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“Individuals have raised concerns after seeing verbal abuse of suspects as well as bruises on their bodies and that sort of thing,” Amin told Reuters in an interview yesterday.

The TV series, called “Terrorism in the Grip of Justice”, airs almost nightly on Iraqiya, Iraq’s U.S.-funded national network, and shows men sitting before an interrogator, whose face is not show, confessing to crimes in precise detail. Some defendants have appeared with cuts and bruises on their faces and what looked like bloodstains on their clothes.

They confess to criminal and militant acts including kidnap, rape, the execution of hostages, planting bombs and contract murder, sometimes for as little as $10.  Some have said they were acting on the orders of Syrian agents.

But concerns have been raised about forced confessions, and family members have come forward to swear that relatives are being wrongly accused or that alleged victims are still alive!


Bush Approval Rating Lowest Ever For 2nd-Term Prez At This Point

April 05, 2005 By Editor &Publisher Staff

NEW YORK It's not uncommon to hear or read pundits referring to President George W. Bush as a "popular" leader or even a "very popular" one.  Even some of his critics in the press refer to him this way.  Perhaps they need to check the latest polls.

President Bush's approval rating has plunged to the lowest level of any president since World War II at this point in his second term, the Gallup Organization reported today.

"All other presidents who were re-elected to a second term had approval ratings well above 50% in the March following their re-election," Gallup reported.

Bush's current rating is 45%.  The next lowest was Reagan with 56% in March 1985.

More bad signs for the president: Gallup's survey now finds only 38% expressing satisfaction with the "state of the country" while 59% are "dissatisfied."  One in

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