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(generated from captions) from the secret-prison program. he said he was transferring them official acknowledge That was the first acknowledgement, that we had a secret-prison program. that he retained But he made it quite clear captures into that program. the option of putting additional of America's prisoners The future treatment

Military Commissions Act of 2006, is set out in the at Guantanamo Bay, created to legalise the trials by the Supreme Court. which has been judged unlawful The Military Commissions Act of 2006

of legislation in the war on terror. is one of the most important pieces for the Military Commissions, As well as setting new rules for interrogators, the Act provides legal immunity legal redress over their treatment, ensures Guantanamo detainees have no definition of torture. and enshrines a narrow

does many things. MCCOY: This 96-page legislation to any interrogator First of all, it provides immunity illegal interrogation or anybody ordered these... all the way back to 1997 effect of the War Crimes Act 2006. to basically exempt people from the reiterates, this exemption Second, it recapitulates, that psychological torture is legal. with our people and the world - I want to be absolutely clear the United States does not torture. and it's against our values. It's against our laws, and I will not authorise it. I have not authorised it, now defines torture - Precisely how the US remains unclear. what is allowed and what isn't - from the President The CIA is awaiting new guidelines

on exactly which methods are allowed. may never be publicly released. Those guidelines says that we don't torture people. RADSAN: The administration definition, or their definition, They don't give us a clear of what torture is. between the lawyers at the CIA, So it's going to be a back-and-forth that are interpreting these statues, lawyers at the Justice Department the amendments, the torture statute, from the Military Commissions Act or the guidance, I should say, tough questions about to figure out these deprivation, sleep deprivation, whether we can do sensory intermediate zone of aggressiveness. whether we can do things in that that we do not do torture. All you can get is a declaration a clear answer on what that means. You cannot get...a clarity, Can we accept that at face value? Of course not. in the rendition program, They still engage

there are still people being sent. who we know were in CIA custody, There are prisoners who have disappeared. who also had been rendered, We don't even know where they are. under the CIA's secret program The worst fate of all transferred overseas awaited detainees like Egypt, Jordan, and Uzbekistan. to the prisons of America's allies short of horrendous. Their treatment was nothing is there any doubt So when someone's rendered to Egypt,

Absolutely, no doubt at all. they're going to be tortured? Same with Syria. an Australian citizen, If you pick somebody up, it might as well... and you send them to Egypt, to condemning them to death. It's tantamount

We're going to look back on this

as one of the darkest chapters and we're going to see this the American republic. in the history of Outsourcing torture? outsourcing torture. Yeah, absolutely CAR HORNS BLAST Next week on Four Corners - the ugly secret now exposed. American's rendition program, knowingly violated international law Has the United States

to face torture overseas? by sending prisoners acquiesced And has the Australian Government in the outsourcing of torture?

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a real expert on your show The perils of inviting they'll agree with your views. without checking I'm Monica Attard. Hello and welcome to Media Watch. The drug in question is Ritalin. The issue - that tabloid favourite - are just dosed up as an easy out. whether naughty kids Those 4BC hosts battled on they had the figures. because at their fingertips were the 4BC hosts relying on But which statistics journalists across Australia? along with produced in its campaign The ones the 'Daily Telegraph' a Ritalin generation. to show that doctors were creating

and so is this one. Those figures are wrong, like that and it wasn't hard to find. In fact, the real figure's nothing

gave it to us. The NSW Health Department

15,000, not 32,000.

campaign was built on a falsehood. The 'Daily Telegraph's anti-Ritalin of kids on the drug. It more than doubled the real number exploding from 11,000 in 1992 But what about "Ritalin figures "to 264,000 in 2006"?

looked up the Ritalin code, When reporter Janet Fife-Yeomans since 2005 she'd only have found figures went on to the PBS scheme. because that's when the drug

she's used from 1992 to 2006 The other statistics that Dexamphetamine. are for a different ADHD treatment, of Ritalin over that period at all. So her table doesn't show the growth Maybe that was just a mistake. coverage of the story But those two blunders infected across the country. David Richardson. Here's 'Today Tonight's Just look at the numbers - were written in 1992, 11,114 prescriptions for the ADHD drug Ritalin. 264,000 scripts for the same drug. Last year that number had erupted to Spencer also lifted the mistake In Sydney, ABC Local Radio's Adam from the 'Daily Telegraph'. at Channel 10 took both mistakes A confused Catherine Kennedy from the 'Daily Telegraph',

represented then suggested the figure of 264,000 cases of ADHD, not scripts. cases of ADHD in the world, Australia has one of the highest

to 264,000. rising from 11,000 in 1992

are taking the drug. In NSW alone, 32,000 children passed it on to plenty of others, AAP made the same mistake and including 'The Age' online. AAP admits it took the figures flawed copy. straight from Janet Fife-Yeomans' were wrong in 'The Daily Telegraph'. But it wasn't just the numbers that that started it all, Back to the article as supporting its case. and the doctor quoted it's Kohn with a 'K' - Leaving aside the spelling mistake - the doctor isn't pleased. The scientific consensus remains medication is the best treatment for ADD and ADHD. But instead of success stories about Ritalin, the 'Daily Telegraph' offers yarns about the expensive Dore behavioral therapy program. And it's not at all bothered by the scientific debate

over whether the Dore program can cure ADHD. And buried a few paragraphs later - a disclosure.

Dean's mum, Agnes, works for Dore. With that sort of editorial backing no wonder Dore is now giving its advertising dollars to Rupert.

The 'Daily Telegraph's attitude towards Ritalin gets the nod from its editor, David Penberthy.

The result of 'The Daily Telegraph's campaign is a New South Wales Government ordered inquiry into ADHD treatment.

For the sake of long-suffering families, let's hope the 'Daily Telegraph' reports the correct figures when that ends. While ADHD was being scoffed at, another childhood affliction was being treated with sheer contempt in a different medium.

That - believe it or not - went out in a live internet radio stream.

The internet and faster broadband connection to it are changing our listening habits. There are scores of internet radio stations in Australia now - even the ABC operates internet radio. No wonder the regulators are hard pressed keeping up with the changes. Here's Net FM railing over Indian call centres.

NET FM doesn't have a radio licence because it doesn't need one.

And it's not restrained by the usual codes of practice that apply to commercial, subscription or community networks. All they need to do is pay their dues to the copyright watchdog.

Then, each week they can put out their one and only talk show without fear - or seemingly respect.

There was, of course, no evidence provided about those slurs against both Sir Paul and Heather Mills. If ACMA, the broadcasting authority, were to receive a complaint about that tirade, it could investigate Net FM. But there's no sanction it can impose against the operation. And ACMA is powerless to act against internet radio outfits which don't keep archives, and just stream. Otherwise?

But Net FM does keep archives and even boasts that you can podcast the offensive material it puts out. The figures reflect that people enjoy what they're hearing from us. Well let's talk about that show because its quite controversial isn't it? Yes, it is. The Vinyl Lounge. So it sets out to be rude and offensive? Yes. Why? It's the angle we chose, no-one else is doing it. Everyone out there is doing boring, old radio. The usual morning crews - two, three, four people - just doing the usual run-of-the-mill stuff you hear on every other station.

We decided to take a bit, not a bit but a lot of a risque angle and test it out, see what happened and it was welcomed. On the Vinyl Lounge you broadcast a tirade esentially against the victims of sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic priests. Can I put to you some of the things that you said: "I went as a young bloke to a Catholic school,

"never buggerised by one brother, all of my mates gang raped, "made millions of dollars and suing everybody". Would you agree that that's offensive? Yes, I'm sure it would have been offensive. But it comes with warnings and if people don't want to, uh, take heed to the warning and they want to listen to it and cause themselves to be offended by the choice they made to listen to it, that's not our problem. I mean, offending the victims of sexual abuse, is really quite out there? there but it was a comedy show. I agree with you. It s quite out But what's funny about that?

write in Well, people don't specifically particular skit funny. and say, "Gee, I found that complaints as far as we're aware. remains unregulated Does the fact that internet radio broadcasting legislation for the purposes of the make it so much easier for you? Yes, I have to agree there. two guys come into the studio And so it's really that basically Yes. and say whatever they want. about anybody. To a vast number of people Yes, I agree. changes the Broadcasting legislation, So unless the Federal Government to offend, deride Net FM can and no doubt will continue and vilify anyone it chooses of some 70,000 people. to an estimated audience That's it for tonight. next week. We're back at the same time See you then.

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gains in the opinion polls for the

first time since Kevin Rudd became

Labor Leader. The Coalition has

clawed back 4%. Labor still leads by

53% to 47% on a two-party preferred

basis. The Prime Minister has

cautiously welcomed the result, but

says he still has a tough job ahead

unveiled its to win the election. China has

unveiled its first ever plan to

tackle carbon emissions. It's

introducing more wind, Hydro and

nuclear power, and making coal-fired

plants more efficient. But, it's

echoing Australia in saying that any

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not jeopardise the country's attempt to combat climate change must

boom. China is predicted to take not jeopardise the country's economic

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States of the end of the year. And the eastern

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