The disappeared: Chicago police detain Americans at abuse-laden ‘black site’



No; it isn’t a system-wide problem.
It’s just a few isolated officers.
Not all cops are bad.
How many Chicago Police officers do you suppose were unaware of this facility and it’s purpose?
If it was an open secret among Defense Attorneys; Why?
Who else knew this open secret but said nothing?
This is a real time demonstration of how a Fascist Party can take control and do what they do without so much as one person standing up and exposing them.
It begins in Chicago. It won’t end there; even if we stop it there now.

Originally posted on The Fifth Column:


If there’s one thing you must read today, it’s this:an expose in The Guardian, detailing the Chicago Police’s secret “black sites,” inspired by Guantanamo Bay and used to illegally detain American citizens.

According to the Guardian, a “nondescript” warehouse in Chicago’s Homan Square is used by the CPD for work they would like to keep “off-the-books,” particularly work that happens to violate the Constitution. “It’s sort of an open secret among attorneys that regularly make police station visits, this place,” Chicago lawyer Julia Bartmes told The Guardian. “If you can’t find a client in the system, odds are they’re there,” being subjected to the following treatments:

Alleged police practices at Homan Square, according to those familiar with the facility who spoke out to the Guardian after its investigation into Chicago police abuse, include:

  • Keeping arrestees out of official booking databases.
  • Beating by police, resulting in head wounds.

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Posted by on February 25, 2015 in freedom


“Descending Into Crankdom”: Rudy’s Warped Obama Hit Falls Flat


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Sally Kohn-The Daily Beast

These aren’t the only truths we can surmise from the Republican’s behavior and their stupidly revealing public statements but they’ll do for today. Sally Kohn is my new hero. The first paragraph had me rolling. It’s so true.

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Generally speaking, when you start a comment with the qualifier “I know this is a horrible thing to say,” it’s a good sign you shouldn’t say it.  It’s sort of like starting a sentence with “This is probably going to sound racist, but…” Just stop.  Right there.  Don’t go on.  You’ve already warned yourself.

Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani has become the latest politician to not listen to his own vocalized alarm bells.  After warning a roomful of Republican big-wigs that what he was about to say a horrible thing, Giuliani said a horrible thing.

“I do not believe that the president loves America,” Giuliani told the conservative audience at an event for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in New York Wednesday night.  “He doesn’t love you.  And he doesn’t love me. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up through love…

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Posted by on February 21, 2015 in freedom



patriot act 1Never should have been created; nope; didn’t like it.

Patriot Act? What a name.

The law that suspends most of our Constitutional protections being linked with “Patriotism”.

So if you are a Patriot; you won’t mind being anally probed pre-flight.?

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“It’s Time For A Collective And Unbridled Demand For Justice”: Following MLK’s Example Means Ending Our ‘Whatever’ Mindset


Whether or not you believe in God or a god or if you believe in the “Impetus of Nature”, what this man says has the definite ring of truth. Thanks to MKS and Rev. Livingston for sharing these thoughts with us.

Originally posted on

I am often deeply disturbed by our remorseless witness. We are all implicated; we share responsibility for our witness of well-defined evil.

We don’t protect our most vulnerable children; we value people according to arbitrary standards blind to the image of God on every face; we are too quick to kill and to slow to forgive; we tolerate the desecration of the only earth we will ever know. We give a platform to political leaders who want to “take back our country” — by setting policies that favor the wealthiest over everyone else, selling public schools to the highest bidder, and tearing apart the safety net that sustains the elderly and assists our most vulnerable — as if their words and ideas are worth listening to, or are grounded in principles worthy of our attention or even support.

Our response? Too often it is tantamount to this: “Whatever.”

We allow…

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Posted by on February 18, 2015 in freedom


Want A Safe Home? Put A Big, Black Man In It.

vingADT; the security corporation with a long history in the home security business has begun a new ad campaign featuring Ving Rhames as the spokesperson and effectively as the symbol of safety in our homes.

I; for one; am happy to see this particular development. I believe it is a positive sign when a big, burly, black man is placed in the position of representing home safety rather than the older stereotypical associations of large black men as a threat to our safety.

It isn’t the end all and be all of racial healing. It isn’t going to get anyone a better chance at an education or decent job by itself.

It is; I think; a sign. A sign that it has become; “Ok” to use a black man to be synonymous with white people being safe in their homes. Actually I am just a bit more excited about this than I let on. It’s a pretty big deal. It shows; better than anything I have seen yet that America’s attitudes are changing.

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What Is A Republican?


boehner 2Perhaps it’s time we face the truth; determined by the actions of the Party involved and people who represent that Party; that Republicans are many things. Capitalists; Theocrats; Authoritarians; and Morally Corrupt.

The thing that Republicans can no longer be said to be; is Americans and this is why:

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Pic of the Day


This is what your town would look like after the war passes through.
This is where you would be searching for help for your wounded children.
This is where you would have to find food and water and this is the place where all of the people you know/knew; were turned into rotting corpses. Family; friends; gone.
This is the reality we give to the world when we choose war.
When we say we are going in to save ___?___; when we say we care about the people of ___?___; when we say that they have a culture worth preserving; this is how it’s done. Interesting how the political rhetoric about a war and a place stands up next to the cold morning light of “after-terror”.

Originally posted on Eideard:

Musa, a Kurdish marksman
Click to enlargeBulent Kilic

Musa, a 25-year-old Kurdish marksman, stands atop a building as he looks at the destroyed Syrian city of Kobani on Friday. Kurdish forces recaptured the town on the Turkish frontier on January 26, in a symbolic blow to the ISIS militants who have seized large swathes of territory in their onslaught across Syria and Iraq.

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Posted by on February 16, 2015 in freedom

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