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Submission + - The disappeared: Chicago police detain Americans at abuse-laden 'black site' (theguardian.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The Chicago police department operates an off-the-books interrogation compound, rendering Americans unable to be found by family or attorneys while locked inside what lawyers say is the domestic equivalent of a CIA black site.

The facility, a nondescript warehouse on Chicago’s west side known as Homan Square, has long been the scene of secretive work by special police units. Interviews with local attorneys and one protester who spent the better part of a day shackled in Homan Square describe operations that deny access to basic constitutional rights.

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.
        Shackling for prolonged periods.
        Denying attorneys access to the “secure” facility.
        Holding people without legal counsel for between 12 and 24 hours, including people as young as 15.

Comment Re:How is this even remotely legal? (Score 4, Insightful) 192

Broken what law? Dutch law, I guess, so the Dutch would have to find and arrest them.

It's not a violation of American law to rob a store in Paris.

I believe the Netherlands have an extradition treaty with both UK and US.

What's been done here is a crime in all 3 nations.. Besides, doesnt US consider hacking an act of war?

Comment Re:That is close! (Score 2, Informative) 117

If its related, then given the speed of the object we dodged a bullet in more ways than one..

Since it was here 70 000 years ago and now is 20 light years away that means the star is traveling at 186 454 kilometers per second.


Ordinary stars in the galaxy have velocities on the order of 100 km/s, while hypervelocity stars (especially those near the center of the galaxy, which is where most are thought to be produced), have velocities on the order of 1000 km/s.

It is believed that about 1000 HVSs exist in our galaxy. Considering that there are around 100 billion stars in the Milky Way, this is a minuscule fraction (~0.000001%).

Comment Re:Which company is next in line? (Score 4, Interesting) 353

Which company is next in line?

What makes you think they have not been parallel-processed?

Microsoft's terms and conditions for its US users explicitly state that it has the right to deploy "automated technologies to detect child pornography or abusive behaviour that might harm the system, our customers, or others".

Now, is it my imagination or does that description cover something like: "Our employees have free access to everyones files so eventually all pics get viewed and tagged. Because think of the children. Terrorism, fire, brimstone and death!".

TFA says it requires 'fingerprint'. ie. already having whatever theyre looking for archived...

Comment Re:citizenship is irrelevant (Score 2) 272

Just ou of curiosity, how is using a drone to attack an individual target somehow illegal, where carpet-bombing with a B-52 is not illegal? Or is your contention that any use of force against al-Qaeda illegal?

Whats it again with the legality? What the Nazis did was perfectly legal under German law at the time - They were killed for what they did anyway.

If the target is actually an hostile combatant, then sure whatever, drop an anvil on the guy. But if you double tap a completely unrelated wedding party and then the rescuers, how is what US doing any different from what the Nazis and the Soviets were doing? If you willingly murder defenseless civilians and claim legal right to kill enemies of the state per law(and anyone else getting in the way, just to be sure), you deserve death penalty for war crimes, regardless whetever your victims official 'crime' was having a jewish mother or uploading US critical youtube videos.

Comment Re:citizenship is irrelevant (Score 3, Interesting) 272

typically inside sovereign nations not at war with the US In the case of Yemen, it's with the permission, and sometimes the assistance, of the host government, which doesn't control that area where the drones are used. In Pakistan there appears to be at least tacit permission. In Afghanistan, well, there's a war on.

In all cases, the law in the US (AUMF and others) allows it.

Claiming lawful action under German or puppet regime law didn't help the nazis, they got hung anyway. The US set the precedent on this one pretty solid.

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