Monthly Archives: February 2015

Sidebar Archive: February 2015 A Black Site in Chicago? Police Accused of Running Secret Compound for Detentions & Interrogations 2015-02-27

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. Exporting Torture: Former Chicago Police Detective Tied to Brutality at Guant√°namo 2015-02-27

A former Guantánamo Bay interrogator involved in torture was also a longtime Chicago police officer known for abusing people of color. According to The Guardian, Richard Zuley spent three decades as a notoriously brutal detective on the Chicago police force. From 1977 to 2007, Zuley used tactics including torture, threats and abuse to elicit confessions from suspects, the majority of whom were not white. 'Obama's speech at security summit was Performance of deception' – Brian Becker 2015-02-20[span class="blockquote">The world must reject the notion that the United States and its western allies are at war with Islam, President Barack Obama has said, putting the blame…[/span] Podemos 'March for Change': Tens of thousands rally in Madrid against austerity 2015-02-01Tens of thousands of Spaniards have taken to the streets of central Madrid in support of Podemos, a leftist political party campaigning on an anti-austerity… Op-Ed: Leftist Syriza party scores decisive win in Greek election 2015-01-26The leader of Syriza, Alexis Tsipras, said that his win marks an end to the vicious austerity conditions imposed on the country by the IMF, the European Commission and the European Central Bank (The Troika): The verdict of the Greek people renders the troika a thing of the past for our common European framework. | If Tsipras ends up without a majority there are at least two parties he could probably add to form a coalition, the center-left party To Potami or the nationalist Independent Greeks. Reports Saudi Arabia to allow Israel use its airspace for Iran strike 2015-02-27Saudi Arabia is apparently prepared to allow Israeli jets into its airspace to conduct attacks on Iran. That's according to a report by the Israeli Channel 2… Obama: US attacks on Muslims abroad is not a war on Islam 2015-02-20Amid growing anti-US sentiment in the Middle East, President Obama has outlined America's fight against radical jihadists in the region. 'What do we need this war for?' Ukrainians flee from 100k army draft 2015-02-01With the heavy fighting taking its toll on the Ukrainian army, another military draft is underway – the fourth within less than a year. It's the largest one… 'What do we need this war for?' Ukrainians flee from 100k army draft 2015-02-01With the heavy fighting taking its toll on the Ukrainian army, another military draft is underway – the fourth within less than a year. It's the largest one…

Greece Background:

Reuters: Greek leftist leader Tsipras scores victory over austerity 2015-01-26Greek leftist leader Alexis Tsipras promised on Sunday that five years of austerity, "humiliation and suffering" imposed by international creditors were over after his Syriza party swept to victory in a snap election on Sunday. | With over 99 percent of the vote counted, Syriza had 149 seats in the 300-seat parliament, taking 36.3 percent of the vote, 8.5 points ahead of the conservative New Democracy party of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras.

Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago Police Dept. Operating ‘Black Site’

AllGov: Chicago Police Accused of Running Secret Interrogation Center 2015-02-26 A warehouse on Chicago's west side known as Homan Square has been in use for years by special police units as the equivalent of a black site interrogation center, reminiscent of those used by the CIA. Those questioned there, even children as young as 15, are denied their constitutional protections and are reportedly beaten and shackled. People brought there aren't even logged in. When you go in, no one knows what's happened to you, said Brian…

The Epoch Times: Chicago Police Deny Operating a Secret 'Black Site' Interrogation Facility 2015-02-27 The Chicago Police Department and the Guardian are embroiled in a debated over reports of detainee abuse at Homan Square. Chicago Police Had Secret Facility to Detain Suspects 2015-02-26 The Chicago police department operates an off-the-books interrogation compound, rendering Americans unable to be found by family or attorneys while locked inside what lawyers say is the domestic equivalent…

Huffington Post: CHICAGO'S "BLACK SITE" DETAINEES SPEAK OUT 2015-02-26 On Tuesday, The Guardian's Spencer Ackerman reported on the equivalent of a CIA black site operated by police in Chicago.

Truthdig: Chicago Police Accused of Running Secret 'Black Site' 2015-02-26 An explosive new report in The Guardian claims the Chicago police have created a secret compound for detentions and interrogations where abusive methods are often used. -

People's Cube (satire): Luxury KGB Jail In Chikagostan 2015-02-26 What would you expect from the home of the father of the revolution, komrade Saul Alinksy, and the politikal training grounds of Komrade Glorious Leader…

OpEdNews: The Disappeared: Chicago Police Detain Americans at Abuse-Laden 'Black Site' 2015-02-25 Quicklink: The Disappeared: Chicago Police Detain Americans at Abuse-Laden 'Black Site' – Quicklink: From the outside, you have to concentrate to realize Homan Square is a police facility. At first glance, it's an unremarkable red brick warehouse, one of a handful on Chicago's west side that used to belong to Sears Roebuck, complete with roll-up aluminum doors. No prominent signage tells outsiders it belongs to the police. The complex sits…

Truthdig: Homan Square: A 'Domestic Black Site' Where US Citizens Are 'Disappeared' 2015-02-26 Think you need to be apprehended overseas by American authorities in order to be held in a black site? Think again. -

Blue Nation Review: Report: Chicago Police Operate 'Black Site' 2015-02-26 Wow… so apparently the Chicago Police Department operates an off-the-books interrogation compound. That sounds TOTALLY legal… NOT!

Huffington Post: This Isn't 'Police Brutality' — This Is Guantanamo 2015-02-25 Was the creation of a domestic Guantanamo-style black site made inevitable by the Pentagon's practice of unloading military surplus weapons on local police departments? Maybe — but it's remarkable how many inevitable things can be avoid…

Western Journalism: Chicago Police Have A 'Black Site' Where US Citizens Get Treated Like Terrorists 2015-02-25 Suspects are not read their Miranda rights and don't have access to lawyers.

Mic: Chicago Police Warehouse Used 'Extraordinary Rendition' on American Citizens 2015-02-25 It's a prison for people who haven't been convicted of anything. Chicago PD Has Its Own Guantanamo-Style 'Black Site' For U.S. Citizens 2015-02-25 This is the place where all the missing suspects of Chicago are held.

Hip-Hop Wired: Chicago Police Are Operating Off The Books 'Black Site' [VIDEO] 2015-02-25 The Chicago Police Department allegedly operates a "Black Site" warehouse facility in where officers interrogate, beat, and hold suspects for hours without due process. This facility, located on the city's troubled west side, was the focus of an exclusive investigative report about the site which is similar to locations the CIA uses for terrorists.

Ukraine’s currency just collapsed 50 percent in two days – The Washington Post

Ukraine, to use a technical term, is broke. That's what you call a country whose currency has lost half its value in just two days.

The problem is simple: Ukraine has no money and barely any economy. [snip] Why is Ukraine so doomed? Well, it's been mismanaged on a world-historical scale by oligarchs who, for decades, have skimmed billions off the country's nonexistent growth. That last part's not hyperbole. It seems almost impossible, but Ukraine's economy has actually shrunk since communism ended in 1991. Or since 1992. Or even 1993.