Americans like watching Jack Bauer torture people because they feel it represents their helplessness and anger, according to Howard Gordon, the executive producer of “24”.Imagine what people who are genuinely in danger (the Iraqis) feel about us who can bomb them anytime we want night or day.We are only in perceived danger.That is to say that we were attacked once and everyone is still afraid because of the uncertain nature of the attacks we face.But imagine the uncertainty when you know that a country owns you and can bomb or shoot you anywhere, anytime without reason or provocation. That is the terror we create when we destroy countries indiscriminately in order to justify our massive military-industrial complex to the American taxpayer.
Apparently, 24 also represents a solid interpretation of the U.S. Constitution, according to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
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