“Remember when only villains on TV tortured?” asks Human Rights First. “Today, American heroes on TV dramas like ‘24′ and ‘Lost’ routinely use torture to save the day.”
The flier notes that “These shows are intended as entertainment. But their impact is anything but fictional: Junior soldiers have imitated the interrogation techniques they have seen on television - on the notion that they work.”
The organization has set up a website, http://www.primetimetorture.org, where it’s possible to learn more and sign up for a film about this vexed question, due to be released in spring.