The disappeared: Chicago police detain Americans at abuse-laden ‘black site’
- Exclusive: Secret interrogation facility reveals aspects of war on terror in US
- ‘They disappeared us’: protester details 17-hour shackling without basic rights
- Accounts describe police brutality, missing 15-year-old and one man’s death
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 of a CIA black site.
The facility, a nondescript warehouse on Chicago’s west side known as Homan Square, has long been the scene of secretive work by special police units. Interviews with local attorneys and one protester who spent the better part of a day shackled in Homan Square describe operations that deny access to basic constitutional rights.
- Keeping arrestees out of official booking databases.
- Beating by police, resulting in head wounds.
- Shackling for prolonged periods.
- Denying attorneys access to the “secure” facility.
- Holding people without legal counsel for between 12 and 24 hours, including people as young as 15.
At least one man was found unresponsive in a Homan Square “interview room” and later pronounced dead.
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.
Unlike a precinct, no one taken to Homan Square is said to be booked. Witnesses, suspects or other Chicagoans who end up inside do not appear to have a public, searchable record entered into a database indicating where they are, as happens when someone is booked at a precinct. Lawyers and relatives insist there is no way of finding their whereabouts. Those lawyers who have attempted to gain access to Homan Square are most often turned away, even as their clients remain in custody inside….
Militants fighting for the Islamic State in Syria have released sickening footage of the murder of a man the terror group accused of working as a spy.
The video was filmed in Aleppo and shows a man believed to be named Ahmed Muhammad being led out to a forecourt by masked executioners, who then shoot him in the head multiple times at point blank range.
In a chilling sign of ISIS’ reach and influence, Muhammad is understood to have been accused of working as part of a secret spy network based in neighbouring NATO member state Turkey before his brutal filmed execution over the border in Syria.
Titled ‘A Lesson To Be Learned’, the three minute 40 second video has all the hallmarks of an official ISIS release – employing HD cameras, Hollywood-style sound and visual effects and slick editing and direction.
Isis ‘fed murdered kidnap victim to his own mother after she travelled to their headquarters and demanded to see him’
Seriously, how much reflection does it take to show that these acts are designed to repulse and enrage the public . The beheadings, the crucifixions etc are not the actions of a liberation army seeking recruits or political support or independence. This is designed to create and sustain hatred against ISIS. In other words, ISIS is playing its part in a production staged by its supposed enemies. QED
Iraqi forces have once again sensationally charged that the US military is purposefully dropping weapons to terrorist militants in the western parts of the country, according to a report. The Iranian Fars News Agency reports “A group of Iraqi popular forces known as Al-Hashad Al-Shabi shot down a US Army helicopter that was carrying weapons for the ISIL in the western parts of Al-Baqdadi region in Al-Anbar province” last week. The report claims that the fighters posted a picture (see above) online of the downed chopper and the weapons that were recovered The claims comes on the heels of reports last week that the Iraq Army shot down two British planes also delivering weapons to the Islamic State. “The Iraqi Parliament’s National Security and Defense Committee has access to the photos of both planes that are British and have crashed while they were carrying weapons for the ISIL,” Head of the committee Hakem al-Zameli said, according to the Arabic-language information center of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq. Hakem al-Zameli, a senior Iraqi legislator, added that the current government in Baghdad is receiving daily reports from security forces in al-Anbar province about flights airdropping weapons to ISIS. The reason for the drops, according to the legislator, is to prolong a chaotic situation in Anbar Province. Last week, video was also released claiming to show a US Chinook helicopter dropping two boxes full of weapons for ISIS by flying at a low altitude in an extremist controlled area south of Fallujah. The footage is said to have been filmed by the Iraq-based Hezbollah Brigades. There were even reports that some US helicopters landed in Fallujah, a main base of ISIS linked Takfiri militants in Iraq. Iraqi lawmakers have urged the government to open an investigation into the matter. The claims of the US and the UK supplying weapons to ISIS extremists have now been ongoing for some time. It is certainly evident that US made weapons have fallen into ISIS hands on multiple occasions.
Half of the Studies Find Cause For Concern … The Other Half Are Studies By the GMO Food Industry Itself
Tufts University’s Director of the Research and Policy Program at the Global Development and Environment Institute (Timothy Wise) points out:
There is no … consensus on the safety of GM food. A peer-reviewed study of the research, from peer-reviewed journals, found that about half of the animal-feeding studies conducted in recent years found cause for concern. The other half didn’t, and as the researchers noted, “most of these studies have been conducted by biotechnology companies responsible of commercializing these GM plants.”
The only consensus that GM food is safe is among industry-funded researchers.
This sure looks real to me, but I’m not an expert. On the other hand, it wouldn’t surprise me at all.
Oxidative stress is strongly linked to late-onset autism. It’s caused by (among other things) physical and psychological stress, glyphosate, aluminum and mercury in vaccines, aluminum in baby formula, aluminum cookware, aluminum lake food coloring, aluminum leavening, aluminum beverage cans etc. A synergistic combination of these factors with a mitochondrial dysfunction in certain children may result in autism. Natural birth, breast feeding, genital integrity, reduction of stress levels, avoidance of multiple simultaneous vaccinations and pointless vaccinations (like flu and HepB in children), real food and enhanced intake of antioxidants, especially vitamin D, would seem to be preventative. An honest medical profession would also be helpful. Why aren’t they screening children for glutathione deficiency before vaccination? (see the first 2 links) Why should we trust such a system at all? Does your doctor even know what’s in the shots? He’s in the same boat as we are: acting on the promises of financially-conflicted strangers.
Blood hints at autism’s source
Metabolic biomarkers of increased oxidative stress and impaired methylation capacity in children with autism
Oxidative stress and anxiety
Major depressive disorder is accompanied with oxidative stress: short-term antidepressant treatment does not alter oxidative–antioxidative systems
Psychological stress-induced enhancement of brain lipid peroxidation via nitric oxide systems and its modulation by anxiolytic and anxiogenic drugs in mice
Can Adverse Neonatal Experiences Alter Brain Development and Subsequent Behavior?
Oxidative stress due to aluminum exposure induces eryptosis which is prevented by erythropoietin.
Aluminum overload increases oxidative stress in four functional brain areas of neonatal rats
Mercury induces cell cytotoxicity and oxidative stress and increases beta-amyloid secretion and tau phosphorylation in SHSY5Y neuroblastoma cells.
Thimerosal Content in Some US Licensed Vaccines
Table of Vaccine Excipients
Oxidative stress responses of rats exposed to Roundup and its active ingredient glyphosate
Autism Explained: Synergistic Poisoning from Aluminum and Glyphosate
Breastfeeding Is Analgesic in Healthy Newborns
Direct and indirect effects of breast milk on the neurobehavioral and cognitive development of premature infants
Beta endorphin concentrations in human milk.
Lack of Breast Feeding Linked to Autism
Baby “formula” and aluminum
What is the role of vitamin D in autism?
and on a related note:
Does Circumcision Trigger Autism?
Empathy as a Choice and Pleasure vs Pain or Neglect in Infancy
Protect (All) Your Boys from Early Trauma
THE internet is stuffed with garbage. Anti-vaccination websites make the front page of Google, and fact-free “news” stories spread like wildfire. Google has devised a fix – rank websites according to their truthfulness.
Google’s search engine currently uses the number of incoming links to a web page as a proxy for quality, determining where it appears in search results. So pages that many other sites link to are ranked higher. This system has brought us the search engine as we know it today, but the downside is that websites full of misinformation can rise up the rankings, if enough people link to them.
A Google research team is adapting that model to measure the trustworthiness of a page, rather than its reputation across the web. Instead of counting incoming links, the system – which is not yet live – counts the number of incorrect facts within a page. “A source that has few false facts is considered to be trustworthy,” says the team (arxiv.org/abs/1502.03519v1). The score they compute for each page is its Knowledge-Based Trust score.
The software works by tapping into the Knowledge Vault, the vast store of facts that Google has pulled off the internet. Facts the web unanimously agrees on are considered a reasonable proxy for truth. Web pages that contain contradictory information are bumped down the rankings. …
How in the world do they propose to account for the effect of corporate money (e.g. pharmocorporate money, see the dismissive passage on vaccine concerns above) on which “facts” are held as gospel by the majority? Google has no faith in its users’ intelligence or the natural tendency of sites that pass on disinformation to be ignored by other sites. It also ignores the impact its “truth” algorithm will have on its own validity over time, as sites that host controversial information will tend to go offline for lack of use, rendering the net and the algorithm increasingly biased toward conventional wisdom as the dissidents disappear from the net. It will become a web equivalent of the mainstream media, just another echo chamber for the dominant well-funded memes which so often prove to be boring, non-insightful and downright wrong. This is an algorithm for collective self-delusion. It’s not how healthy, inquisitive, creative and intelligent human neural nets operate. There should always be room for doubt and questioning or paradigm shifts will never happen.
People interested in real research will go elsewhere.
How many of these men have been circumcised? How many are blackmailed puppets of other interests? MGM is certainly a useful tool of the masters.
When Senator Lamar Alexander’s (R TN) Chief of Staff, Ryan Loskarn, was arrested, last year, for trading in the rape and torture of children, aka child pornography, not one journalist provided context to the story. The media reported Loskarn’s arrest, and subsequent suicide pending trial, as if it were a one-off event. As if, no other high-level government employees were being arrested on child porn charges.
So, I suppose I should be thrilled to see that both Paul Farrell, the Breaking News Editor for Heavy, and Shane Harris, Sr. Intelligence and National Security Correspondent for The Daily Beast and New America Foundation Fellow, have, at least, tried to provide context to the State Department’s Director of Counterterrorism, Daniel Rosen’s arrest this week for attempting to solicit sex from children.
Farrell reported Rosen’s arrest was “the Second Child Sex Scandal to Hit D.C. in 12 Months.” Harris reported Rosen’s arrest marks the “3rd U.S. Official Hit With Child Sex and Porn Charges.” At least Paul and Shane poked their heads up and said something like: Hang on. Seems to me I’ve heard this story before. Haven’t there been other recent arrests of high level government officials on child sex abuse charges?
Nonetheless, both are very far off the mark. A simple Google or Twitter search would have revealed way more than two or three government officials arrested on similar charges in the past few months alone.
As I have been documenting, for years now, by all accounts there is both a national child porn crisis and, within that, a crisis of American federal and state employees engaged in child porn. In what appears to be epidemic numbers men are down-loading child porn often on their work computers at The Pentagon, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), The Department of Justice (DOJ), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), The Department of Transportation (DOT), The Transportation Security Agency (TSA), The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) not to mention state-level police departments from Maine to California.
Maine’s Governor, Paul LePage, has recognized this crisis by issuing the first, to my knowledge, of its kind Executive Order, on 20 February 2015, prohibiting Maine state employees from accessing pornographic or sexually explicit material on both state computers or devices even when they were off-duty on personal time.
North Carolina’s Congressman, Mark Meadows (R) also recognizes the scope of the crisis and put forward the Eliminating Pornography from Agencies Act. This law, if passed, would stop federal employees from accessing, watching or sharing pornography on government-issued computers and devices. Congressman Meadows introduced this 18 September 2014. To date, he has not one co-sponsor. Not one other member of Congress cares about this issue? Apparently not.
Other Recent Arrests of Government Employees
Because the Department of Justice is not collecting data on child porn arrests, no one knows how many government employees have been arrested on child porn related charged, much less how many are engaged in the child porn industry who have yet to be caught.
The arrests listed here are, therefore, an incomplete data-set, gathered from the most rudimentary search method: simple Google and Twitter searches. On my other Medium postings I have listed recent arrests of police and military: Police Arrested for Trading in Child Rape & Torture and Military Staff Trading in Child Rape & Torture
From the record of these arrests alone, we can speculate, child porn within our government agencies has reached a crisis level….
How Many Constitutional Freedoms Have We Lost?
This post explains the liberties guaranteed in the Bill of Rights – the first 10 amendments to the United States Constitution – and provides a scorecard on the extent of the loss of each right….
Ms. Rebecca Fish, Senior Policy Advisor / Email: Rebecca.Fish@hhs.gov
U.S. Health & Human Services
Ref: Federal Register Doc. 2015-02481 – NAIP Comment due date 3-9-15
Dear Senior Policy Adviser Rebecca Fish:
As requested in the Federal Register of 2-5-15, please accept my comments regarding mandatory adult vaccinations in the USA, the NAIP.
Realistically, most of the information promulgated about vaccines really needs to be revisited for accuracy, transparency, and scientific facts. Furthermore, misleading bureaucratic promotional information should not be the basis for mandating any more vaccines for anyone in the USA!
Probably, the most dramatic explanation for the above statement is found in the information discussed in the:
Dr. Paul Offit, MD, Vaccine Inventor, Chief, Infectious Diseases, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, PA AND Dr. Boyd Haley, PhD, Researcher, Emeritus Professor Chemistry/Biochemistry, University of Kentucky Virtual Debate ….