Surprise! Americans don’t like Gestapo free-for-alls in their hometowns.
Some of us have been warning about this glaringly fascist shit since the 80s and before. Anyone remember COINTELPRO?
Six people and multiple Chicago attorneys came forward to the Guardian this week with detailed accounts of police holding suspects and witnesses for sustained periods of detention inside Homan Square, without public records, access to attorneys or being read their most basic rights – involving what they said included shackling, physical abuse and being “disappeared” from legal counsel and family. The Guardian’s recent investigation into Chicago police brutality began the week before, with a two-part account of the tactics of Detective Richard Zuley, who went fromChicago homicide investigatorto Guantánamo Bay torturer.
Lawyers describe it as the domestic equivalent to a CIA black site. Their clients “disappeared there” for 12-15 hours before being arraigned. A man died there. Another man left with a head injury. A teenager went missing.
According to a reportpublished in the Guardian, though, this site is being run by the Chicago Police Department out of Homan Square in the city’s west side. And those operating the facility are denying detainees constitutional rights such as access to attorneys and legal counsel.
(a) Offense.— Whoever outside the United States commits or attempts to commit torture shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both, and if death results to any person from conduct prohibited by this subsection, shall be punished by death or imprisoned for any term of years or for life.(b) Jurisdiction.— There is jurisdiction over the activity prohibited in subsection (a) if—
WASHINGTON — The number of felony suspects fatally shot by police last year — 461— was the most in two decades, according to a new FBI report.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government agreed to a police request to restrict more than 37 square miles of airspace surrounding Ferguson, Missouri, for 12 days in August for safety, but audio recordings show that local authorities privately acknowledged the purpose was to keep away news helicopters during violent street protests.
Journalists were arrested at many, many protests. Even Amy Goodman was hauled away at the Occupy protests.
During the Boston Marathon siege by 10,000 National Guard and police the media was pushed back out of range of the action.
Back in 2000 I was at the Democratic National Convention protests, video taping at the same corner where LAPD blasted the crowd with shotgun rounds of some sort and rubber bullets. A journalist was shot in the chest with a rubber bullet and nearly died. ACLU later sued the city for millions, and my footage netted me a piece of the settlement for providing evidence.
The press was barred from getting near every flash point where the police state’s actions are in question. It is a way of erasing the Constitution, accountability, justice and morality in a small bit of territory while the police become enforcers of the corporatocracy, rather than law enforcers.