Thursday, February 26, 2015

Chicago's Own Gitmo: A Black Site in ChiTown

A Black Site in Chicago? Police Accused of Running Secret Compound for Detentions & Interrogations

by DemocracyNow!

An explosive new report in The Guardian claims the Chicago police are operating a secret compound for detentions and interrogations, often with abusive methods. According to The Guardian, detainees as young as 15 years old have been taken to a nondescript warehouse known as Homan Square. Some are calling it the domestic equivalent of a CIA "black site" overseas.

Prisoners were denied access to their attorneys, beaten and held for up to 24 hours without any official record of their detention. Two former senior officials in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice are calling on their colleagues to launch a probe into allegations of excessive use of force, denial of right to counsel and coercive interrogations. We speak to Spencer Ackerman, national security editor at The Guardian. We are also joined by Victoria Suter, who was held at Homan Square after being arrested at the NATO protests in Chicago in 2012.

Spencer Ackerman, national security editor at The Guardian, where he has published a two-part series on police abuse in Chicago.
Victoria Suter, traveled to Chicago on May 12th, 2012 to attend the NATO protest. On May 16th, she and 11 others were taken to Homan Square in Chicago after police raided the apartment where they were staying. Sutor spent 18 hours in solitary confinement before being allowed to speak to a lawyer.

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