Every American should know and beware, that today your government operates Guantanamo style black sites, with reported Guantanamo style torture and personnel included.
Two former senior Justice Department officials have found it necessary and are calling on their colleagues to investigate a secretive warehouse used for interrogations by Chicago police and likened to a CIA “black sites. Why the mainstream talking heads and political pundits have Failed to link this black site in Chicago, to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the Bush administration and Dick Cheney’s bold pronouncement, that ‘I would do it again in a minute’ is beyond me and fails to serve the welfare and security of the American populace.
Hell in Homan Square: Chicago PD held 7,000 at off-the-books facility, limited legal access
An updated report has found that more than 7,000 people have been detained, “disappeared,” or denied legal counsel and basic constitutional rights by the Chicago Police Department at an off-the-books interrogation facility known as Homan Square. Alexey Yaroshevsky looks at why people were taken to Homan Square and who prevented attorneys from working with detainees. Click thru video for RT source
Investigative journalist Will Porter discusses the secret prisons that the ACLU says are violating inmates’ rights – Video
A Black Site in Chicago? Police Accused of Running Secret Compound for Detentions & Interrogations
Tracy Siska, a criminologist and civil-rights activist with the Chicago Justice Project, said that Homan Square, as well as the unrelated case of ex-Guantánamo interrogator and retired Chicago detective Richard Zuley, showed the lines blurring between domestic law enforcement and overseas military operations.
“The real danger in allowing practices like Guantánamo or Abu Ghraib is the fact that they always creep into other aspects,” Siska said.
“They creep into domestic law enforcement, either with weaponry like with the militarization of police, or interrogation practices. That’s how we ended up with a black site in Chicago.”
The Chicago police department operates an off-the-books interrogation compound, rendering Americans unable to be found by family or attorneys while locked inside what lawyers say is the domestic equivalent of a CIA black site.
In a dark foreshadowing of the United States’ post-9/11 descent into torture, a Guardian investigation can reveal that Richard Zuley, a detective on Chicago’s north side from 1977 to 2007, repeatedly engaged in methods of interrogation resulting in at least one wrongful conviction and subsequent cases more recently thrown into doubt following allegations of abuse.
Zuley’s record suggests a continuum between police abuses in urban America and the wartime detention scandals that continue to do persistent damage to the reputation of the United States. Zuley’s tactics, which would be supercharged at Guantánamo when he took over the interrogation of a high-profile detainee as a US Navy reserve lieutenant, included:
• Shackling suspects to police-precinct walls through eyebolts for hours on end.
• Accusations of planting evidence when there was pressure for a high-profile murder conviction.
• Threats of harm to family members of those under interrogation used as leverage.
• Pressure on suspects to implicate themselves and others.
• Threats of being subject to the death penalty if suspects did not confess.
The Cook County state’s attorney office now has an examination open into a second conviction involving Zuley, filings in an Illinois court showed on Tuesday. (The Guardian is publishing the first part of its investigation on Wednesday.) While representatives of the state’s attorney’s office told the Guardian that the examination concerns only a single case, the office is seeking civilian complaint files regarding Zuley from a local independent police review authority.