• Chicago Police Detain Americans at ‘Black Site’

    February 24, 2015

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    Posted in: Post-Constitution America


    One of the things I was told as a new parent that really stuck was that my kids would be watching me 24/7 for clues as to how to behave, what was acceptable, what they might get away with. People look to authorities above them to see what is current practice in the same way. Unfortunately, this is how the taint of CIA actions in the so-called war on terror have come to the Homeland, specifically sweet home Chicago.

    This is what happens in Post-Constitutional America.

    Homeland Black Site

    In an exclusive story, The Guardian, a UK newspaper, reports that the Chicago police department operates an off-the-books interrogation compound, rendering Americans unable to be found by family or lawyers while locked inside what attorneys say is the domestic equivalent of a CIA black site. The key element of a black site is the ability for an organization — CIA or Chicago PD — to hold someone outside of the law’s protections and indeed outside of any third-party knowledge. In Chicago, this includes a lack of access to legal advice during interrogation.

    The facility in Chicago is a warehouse known as Homan Square. Interviews with local attorneys and one protester who spent the better part of a day shackled in Homan Square describe operations that deny access to basic constitutional rights. Alleged police practices at Homan Square, according to those familiar with the facility who spoke to the Guardian after its investigation into Chicago police abuse, include:

    — Keeping arrestees out of official booking databases.

    — Beating by police, resulting in head wounds.

    — Shackling for prolonged periods.

    — Denying attorneys access to the “secure” facility.

    — Holding people without legal counsel for between 12 and 24 hours, including people as young as 15.

    — At least one man was found unresponsive in a Homan Square interrogation room and later pronounced dead.

    No one taken to Homan Square is said to be booked. Witnesses, suspects or others who end up inside do not appear to have a public, searchable record entered into a database indicating where they are, as happens when someone is booked at a precinct. Lawyers and relatives insist there is no way of finding their whereabouts. Those lawyers who have attempted to gain access to Homan Square are most often turned away, even as their clients remain in custody inside.

    “They Just Disappear”

    “It’s sort of an open secret among attorneys that regularly make police station visits, this place – if you can’t find a client in the system, odds are they’re there,” said one local lawyer. A Chicago civil-rights attorney said Homan Square represented a routinization of a notorious practice in local police work that violates the Fifth and Sixth amendments of the Constitution.

    Much remains hidden about Homan Square. The Chicago police department has not responded to any of the Guardian’s recent questions – neither about any aspect of operations at Homan Square, nor about the Guardian’s investigation of Richard Zuley, the retired Chicago detective turned Guantánamo Bay torturer.

    “They just disappear,” said a criminal defense attorney.

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  • Recent Comments

    • chuck nasmith said...


      Remember Obama, the Chi. town Community Organizer saying “Moving Forward” and not going after War Criminals, or Banksters? And he is now an organizer for Rahm Emanual. An Obama/Rahm Black site is a joke right? Just say No to the D and R’s and the 1%.Call all friends in Chicago to get out and vote and hope the computers or crooks have not already put in the results!

      02/24/15 4:49 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      Maybe Homan Square is where the Obama library will eventually be located? It is a grim picture of where empire is heading but also very predictable. Empires don’t self correct they just keep doubling down and refining violent measures to “control” the natives.

      02/24/15 6:59 PM | Comment Link

    • teri said...


      I just want to add a citation, if I may. The Guardian article was written by Spencer Ackerman. He is a great reporter, IMO.

      Pretty shocking article. This is America now.

      02/25/15 9:10 AM | Comment Link

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