Laura Ingraham: The popular approval of what Jack Bauer does on television is â€œas close to a national referendum that itâ€™s O.K. to use tough tactics against high-level Al Qaeda operatives as weâ€™re going to get.â€
Meanwhile, the Brits have been forbidden by the politicians in Whitehall from so much as yelling or calling terrorists hard names, reports the Telegraph.
British soldiers have â€œlost their capabilityâ€ to interrogate terrorist insurgents because of strict new rules on questioning that even ban shouting in captivesâ€™ ears, military chiefs have warned.
The rules â€” detailed in court papers obtained by The Telegraph â€” also prevent military intelligence officers from banging their fists on tables or walls, or using â€œinsulting wordsâ€ when interrogating a suspect.
The regulations replaced a previous policy that had to be withdrawn after a series of legal challenges and the death in custody of Baha Mousa, an Iraqi detainee in Basra.
But there is growing disquiet within the ranks that the latest guidelines, officially called Challenge Direct, are so stringent that it makes interrogation pointless.
There is also concern that the rules can be so easily breached â€” especially given the pressure under which soldiers are operating â€” that military personnel will be left exposed to legal claims and possible disciplinary action.
Of course, nothing is new under the sun. Remember Noel Coward mocking similar attitudes on the part of the holier-than-thous back in the 1940s?