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Escape Artist

Is ''24'''s nuke protocol fact or fiction? We find out why President Palmer's dash to a nearby bunker is all bunk

24, Dennis Haysbert | BUNKER KING Haysbert's fishing trip gets interrupted by a nuclear threat in ''24''
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BUNKER KING Haysbert's fishing trip gets interrupted by a nuclear threat in ''24''

Q In ''24,'' Dennis Haysbert's President Palmer is fishing in Oregon when he hears of a nuclear threat in L.A. and drives to meet his staff at a nearby bunker. Is that protocol?

A Perhaps Fox is invoking network executive privilege. If there were a nuclear threat when the President was outside Washington, D.C., ''he would be on Air Force One immediately,'' says Chase Brandon, the CIA's film-industry liaison. (The Prez might not head to the White House, since it could be a target.) Brandon adds that once the chief exec has arrived at a secure location, it is ''totally plausible'' to fly some cabinet members out to join him. Fox had no comment.

Originally posted Jan 24, 2003 Published in issue #692-693 Jan 24, 2003 Order article reprints
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