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Kiefer Sutherland defends the use of torture by 24: ’24 is your excuse for Abu Ghraib? You must be kidding me’

Kiefer Sutherland denied claims that his hit show 24 advocated the use of torture, saying it was “purely asinine” to blame for the actions of the US military on a television series.

Sutherland played counterterrorism agent Jack Bauer on the show from 2001 to 2009, and reprized the role for the 2014 revival.

The horror film was a huge success, winning 20 Emmy Awards and attracting a global audience of 100 million.

However, the series has also been criticized for promoting the idea that torture is an effective interrogation tactic.

In it, Bauer broke the suspect’s fingers, suffocating them and electrocuting them.

In November 2006, U.S. Army Brigadier General Patrick Finnegan, principal of USA Military Academy at West Point, visited the ministry 24 complained that the show had a toxic effect on his rookies. “I want them to stop,” Finnegan said at the time. “They should do a show where torture causes a backlash.”

In a new interview with The Independent, out on Saturday 22 January, Sutherland defended the show, saying: “If the US military can be derailed by a TV show, we have a much bigger problem than 24.

“The second time he publicly commented, as if somehow 24 will become your excuse for Abu Ghraib… You must be kidding me. That I will not accept.

“To use 24, a television show, as a scapegoat for US military behavior that is purely asinine. “

During the early stages of the Iraq War, members of the US Army and CIA committed a series of human rights abuses and war crimes against detainees at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, including both torture and rape.

The abuse came to public attention when photographs of the abuse appeared in April 2004.

Elsewhere in the interview, Sutherland talks about her activist mother, her time behind bars, and why. 24 is unfairly wrong.

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Tom Vazquez

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