Tuesday, January 13, 2009

He Doesn't Know Jack!

Now, as many of you know I am a HUGE fan of the political drama, 24. Not only is it the fastest paced show on TV...Jack (actor Keifer Sutherland) is, in my opinion, very easy on the eyes. That aside, he can also kick some serious tail and save the world in less then 24 hours. I mean come on...who doesn't love that? http://link.brightcove.com/services/link/bcpid1119669402/bctid1885474195
In November (in a 2 hr. movie, Redemption, that bridged the gap between Season 6 and Season 7) Jack was dragged back to the US from a stint, working with aide workers in Africa at the start of a regional civil war. This new season finds Jack sitting in front of the Senate sub-committee being asked about his having tortured self proclaimed and unrepentant terrorists in order to get needed information. The smug faced senator claims Jack broke the law of the Geneva Convention and wants Jack to admit he is sorry for what he did. He wants him to admit he was wrong. Jack sums it all up and says (in my paraphrase) "Look, we had captured terrorists they knew information that would help us to stop another attack on many innocent civilians. Are you asking me if I'm sorry? No, I'm not. You ask the people whose lives we saved if I am guilty of something wrong."
This scene has caused quite a stir. I've watched several different (real) news shows discussing this scene. They say that the writer of 24 (who I understand is a conservative) is writing in fiction what a lot of people believe in reality.
Should known (and self proclaimed) terrorist-killers have the same rights as everyone else? Militant terrorists that want America dead? Who see us as infidels that deserve no mercy? That cheer in the streets when our people die for no other reason except they happened to be on an airplane the morning of September 11, 2001? Terrorism is becoming worse all over the world, just turn on the news any day of the week and see. Our military men and women blown up on ships (USS Cole on Oct.12,2000), Embassies in several countries blown to bits, restaurants and hotels in foreign lands targeted because of their "westerner" guests (Mumbai, India 2008). Even today I read a blog that showed people in Iran burning Barak Obama's image on a flag. So much for peace with the new administration. They are not feeling the love.
So, what is your opinion? Should terrorists be treated differently in order to save innocent lives? Speak out. Leave some comments.


  1. Since when did even this question arise?24 rocks, bauer rocks.... even though his actions so far in season 7 seems too apologetic if you ignore the "dont expect me to regret my decision " line

  2. Its know now that our government had ample opportnities to take out Bin laden before 10/12/00. But civilians around him would have been killed. About 60 of them. I wish they would have. Our son was mrdered on that date by Al-Qaeda. And then all the people who were killed less than a year later in 9/11. Its called preventive action. The same with torture. And I do not view having water poured down your nose in a controlled matter with a doctor standing by as torture. So yes I agree with it. And its preventive.

  3. I saw Kiefer at a restaurant in Manhattan last year. (We didn't talk to him, but he was in our line of vision for a few hours.)

    He is probably the nicest celebrity I've ever seen out and about...he posed and smiled(!) for every photo, signed every autograph, shook hands, and waved back to every person who noticed him. Everyone who spoke to him walked away with smiles on their faces. It was remarkable.

    For the record, he looks just like he does on tv: tall, blonde and instantly recognizable.