The Guardian has reported that Chicago Police are operating a secret detention facility that mirrors the CIA’s “black sites.” From violations of due process to torture, the revelations raise serious concerns about the deteriorating state of freedom and justice in the United States.
Suspects are taken to the facility without being booked or processed. They are interrogated without lawyers present and in fact, lawyers are often refused entry. Those who have gained access to clients claim that police still withhold information about the suspects.The detainees are not read Miranda rights or offered due process.
Brian Jacob Church, who was acquitted of terrorism charges at the 2012 NATO summit but convicted of others (and served over two years in prison), said
“Essentially, I wasn’t allowed to make any contact with anybody…I had essentially figured, ‘All right, well, they disappeared us and so we’re probably never going to see the light of day again.’”
Just like CIA black sites, there have been multiple instances of violence during interrogations. In one case in February of 2013, 44-year-old John Hubbard was pronounced dead after authorities at Homan said he was found “unresponsive” in an interview cell. There is no record of why he was there in the first place.
It is also scary that according to Church, the facility is populated with MRAPs, or armored vehicles used as weapons of war. 1,700 pieces of military equipment were granted to Cook County as part of the highly contested Pentagon program to militarize domestic police.
All of these actions resemble those made possible by the “Belligerent Act” language passed in the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). These provisions essentially remove due process and allow the government to indefinitely detain Americans without charge or trial, and are still in effect today.
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Most people remember this chilling quite from former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi when she said about Obamacare, “We must first vote on the bill before we can find out what is in it.” Unfortunately for Americans now, at a time when militarized police are being scrutinized for brutal and aggressive acts against blacks and other citizens, a new interview with some members of the House of Representatives on Dec. 5 prove that very few Congressmen actually read the legislation they sign off on, and in particular, some have never read the entirety of the newest NDAA bill to pass the House.
“US House members admitted they had not read the entire $585 billion, 1,648-page National Defense Authorization Act, which predominantly specifies budgeting for the Defense Department, before it was voted on Thursday in Congress”.
“Of course not. Are you kidding?” Rep. Jim Moran (D-Virginia) said when asked by CNSNews if he had perused the entire bill, which was just posted online late Tuesday night before it was ultimately passed in by the House by a vote of 300-119 about 36 hours later.
Moran said he did not plan to read the entire bill before voting because “I trust the leadership.”
Most legislation these days are not written by Congressmen, or even members of their staff, but instead are submitted in part or in its entirety by corporations and lobbyists who push legislators into promoting and voting for bills that benefit their companies far more than the American people.
When Americans elect a politician to office they believe they are sending someone from their district or state to represent them, and protect their interests above all. But as the truth is sadly revealed, and people come to understand that the government is now an oligarchical and fascist entity, our rights and desires no longer count, and politicians no longer have to do their jobs because lobbyists and corporations are more than happy to do it for them.
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Is this a signal that Iran was the goal of Syrian intervention all along? Senator Graham has been warning that if we don’t bomb Syria, it will lead to war with Iran within six months.The Republican Senator from South Carolina announced on Saturday that he is going to officially approach Congress to seek military authorization for a strike on Iran to destroy the nation’s nuclear program.
As Reported: Graham’s language is clear:
“Graham, speaking on Gov. Mike Huckabee’s Fox News program, said the move will work to make sure we send ‘a clear signal that this debacle called Syria doesn’t mean we’re confused about Iran.’”
Graham has a long history of warmongering, especially when it comes to Iran. Back in 2010 at an AIPAC meeting, the Senator told the pro-Israel lobby that, “The Congress has your back” and Israel is “our best friend in the world.” He went on to say “all options must be on the table” and “you know exactly what I’m talking about” when it comes to potentially bombing Iran.
In addition, Graham’s top campaign contributors include Boeing and General Electric — key military-industrial complex players that would profit heavily off any war. Likewise, the Senator has shown his readiness to abandon the Constitution and Bill of Rights, particularly under the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), to strip suspects of due process rights in the name of the neverending War on Terror
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Remember Indefinite Detention? Now There’s Indefinite Surveillance in the NDAA: 2014
Earlier this month, the House of Representatives voted on the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 (NDAA), which includes a provision to indefinitely detain United States citizens without charge or a fair trial.When the House voted on 2012’s NDAA in December of 2011, it unanimously passed and President Obama signed the bill into law on the second of January.
As if the looming possibility of being indefinitely detained without charge or trial isn’t enough of a violation of civil liberties, now the 2014 NDAA is looking like it’ll focus much on surveillance gathering thanks to the Patriot Act and FISA.
Last month, the Subcommittee on Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities gathered to examine the fiscal year 2014 NDAA. Section 1061, which is known as the Enhancement of Capacity of the United States Government to Analyze Captured Records, was one of the focused topics during the meeting. It would act as a provision to the NDAA to develop a brand-new intelligence body, which would be able to scrutinize data collected through the Patriot Act, FISA, and other spying programs like the infamous PRISM, which was involved in a scandal that many now believe was a complete violation of the Fourth Amendment.
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The U.S. House of Representatives voted again Thursday to allow the indefinite military detention of Americans, blocking an amendment that would have barred the possibility.
Congress wrote that authority into law in the National Defense Authorization Act two years ago, prompting outrage from civil libertarians on the left and right.
Supporters of detention argue that the nation needs to be able to arrest and jail suspected terrorists without trial, including Americans on U.S. soil, for as long as there is a war on terror. Their argument won, and the measure was defeated by a vote of 200 to 226. opponents, among them the Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), who offered the amendment to end that authority, argued that such detention is a stain on the Constitution that unnecessarily militarizes U.S. law enforcement.
“It is a dangerous step toward executive and military power to allow things like indefinite detention under military control within the U.S.,” Smith said. “That’s the heart and essence of this issue.”
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The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which was used two years ago to allow the government to indefinitely detain anyone, including U.S. citizens, has been approved again by the U.S. Senate. This time, however, lawmakers had the chance to add protections for Americans accused of terrorist ties, and decided against it.
A group of Democrats and Republicans pushed for an amendment to the NDAA that would have prohibited the military from detaining American citizens on U.S. soil. But then a House-Senate conference committee led by Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) removed the provision from the bill.
Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) blasted McCain and others for stripping away the amendment.
“We had protection in this bill. We passed an amendment that specifically said if you were an American citizen or here legally in the country, you would get a trial by jury,” “It’s been removed because they want the ability to hold American citizens without trial in our country. This is so fundamentally wrong and goes against everything we stand for as a country that it can’t go unnoticed.”