Apologies to the many fans of 24 that I know....I remember trying to watch the first season of 24 and spending the whole time laughing hysterically at the melodrama...and at how you can predict every line and every event before it happened...and I spent the few episodes of season two doing a little less laughing and a lot more gagging at what I today find articulated in the Guardian :
But what if such a distance is possible? What if people do commit terrible acts as part of their job while being loving husbands, good parents and close friends? As Arendt says, the fact that they are able to retain any normality while committing such acts is the ultimate confirmation of moral depravity.
3. An order from a superior officer or a public authority may not be invoked as a justification of torture.