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(generated from captions) When Terry Hicks went to Guantanamo, first thing his son told him about. he says those beatings were the very he was agitated, he was stressed. David was full on, he just told us, All he wanted to do is, get it out as quick as I can." "Listen. Don't say anything, I'll from the Americans. He had two 10-hour beatings "Sure they were Americans?" - And I said to David, he had a bag over his head - 'cause he said and he said, "Oh look," he said, they were definitely American." "I know their accents, that were done to him. Some pretty horrific things sexually embarrassing things? Are they... Yes. These sexually-related incidents... ..does this involve Americans? Yes. the Americans gave him injections David Hicks told his father with various objects. and then penetrated him anally off a ship by helicopter? Why does he believe he was taken if they've taken him off... Well, I mean, off an American ship. They're taking him

the Americans would say, So, I suppose if anything happens,

on our soil." "Well, it didn't happen a mini-rendition if you like, Being taken off a warship, it's like do you believe that did happen? is not a mini-rendition, Being taken off a warship it's a rendition, period. There were all sorts of renditions. to themselves There were American renditions to torture people, from Pakistan to Afghanistan to torture people. from American ships to Afghanistan Hicks's lawyers believe it's unlikely off a warship detainees would be helicoptered without official authorisation. on a helicopter - Authorised - someone would take them to take them to the zoo. they didn't think they were going when they take detainees off a ship I mean, obviously and bring them somewhere else, or round them up and they have to know why. someone's got to say 'OK', told Four Corners David Hicks's lawyers they're not revealing at this point, they have witnesses have photographic evidence. and that US authorities I can't comment on the specifics. that I'm investigating, I'd say it's an area found some evidence and that I've already that support that occurring. and witnesses that David Hicks's claims of abuse The Australian Government says have been thoroughly investigated. provide you with a letter later - I can inform you - and we'll advice from the Defense Department that we have received written a very thorough investigation that after and Habib about mistreatments of the allegations of Hicks American custody, whilst they were in to support those allegations. no evidence has been found not a legitimate effort There is simply or the Australian Government by the United States Government

to get to the bottom of the abuse, the top, and that's the problem. because the bottom is really Yeah, this may have been the case... censored letters from Guantanamo In recent months, even the heavily have been drying up. There's little left to say. they've got nothing to write about. But then once that runs out, then This letter arrived about a year ago. (Man reads) Dear Dad, on the edge of losing my sanity I feel as though I'm teetering after such a long ordeal - being in isolation. the last year of it the authorities could do There are a number of things my living conditions, to help to improve seems to be the order of the day. but low morale and depression that I'm disadvantaged as possible They're also making sure when it comes to defending myself. if David Hicks is tried - Next month - outside the courts, it will be by a system by the US Defense Department. and run entirely with this military commission At its heart the problem

is it's not based in law. created by the President, It is solely a system to decide the law, who looks at it as his ability to decide who gets charged, whether they're guilty or not. and to ultimately decide in a totally unlawful manner. The evidence itself is obtained let's say you get beyond that, And then - you get to the point of a... If there's a conviction, an independent judiciary, it is reviewed not by of the Secretary of Defense. but by hand-picked cronies more than 240 Guantanamo detainees. The US has now released Many of them were in al-Qaeda camps, just like David Hicks. or were Taliban foot soldiers foreign minister was sent home Last month, even the former Taliban after four years in detention. has lost four years of his life, It's disappointing that David Hicks and he's never injured anybody. at the war in Afghanistan and the, And when you look back

and the crimes that were committed - abuses or the Taliban abuses, either by the Northern Alliance that were killed by bombings - or civilians and you sit back and say, people accountable "Now we're holding and it's David Hicks?" "for that conflict, It's a joke. asked the US Defense Department Four Corners for an interview for this program. They declined. if it starts next month - David Hicks's trial - could last well into next year. nearly four years in detention. He's already spent he said to me is, One of the things from here, "Please, when you get out that my sanity is at risk here". "please tell people he felt like just banging his head He used to tell me quite often that he just ends up killing himself. so hard against the walls that (Man reads) I've reached the point overwhelmed, if you like. where I'm highly confused and lost - every half hour, I suffer extreme mood swings going from one extreme to the other. what happens outside. I can no longer picture has become this little room, My entire world is nothing but an echo. and everything beyond Love, David. THEME MUSIC International Pty Ltd Captioning and Subtitling Closed Captions provided by This program is captioned live. Our congratulations to Renee. Hello and welcome to Media Watch. I'm Liz Jackson. And congratulations also to the two runners-up. So, 'Northern Star' reporters bag two of the three Showgirl awards and their paper proudly puts them on the front page. But we're told the selection has "raised some eyebrows" in the local town of Lismore. Because, as the paper reveals on page 8, one of the Showgirl judges was: And the 'Northern Star' is also a major sponsor of the show. We asked editor Russell Eldridge if he thought he had a conflict of interest. And now time to test yourself

with the Sydney 'Daily Telegraph's news quiz.

The paper ran the story the day before. And it wasn't just the 'Tele'.

Everybody loved it. The Hobart 'Mercury', the 'Herald-Sun' the 'Adelaide Advertiser', the 'NT News' the 'Newcastle Herald' and the 'Courier-Mail',

which even has a photo. The Crikey web site revealed it was carried online by the 'Age' and the 'Australian' not to mention the 'Townsville Bulletin', the 'Sydney Morning Herald' and NineMSN. Media Watch has tracked down the origin of this story to a regional paper in the north-west of England, the 'Lancashire Evening Telegraph'. The story appears to be confirmed by this quote from "a spokesman" for the Halifax Bank. But Halifax told us that while it's true they no longer have piggy banks... And what about the NatWest Bank, which the article says:

NatWest told Media Watch: Both banks were disappointed that media outlets didn't check with them before they ran with the story.

Halifax told us:

But the reality is this story is not just silly, it's nasty and it's damaging. Frankly, it was always incredible, but the papers and the talkback hosts didn't check it out because it's grist to their mill and a hot button story guaranteed to light up the switchboard. It's a sign that the Christmas season is on us already, that letter writers chose to respond like this: Talking of the holiday season, or maybe just the weekend, do you check out where to go on the recommendation of shows like this? SONG: # On the Sydney weekend come on let's go... # G'day. Welcome to the show. Believe it or not I've come to a place where I have never been before. Channel Seven's 'Sydney Weekender' has been running for years, but there must still be some places Mike Whitney has never been. And now that the show has a magazine offshoot, there are more destinations to feature. Like the McPherson Plains Alpine Retreat, whose manager Emma Ernst bought this ad in the spring edition. Turn back a page and the magazine has this feature extolling the charms of Emma's retreat. Etcetera, etcetera. Emma was pleased with the feature, which is no surprise. Essentially she wrote it herself. It looks no different from other articles in the 'Weekender',

and that's what the magazine offers. It's all spelt out in this letter to potential advertisers. Michael Standen has also run ads for the Merimbula Divers Lodge. But he thinks 'The Weekender' has gone too far. But Michael was even more taken aback when the magazine approached him recently with a new inducement.

Mike Standen says he was disillusioned. Emma from the Alpine Retreat, got the same offer, and she was told: We asked Alan Dungey from the 'Weekender' show if he thought it appropriate that advertisers can purchase editorial content on his show. So how will you know if the holiday destination has paid the 10 grand for their spot or if Mike Whitney really did just love it? You'll have to keep a hawk eye on the credit sequence they run at the end of the show, Hope you've enjoyed the show, see you real soon, on another 'Sydney Weekender.' The logos show the companies which have made "commercial arrangements" with the show. Now a rare chance for you to see how tabloid TV current affairs is made. See those three people? The woman behind the counter sells jewellery for a living but the other two, pretending to be customers, work for 'A Current Affair'. They're carrying a hidden camera and a week later their footage turned up on an ACA story about jewellers ripping off customers. Have a listen to how the salesgirl at King's Jewellers in Brisbane sold it to us. SALESGIRL: That's 9 carat. That's gorgeous Italian gold. And when you say it's 9 carat does that include everything? SALESGIRL: Everything. Everything in it is 9 carat. 'A Current Affair' told its viewers those claims were untrue. But they were wrong. A letter from ACA boss David Hurley correcting the mistake was sent to the store's customers and the program broadcast a substantial apology.

We apologise for the mix-up and believe it's important that we set the record straight. Absolutely and we've no criticism of 'A Current Affair' on that score. But we knew you'd be interested in watching how they got those hidden camera shots, courtesy of the jewellery store's security camera, which was filming them. Let's see what we can learn. First take a look at the couple - a young attractive, well-groomed woman and a boofy bloke in T-shirt and jeans. That's a typical hidden camera crew - a young researcher hoping for her big TV break and a cameraman.

Now let's find the camera. When the couple arrive she's carrying a handbag but after a couple of minutes her 'boyfriend' takes over. See how the handbag - like the eyes of a famous old painting -

seem to follow our salesgirl wherever she goes? Yep, we found it.

As you might expect he's more attentive to the handbag than the girl. Watch while the cameraman repositions the handbag to get a better shot - then has a little fiddle in the pocket. There he goes again with another camera shift. And, of course, when they leave, he carries the gear.

Now we don't know if 'A Current Affair' or 'Today Tonight' is likely to turn up to your store or home with a camera in a bag anytime soon. But maybe now you'll spot them if they do. Now an update on a story we aired last Monday about what happened to the following article from the 'Age Online'. Within half an hour the article had been replaced by one that gave Grand Prix critics less prominence. Another critic emailed us, wondering if this was related to the fact that Ron Walker is now both the chairman of the Grand Prix and chairman of the Fairfax Board which publishes the 'Age Online'. The online managing editor assured us: We've now learned that journalists at the 'Age' were also concerned by our story and last week the 'Age' Independence Committee

sent this email to 'Age' staff. The Committee met with editor-in-chief Andrew Jaspan the day after our story was aired. And their email includes a copy of the letter they subsequently sent to Jaspan.

We were interested to hear that Andrew Jaspan himself had intervened to change this online article. It seemed at odds with the way the change was described to us last week as a "routine update".

We asked Andrew Jaspan why he intervened. He refused to comment. Until next week, goodnight. Captions by Captioning and Subtitling International. This program is captioned live. Good evening. Divisions have emerged within Labor ranks over the Government's tough anti-terror laws. Leader Kim Beazley has signalled he'll support the draft laws when he's seen them. But the left faction is unhappy with their impact on human rights. A former Adelaide school teacher has appeared in a Sumatra court on drugs charges.

Graham Clifford Payne is accused of possession of crystal meth and a syringe and needles containing heroin traces. The combined offences carry a maximum penalty of 15 years' jail. And Makybe Diva fever has taken a stranglehold on Melbourne. The crowd favourite will tomorrow try for a third-straight win in the Melbourne Cup, unless the track is too hard.

Now, tomorrow's national weather. Showers for Sydney, Brisbane, Darwin, and Perth. Mainly fine in the other capital cities. 'Lateline' is along at 10:35pm. Goodnight. This program is not subtitled She was glamorous and turned into an incredible beauty. # When we are dancing # And you're dangerously near me... # She did everything very well - she danced very well - and she was quite naughty. In a sense, it's a fairy-tale. You have a young, very beautiful, very popular princess... # I wanna hold you So much closer # Than I dare to... # love with a Battle of Britain pilot. She needed a hero, and of course Townsend was a hero. # And when you touch me # And there's fire in every finger... # She was wildly in love with this young man and wanted to marry him, but it just wasn't possible. He had this one fatal flaw, which was that he had been through a divorce. 50 years ago, the Queen's sister, Princess Margaret, faced a dilemma - either marry her lover, Peter Townsend, and lose her royal privileges, or renounce him and put duty first. 'May the great question be answered soon - one way or the other.' It was the first modern royal scandal and its conclusion had the nation gripped.