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05/09/2006

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Steven Taylor

I have managed to avoid 24--and you have not inspired me to pick it up on reruns via cable.

Indeed, it sounds like what I feared it probably was: a radical simplification of counter-terrorism that would reinforce already problematic views in the public over how information is extracted from prisoners. There are already too many assumptions out there that it is easy to get the right info from prisoners via duress.

Further, too many of our fellow Americans think that the trade off of civil rights for security is a really good bargain.

I think a lot of viewers of 24 actually think that things can work the way they do on TV if just put our mind to it--and that is unfortunate. At lest, such is my impression from friends and acquaintances who talk about the show.

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