Since 2004, police have allowed lawyers to see just 0.94 percent of people "disappeared" into Chicago's "off-the-books interrogation warehouse," reports Spencer Ackerman at The Guardian.
The families of 12 attorneys and activists who disappeared during a government crackdown on human rights advocates in July have demanded to know the condition and whereabouts of their loved ones.
It’s safe to assume that Big Brother would still have prevailed over Winston Smith had the ill-fated protagonist of George Orwell’s dystopian novel "1984" been helped by public defender Stephen Downs. But we have reason to believe that Downs, who represents Muslim activists in trials that amount to little more than terrorist witch hunts, would not have backed down.A New York attorney who represents Muslim activists in trials that amount to little more than terrorist witch hunts is our Truthdigger of the Week.
With a well-known thing for murderous dictators, Henry Kissinger's advice on Egypt should be met with skepticism.
Thirty-nine individuals held in U.S. custody at one time or another are unaccounted for -- missing or disappeared in the style of a Third World dictatorship. What have we become?