Anonymous Postcard: Claim Detail

Claim No.: 031020090113

The producers of 24

In the more than a year you had to plan for season seven you met with senior members of the military establishment who asked you not to continue writing the show as if torture always works, because this gruesome fallacy has been warping military attitudes and training. But so far the only clear message I have gleaned from season seven is that effective intelligence agents are those who discover the wonders and reliability of torture.

What the hell is wrong with you? Torture doesn't work. Artistic freedom is important. But torture doesn't work. Absolutely, the show is fiction. But torture doesn't work. Why are you guys so obsessed with the efficacy of torture when torture doesn't work?

I have a theory. The plotting and writing on your show are so poor that like generations of mediocre dramatists before you, you are in constant need of some deus ex machina to extricate the narrative from the dead ends in which your writers leave themselves. You have chosen torture. Torture is your god, your ace in the hole, and your crutch.

The reign of your kind of logic ended January 20. Shape up or ship out.

Mailed: 2009-02-10

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