Chicago Police Caught Disappearing People Into Secret CIA-Style Detention Center

February 24, 2015   |   Carey Wedler

Carey Wedler
February 24, 2015

(ANTIMEDIA) CHICAGO, IL — 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.

According the the Guardians investigation, the process at Homan is as follows:

Suspects are taken to the facility without being booked or processed. Chicago lawyer, Julia Bartemes, said,

“It’s sort of an open secret among attorneys that regularly make police station visits, this place – if you can’t find a client in the system, odds are they’re there.”

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.’”

Church is the only detainee who spoke to the Guardian as others fear police retaliation, according to their lawyers. Church says he was held behind a floor to ceiling chain link cage with his left wrist cuffed to a bench and ankles cuffed together for seventeen hours. His lawyers were only able to find him after putting in calls to the mayor’s office and other officials. As Church said,

“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.”

This was the case of a fifteen year old boy who was taken to Homan under suspicion of involvement in a shooting. A sympathetic sergeant told his mother his location, but when attorney Julia Bartmes arrived, she was denied entry for over an hour. She says officials told her,

“Well, you can’t just stand here taking notes, this is a secure facility, there are undercover officers, and you’re making people very nervous.”

The boy was not released until 12 or 13 hours after his arrest. He was not charged.

As Church said,

“It’s almost like they throw a black bag over your head and make you disappear for a day or two.”

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. The Cook County Medical Examiner told the Guardian it could not locate records on Hubbard’s cause of death. There is no record of why he was there in the first place.

Though these practices are eerily similar to torture sites run by the CIA, Homan’s victims  are not all linked to terrorism.

Anthony Hill, a criminal defense attorney, said that if police want

“[…]money, guns, drugs…they bring [suspects] there and use it as a place of interrogation off the books.”

James Trainum, a former Washington D.C. detective believes Homan is the only facility of its kind in the United States (considering the high level of secrecy, it is plausible that others exist but remain undiscovered). Trainum told the Guardian,

“I’ve never known any kind of organized, secret place where they go and just hold somebody before booking for hours and hours and hours. That scares the hell out of me that that even exists or might exist.”

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.

Tracy Siska, a criminologist and civil-rights activist with the Chicago Justice Project, said

“The real danger in allowing practices like Guantánamo or Abu Ghraib is the fact that they always creep into other aspects…They creep into domestic law enforcement, either with weaponry like with the militarization of police, or interrogation practices. That’s how we ended up with a black site in Chicago.”

Though not mentioned in the report, 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.

Read the full report here.


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Author: Carey Wedler

Carey Wedler joined Anti-Media as an independent journalist in September of 2014. Her topics of interest include the police and warfare states, the Drug War, the relevance of history to current problems and solutions, and positive developments that drive humanity forward. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California, where she was born and raised.

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  1. THIS PLACE COULD NOT EXIST WITHOUT THE APPROVAL OF THE FEDS. OUR CURRENT PRESENT IS THE LAW AND ORDER PRES. AFTER ALL HE IS AN ATTORNEY AT LAW.

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  2. He's a absolute idiot and so are you for thinking otherwise.

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  3. OBAMAS FORMER CHIEF OF STAFF IS THE MAYOR OF CHICAGO. RAUM EMMANUAL. It wouldn't be allowed without his permission.

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  4. OBAMAS FORMER CHIEF OF STAFF IS THE MAYOR OF CHICAGO. RAUM EMMANUAL. It wouldn't be allowed without his permission.

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  5. This is why you shouldnt trust the governent. Constitution, what constitution?

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  6. The CPD has a history of brutality; after all the bad publicity they've gotten in recent years it's no surprise they'd try to hide the worst of their misconduct as far from the public eye as possible. I think the most interesting part of this story is that an overseas newspaper got there first. Why didn't the American press report this?

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  7. The CPD has a history of brutality; after all the bad publicity they've gotten in recent years it's no surprise they'd try to hide the worst of their misconduct as far from the public eye as possible. I think the most interesting part of this story is that an overseas newspaper got there first. Why didn't the American press report this?

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  8. I smell freedom…we done..I guess all those murders in the middle east finally paid off. You fuckers helped to murder and slaughter, torture and rape over 2 million people, 90% of that were civilian and over 67% of that were senior citizens, women and children. Now this is the freedom you are rewarded with..keep waving that magical freedom flag and watching the majestic eagle soar through the sky while chanting God bless USA..Dumb fucks.

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  9. I smell freedom…we done..I guess all those murders in the middle east finally paid off. You fuckers helped to murder and slaughter, torture and rape over 2 million people, 90% of that were civilian and over 67% of that were senior citizens, women and children. Now this is the freedom you are rewarded with..keep waving that magical freedom flag and watching the majestic eagle soar through the sky while chanting God bless USA..Dumb fucks.

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  10. #thanksobama

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  11. #thanksobama

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  12. I've said this before and I'll say it again, your country is fucked up!

    Why would people want to go there or even holiday there with this shit going on?

    If someone says the wrong thing, even as a joke, they disappear for a few days and maybe even for ever.

    I'll stick to my first world country thanks as safe as it may be…….for now.

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  13. I've said this before and I'll say it again, your country is fucked up!

    Why would people want to go there or even holiday there with this shit going on?

    If someone says the wrong thing, even as a joke, they disappear for a few days and maybe even for ever.

    I'll stick to my first world country thanks as safe as it may be…….for now.

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  14. ANY government!

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  15. Democratic controlled large city's all have them and have had them for several years.

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  16. All major US media outlets are owned by a few companies, all lean heavily to the liberal lefts divide/conquer agenda. America, as we knew it growing up, is only a pleasant memory.

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  17. Except for the fact that it was started almost a decade ago. But go ahead and blame Obama you fucking nut!!!

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  18. Except for the fact that it was started almost a decade ago. But go ahead and blame Obama you fucking nut!!!

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  19. Yes, it was started before Obama. However, he is the one who actually past it.

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  20. Penny Watson You are fucking stupid. Bush and Cheney lied about WMD's in Iraq so we could finish the job Bush Sr. couldn't. They also authorized torture and called it enhanced interrogation. And everyone of you anti-Obama nut jobs will accuse Obama of falsifying the reports that lead to the war simply because you are out of touch with reality. It was not "past" or passed by Obama you fucking moron. President Obama has done some really fucked up things since he has been in office, but you sorry fucking excuses for human beings don't have a clue about what he has really fucked up. You simply blame him because the ones that really fucked up are on your side of dumbass street. I am to the point where I would support these sites if they were taking the true rejects of society to them and teaching them a lesson about reality. The rejects I refer to are you stupid fucks that don't have a clue about any god damned thing in life. You should all be put on a fucking termination list and shipped off to some country that would rip your fucking toenails out. You all need a boot upside your fucking head.

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  21. Penny Watson I am sorry to be the one to let you know, but you can't fix "Stupid". Even if Obama "past" a bill to make it a top priority, Stupid is forever.

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  22. I'm not even a big fan of Obama, but Holy Shit, you can't just blame him for everything. The next thing that will be blamed on him is Bill O'Reilly's lies. President Obama used mind control a decade ago on Bill O'Reilly to get him to "Spin" a web of lies that would become public just prior to the 2016 Presidential campaign in order to sway the public to vote Democrat!!! OMG, I can't believe I have just given you idiots an idea.

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  23. How stupid are you? Needs permission from the Feds? They're probably the ones who set it up for them. Think before you speak.

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  24. There is a lot of truth to what you say my friend. When the dollar collapses there will be some real bad things will happen on this side of the pond. It pains me that America really isn't the land of the free anymore.

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  25. Mike Joseph Lines I believe he is lol. Every American told george bush to get oil and fast and he listened. Just like how the germans told hitler to kill millions and how yadayada

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  26. This is the result of a deluded lazy uninformed populace. This populace scream out slogans that praise their freedom while calling for more and more government to control their lives by the force of a gun. The uninformed beg and plead for more tyranny as long as it's wearing a freedom costume, and then close their eyes when the wolf takes off their costume.

    Statism is a plague that corrupts the morals of the individual, turning them into mindless automatons that drone in circles making periodic stops at the imaginary voting booth. All the time feeling secure in their blissful ignorance.

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  27. Mike Joseph Lines We didn't really do anything about it, did we? I still don't see people demanding justice for those that did. The few voices that are out there, are largely ignored. We're complicit in it….and that's enough.

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  28. Kat Ford "all lean heavily to the liberal lefts divide/conquer agenda." Do you realize how misinformed you sound?

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  29. Are we forgetting this is the state where Obama served. Not much to say there hmmmm…….

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  30. The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

    Edmund Burke

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  31. Mike Joseph Lines I believe soldiers are indeed American citizens. And many took part in torture, rape and murder of innocent men, women and children and were not punished.. but those that exposed their crimes were punished. And American's call China and Russia tyrannies?

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  32. Christopher Dicks Has he put a stop to it? Does he bear any responsibility in allowing it to continue in this country and others?

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  33. Christopher Dicks- What exactly have I blamed him for? Hmmm? I'm pretty sure I made one comment of fact. Just because you don't like it doesn't make it any less a fact. P.s. Just because I accidently misspelled a word doesn't make me stupid. lol I'm sorry that you are obviously such an angry and mean spirited person Mr. Dicks. lmao

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  34. Didn't take long for somebody to find this out and post it public. I always knew that black ops sites would magically appear.
    Next would be city style FEMA camps. Oh wait. That's State prison.

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  35. conspiro.net/2015/03/chicago-police-caught-disappearing-people-into-secret-cia-style-detention-center/
    Our link
    This has to get out there

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  36. If these idiots wouldn't gangbang, shoot and damn near kill everyone in Chicago they they @$$ wouldn't be getting locked up PERIOD!!!! GOOD JOB Chicago PD!!!

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  37. Which criminals are you talking about? The ones hiding behind badges or the other ones. Choosing not to follow the law or choosing to violate the rights of others, make you a criminal regardless if you have a get by with crime badge.

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  38. Chris, the police didn't just scoop up me or you because we're not on dumb sh!t. TOO many murders in Chicago go unsolved to the point where police are sending TOO MANY innocent men to prison. Now they interrogating these thugs to tell something they know about a homicide. We can't complain about everything. Hopefully this black site will work.

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  39. Come do this to me. Or try. I will take as many of you pieces of shit to the grave with me as I can. And I can take a LOT.

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