'Gestapo' tactics at US police 'black site' ring alarm from Chicago to Washington
A startling series of articles article by the Guardian revealing a secretive police interrogation site located in a Chicago suburb has shocked the US public all across the country. The first of potentially multiple CIA style Black site detention centers to be uncovered, has been in full operation since the late 90's and reflects a new chapter in the bogus US 'war on terror' which is now targeting the average American citizen as part of its emerging US 'Police state' crackdown on constitutional civil liberties.
- Shocked politicians and rights groups call for inquiries into Homan Square
- Rahm Emanuel faces questions as top supporters examine ‘outrageous’ abuse
- Latest: Follow the Guardian’s investigation into Chicago’s Homan Square
‘I hadn’t heard of the sort of CIA or Gestapo tactics that were mentioned in the Guardian article until it was brought to my attention,’ Cook County commissioner Richard Boykin said in an interview outside Homan Square. ‘We are calling for the Department of Justice to open an investigation into these allegations.'
The US Department of Justice and embattled mayor Rahm Emanuel are under mounting pressure to investigate allegations of what one politician called “CIA or Gestapo tactics” at a secretive Chicago police facility exposed by the Guardian.
Politicians and civil-rights groups across the US expressed shock upon hearing descriptions of off-the-books interrogation at Homan Square, the Chicago warehouse that multiple lawyers and one shackled-up protester likened to a US counter-terrorist black site in a Guardian investigation published this week.
As three more people came forward detailing their stories of being “held hostage” and “strapped” inside Homan Square without access to an attorney or an official public record of their detention by Chicago police, officials and activists said the allegations merited further inquiry and risked aggravating wounds over community policing and race that have reached as high as the White House.
Caught in the swirl of questions around the complex – still active on Wednesday – was Emanuel, the former chief of staff to Barack Obama who is suddenly facing a mayoral runoff election after failing to win a majority in a contest that has seen debate over police tactics take a central role.
Emanuel’s office refused multiple requests for comment from the Guardian on Wednesday, referring a reporter to an unspecific denial from the Chicago police.
But Luis Gutiérrez, the influential Illinois congressman whose shifting support for Emanuel was expected to secure Tuesday’s election, joined a chorus of colleagues in asking for more information about Homan Square.
“I had not heard about the story until I read about it in the Guardian,” Gutiérrez said late Wednesday. “I want to get more information, but if the allegations are true, it sounds outrageous.” (full story)
Held for hours at secret Chicago 'black site': 'You're a hostage. It's kidnapping'
The disappeared: Chicago police detain Americans at abuse-laden 'black site'