A Four Corners team investigates both the merits and the risks of the "kill-capture" campaign. Its proponents claim that the strategy has been successful in killing enemy commanders, but several missions involving elite Australian soldiers have gone horribly wrong, killing "friendly" local leaders and civilians.
As part of the 50 Years Four Corners celebrations, ABC News 24 will air selected programs from each decade over five weeks. This week, a look back at the 1970s with two reports that followed the campaign trails of the Whitlam camp and the Fraser camp leading up to the controversial 1975 Federal Election.
For more than five years Rupert Murdoch and his most trusted executives told the world that a rogue reporter and a rogue private detective were responsible for hacking phones for the News of the World. Reporter Sarah Ferguson investigates that claim and reveals the links between Murdoch's newspapers and the British criminal world going back two decades.
As part of the 50 Years of Four Corners celebrations, a report from 1969 investigating a case of Aboriginal injustice. Peter Reid reported on the case of Nancy Young, wrongly jailed for manslaughter after the death of her baby.
Four Corners celebrate 50 years on air with a special program that highlights the power and the passion of television current affairs journalism. Over five decades, Four Corners has created and defined the major stories at the centre of Australian public life.
The story behind the police investigation that brought down Mark Standen, one of Australia's top crime fighting law enforcement officers. He was considered a crime busting untouchable, a man at the heart of the nation's war on drugs. He had access to the very best police intelligence on organised crime both here and overseas. But some time in the past decade Mark Standen turned bad.
An investigation exposing how Italy's most ruthless organised crime syndicate has taken over one of the country's most beautiful cities, killing its citizens and poisoning its water, making massive amounts of money and effectively operating an alternative government.
The story of America's most controversial prison and the impact it had on the lives of its inmates and the people who held them captive. For six years the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba was a key facility in George W. Bush's war on terror. Remote from the American mainland, it was the place where so called "hostile enemy combatants" were taken to be interrogated in the hope they would assist officials in the fight against terrorism. At its peak the prison held over 550 prisoners. In 2009 the then newly elected American President Barack Obama signed a document that was intended to close the facility. Two years on his orders have not been finally acted on.
For some time now, some people living close to wind farms have expressed concern that the noise from the turbines is affecting their health. They say the machines have destroyed their lives, causing headaches, high blood pressure and nausea. Four Corners goes to several wind-farming hot-spots across Australia to meet the people who claim they are simply collateral damage as the nation scrambles to embrace renewable energy.
The story behind the stalled negotiations that could create one of Australia's biggest mining projects. Andrew "Twiggy" Forest is one of Australia's richest men. He wants to cut a deal that would give his company, Fortescue Metals Group (FMG), access to a massive chunk of land in Australia's mineral rich northwest. Michael Woodley is an elder of the Yindjibarndi people that effectively holds Native Title rights to the land in question. So far they've been unable to agree on a compensation package that could make both the company and the community rich. What's gone wrong and is there a way to find common ground?
How the arrival of thousands of boat people on an island in the Mediterranean has revived the anti-immigration debate in Europe. In the wake of the uprisings across the Arab world, the Italian island of Lampedusa, 100 kilometres from the African coast, has seen the arrival of over 40,000 migrants from Tunisia and Libya. A BBC documentary team was there to capture the crisis as the island's migrant reception centre overflows and the economy faces meltdown. They film the moment the islanders openly revolt, blockading the small port and demanding the immigrants to go back home.
A story that investigates the final weeks of the 25 year civil war between the Sri Lankan Government and the Tamil Tigers. Produced by the Channel 4 in Britain, the program forensically investigates allegations that up to 40,000 Tamil civilians were killed as Sri Lankan Government forces moved in to destroy the Tamil Tiger army. The program provides evidence that while the 'Tigers' used civilians as human shields, the Government forces repeatedly shelled civilians who had been offered sanctuary in "no fire zones". The Government of Sri Lanka denies this, questioning the numbers killed and the authenticity of the visual evidence. You can judge for yourself.
The story of the families who fled the killing fields of Cambodia to find safety in Australia, revisited nearly 25 years on. What are they doing? Did they find a home? And what does their experience tell us about the current debate over refugee arrivals?
How a first time Independent Federal MP cut a deal that delivered Julia Gillard government in return for a promise to overhaul pokie gaming policy. On 21st August last year, Andrew Wilkie, the soon to be elected member for Denison in Tasmania, received a phone call that changed political history. Julia Gillard was on the line congratulating him on his victory. The call began the process of negotiation that would result in Andrew Wilkie supporting the Labor Government. For its part, Labor promised to introduce smart card technology that would force gamblers to decide in advance how much they would spend when they played poker machines.
ADF personnel tell how they have been brutalised and abused while the system that was supposed to protect them let them down. Following the recent ADFA sex scandal, reporter Geoff Thompson speaks to others who claim they've been abused while serving their country and that a 'culture of silence' derailed their pursuit of justice.
A young English-born Muslim returns to strife-torn Yemen, the place he believes is his homeland. But he's in for a shock. Occupying the southern end of the Arabian Peninsula, Yemen is no stranger to civil strife, but right now for Westerners it's one of the most dangerous places in the world. While activists campaign for democratic reforms, Al Qaeda remains a deadly force within the country.
An explosive expose of the cruelty inflicted on Australian cattle exported to the slaughterhouses of Indonesia. Despite industry assurances that the welfare of cattle sent to Indonesia is "generally good", Four Corners reveals that many thousands of these animals die slow and hideous deaths.
How the quest to make footballers run faster and hit harder is putting players at risk of brain damage and early onset dementia. Some have described it as the sports equivalent of an arms race. No matter what the code, all coaches want their players bigger and faster, capable of handing out and taking physical punishment. This week Four Corners and PBS Frontline go inside American high school football to look at the impact this arms race is having on players, focusing on the latest research into brain injury.
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