I am collecting examples of the “Ticking Time Bomb Scenario” in fiction, film/tv, and journalism.
The TTB scenario
is the fantasy of a single “pure” act of torture that averts an imminent terrorist attack. It first appears, according to authorities such as Darius Rejali and Jane Mayer
, in Jean Lartéguy
’s 1960 novel “Les Centurions,” set during the Algerian civil war, and has been a staple tactic of torture apologists during the US “War on Terror,” offered perhaps most controversially by Alan Dershowitz in his argument in favor of torture warrants. It is also a routine plot device in the Fox series 24. According to the document “Defusing the Ticking Time Bomb Scenario” by the Association for the Prevention of Torture
, “It is worth distinguishing the question of what moral response society should take in anticipation of a realistic ticking bomb scenario, from the question of what any individual person would or would not in fact do were they to find themselves in such circumstances. The way in which the ticking bomb scenario is most often posed is designed to blur these lines, and this is one of its most dangerous and insidious effects.” 
I want to collect as many of these scenarios as possible. I'm especially interested in descriptions of TTB situations that actually imagine specific details of the impending catastrophe and the torture used to avert it. (This was almost my first FPP, and it is probably destined to show up on Projects, but for now, I really need help in compiling examples that aren't mentioned above).