This guy claims a lot of people working for Homeland Security (what a hideous name!) take the show 24 very seriously
In my work I interact and assist folks from TSA, Homeland Security or other consultants supporting them. On a couple of occasions I have been in meetings with such folks and have made the mistake of making a joke about the absurdity of 24. I was met with unamused stares which communicated that I was no longer to be taken as a serious person. Something one often hears from these folks is "if you knew what I know....." -- they take 24 quite seriously.
I find that pretty frightening. From what I hear, in the world of 24
, torture is often a good idea. That is not a concept I want brought into our world.