Is this the calm before the storm? We are in the midst of an earth
shattering revelation about Chicago Police detaining protestors,
minorities, and unidentified enemies of the state in a secret detention warehouse in the Homan Square area of Chicago. From Anti-Media;
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.
The most important part about this revelation may be the likelihood
of there being several more locations like this all across America where
police can secretly detain, disappear, and kill people illegally or
legally under the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
This could be the first instance of the NDAA being put to use; the
first time authorities exercise their power to detain or kill anyone
they want legally. Or maybe we just haven’t heard about this program
because it’s been a closely guarded secret for a long time. There is a
possibility that this secret detention center’s practices predate the
indefinite detention provisions of the NDAA, which was signed into law
on New Years Day in 2012. This would mean the program was operating
entirely outside of what is considered to be the law. Not exactly
Not only that, but this detention without due process power was utilized by the police, and likely still is. These are the very people currently under the collective watch of concerned citizens for killing over a thousand people
last year. This involves minorities being disappeared and possibly
killed at Homan Square. A 15 year-old boy was detained without due
process in this warehouse. An unknown amount of activists from the
Chicago NATO protests were detained and abused, which happened in May
2012 — only a few months after the NDAA’s indefinite detention language
was passed. Who knows how many people have passed through the cold doors
of this warehouse since or before then.
Protests and movements to inform people of this ‘black site’ are currently being planned all over the US.
“Groups across the country are coordinating a way to strike back against the rogue police department,” according to a Fifth Column article.
An Anonymous affiliated activist said “This
is the moment when Americans have to decide whether they want to live
in a police state or if they are willing to fight back against
It feels like a threshold has been crossed, and this topic may become a primary issue of 2015.
If you have been watching the NDAA’s progression over the last few years,
you have been anticipating this story for quite a while. Well, it’s
finally here. The police can detain and kill anyone they want with no
due process, for any reason — and it could all be happening legally.
In one of President Barack Obama first acts in the White House, he ordered the closure of the CIA’s so-called “black-site” prisons, where terror suspects had been held and, sometimes, tortured. The CIA says it is “out of the detention business,” as John Brennan, Obama’s pick to head the agency, recently put it.
But the CIA’s prisons left some unfinished business. In 2009, ProPublica’s Dafna Linzer listed more than thirty people who had been held in CIA prisons and were still missing.
Some of those prisoners have since resurfaced, but at least twenty are still unaccounted for.
Last week the Open Society Foundations’ Justice Initiative released a report pulling together the most current information available on the fates of the prisoners. A few emerged from foreign prisons after the turmoil of the Arab Spring. One has died. (The report relied exclusively on media accounts and information previously gathered by human rights groups. The Open Society Foundations also donate to ProPublica.)
The report counts 136 prisoners who were either held in a CIA black site or subject to so-called extraordinary rendition, in which detainees were secretly shipped to other countries for interrogation.
Many of the prisoners were tortured, either under the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation techniques” program or by other countries after their transfer. The report also lists 54 countries that assisted in some way with detention and rendition. The U.S. has not disclosed the countries it worked with, and few have acknowledged their participation.
In 2007, then-CIA director Michael Hayden said that “fewer than 100 people had been detained at CIA’s facilities.” But only 16 have been officially identified by the U.S. government. President George W. Bush acknowledged the CIA’s detention program in September 2006 and announced the transfer of 14 “high-value” detainees to Guantanamo Bay prison. Two other high-value detainees were subsequently acknowledged.
Much else about the CIA program is still unknown. President Barack Obama closed the black-site prisons on entering office, but preserved the ability to render and to hold people for the “short-term.”
Obama banned torture, but announced that no one would be prosecuted for previously sanctioned harsh interrogations. A Justice Department investigation into deaths of detainees in CIA custody ended without charges.
The Senate Intelligence Committee recently completed a 6,000-page report on the CIA’s detention program. At Brenan’s confirmation hearings, Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-W.V.), said the report shows the interrogation program was run by people “ignorant of the topic, executed by personnel without relevant experience, managed incompetently by senior officials who did not pay attention to detail, and corrupted by personnel with pecuniary conflicts of interest.” Rockefeller is one of the few to have read the report, which remains classified.
There are CIA Blacksites (read, federally supported secret internment
facilities), for example, operating in cities across America that are
incidentally populated by people that are not white. Right now. Under
the current president.
As justified as it may be, the tantrums
people are throwing over a Trump win that are framed with race are
hysterical at best and disingenuous at worst. Why weren’t you protesting
two weeks ago? Maybe that would bring up some seriously inconvenient truths about the current POTUS. Maybe it’s because the Clintons instituted mandatory
minimums that disproportionately affect the people you’re using as a
soapbox to stand on? Maybe that’s reading too far into it. I doubt many
of you can pin a decade on the legislation I’m talking about.
I had this sneaking suspicion that Shaw actually invades Root’s space more than vice-versa, so I did a quick and dirty check. Discounted some Beta instances because John was squishing in, too. Discounted Aletheia, since it was tactics only. Didn’t find any space invasions in Death Benefit to be intentional as space invasions.
Shoot and personal space, as it is in canon
Relevance: Root gets in Shaw’s spaces as an interrogation tactic.
-Root sits in the passenger’s seat. Shaw gets in her space once she’s cut loose.
-Root puts safety glasses on Shaw
-Shaw removes the earpiece from Root at the CIA blacksite
-Shaw punches Root
Root Path: Shaw swoops in to check on Root’s wound
-Root grabs Shaw from the street
-Root sits on Shaw’s side at the New Jersey diner
A House Divided: Shaw walks in to get her mission orders at truck. Root is the one who grabs her shoulders, though.
Deus Ex Machina
-Shaw gets into the truck, although Root is the one who wipes off her cheek
-Shaw crouches down to watch her cut the chip out
-Root comes up from behind to deliver a quip, (“we’re inside a sleeping giant”) before passing Shaw
-Root shows up at Shaw’s job, but Shaw is the one who walks over
-Shaw leans in to threaten stiletto violence. Root leans in tell her to keep it down. Both lean in for Shaw to apply lipstick
Nautilus: Root gets into the car with Shaw.
Prophets: Root sits down on the bench Shaw’s sitting on
Honor Among Thieves: Shaw comes up from behind Root to walk with her
Devil You Know
Root squishes Shaw in on the truck, and gets close when they turn around on the street
Shaw gets in Root’s space to try and get info on John’s location
Shaw gets in close to look through the fence, and passes Root once she opens the gate
Root stabs Shaw in the neck with a syringe
-Root sits down on the bench to handle Shaw’s sandwich. Shaw grabs it back from her. Root leans in a couple of times to deliver some quips. Shaw returns the favor a couple of times
-Root grabs Shaw’s drink, (although Shaw clearly lets her) Shaw grabs it back
-They make complete goober faces at each other
-Root enters Shaw’s space for them to cover the lobby together
-Shaw kisses Root
Conclusion: they invade each others’ spaces near-equally. Usually it’s mutual invasions after Deus Ex Machina. (Root also tends to deliver her flirts from a distance so that she can watch Shaw’s facial reactions.)