Chicago Police Use Local News Media to Downplay Secret Torture Site

Justin King
Activist Post

Amid controversy over the Chicago Police Department’s offthe-books interrogation site, the Chicago Sun-Times ran a piece fully exonerating the police department, by basing the article entirely off statements made by the police department.

Don’t worry good citizens, the police have investigated themselves in less than 24 hours and found they’ve done nothing wrong.

The opening paragraph of the masturbatory fantasy that might as well have been written by CPD’s public affairs division states that the building exists, and apparently this disproves all allegations.

Police officials responded that the facility isn’t used to violate suspects’ rights — and isn’t even secret.

The Guardian never claimed the building was secret; it even had photos of it. Everybody knows Guantanamo Bay exists as a Navy base. Does that mean the treatment of prisoners there isn’t secret? A person can drive right up the gates of the Central Intelligence Agency, therefore there are no secrets inside. It’s quite a leap of logic, isn’t it?

The “news” outlet in Chicago goes on to allow a Police Department spokesperson to state:

If lawyers have a client detained at Homan Square, just like any other facility, they are allowed to speak to and visit them.

Of course immediately after the quote, the article describes that they aren’t treated the same as any other facility. In fact, they have to be taken to another facility for booking. Until a suspect is booked, they aren’t in the computer. If they aren’t in the computer, they can’t be found no matter how long cops detain them at the secretive holding facility. In other words, the cop confirmed that detail of The Guardian’s story.

Then the article goes on to talk about how a specific suspect wasn’t beaten by police at the location. He was just handcuffed in an uncomfortable position. The article doesn’t make any attempt to refute the allegation that he was denied his lawyer after explicitly requesting him. In fact, it doesn’t even bring that allegation up. It’s not hard to figure out why.

The police then gave the Chicago Sun Times the most illogical of all responses in order to take attention away from the death of a suspect in custody, and the paper obediently printed it:

The Guardian also ominously noted that John Hubbard, 44, was found unresponsive in an interview room at Homan Square and pronounced dead on Feb. 2, 2013. The Guardian said the Cook County medical examiner’s office couldn’t locate a record indicating his cause of death.

But on Tuesday, the office told the Sun-Times that Hubbard died of an accidental heroin overdose. He was taken into custody after he allegedly bought drugs from an undercover officer, arrest records show.

This story doesn’t even pass a basic logic test. So the undercover officer sold Hubbard heroin, then allowed him to shoot up the evidence, then he OD’d, then they arrested him? Or did he shoot up while in custody? When was he arrested again? Or was he given a hot load by officers conducting an interrogation? We won’t ever know. If he bought drugs from the officer, immediately recovering the drugs sold by the officer would be necessary to preserve the chain of custody in the event of a trial.

Typically people who have shot up so much heroin that they are on the verge of overdosing, don’t go buy more dope. So he shot up after the sale. How did this happen? Why weren’t these records available to The Guardian, but were immediately available once the allegation of wrongdoing came out? I’m willing to bet the ink is still wet on those reports. The report is missing for two years, but magically appears after the controversy.

Sorry, this response is too little, too late. It raises more questions than it answers and it doesn’t address even half of the allegations. This story will not end because a media outlet says “Nothing to see here. Move along.”

Police accountability activists, the Anonymous collective, some militia groups, and civil rights groups are planning a national day of protest over the facility. There are also plans to establish a vigil outside the building to photograph every person that enters the facility, and publish the photos on the Web. For some reason, I think the facility that isn’t secret will send cops over to remove the activists.

Justin King writes for, where this first appeared. Tune-in to The Anti-Media radio show Monday-Friday @ 11pm EST, 8pm PST.

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16 Comments on "Chicago Police Use Local News Media to Downplay Secret Torture Site"

  1. cesspool chicago | February 26, 2015 at 10:51 am | Reply

    The tortured need to come forward and sue the mayor and police off the face of the earth

    • exactly and THAT’S WHY I CALL BS.
      how many left/commie loiyuuhs and constitutional groups out here for crrrysakes ?
      PLUS they know the exact location ?

  2. Get out!! get out of the UNITED STATES WHILE YOU STILL CAN!! GET OUT NOW!!!!

  3. This reminds me of the Forced Disappearances in Argentina several decades ago. A Forced disappearance “occurs when a person is secretly abducted or imprisoned by a state or political organization or by a third party with the authorization, support, or acquiescence of a state or political organization, followed by a refusal to acknowledge the person’s fate and whereabouts, with the intent of placing the victim outside the protection of the law.”

    Homan Square has all the earmarks of a forced disappearance facility. The victim is NOT in the system (how convenient). The victim is NOT under the protection of the law if he can’t be found. The victim is at the mercy of the “state” especially if he isn’t even acknowledged as a prisoner.

    People, WAKE UP! This Administration is taking away liberties and freedoms faster than I can blink. Other President’s are just as guilty, but they weren’t on steroids like this President. How much longer before sites like this are taken down? Beware, the Beast is Here…

  4. Hate to be the one to point it out to you Americans.. you’re way past the point of no return. These facilities pop up after you’ve passed that point, not before.

    Yup, all those laws passed in since 9/11 to capture those scummy terrorists were actually aimed at you the masses..

    Probably time to lube up your buttholes..

    • Or clean and sight in your weapons at 600 yards!

      • Big talk does NOTHING. You and your kind are exactly like the politicians. BLAH BLAH BLAH, but NO action. It’s really hard to lock and load at 3am, being awakened from a deep sleep, watching your wife and children get shot/raped/imprisoned. I’m beginning to believe that gun owners are the biggest cowards. Maybe ya’ll should run for office.

        • We all have our opinions now don’t we, you are entitled to yours just as I am entiltled to mine. What would you have us do start a war on our own ground or wait for the enemy to advance a bit more and show their flank?

    • They are too busy posting “pry from my cold dead hands” commments to realize that is exactly what it will be, once the incrementalism has run it’s course. I feel so much safer knowing that American ‘patriots’/men are saving the country by posting comments about their guns.

      • incrementalism my arse.
        YOU think that no one knows what’s going on ?
        so professuh, exactly how are TPTB going to finalize their wet dreams ?
        what needs to happen ?
        why professuh,THEY have to disarm the populace.
        now what happens when THEY attempt this action ?
        professuH ? do YOU believe people will simply lay down their firearms at their feet upon demand ?
        sorry to bust your bubble……as some WILL thinking they’re saving their arses and others will not .
        there are other fates worse than death but not all have been schooled this way.
        The same as being schooled on the fact that every citizen IS to be and capable of maintaining their rifle and shot gun.
        and last, it’s shameful that YOU believe that we’re all macho,keyboard commandos.
        hopefully the morons in charge feel the same.

    • sf’s castro district sells lube in five gallon buckets; maybe they’ll give political activists a special when they refer friends

  5. Is this surprising when the Mayor of that H*llhole city is the son of a terrorist who learned his humanity in another H*llhole, Israel?

  6. SICK bast*&ds don’t even see that they are being used to destroy America.

  7. America IS going into HARD SLAVERY,..WHY? their as YELLOW as a banana,cowards are never free and the slaves protect their slave masters,so while the illusion is kept going of freedom,the slaves will kill their own mother if told shes a terrorist,AMERICANS HAVE BEEN TOTALY BRAINWASHED,and funny,their also the stupidest people on earth,HOW many countries will knowingly MURDER THEIR OWN CHILDREN,OUR BIBLE said this day would come,and so it has………THIS is a country in its LAST DAYS……….

    • Hey Arizona,
      I keep reading in your posts that Americans are cowards. Well then why don’t you show us the way. Nutt up or shut up. Get out there and get this whole thing started. But, I can almost guarantee you that until TSHTF, if you take such an action you won,t last ten seconds with the numbers you will be facing.

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