History Main / HauledBeforeASenateSubCommittee

7th Apr '17 2:35:22 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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* Happened to Stanislav Petrov after [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1983_Soviet_nuclear_false_alarm_incident infamous near miss with nuclear war in 1983]]. His being relieved of duty and placed on administrative leave is sometimes mistakenly interpreted as his being punished, but in fact the closest he came to that was a semi-formal reprimand for improperly recording the incident in his duty log. (The official reward he was promised by his CO never materialised either, but c'est la vie.)

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* Happened to Colonel Stanislav Petrov after [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1983_Soviet_nuclear_false_alarm_incident infamous near miss with nuclear war in 1983]]. His being relieved of duty and placed on administrative leave is sometimes mistakenly interpreted as his being punished, but in fact the closest he came to that was a semi-formal reprimand for improperly recording the incident in his duty log. (The official reward he was promised by his CO never materialised either, but c'est la vie.)) Regardless, the committee ultimately concluded that that Petrov had acted properly and he was reinstated.
20th Mar '17 2:54:03 PM dmcreif
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The United States Congress is one of the most powerful legislative bodies on the planet. It has an oversight capacity that is quite simply huge, and investigates pretty much every aspect of American government policy though a system of permanent and ad-hoc committees. These committees have the power to issue subpoenas and compel relevant officials to testify under oath. While most often rather boring and tedious for most involved, at times they've become high political theater with some instances ([[RedScare HUAC]], [[{{Scandalgate}} Watergate]]) becoming etched in modern history. Of course the [[WindbagPolitician members of the committee]] have a tendency to act like every last one of these committees is of the '''utmost''' importance.

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The United States Congress is one of the most powerful legislative bodies on in the planet.world. It has an oversight capacity that is quite simply huge, and investigates pretty much every aspect of American government policy though a system of permanent and ad-hoc committees. These committees have the power to issue subpoenas and compel relevant officials to testify under oath. While most often rather boring and tedious for most involved, at times they've become high political theater with some instances ([[RedScare HUAC]], [[{{Scandalgate}} Watergate]]) becoming etched in modern history. Of course the [[WindbagPolitician members of the committee]] have a tendency to act like every last one of these committees is of the '''utmost''' importance.



Despite the name, this trope also covers investigations carried out by other legislatures, real or fictional. For example, the [[UsefulNotes/BritishPoliticalSystem British Parliament]] has permanent Select Committees that investigate certain areas, including public accounts. Some examples might not even be legislatures, as long as its the nominal governing body with a committee.

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Despite the name, this trope also covers investigations carried out by other legislatures, real or fictional. For example, the [[UsefulNotes/BritishPoliticalSystem British Parliament]] has permanent Select Committees that investigate certain areas, including public accounts.accounts, hence this page's use of the committee hearing from ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'' as the heading image. Some examples might not even be legislatures, as long as its the nominal governing body with a committee.


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* ''Film/RoboCop2014'': Raymond Sellars, CEO of Omnicorp, is introduced speaking before a senate subcommittee regarding his plans to bring robots to American law enforcement.
7th Mar '17 7:56:25 PM luisedgarf
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For obvious reasons, this is mostly an American and British trope, due of the way how UsefulNotes/CommonLaw works, something that it's very difficult to replicate in other legal systems.
3rd Jan '17 1:43:21 AM upupandaway42
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* In ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', Senator June Finch summons Comicbook/{{Superman}} to a Congressional hearing to discuss whether he's a [[BewareTheSuperman threat]] or not, and whether he is responsible for the destruction caused in his [[Film/ManOfSteel fight with Zod]]. During the hearing, [[spoiler: Comicbook/LexLuthor blows up the building, killing everyone inside but Clark, sending him into a HeroicBSOD, and making the public more suspicious of the Man of Steel.]]
31st Dec '16 11:27:16 AM Xtifr
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* Gets referenced several times throughout ''Literature/TheLaundrySeries'' in relation to the British government, because the protagonists work for a beyond-top-secret intelligence agency tasked with upholding a [[CosmicHorrorStory lovecraftian]] {{Masquerade}}, any breach of which would almost certainly lead to mass civilian casualties and very uncomfortable questions being asked in the aftermath.

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* Gets referenced several times throughout ''Literature/TheLaundrySeries'' ''Literature/TheLaundryFiles'' in relation to the British government, because the protagonists work for a beyond-top-secret intelligence agency tasked with upholding a [[CosmicHorrorStory lovecraftian]] {{Masquerade}}, any breach of which would almost certainly lead to mass civilian casualties and very uncomfortable questions being asked in the aftermath.
10th Nov '16 10:28:56 AM Observance
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* Gets referenced several times throughout ''[[Literature/TheLaundrySeries]]'' in relation to the British government, because the protagonists work for a beyond-top-secret intelligence agency tasked with upholding a [[CosmicHorrorStory lovecraftian]] {{Masquerade}}, any breach of which would almost certainly lead to mass civilian casualties and very uncomfortable questions being asked in the aftermath.

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* Gets referenced several times throughout ''[[Literature/TheLaundrySeries]]'' ''Literature/TheLaundrySeries'' in relation to the British government, because the protagonists work for a beyond-top-secret intelligence agency tasked with upholding a [[CosmicHorrorStory lovecraftian]] {{Masquerade}}, any breach of which would almost certainly lead to mass civilian casualties and very uncomfortable questions being asked in the aftermath.
10th Nov '16 10:28:21 AM Observance
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* Gets referenced several times throughout ''[[Literature/TheLaundrySeries]]'' in relation to the British government, because the protagonists work for a beyond-top-secret intelligence agency tasked with upholding a [[CosmicHorrorStory lovecraftian]] {{Masquerade}}, any breach of which would almost certainly lead to mass civilian casualties and very uncomfortable questions being asked in the aftermath.
21st Oct '16 1:32:50 PM MCanter89
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Even when not in play directly, this trope may affect a work, as the bosses try to avert being hauled in for a hearing by sweet-talking some senator or representative. Most often the chair of the committee in question. So this is why you see a senator getting a guided tour of the ElaborateUndergroundBase. Just make sure the [[TruthInTelevision committee's head isn't in bed with a high ranking executive of the company they are meant to be investigating.]] Or otherwise [[CorruptPolitician working with the villains.]]

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Even when not in play directly, this trope may affect a work, as the bosses try to avert being hauled in for a hearing by sweet-talking some senator or representative. Most often the chair of the committee in question. So this is why you see a senator getting a guided tour of the ElaborateUndergroundBase. Just make sure the [[TruthInTelevision committee's head isn't in bed with a high ranking executive of the company they are meant to be investigating.]] investigating]]. Or otherwise [[CorruptPolitician working with the villains.]]
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* In ''Film/ClearAndPresentDanger'' (as seen in the page quote), Ritter explains to Jack Ryan exactly what his answers will be if / when Ritter finds himself Hauled Before A Senate [=SubCommittee=]. At the end of the film, [[spoiler: Jack goes before a subcommittee to report on the events of the movie.]]

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* In ''Film/ClearAndPresentDanger'' (as seen in the page quote), Ritter explains to Jack Ryan exactly what his answers will be if / when if/when Ritter finds himself Hauled Before A Senate [=SubCommittee=]. At the end of the film, [[spoiler: Jack goes before a subcommittee to report on the events of the movie.]]



* The Senate Committee on Organized Crime plays a huge role in ''Film/TheGodfatherPartII''. One of Michael's former Capos threatens to go state's evidence, [[spoiler: until Michael brings his Italian brother to watch, which shames the Capo enough that he not only recants his testimony in public, he commits suicide.]] As an added bonus, they frame a Senator for killing a hooker, and that same Senator stands up and gives a hilariously over-the-top speech about the contributions of Italian-Americans.

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* The Senate Committee on Organized Crime plays a huge role in ''Film/TheGodfatherPartII''. One of Michael's former Capos threatens to go state's evidence, [[spoiler: until [[spoiler:until Michael brings his Italian brother to watch, which shames the Capo enough that he not only recants his testimony in public, he commits suicide.]] As an added bonus, they frame a Senator for killing a hooker, and that same Senator stands up and gives a hilariously over-the-top speech about the contributions of Italian-Americans.



* In ''Film/IronMan2'', Tony Stark is facing down a senate subcommittee because his Iron Man suit isn't being shared with the United States government (and the minor detail of him being an unstable billionaire with unrestricted access to a superweapon), which they see as a big no-no. They order Stark to hand it over. Tony says no, saying that because he is Iron Man and "the suit and [he] are one", doing so is akin to indentured servitude [[CrowningMomentOfFunny and/or prostitution.]] He ''is'' building a suit for [[BlackBestFriend Col. Rhodes]], so it's more of a matter of principle than any lack of goodwill. One of the committee members is also loyal to HYDRA.

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* In ''Film/IronMan2'', Tony Stark is facing down a senate subcommittee because his Iron Man suit isn't being shared with the United States government (and the minor detail of him being an unstable billionaire with unrestricted access to a superweapon), which they see as a big no-no. They order Stark to hand it over. Tony says no, saying that because he is Iron Man and "the suit and [he] are one", doing so is akin to indentured servitude [[CrowningMomentOfFunny and/or prostitution.]] prostitution]]. He ''is'' building a suit for [[BlackBestFriend Col. Rhodes]], so it's more of a matter of principle than any lack of goodwill. One In ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', it's revealed that [[spoiler:one of the committee members is also loyal to HYDRA.HYDRA]].



* M in ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'' is required to testify before a Defence Ministry hearing about MI6's effectiveness. It's rendered moot when Silva and his henchmen attack the hearing [[spoiler: and M is eventually killed before they come to any decision.]]

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* M in ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'' is required to testify before a Defence Ministry hearing about MI6's effectiveness. It's rendered moot when Silva and his henchmen attack the hearing [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and M is eventually killed before they come to any decision.]]
19th Oct '16 1:49:40 PM res20stupid
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* One of these is a FramingDevice for ''VideoGame/MafiaIII'' (the other is a documentary) where a senate commitee interrogates John Donovan over his aiding Lincoln Clay in his gang war. [[spoiler: Except that this is what Donovan wants, so that he can murder a senator for his part in [[WhoShotJFK Kennedy's assassination]], which is also why he orchestrated the events of the game.]]
18th Oct '16 5:25:28 AM CurledUpWithDakka
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* In the ''WildCards'' books, the RedScare of TheFifties was supplemented by a fear of super-powered Aces, resulting in the Senate Committee on Ace Resources and Activities ([[FunWithAcronyms SCARE]]). The committee's ruthless attacks on Aces parallel [=McCarthyism=].4

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* In the ''WildCards'' books, the RedScare of TheFifties was supplemented by a fear of super-powered Aces, resulting in the Senate Committee on Ace Resources and Activities ([[FunWithAcronyms SCARE]]). The committee's ruthless attacks on Aces parallel [=McCarthyism=].4
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