Former president Bill Clinton has told NBC’s Meet The Press that America needs more intelligence agents who make their own rules and engage in whatever actions are necessary like Jack Bauer from the fictional TV show 24.
“I think what our policy ought to be is to be uncompromisingly opposed to terror–I mean to torture, and that if you’re the Jack Bauer person, you’ll do whatever you do and you should be prepared to take the consequences… And I think the consequences will be imposed based on what turns out to be the truth.” Clinton said.
“If you have any kind of a formal exception, people just drive a truck through it, and they’ll say, ‘Well, I thought it was covered by the exception,'” Clinton added.
The question was again raised by host Tim Russert after Clinton told him last year that he would authorize torture in a “ticking bomb 24”-style situation.
Clinton went on to state “If you look at the show, every time they get the president to approve something, the president gets in trouble, the country gets in trouble. And when Bauer goes out there on his own and is prepared to live with the consequences, it always seems to work better.”.
Clinton’s comments represent another case of an influential political figure discussing the benefits of torture in the context of a fictional TV show character.
Earlier this year Supreme Court judge Antonin Scalia also used the analogy at a panel discussion on torture, stating “Jack Bauer saved Los Angeles. … He saved hundreds of thousands of lives… Are you going to convict Jack Bauer? Say that criminal law is against him? ‘You have the right to a jury trial?’ Is any jury going to convict Jack Bauer? I don’t think so.”
We are more used to this kind of dross from Fox News. For example, Laura Ingraham has previously stated that the average American’s love of the show is a referendum for the use of torture against anyone considered to be with “Al Qaeda” whether they be American citizens or not. Watch it:
24 has routinely depicted scenes of detainee torture, as well as plot-lines broaching the issue of the detention of American citizens in a time of crisis.
At a time when legislation such as The Patriot Act and The Military Commissions Act are setting the precedent for the detention of American citizens, and in the absence of any real terror 24 serves as the perfect dose of fear-mongering propaganda to encourage acceptance of such attacks upon the fabric of freedom.
24, Threat Matrix, Spooks, and other such shows are contributions to a conditioning mechanism that present torture as a reasonable and ethical method. However, in every case of torture that has come to light in the real world there isn’t even a basis of “situational ethics” to justify this with.
Click here to watch a video clip in which Alex Jones explains the hypocrisy of torture and why the doublethink of the “it’s bad when the enemy does it but good when we do it” mentality is so dangerous.
Finally, should we really have to endure BIll Clinton, an impeached former president who has been accused of rape and molestation, speaking on “facing consequences” for one’s actions based on “what turns out to be the truth”?