundrel | March 27, 2010

TV Series 24 to End this Season

The following is a quote from the television series “24”.

I see fifteen people held hostage on a bus, and everything else goes out the window. I will do whatever it takes to save them, and I mean whatever it takes. … Laws were written by much smarter men than me. And in the end, these laws have to be more important than the 15 people on the bus. I know that’s right. In my mind, I know that’s right. I just don’t think my heart could ever have lived with it.

Fox has announced that this will be the last season for their hit television show “24”, which had the fictional character Jack Bauer fighting fictional terrorist attacks being perpetrated in the USA! I was kind of a late comer to the television show. I did not have access to the Fox channel for most of the early seasons, so I had to catch “24” on replay when it was broadcast on  satellite channels. Some of those seasons I missed part or all of the episodes. It was an easy  series to like that happened on the scene at a time period where the USA had been attacked by real terrorists.  The right show at the right time to captivate an audience.  Besides what was a ground breaking format for story telling, a crucial part of what  made the show interesting, was the Bauer character’s willingness to do whatever information extraction methods “he felt” necessary, to prevent  disaster. There will be a movie spin-off but I will miss tuning into the weekly series.

The last few years -in real life- the US populace has been split on the value of harsh intelligence agency  interrogation techniques.  In the fictional television series “24”, Jack Bauer has usually pushed the envelope of using harsh techniques to obtain his intelligence information. A trend of the series, was reflecting what was happening in real life US political scenes – in the real life battle between pro and con usage of extreme interrogation methods.  There are those that wish to make even harsher restrictions on what the US Intelligence Agencies can or cannot do during interrogation of terrorist suspects. My personal reflections are split on the real life issue. I can understand the moral objections and information value issues that can be argued by both sides of the conflict. But in the end I tend to agree with the Bauer quote I included at the top of this post. I think you have to give Intelligence agencies the ability to do their job when dealing with terrorists. I am a big believer in living life by the rules. But I am also am a believer that when terrorists/adversaries do not play by the current rules then – you change the rule book to level the playing field. We can only hope there are real life Jack Bauers – those willing to take personal and professional risks, by bucking the slow moving US  bureaucracy – that real terrorists count on-  that tends to hamper the safety of US citizens from terror attacks.



  1. There seems to be a wild west (of the movies) image that dominates U.S. thinking for the honest citizen, much to our harm.

    In those movies, the good guy lets the bad guy do 40 very bad things, but keeps upholding his pure standards. In the end, the good guy wins, but always in one last fair fight stand off, where the bad guy always gets to “draw first”.

    But that system is fake and is killing us.

    Laws are selectively enforced … and while a low life criminal might get a mostly fair trial, there are so many laws, that we are all breaking many of them.

    Not many of us face terrorists, but we all face the destruction of capital from those that break rules and laws in making contracts, bribing officials, hiring relatives, backroom dealings, etc. If someone is the victim of those frauds, they may well have to blow up tens of thousands (of dollars) to try to recoup their loss, and have to be ground up in the corrupted system to try to get relief.

    Our country is nearly lawless in many important aspects. We are run by lawyers that break all rules on a regular basis, and have no fear of prosecution. The good old boy network looks out for their own in most cities, and the victims are buried. It gets worse at higher levels.

    We know most of our government is corrupt, yet they still get reelected. Occasionally a Blago type will get in trouble, but usually even those types skate from jail time.

    Crime pays, and most of us are kept in line with the threats of law, and the demand that WE keep the faith in the rule of law, while the “power players” lie, cheat and steal in nearly every transaction.

    Oddly the Chicago kneecapper types are the ones attacking our CIA, and even maligning the peaceful TEA partiers as violent. Yet organized crime and the Chicago machine get little attention.

    24 may have broken the narrative a little, but 15 people on the bus in a minor fender bender will likely yield 35 lawsuits for neck injuries, as lawyers round up phantom victims, and train them how to lie in court. It is the corruption that has rotted our whole system.

    24 was entertaining for a few seasons. But we need a Jack Bauer to rip through our corrupt internal power structures. Instead we get more Sean Penn types praising dictators.

  2. The government has become its own worst enemy when it come to protecting the citizens of this country. They bend over backwards trying to create rights for criminals and terrorists that inflicts danger on the law abiding citizens.

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