Disappeared: Police detain Americans at 'black sites' across the country

By Christopher R Rice Underground Newz

Veterans are being heavily recruited by local police stations across the US. PTSD is a well reported problem for returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Underground Newz has uncovered 'black-sites' being operated by local police departments in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Miami and Laredo.

Police departments are operating off-the-books interrogation compounds. Americans are unable to be found by family or attorneys while locked inside what lawyers are saying are the domestic equivalent of CIA black sites.

According to those familiar with the facilities, abuses include:

  • Keeping arrestees out of official booking databases.

  • Beating by police, resulting in head wounds.

  • Shackling for prolonged periods.

  • Denying attorneys access to the “secure” facilities.

  • Holding people without legal counsel for between 12 and 24 hours, including people as young as 15.

  •  Electro shock.

  •  Hooding.

  •  Murder. (More than one man has been found unresponsive in the Homan Square “interview room” and later pronounced dead. Similar deaths have occurred at other police 'black-sites' around the country.)

  •  Denial of food, water and restrooms.

  •  Forced confessions.

  •  Forced sodomy and oral copulation.

  • They are domestic black sites. When you go in, no one knows what’s happened to you. They house military-style vehicles, interrogation cells and even cages – used on Americans, most often poor, black and brown.

    You know when the police have taken you to a 'black-site', because there is no booking. You are hooded and exposed to temperature extremes and barking dogs. Evidence suggest the practice dates back more than 40 years. Much remains hidden.

    When contacted about this story the LAPD police association released this statement insisting, without specifics, that there is nothing untoward taking place at what it called “sensitive” locations, home to undercover units.

    “They just disappear,” said Anthony Hill, a criminal defense attorney, “until they show up at a district for charging or are just released back out on the street.”

    When an Underground Newz reporter arrived at an alleged LAPD 'black site', a man in a military style uniform wearing a bullet proof vest with an M16 drawn, refused any entrance and would not answer questions. “This is a secure facility. You’re not even supposed to be standing here,” he said, and then refused to give his name. 

    Most people have refused to talk, telling Underground Newz that they fear police retaliation.

    One brave officer has chosen to speak out and tells Underground Newz that: "police and LE in general are hardly concerned with terrorism. Several special units make use of 'black-sites', including the anti-gang and anti-drug forces. If police “want money, guns, drugs”, or information on the flow of any of them onto the streets, “they bring them to a 'black-site' and use it as a place of interrogation off the books,” he said.

    Andrea Lyon, a former Chicago public defender and current dean of Valparaiso University Law School said when she practiced law in Chicago in the 1980s and 1990s, the “police used the term ‘shadow site’” to refer to the quasi-disappearances.

    “Back when I first started working on torture cases and started representing criminal defendants in the early 1970s, my clients often told me they’d been taken from one police station to another before ending up at Area 2 where they were tortured,” said Chicago civil-rights attorney Flint Taylor, the civil-rights lawyer most associated with pursuing the notoriously abusive Area 2 police commander Jon Burge. “And in that way the police prevent their family and lawyers from seeing them until they could coerce, through torture or other means, confessions from them.”

    Regardless of departmental regulations, police frequently deny or elide access to lawyers even at regular police precincts, said Solowiej of First Defense Legal Aid.

    Tracy Siska, a criminologist and civil-rights activist with the Chicago Justice Project, said that Homan Square, as well as the unrelated case of ex-Guantánamo interrogator and retired Chicago detective Richard Zuley, showed the lines blurring between domestic law enforcement and overseas military operations.

    “The real danger in allowing practices like Guantánamo or Abu Ghraib is the fact that they always creep into other aspects,” Siska said.

    “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 black sites showing up all around the country.”


    The 2015 World Justice project Rule of Law index was published in June 2015, ranking 102 countries based on a host of indicators, including criminal justice. The criminal justice factor measures impartiality, due process and rights of the accused, and effectiveness of the countries’ criminal investigation, adjudication and correction systems. The United States ranked 23rd out of 102 countries, 16th among 24 regional peers, and 23 among 31 income peers.

    In the annual Council of Europe Annual Penal Statistics data for 47 member countries, the council’s 2013 report shows that the median European prison population rate was 133.5 inmates per 100,000 people. In the United States, the rate was 478 per 100,000 — three and half times the European rate. The United States also far exceeded Canada (188 per 100,000), Australia (130 per 100,000), New Zealand (192 per 100,000) and Japan (51 per 100,000).

    General victimization rates in the United States ranked about the same as countries in Western Europe (using victimization rates reported through the International Crime Victims Survey) but the U.S. incarceration rate was still much higher.

    The United States ranked on the low end among Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries in social service expenditures as a percentage of the GDP in 2002-2007, but its incarceration was the highest among similarly-ranked countries.

    The United States ranked about midpoint in logged homicide rates in 2004 to 2012 compared to more than 100 countries, but still had the highest logged incarceration rate in 2010 to 2013. (Other research also shows the United States ranks higher in homicide rates compared to OECD countries, but does not have as high rates in lesser crimes. The United States has higher homicide rates than other economically developed countries, and is also an outlier for armed robbery.)

    On the public punitive attitude scale, which uses standardized questions to measure public demand for punishment, the United States ranked the highest out of nearly 30 countries, mostly in Europe.

    A network of social service programs is non-existent in the United States. That means the United States relies more on jails and prisons for people who otherwise would have been diverted to non-institutionalized care (i.e., people with mental health or substance abuse issues, the homeless, the youth).

    “The underdevelopment of government institutions [penal, policing, welfare or social] has meant that the default, reflex response to crime is simply to lock people up,” said David Garland, a New York University law and sociology professor whose research focuses on comparative punishment practices.

    The crime rate has been decreasing steadily in recent years but the incarceration rate has not dropped at the same rate.


    When did American justice turn into a BDSM party? How can the federal government spend billions of dollars militarizing space, going to Mars and tell us with a straight face that they can't afford body cameras for beat cops or afford to train cops how to defuse violent situations instead of escalating them?

    The federal government has given police a lot of money for militarization, surveillance and entrapment stings why not for body cameras or better training?

    Police will deny, while City councils will sweep this under the rug and they'll get away with it too because they have nothing to fear from the cop loving American public.

    Electrical devices: a cattle prod, a hand cranked device, and a violet wand. Police use a Tucker telephone, an old-style hand cranked telephone which generates electricity, and attach the wires to the suspect’s genitals or face. According to veteran sergeant D. J. Lewis, this is a method of torture common in the Korean War, and usually results in a confession.

    The violet wand was said to be regularly placed either on the anus, into the rectum or against the victim's exposed genitals. They also use stun guns and adapted hair dryers.

    Police officers also engage in mock executions, putting plastic bags over heads, cigarette burnings and severe beatings. Chicago PD even used electrical shock on a 13-year-old boy, Marcus Wiggins.

    Rape: Nationally fewer than half of the corrections officials whose sexual abuse of juveniles is confirmed are referred for prosecution, and almost none are seriously punished. Although it is a crime for staff to have sex with inmates in all 50 states, prosecutors rarely take on such cases.

    Related article: Police Tactics

    FACTS: (America's Racist Justice System)

    The prison population grew by 700 percent from 1970 to 2005, a rate that is outpacing crime and population rates. The incarceration rates disproportionately impact men of color: 1 in every 15 African American men and 1 in every 36 Hispanic men are incarcerated in comparison to 1 in every 106 white men.

    A report by the Department of Justice found that blacks and Hispanics were approximately three times more likely to be searched during a traffic stop than white motorists. African Americans were twice as likely to be arrested and almost four times as likely to experience the use of force during encounters with the police.

    African American women are three times more likely than white women to be incarcerated, while Hispanic women are 69 percent more likely than white women to be incarcerated.

    According to the Human Rights Watch, people of color are no more likely to use or sell illegal drugs than whites, but they have higher rate of arrests. African Americans comprise 14 percent of regular drug users but are 37 percent of those arrested for drug offenses. From 1980 to 2007 about one in three of the 25.4 million adults arrested for drugs was African American.

    The U.S. Sentencing Commission stated that in the federal system black offenders receive sentences that are 10 percent longer than white offenders for the same crimes. The Sentencing Project reports that African Americans are 21 percent more likely to receive mandatory-minimum sentences than white defendants and are 20 percent more like to be sentenced to prison.


    The units responsible for maintaining 'black-sites' are not like any police you may think of but rather elite undercover units similar to LAPDs CRASH and S.I.S. or the NYPDs Commandos or the Delta squad in Texas.

    They are still operating today under different code names, raping and torturing our children hidden in 'black-sites' all across America.

    S.I.S. had about 20 members. They used deadly force on 28 suspects between 1965 and 1992, inciting political and community activists and prompting the “L.A. Times” to dub them the city’s “Death Squad.”

    Agents routinely obtained search warrants based on lies: If drugs had been bought outside a house, officers would say the buy had taken place inside the home and get a search warrant for the house.

    The officers brought crack with them on busts. If they didn't find any in the homes or pockets of the people they were trying to arrest, they would plant it.

    Related article: FuckDaPolice

    For people of color - especially African Americans - the idea that racist cops might frame members of their community is no abstract notion, let alone an exercise in irrational conspiracy theorizing. Rather, it speaks to a social reality about which blacks are acutely aware.
    ~Tim Wise

    Criminal justice, as it pertains to the Goldmans and Morgan Stanleys of the world, is not adversarial combat, with cops and crooks duking it out in interrogation rooms and courthouses. Instead, it's a cocktail party between friends and colleagues who from month to month and year to year are constantly switching sides and trading hats.
    ~Matt Taibbi

    My own perception of cops was that they came into your neighborhood, they roughed up people that you loved for no reason and took them away. As a child you saw that.
    ~Sonja Sohn

    Touring a segregated America - forever being stopped and harassed by white cops hurt you most 'cos you don't realise the damage. You hold it in. You feel empty, like someone reached in and pulled out your guts. You feel hurt and dirty, less than a person.
    ~B. B. King

    There's a really classic cliche every time you switch the TV on - you see cops arguing. I have spent a day a week for many years in the presence of police and I have never seen them argue. It's a military hierarchy. They do what they're told. There's no bickering.
    ~Peter James


    Domestic violence is 2 to 4 times more common in police families than in the general population. In two separate studies, 40% of police officers self-report that they have used violence against their domestic partners within the last year. In the general population, it's estimated that domestic violence occurs in about 10% of families.

    In a nationwide survey of 123 police departments, 45% had no specific policy for dealing with officer-involved domestic violence.

    In that same survey, the most common discipline imposed for a sustained allegation of domestic violence was counseling. Only 19% of departments indicated that officers would be terminated after a second sustained allegation of domestic violence.

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