Chicago Gulag Lite: Chicago Police Detain Americans at Abuse-Laden ‘Black Site’
Full stop. Not against Muslims, not against young black men, not against any of us. Not without cause. Not without a judicial warrant. Not in secret. What were they thinking? Volkswagen pollution control management seminars maybe?
Look what Homeland Security, The Patriot Act, FISA, militarizing our local police has wrought. The sum of the parts. Look closer. A little bit closer. Like what you see? Keep all this in mind with the GOP, Hilary and Bernie in 2016.
Brian Jacob Church, a protester known as one of the “Nato Three”, was held and questioned at Homan Square in 2012 following a police raid. Officers restrained Church for the better part of a day, denying him access to an attorney, before sending him to a nearby police station to be booked and charged.
“Homan Square is definitely an unusual place,” Church told the Guardian on Friday. “It brings to mind the interrogation facilities they use in the Middle East. The CIA calls them black sites. It’s a domestic black site. When you go in, no one knows what’s happened to you.”
The secretive warehouse is the latest example of Chicago police practices that echo the much-criticized detention abuses of the US war on terrorism. While those abuses impacted people overseas, Homan Square - said to house military-style vehicles, interrogation cells and even a cage - trains its focus on Americans, most often poor, black and brown.