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The Research Files were a series of articles on Fox's official website, that expanded upon concepts shown in each episode of the 24 and detailed how they compared to reality.

Season 1 Edit

Picture Name Episode Link
Jack dartgun Tranquilizer gun "Day 1: 12:00am-1:00am" 12am
A tranquilizer gun was used by Jack Bauer to neutralise George Mason in his office. The file describes how they are non-lethal, non-combat weapons which fire iron anaesthetic darts powered by a pneumatic pump. It mentions that they are not effective against strong opponents or if shot into meaty parts of the body and are commonly used to inject animals.
In universe article: Tranquilizer gun
1x02 homing device Homing device "Day 1: 1:00am-2:00am" 1am
A homing device was used by Bridgit to locate Martin Belkin’s ID in the Mojave Desert. The file describes how the device seen in the show is fictional, but the science exists to create it. It explains how cell phones will soon have the technology to locate a user in proximity to a base station and a Swedish company will soon release software to allow consumers to utilise this function.
1x03 scanner Optical scanner "Day 1: 2:00am-3:00am" 2am
An optical scanner was used by Jack Bauer to scan an assassin's thumb for identification. The file explains that scanners work by digitizing images of text or illustrations and dividing them into grids of boxes to put them in a form a computer can use. It also mentions smaller, handheld scanners on the market and that Jack's flatbed scanner works like a copy machine.
In universe article: Mobile scanner
1x04 encrypted data Encryption "Day 1: 3:00am-4:00am" 3am
Encryption was used to secure the information on the key card that Jack had Jamey Farrell decrypt. The file describes how encryption works and explains concerns raised over the ability to encrypt criminal activities such as child pornography or espionage, as well as presenting the counter arguments in favour of privacy and e-commerce security.
In universe article: Encryption
1x05 phone tap Phone tapping "Day 1: 4:00am-5:00am" 4am
Nina Myers set up a phone tap to listen into the call between Ira Gaines and Greg Penticoff. The file gives the background on the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act of 1994, explaining how phone taps work within the law and the steps that law enforcement must take to justify using this technology.
1x06 microtransmitter Microtransmitter telephones "Day 1: 5:00am-6:00am" 5am
A microtransmitter telephone was given to Jack by Ira Gaines so they could communicate discreetly. The file explains that devices with talking and listening capabilities are not available currently, but the Japanese company NTT DoCoMo's Media Computing Lab is working on the "Whisper" which is predicted to be released in 2005.
In universe article: Microtransmitter
1x07 Nina jacket Flak jacket "Day 1: 6:00am-7:00am" 6am
Jack gave Nina a flak jacket before removing her from CTU and shooting her on the orders of Ira Gaines. The file establishes the history of body armor from the 1920s onwards, explaining polymer materials and the development of Kevlar by Stephanie Kwolek. It goes on to describe other uses for Kevlar.
In universe article: Flak jacket
WirelessHandheld Wireless handheld devices "Day 1: 7:00am-8:00am" 7am
Jamey Farrell used a wireless handheld device to communicate with Ira Gaines from within CTU. The file describes how they can be used for two-way text messaging and wireless internet, and then talks about the Handspring Treo and the Motorola PageWriter 2000.
In universe article: Personal digital assistant
HayesBauerSimes U.S. Secret Service "Day 1: 8:00am-9:00am" 8am
The U.S. Secret Service protected David Palmer during the assassination attempt at the Santa Clarita Power Plant. The file gives the history of the organization from its establishment in 1865, their original mandate of investigating fraud and currency counterfeiting, and their responsibility of protecting Presidents since 1902.
In universe article: United States Secret Service
1x10 phone trace Wireless tracing and privacy "Day 1: 9:00am-10:00am" 9am
Milo Pressman used wireless tracing to locate Teri Bauer's location at the Gaines compound. The file explains that with the advent of mobile technology, 911 responders were unable to locate callers and so the FCC ordered wireless providers to deliver their customers' locations. It goes on to describe the privacy concerns of such technology.
Microtechhalo Microtech H.A.L.O. II knife "Day 1: 10:00am-11:00am" 10am
Ted Cofell had a Microtech H.A.L.O. II knife in his car to defend himself from Jack Bauer. The file calls it the epitome of OTF automatic knives, and gives examples of other films it has been seen in. It then gives the history of the different versions of the HALO, and describes its Kydex sheath.
In universe article: Microtech HALO
1x12 GPS Global Positioning System "Day 1: 11:00am-12:00pm" 11am
Jack used a Global Positioning System device when infiltrating the Gaines compound. The file for this episode explains the introduction of the Navstar satellite in 1993 and the advent of GPS capabilities, as well as how the signals work and the controversies surrounding the technology.
In universe article: Global Positioning System
1x13 Belgrade Belgrade "Day 1: 12:00pm-1:00pm" 12pm
Belgrade was the location of Luca Univox, a holding company that was linked to Jamey Farrell's financial records. The research file explains it is the capital of Serbia and Yugoslavia, and gives a brief history of Slobodan Milošević's rise to power and the Yugoslav Wars.
In universe article: Belgrade
S1e14f4 Ultrasound "Day 1: 1:00pm-2:00pm" 1pm
Dr Rose Kent gave Teri Bauer an ultrasound at Grace Memorial Hospital. The file explains the technology and its uses in SONAR and medicine. It also gives the history of its use in medicine since World War II, and Dr. Karl Dussik's publication on ultrasonography.
In universe article: Ultrasound
1x15 Drazen file MI5 "Day 1: 2:00pm-3:00pm" 2pm
Milo Pressman opened up some sockets to MI5 to help Robert Ellis produce a report on Operation Nightfall. The research file gives the history of MI5 since its inception in 1909, and describes its relationship with the other British intelligence services, the SIS and GCHQ. It also describes MI5's mandate and regulation by law.
In universe article: MI5
GriffithPark The Griffith Observatory "Day 1: 3:00pm-4:00pm" 3pm
The Griffith Observatory is where Keith Palmer met Carl Webb to discuss the death of George Ferragamo. The file gives the history of the site, as well as a description of its layout, and who owns it. It also talks about the other films and TV shows that have filmed there, including Rebel Without A Cause.
In universe article: Griffith Park Observatory
1x17 cameras Fiber optics "Day 1: 4:00pm-5:00pm" 4pm
CTU used fiber optics to surveil the sting operation involving Elizabeth Nash and Alexis Drazen. The file describes what fiber optics are, and how the physics behind them works. It goes on to explain they are made out of glass drawn into thin strands, and they are used for surveillance as well as medicine.
In universe article: Fiber optic camera
1x18 Tuptas Dissociative amnesia "Day 1: 5:00pm-6:00pm" 5pm
Phil Parslow diagnosed Teri Bauer with dissociative amnesia as the cause of her memory loss. The file describes dissociative disorders and explains how they are thought to stem from trauma as a coping mechanism. It then describes several subtypes of dissociative amnesia.
In universe article: Dissociative amnesia
26-GG Power grid "Day 1: 6:00pm-7:00pm" 6pm
Alan Morgan was paid to cut off a section of the power grid for Alexis Drazen. the research file explains how the power grid is the network of transmission lines that provides electricity for the US and Canada. It then gives detail on the different sections of the power grid, how the science works and the grid's substations and control stations.
1x20 Jack cell Underground detention facilities "Day 1: 7:00pm-8:00pm" 7pm
Mark DeSalvo headed an underground detention facilities that was scheduled to house Victor Drazen. The file gives the history of underground prisons in foreign countries such as Vietnam, Iraq and Syria. It then goes on to give examples of non-prison underground facilities used by the US military.
In universe article: Mobile Underground Detention and Detainment
1x21 Super Tuesday Super Tuesday "Day 1: 8:00pm-9:00pm" 8pm
Day 1 took place on Super Tuesday when David Palmer was running as a Democratic candidate. The file explains how presidential primaries work, when the 2000 Super Tuesday fell and the criticisms and values of the primary system.
In universe article: Super Tuesday
1x22 Palmer Mason Purview of CTU "Day 1: 9:00pm-10:00pm" 9pm
David Palmer and George Mason debated the purview of CTU when Palmer convinced him to trade Alexis Drazen for Jack Bauer. The file explains that CTU is a fictional agency but some real federal agencies do fall under Senate purview. It then describes the purview of the CIA and the FBI.
Dock 11A Port of Los Angeles "Day 1: 10:00pm-11:00pm" 10pm
The Drazens held Kim Bauer hostage at the Port of Los Angeles before they attempted to leave the country. The file gives the port's location in San Pedro, 20 miles south of Downtown LA, and describes the history of the port since its establishment in 1907. It also explains the port's trade activity.
In universe article: Port of Los Angeles
1x24 coastguard United States Coast Guard "Day 1: 11:00pm-12:00am" 11pm
Jack spoke with an officer of the United States Coast Guard after the shootout at the dock. The research file gives a description of the service, how they operate under the Department of Transportation during peace and the US Navy during war, and their different tasks and responsibilities.
In universe article: United States Coast Guard

Season 2 Edit

Picture Name Episode Link
2x01 joint chiefs Joint Chiefs of Staff "Day 2: 8:00am-9:00am" 8am
Eric Rayburn set up a meeting with the Joint Chiefs of Staff against Palmer's wishes. The file describes the history of the Joint Chiefs from their beginnings at the start of World War II and formal establishment in 1947. It also describes who makes up the Joint Chiefs and their responsibilities.
In universe article: Joint Chiefs of Staff
2x02 Palmer Lynne Alert conditions "Day 2: 9:00am-10:00am" 9am
David Palmer raised the alert conditions to red, which caught the attention of reporter Ron Wieland. The research file gives the history of the alert condition system from March 2002, and explains the different levels in use currently. It also talks about the previous system of LERTCONs, DEFCONs and EMERGCONs used during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Plutonium Exposure to plutonium "Day 2: 10:00am-11:00am" 10am
George Mason was exposed to plutonium at the terrorist warehouse in Panorama City. The research file describes how plutonium emits alpha radiation and low energy x-rays which are only harmful inside the body. It goes on to describe the effects of plutonium damage but how there are other more dangerous materials.
In universe article: Plutonium
2x04 Kim at hospital Reporting child abuse "Day 2: 11:00am-12:00pm" 11am
Dr Kinnard reported the abuse of Megan Matheson to the police after she discovered signs of it at St. Virgil's Hospital. The file details how every state and the District of Columbia have laws about reporting child abuse and the designated mandatory reporters. It also details how to report any suspected child abuse and gives the National Child Abuse Hotline.
2x05 intelligence meeting Sharing U.S. intelligence in the face of terrorism "Day 2: 12:00pm-1:00pm" 12pm
Ambassador Shareef requested that David Palmer share U.S. intelligence to help stop the Second Wave attack. The file details how this works since September 11, how countries reciprocate, what information can be derived from it and what questions are raised about the security of such arrangements.
2x06 pardon Presidential pardon "Day 2: 1:00pm-2:00pm" 1pm
A Presidential pardon was given to Nina Myers in exchange for information about Second Wave. The file explains how under Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution, the President has this power, and the history of it coming about. It also explains the power of sentence reductions, and the Pardon Clerk office.
In universe article: Presidential pardon
2x07 Mike explains Executive privilege in times of crisis "Day 2: 2:00pm-3:00pm" 2pm
Mike Novick explained executive privilege to David Palmer as a precedent for the detainment of Ron Wieland. The file describes how executive privilege is not mentioned in the constitution but many Presidents have been allowed to use unchecked powers. It mentions the history of democratic governments as well as historic cases such ad George Washington and Richard Nixon.
2x08 screen text ASCII code "Day 2: 3:00pm-4:00pm" 3pm
ASCII code was the research file for episode 8, although it does not seem to be related to any part of the story. The file explains how ASCII code works by assigning a binary number to each character, and how the extended code includes mathematical symbols. It also describes the history of its introduction in the 1960s and Robert W. Bemer's contribution.
2x09a Airplane safety "Day 2: 4:00pm-5:00pm" 4pm
The airplane carrying Jack Bauer and Nina Myers crash landed with 3 survivors. The research file gives 17 tips recommended by airline experts on how to survive on an airplane: the tips include seat belt use, flight attendants' safety briefings, not drinking too much alcohol, which materials are best to wear to avoid fire damage, and the "brace" position.
2x10 infrared Infrared imaging "Day 2: 5:00pm-6:00pm" 5pm
Tom Baker used infrared imaging at 18 Starling Court before the CTU raid on the house. The file describes that infrared is heat radiation emitted by any object with a temperature above absolute zero. It also talks about how heat is created on the molecular level, and human emission of infrared. It also gives the color code of infrared imaging.
2x11 hijab Hijab "Day 2: 6:00pm-7:00pm" 6pm
When entering the mosque to identify Syed Ali, Kate Warner used a hijab to cover her face. The file explains what a hijab is and the background of Muslim women who wear them. It also gives the basis of hijab from the Hadith, rather than the Quran, and explains the guidelines for how women and men should dress in Muslim culture.
In universe article: Hijab
2x12 Imam Imam "Day 2: 7:00pm-8:00pm" 7pm
Al-Fulani was the Imam of the mosque that Syed Ali was praying at before he was cornered and captured by CTU. The file describes the role of an Imam for Sunni Muslims, needing no ordination, and also the role for Shi'ite Muslims, in which Imams have secret knowledge of God and creation and are appointed by God.
In universe article: Imam
2x13 UV UV light "Day 2: 8:00pm-9:00pm" 8pm
Brian Pierson used a UV light to detect the footprints of the Coral Snake commandos at Norton Airfield. The research file describes how UV light is a valuable tool in forensic investigation, and as well as being used for fingerprint and footprint identification, the file also gives many other uses such as detecting bomb making materials, rape semen or marked ransom money.
2x14 supplies Fallout shelter supplies "Day 2: 9:00pm-10:00pm" 9pm
Lonnie McRae had an extensive collection of fallout shelter supplies in the bunker beneath his cabin. The file mainly describes fallout shelters, explaining what they are and the minimum amount of fresh air needed for them. It also describes what lighting they need, how they must avoid utility lines and how much drinking water is needed per occupant.
2x15 NEST Nuclear Emergency Support Team "Day 2: 10:00pm-11:00pm" 10pm
A Nuclear Emergency Support Team attempted to defuse the nuclear bomb at Norton Airfield. The research file describes their founding in 1974 after a bomb scare in Boston, how many members they have and their responsibilities. It then goes on to describe how they detect credible nuclear threats, and what equipment they use to dismantle nuclear devices.
In universe article: N.E.S.T.
2x16 audio authentication Audio authentication "Day 2: 11:00pm-12:00am" 11pm
CTU agent Gibson used audio authentication to verify that the Cyprus recording implicated three Middle Eastern countries in the Second Wave bombing. The file gives details on the process of audio authentication, from examining anomalies in the audio to inspecting the physical media for tampering, and using computer equipment for spectrum analysis.
2x17k Videophone "Day 2: 12:00am-1:00am" 12am
Vice President James Prescott used a Videophone to communicate with David Palmer from Washington, D.C. The file describes portable suitcase videophones that were used by reporters covering the 2003 War in Iraq. It explains how they work with satellites and how they are of little use inside the United States, as well as including a story of a reporter filming a US spy plane crew in China.
Newsfemalegeorgia1 Posse Comitatus Act "Day 2: 1:00am-2:00am" 1am
Mike Novick reminded David Palmer of the Posse Comitatus Act when Palmer ordered him to use the army to quell riots in Georgia. The file gives the history of the introduction of the act in 1878, how it stops the use of armed forces for law enforcement, and the amendment of the law in 1981 for drug interdictions. It also explains how the Coast Guard and National Guard are not subject to the act.
In universe article: Posse comitatus
2x19 taser wide shot Stun guns and tasers "Day 2: 2:00am-3:00am" 2am
Ronnie Stark used a stun gun to torture Jack Bauer, and a taser to incapacitate him when he was captured. The file talks about the development of stun gun technology in the 1970s, and the popular taser variant that shoots electrodes at a distance. It gives the advantages and disadvantages of tasers, and explains how they can be misused and how law enforcement officers defend their use.
In universe articles: Stun guns and tasers
Epinephrine Epinephrine and Beroglide "Day 2: 3:00am-4:00am" 3am
Raymond O'Hara used Epinephrine to resuscitate Jack Bauer after his heart stopped, and Beroglide to paralyse his diaphragm to torture him. The research file gives detail on Epinephrine (or adrenaline) and how it is naturally secreted by the adrenal gland, and its medical uses to stimulate heart rate and treat other conditions. It then notes that Beroglide is a fictional drug.
In universe articles: Epinephrine and Beroglide
S2e21f09 25th Amendment "Day 2: 4:00am-5:00am" 4am
James Prescott invoked the 25th Amendment in order to unseat David Palmer from the Presidency. The research file explains the introduction of the Amendment due to Kennedy's death in 1965 and a second clause added in 1967 to address the Vice Presidency. It also states the 4 provisions of the Amendment and the history of its use.
In universe article: 25th Amendment
2x22 tarball Tarball "Day 2: 5:00am-6:00am" 5am
Alex Hewitt had a tarball on a hidden external hard drive in his apartment that he decompressed in order to rebuild his files. The file explains that a tarball is a jargon term for a tar archive and details how the .tar archiving system works. It also gives a quick history of their use throughout the 1980s and the term becoming more commonplace in the 90s.
In universe article: Tarball
2x23 voice generator Voice generator "Day 2: 6:00am-7:00am" 6am
Jack Bauer used Hewitt's voice generator program during a call with Peter Kingsley. The research file talks about the software "Natural Voices", a computer speech system from AT&T, introduced in 2001. It explains what the software can do, how it will lead to use on mobile devices, and which customers use it.
In universe article: GEN
2x24 Coliseum Los Angeles Coliseum "Day 2: 7:00am-8:00am" 7am
Sherry Palmer met Peter Kingsley at the Los Angeles Coliseum during a sting operation to prove the Cyprus recording was false. The file gives the history of the stadium, and which teams have played there and what events have been held there. It also explains that in 1984 the site was designated a State and National Historical Landmark.
In universe article: Los Angeles Coliseum

Season 3 Edit

Picture Name Episode Link
3x01 Goss body Bioterrorist viruses "Day 3: 1:00pm-2:00pm" 1pm
The threat introduced in Season 3 was a bioterrorist virus. The file describes how the Cordilla Virus is a fictional strain similar to the Hantavirus, which causes HPS. It describes how Hantaviruses are carried by rodents and describes the symptoms, before explaining about Centers for Disease Control and "Category A" viruses.
In universe article: Cordilla virus
3x02 Sunny Macer Bioterrorist incident protocol "Day 3: 2:00pm-3:00pm" 2pm
Sunny Macer enacted a Bioterrorist incident protocol when the threat was discovered. The file explain that the FBI is designated to co-ordinate suspected incidents of bioterrorism, and a State Health Official is in charge of 24/7 response. It also describes how local health care workers look out for unusual diseases and notify the State Health Department and CDC.
3x03a Heroin withdrawal "Day 3: 3:00pm-4:00pm" 3pm
Jack Bauer showed symptoms of heroin withdrawal that were noticed by Nicole Duncan. The file describes the symptoms of withdrawal, and the timescales of when they manifest and peak. It explains how it can sometimes be fatal, and describes symptoms of overdose. Lastly, there is mention of heroin causing depression.
In universe article: Heroin
3x04 cells Detention center "Day 3: 4:00pm-5:00pm" 4pm
Ramon Salazar was held in a detention center before Jack got him out. The file for this episode talks about the Federal Bureau of Prisons' institutions with different security levels based on presence of external patrols, gun towers, staff-to-inmate ratio and other factors. It also talks about the Metropolitan Detention Center in downtown LA, and how it would hold someone like Salazar.
In universe article: Downey Holding Facility
RussianRoulette Russian roulette "Day 3: 5:00pm-6:00pm" 5pm
Jack and Salazar are forced by Peel to play Russian roulette. The file describes it as a "grim game of chicken", and goes through the rules. It then gives the first known references to Russian roulette from fiction; and explains that there isn't much historical evidence to suggest that actual Russian soldiers ever played the game. It gives a link to an American gun safety website for further safe gun practices.
In universe article: Russian roulette
3x06 debate Presidential debates "Day 3: 6:00pm-7:00pm" 6pm
Palmer and Keeler participated in the Presidential debates on Day 3. The file explains that they are a modern television age creation, and the history of Presidential campaigns including the debate between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas. It also talks about the 1960 debates, and what has happened since 1976.
In universe article: Presidential debates
3x07 Las Nieves map Las Nieves "Day 3: 7:00pm-8:00pm" 7pm
Hector Salazar's base of operations was in Las Nieves, Mexico. The file briefly describes how Las Nieves is a small town in the state of Durango, close to the California border, sitting just south of the state of Chihuahua. There is a map accompanying the text, illustrating the town's location.
In universe article: Las Nieves
3x08 satellite image Topographic overlay "Day 3: 8:00pm-9:00pm" 8pm
CTU used a topographic overlay to look for possible landing sites that Chase may have used. The file explains what topography is, and how overlays use symbols and coloring to show elevation and terrain shape. It describes how both natural and human-features are indicated.
3x09 Milliken Campaign contributions "Day 3: 9:00pm-10:00pm" 9pm
Alan Milliken made significant campaign contributions to David Palmer's run for re-election. The file outlines the Federal Election Campaign laws on individuals donating to campaigns, and how national banks, corporations and labor oranizations are forbidden from contributing. It also discusses PACs.
3x10 cauterize Cauterize wounds "Day 3: 10:00pm-11:00pm" 10pm
After taking a gunshot wound to the hand, Chase Edmunds was forced to cauterize his wound with a poker. The file describes how throughout history intense heat was used to stop bleeding, and how the blood vessels shrink and clot. The file also explains about electrocautery and advice given in a 1926 American Red Cross guide to cauterizing with gunpowder.
3x11 bank account Swiss bank accounts "Day 3: 11:00pm-12:00am" 11pm
Michael Amador had a Swiss bank account that Nina Myers transferred money into. The file explains that they are useful for keeping your financial status a secret, and Swiss law differs from American law to keep the details of account holders confidential. It mentions the exceptions to these laws and the tax charged on interest.
3x12 spectroscope Spectroscope "Day 3: 12:00am-1:00am" 12am
Nina Myers used a spectroscope to verify that the virus was real from Amador. The file explains about laser light and the Raman spectrum to identify molecules in objects or gas. It describes what a spectroscope does and how researchers use them to study living cells.
3x13 Jack on phone Voice over internet protocol "Day 3: 1:00am-2:00am" 1am
Nina gave Jack instructions on how to speak to Marcus Alvers on an internet socket using voice over internet protocol. The file explains how analog voice signal is converted to digital to be transported over the internet rather than the public switched telephone network. It mentions that VoIP is gaining popularity, although reliability and sound quality is currently limited.
3x14 Milliken dead Angina "Day 3: 2:00am-3:00am" 2am
Alan Milliken suffered from angina, needing medication to treat his heart. The file explains that angina is chest pain that warns of an impending heart attack, due to the heart not receiving enough oxygen. It describes the symptoms of angina, before explaining the differences between stable and unstable angina.
3x15 Soviet device Soviet biowarfare "Day 3: 3:00am-4:00am" 3am
CTU discovered that Stephen Saunders was using stolen Soviet biowarfare devices to deliver the virus. The file describes the Soviet Union's 1979 breaking of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention when anthrax spores were accidentally released. It goes on to talk about Vladimir Pasechnik's defection to Britain and his explanation of the Soviet biowarfare program.
Gaelstartbleedings3n2 Incubation periods "Day 3: 4:00am-5:00am" 4am
Gael Ortega's symptoms indicated that the Cordilla virus's incubation period was lower than predicted. The file explains that an incubation period is the amount of time between infection and the start of symptoms, and goes on to list the incubation periods of several diseases including SARS, Ebola, smallpox and influenza.
3x17 Alvers Go "Day 3: 5:00am-6:00am" 5am
Marcus Alvers told Michelle Dessler that he met his employer Steven Saunders in a Go parlor in Chinatown. The file explains that Go is a Chinese board game developed thousands of years ago, consisting of a grid of 19 vertical and horizontal lines and 361 black and white stones. The file explains that the aim of the game is to acquire territory by surrounding adjacent areas.
3x18 suicide capsules Suicide capsule "Day 3: 6:00am-7:00am" 6am
Sunny Macer offered suicide capsules to the infected residents of the Chandler Plaza Hotel. The file explains that field agents and military personnel carry them in case they are captured. It describes how the CIA experimented with saxitoxin in the 1950s, but in 1970 Richard Nixon ordered the destruction of their stocks of it.
In universe article: Suicide capsule
3x19 library UC Santa Barbara library "Day 3: 7:00am-8:00am" 7am
Jane Saunders was working at the UC Santa Barbara library when she was taken by CTU. The file mentions the two libraries at UCSB, the Donald C. Davidson Library and the Arts Library. It explains the history of the former library and mentions that they contain 2.6 million volumes and server 18,800 students.
In universe article: University of California, Santa Barbara
3x20 Code 9 car Code 9 "Day 3: 8:00am-9:00am" 8am
Tony Almeida gave Agent Baker a code 9 in order to move his unit away from the rear of Stephen Saunders's building. The file explains that police transmissions use codes corresponding to different crimes, though they are not standardized across different cities. It mentions that code 9 could mean a jail break, a road block or that summer uniform is enacted.
In universe article: Code 9
3x21 voice track Carrier signal "Day 3: 9:00am-10:00am" 9am
Chloe O'Brian used the carrier signal of a recording to track Stephen Saunders's location for Tony Almeida. The file explains that a carrier signal is a specific frequency in a communications channel used to carry information - and gives examples of cell phones, AM and FM radio, explaining that turning a radio dial is selecting a carrier frequency.
F-18-2 F/A-18 Hornet "Day 3: 10:00am-11:00am" 10am
Two F/A-18 Hornets intercepted Stephen Saunders's helicopter and blew it up, stopping him from escaping. The file explains that they are all-weather aircraft used for air-to-air or air-to-ground assault, and talks about their use in Operation Desert Storm. It goes on to say that the F/A-18 is currently in use by the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, as well as the air forces of Canada, Australia, Spain, Kuwait, Finland, Switzerland, and Malaysia.
In universe article: F-18 Hornet
Subway train Los Angeles Subway "Day 3: 11:00am-12:00pm" 11am
Jack Bauer and Chase Edmunds tracked Arthur Rabens to the Los Angeles Subway. The file explains that Los Angeles streetcar lines were closed down by 1963, and in the 80s a network of metro and light rail lines were built. It describes the only underground subway, the Red Line, and talks about the design of the stations and how they were built to resist earthquakes of 7.5 degrees.
In universe article: Los Angeles Subway
3x24 Chase surgery Reattaching amputated limbs "Day 3: 12:00pm-1:00pm" 12pm
Chase Edmunds had his amputated hand reattached by surgeons at the end of Day 3. The file says that the biggest risk is infection of the limb, and then details the procedure of reconnecting blood vessels, as well as the period of rehabilitation needed and further surgery. It explains that nerve regeneration is a gradual process and the ability to use a limb can take a long time.
In universe article: Amputation

Season 4 Edit

Picture Name Episode Link
4x01 Remmet Ave Secretary of Defense "Day 4: 7:00am-8:00am" 7am
James Heller was the Secretary of Defense, who was kidnapped at the start of Day 4. The file explains what the Secretary of Defense is responsible for, serving under the President, and describes the different areas of the military under the SecDef's purview. It mentions that he is responsible for 2.3 million military and 700,000 civilian employees.
In universe article: Secretary of Defense
S4ep2 Hostage videos "Day 4: 8:00am-9:00am" 8am
Omar broadcast a hostage video of Heller across the internet. The file mentions that Iraqi hostage videos have been shown on Al-Jazeera TV during the Iraq war, and goes on to describe several specific videos that have been shown: a Polish hostage, a Japanese hostage, and American contractor, Humanitarian worker Margaret Hassan, American businessmen Nick Berg and Paul Johnson, and Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.
4x03 traffic camera Caltrans traffic cameras "Day 4: 9:00am-10:00am" 9am
Chloe O'Brian used Caltrans traffic cameras to watch Andrew Paige's torture. The file explains that the California Department of Transportation has over 400 cameras, and their picture is beamed to traffic management centers to verify incidents. It mentions that the footage can only be used for traffic management, and not for law enforcement.
In universe article: Caltrans
4x04 Heller heart attack Nitroglycerin "Day 4: 10:00am-11:00am" 10am
Audrey Raines asked her captors to give her father access to nitroglycerin for his heart condition. The file says it is used to treat angina, which occurs when coronary arteries become too restricted. It explains that nitroglycerin works by widening the blood vessels to the heart.
In universe article: Nitroglycerin
MayaDriscoll Thorazine "Day 4: 11:00am-12:00pm" 11am
Maya Driscoll was prescribed Thorazine for her schizophrenia. The file explains that it is a low-potency drug that helps control hallucinations and delusions. It mentions that it is also prescribed to treat extreme behavorial disorders in children and manic-depressive illness. It warns that Thorazine should not be taken in conjunction with alcohol, barbiturates or narcotics.
In universe article: Thorazine
403 RHeller Sensory disorientation technique "Day 4: 12:00pm-1:00pm" 12pm
Curtis Manning used sensory disorientation techniques to interrogate Richard Heller, much to the outrage of his father. The file describes how SDT has been used in alternative medicine, torture and psychological experimentation. It gives the definition as the reduction of sensory input, and gives a range of techniques. It ends by mentioning its use in the prisons of Abu Ghraib, and the debate around whether it breaches the Geneva Convention on torture.
407x12 Haldol "Day 4: 1:00pm-2:00pm" 1pm
Maya Driscoll was given Haldol by Mark Kaylis, despite having an allergy to it. The file describes Haloperidol as an anti-psychotic drug used in the treatment of schizophrenia and other nervous conditions. It describes how it works by blocking receptors in the brain, counteracting the overactivity of dopamine. It mentions some side effects, including involuntary movement and dizziness.
In universe article: Haldol
4x08 gunshot wound Reporting gunshot wounds "Day 4: 2:00pm-3:00pm" 2pm
Dr. Martinez reported Dina Araz's gunshot wound to the police. The file explains that statutes in almost all U.S. states require healthcare professionals to report gunshot wounds within 24 hours, or face criminal charges. It also explains the debate around the issue, as often they are not held liable for failing to disclose other information that could indicate illegal activity.
4x09Dina Terrorist watchlist "Day 4: 3:00pm-4:00pm" 3pm
Dina and Behrooz Araz were not on any terrorist watchlists as of Day 4. The file describes the consolidation of all agencies' watchlist into a single database in 2003, and the establishment of the Terrorist Screening Center, supporting thousands of screeners across the country. It explains how police officers are able to check names against the watchlist during routine interactions.
4x10 fingerprint ID Fingerprint encryption "Day 4: 4:00pm-5:00pm" 4pm
Marianne Taylor's computer at the Rockland Building was protected by fingerprint encryption. The file expands upon biometrics, its role in technology and its use as an authentication mechanism. It claims that fingerprints are one of the oldest method of verification due to their uniqueness, although damage to fingers can render readings invalid.
Day4IDSDataMarwan Terrorist cells "Day 4: 5:00pm-6:00pm" 5pm
Habib Marwan joined one of his terrorist cells at the Rockland Building. The file defines cells as independent groups of terrorists who do not know each other. It describes planning or support cells and sleeper cells, mentioning the Al Qaeda training manual's emphasis on blending into the environment. It then describes execution cells, who carry out the final plan.
Emp EMP "Day 4: 6:00pm-7:00pm" 6pm
McLennen-Forster set off an EMP from the basement of their building. The file describes eelectromagnetic pulses as shockwaves that can overwhelm electronic circuitry, and the effect they have on electrical devices. It mentions other systems vulnerable to EMP, and describes their effect in warfare as non-lethal but highly destructive. It goes on to mention that a nuclear bomb would cause an EMP effect.
In universe article: Electromagnetic pulse bomb
Nightvision Night vision "Day 4: 7:00pm-8:00pm" 7pm
Specter and his commandos used night vision to track down Jack Bauer and Paul Raines. The file explains that night vision amplifies existing light and projects an electronic image to the user. It then goes into technical detail of how light strikes a photo cathode, is sent across a vacuum and hits a phosphor screen - green being used as the human eye can distinguish different shades the best. It mentions how they can be damaged by bright lights.
In universe article: Night vision
4x14 microphone Mobile parabolic microphone "Day 4: 8:00pm-9:00pm" 8pm
Baron used a mobile parabolic microphone to surveil Jack and Dina's sting operation. The file describes how they use concave reflectors and need to be directed towards the source of the sound, potentially picking up sound from 150 feet away. They are not used for standard recording as they do not pick up low frequencies, but are commonly used in espionage and law enforcement.
4x15 implanted tracker Implanted tracking devices "Day 4: 9:00pm-10:00pm" 9pm
Behrooz Araz was fitted with an implanted tracking device. The file says that implant technology normally used in animals has been adapted for use in humans to track criminals or lost children. It also describes their medical use, for monitoring vital bodily functions, and mentions protest groups who oppose them.
In universe article: Microtracker
4x16 stealth fighter Stealth bomber "Day 4: 10:00pm-11:00pm" 10pm
Mitch Anderson used a stealth bomber to destroy Air Force One. The file concerns itself with the F-117A Nighthawk, explaining that it does not use radar, instead using GPS navigation, and is only used in night missions. It says that although it has an F designation, it is primarily a ground attack aircraft, then that they cost $45 million each and that there are 55 in use.
In universe article: Stealth fighter
Nuclearfootball Nuclear football "Day 4: 11:00pm-12:00am" 11pm
Jack Bauer raced to recover the nuclear football. The file describes a leather briefcase containing the launch codes and Gold Codes, whose name is unknown but is nicknamed the "football". It says it contains a SATCOM radio and is guarded by "Yankee White". It came about during the Kennedy era and the Cuban Missile Crisis.
In universe article: Nuclear football
4x18 nuke Transporting nuclear warheads "Day 4: 12:00am-1:00am" 12am
Habib Marwan's men stole a transported nuclear warhead in Iowa. The file talks about the Office of Transportation and Safeguards, based in Albuquerque, who transport energy department cargo. It describes their vehicles' safety measures, including rugged design, armed federal agents, and equipment to ensure their security.
4x19h Blowfish algorithm "Day 4: 1:00am-2:00am" 1am
Sabir Ardakani's files were encrypted with the Blowfish algorithm. The files describes the cryptographic algorithm, explaining it was designed in 1993 by Bruce Schneier. It mentions that it was designed as a general-purpose algorithm that was not patented and in the public domain.
In universe article: Blowfish algorithm
4x20 Chinese consulate Consulate "Day 4: 2:00am-3:00am" 2am
Jack Bauer infiltrated the Chinese consulate in order to arrest Lee Jong. The file describes consulates as offices of countries within other countries, explaining their function and relationships to embassies. It also mentions the rules for entering, and the staff's diplomatic immunity.
In universe article: Chinese consulate
421x17 Cruise missile "Day 4: 3:00am-4:00am" 3am
Habib Marwan launched a cruise missile towards an American city. The file talks about what they are designed to carry, and their shorter range compared to intercontinental ballistic missiles. It mentions where they are launched from, their navigation, and their development in Nazi Germany during World War II.
Ashtonasksmike Presidential succession "Day 4: 4:00am-5:00am" 4am
Don Ashton reminded Mike Novick of the rules of presidential succession. The file mentions that in 1947, the order of presidential succession was changed to include the Speaker of the House. It then mentions the other cabinet members in line, and describes the 25th Amendment, which was ratified in 1967.
Loganmikepalmertalk Martial law "Day 4: 5:00am-6:00am" 5am
David Palmer advised Charles Logan to prepare to declare martial law. The file describes it as a system of rules for when a military authority takes control of the state. It mentions that it is instituted after the normal institutions cannot function, and explains the reduced personal rights of citizens that it implements.
In universe article: Martial law
TonyRevivesJack Slowing the heart "Day 4: 6:00am-7:00am" 6am
Jack Bauer slowed his heart to convince people at CTU that he had died. The file describes the effect of beta blockers, and their use in treating angina. It specifically mentions Atenolol and metoprolol as two types of beta blocker, and then talks about how epinephrine is used to stimulate heart rate.
In universe article: Beta blockers

Season 5 Edit

Picture Name Episode Link
Assassinated Assassinations of Presidents "Day 5: 7:00am-8:00am" 7am
5x02-memoirs Presidential memoirs "Day 5: 8:00am-9:00am" 8am
In universe article: Presidential memoirs
5x03-martha-aaron White House tape recordings "Day 5: 9:00am-10:00am" 9am
5x04-ivan-ishmael Hostages on American soil "Day 5: 10:00am-11:00am" 10am
In universe article: Hostage
5x05b Nerve gas "Day 5: 11:00am-12:00pm" 11am
In universe article: Nerve gas
S5ep6 Coup d'etat "Day 5: 12:00pm-1:00pm" 12pm
5x07-inessa-jack-phone Russian sex slave trade "Day 5: 1:00pm-2:00pm" 1pm
S5E8l Shopping mall safety "Day 5: 2:00pm-3:00pm" 2pm
5x09 Strontium info Strontium isotope "Day 5: 3:00pm-4:00pm" 3pm
In universe article: Strontium isotope
5x10-flamethrower-firing2b Handheld flamethrowers "Day 5: 4:00pm-5:00pm" 4pm
In universe article: Flamethrower
HendersonTorture Truth serums "Day 5: 5:00pm-6:00pm" 5pm
KimBarry Clinical psychologist "Day 5: 6:00pm-7:00pm" 6pm
GasAttackEdgarStiles Death by nerve gas "Day 5: 7:00pm-8:00pm" 7pm
WETlist WET list "Day 5: 8:00pm-9:00pm" 8pm
In universe article: WET List
Gasreleased Clean air technology "Day 5: 9:00pm-10:00pm" 9pm
S5e16f02 Homeland Security Authority "Day 5: 10:00pm-11:00pm" 10pm
In universe article: Department of Homeland Security
5x17 vault Bank vault "Day 5: 11:00pm-12:00am" 11pm
AudreyBleeding Brachial artery "Day 5: 12:00am-1:00am" 12am
5x19 node Node "Day 5: 1:00am-2:00am" 1am
5x20 hijack Plane hijack response "Day 5: 2:00am-3:00am" 2am
S5e21f06 Hijack distress signal "Day 5: 3:00am-4:00am" 3am
5x22 xray Backscatter x-ray "Day 5: 4:00am-5:00am" 4am
5x23 Hidden Valley Marine One "Day 5: 5:00am-6:00am" 5am
In universe article: Marine One
S5e24f15 Presidential funerals "Day 5: 6:00am-7:00am" 6am

Season 6 Edit

Picture Name Episode Link
Jackplane C-130 Hercules "Day 6: 6:00am-7:00am" 6am
6x02 Cobra Cobra helicopter "Day 6: 7:00am-8:00am" 7am
In universe article: Cobra
Prisoners Military prisons "Day 6: 8:00am-9:00am" 8am
Suitcase nuke Suitcase nuke "Day 6: 9:00am-10:00am" 9am
In universe article: Suitcase nuclear device
250px-24 season 6 episode 05 Shock waves "Day 6: 10:00am-11:00am" 10am
6x06 website Terrorist websites "Day 6: 11:00am-12:00pm" 11am
Hyoscine penothal Hyocine-Pentothal "Day 6: 12:00pm-1:00pm" 12pm
Hyocine-Pentothal is made up for the show, but the name comes from those of the drugs Hyoscine and Sodium Penthothal which have been used as "truth serums". Jack used Hyocine-Pentothal to torture Graem, and after he finally broke, Phillip Bauer ended up overdosing Graem on it, killing him.
In universe article: Hyocine-Pentothal
SuitcaseNukeDisarm Deactivating bombs "Day 6: 1:00pm-2:00pm" 1pm
6x09 bomb C-4 "Day 6: 2:00pm-3:00pm" 2pm
In universe article: C-4
MorrisE10 AA sponsor "Day 6: 3:00pm-4:00pm" 3pm
6x11 bomb assembly Cassette player bombs "Day 6: 4:00pm-5:00pm" 4pm
6x12 runway Air Force Two "Day 6: 5:00pm-6:00pm" 5pm
Air Force Two refers to the plane carrying the Vice President at the present time. It does not necessarily refer to any one particular plane. Following the attempt on President Wayne Palmer, VP Noah Daniels is teleconferenced from Air Force Two to replace him.
In universe article: Air Force Two
MarkovPhone Satellite phone "Day 6: 6:00pm-7:00pm" 6pm
In universe article: Satellite phone
6x14 Geiger counter Geiger counter "Day 6: 7:00pm-8:00pm" 7pm
6x15d Autistic savant "Day 6: 8:00pm-9:00pm" 8pm
6x16 adrenaline Adrenaline "Day 6: 9:00pm-10:00pm" 9pm
6x17 missile Guided missile "Day 6: 10:00pm-11:00pm" 10pm
Palmer Collapses Cerebral hemorrhage "Day 6: 11:00pm-12:00am" 11pm
HockS6E19 Blue code "Day 6: 12:00am-1:00am" 12am
6x20g Acetylene torch "Day 6: 1:00am-2:00am" 1am
Jack and Nadia Restraining order "Day 6: 2:00am-3:00am" 2am
6x22 videoconference Videoconference "Day 6: 3:00am-4:00am" 3am
6x23 oil rig Oil platform "Day 6: 4:00am-5:00am" 4am
F18HornetsDay6 JDAM missiles "Day 6: 5:00am-6:00am" 5am

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