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“53” beats “24”

Post by Patrick O'Callahan on May 4, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
May 4, 2010 6:26 pm

New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly ought to give American counter-terrorism more credit.

By way of praising the quick arrest of suspected Times Square bomber, Kelly noted that investigators tracked Faisal Shahzad down in 53 hours and 20 minutes and compared that to the way Jack Bauer of television’s “24” rolls up terror plots a lot faster. “But in the real world, 53 hours is a – is a pretty good number.”

Except the bad guys score more often in “24.” Bauer’s counter-terrorism unit has failed to prevent the release of deadly virus in a Los Angeles hotel, the assassination of the president, two nuclear explosions on U.S. soil and innumerable lesser bombings.

I like the real world cops. Lesson for Bauer: Haste makes waste.

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