FRONTLINE/World begins a new season of investigations this November with a story about the CIA's controversial rendition program. Five years ago, award-winning journalist Stephen Grey left his job at The Sunday Times in London to investigate one of the darkest sides of the Bush Administration’s war on terror. Beginning with the mysterious flight logs of secret CIA flights, Grey and others uncovered a secret CIA prison system involving countries like Egypt, Jordan, and Morocco, and the CIA's own "black sites," where the White House authorized "enhanced interrogation techniques," which critics say amount to torture. In "Extraordinary Rendition," Grey sets out to find the CIA'S "ghost prisoners" themselves -- some confirmed as high-value al Qaeda members, others unwittingly caught and released months or years later without charge. He also questions former CIA and FBI officials as the debate grows in Washington over the effectiveness and legality of extrajudicial detention and interrogation. "There aren’t many enthusiasts now inside the CIA who want to round up dozens of people anymore. But the threat is still there," says Grey. "The key thing is that until Congress and the American people decide on a way of dealing with prisoners in the courtroom according to the rule of law, the CIA probably hasn’t got any alternative but to either hold prisoners secretly in their own detention system, or to render them to countries that will do the CIA bidding."
more info: http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/stories/rendition701/
2. India: A Second Opinion
Also in this hour, a story from India about one of the oldest health care systems on the planet — Ayurveda — and of what its practitioners have learned, over 3,000 years, that could benefit Western medicine. T.R. Reid, a veteran foreign correspondent for The Washington Post, heads to southern India with a bad shoulder and a hunch, or at least a hope, that there might be a better, less invasive way to treat it than the artificial joint replacement recommended by his Denver orthopedic surgeon. In a series of thoughtful interviews with major players in the story — doctors, researchers, patients from around the world — Reid asks how Ayurveda manages to produce seemingly positive outcomes with methods that sometimes appear more medieval than scientific. Along the way, he inquires into what role cultural and social factors play in healing, and how meaning and ritual affect the treatment of illness.
more info: http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/stories/india701/
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