Thursday, May 21, 2015

Guardian UK:
"Angel Perez, now the 13th person to describe to the Guardian detainment at the secret police site, is joined by four others in a lawsuit seeking justice from the city. For psychological reasons, Angel Perez does not call what happened to him rape. But he vividly recalls being taken to Homan Square, a warehouse used by the Chicago police for incommunicado detentions, where police inserted something into his rectum. ...

It was 21 October 2012. The day before, Perez had been driving his Rav-4 on his restaurant delivery route when he says police accosted him, wanting him to contact a drug dealer who they believed Perez knew so they could arrange a sting. But Perez was less cooperative than they had hoped.

Now, Perez was handcuffed by his right wrist to a metal bar behind a bench in an interrogation room on the second floor of Homan Square. Behind him were two police officers that a lawsuit Perez recently re-filed identifies as Jorge Lopez and Edmund Zablocki. They had been threatening him with a stint at the infamously violent Cook County jail if he didn’t cooperate."

-->The NYT has reported one story about Homan Square and that was back in February. The English newspaper, "The Guardian," seems much more interested in stories about police brutality, torture and rape than American media. Why does our media always try to make our police state look good?


Common Dreams:
"The United States' human rights record faced fierce criticism on Monday during a hearing of the United Nations Human Rights Council, when a panel of more than 100 international leaders voiced concern over violations spanning from police brutality and the continued use of the death penalty to the torture of detainees at Guantanamo Bay prison.

According to those present at the hearing in Geneva, Switzerland, the subject of police brutality against people of color and, more broadly, discrimination within the U.S. criminal justice system dominated the critique. Monday marked the United States' second Universal Periodic Review, a process created by the Human Rights Council to peer-review other member states. ...

Other areas of concern raised by UN member states included the 'failure to close the Guantánamo Bay detention facility, the continued use of the death penalty, the need for adequate protections for migrant workers and protection of the rights of indigenous peoples. Member states also called on the U.S. to end child labor, human trafficking and sexual violence against Native American and Alaska Native women and to lift restrictions on the use of foreign aid to provide safe abortion services for rape victims in conflict areas,' Al Jazeera reports."

-->The NY Times didn't cover this story, and often omits human rights reports when they involve the FBI, the CIA and the US criminal justice system. Our media often serves as a propaganda vehicle for the American Empire. 


FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting):
" ‘Wrong as Often as Right’ Is Good Enough When Reporting on an Official Enemy. The Washington Post (5/12/15) has a sensational story about North Korean Gen. Hyon Yong Chol: 'North Korea’s equivalent of a defense minister has been executed by anti-aircraft gun for insubordination and treason —including for sleeping during a meeting where Kim Jong Un was speaking. ...'

Most of the information in the article is based on what 'officials from the [South Korean] National Intelligence Service told local reporters at a briefing in Seoul' -local reporters, meaning not the Washington Post. What did the Post hear directly? 'An NIS spokesman confirmed to the Post that it believed Hyon had been executed.'

So the sensational stuff in the article is what local South Korean journalists said they were told by South Korean intelligence about that country’s bitter rivals. But South Korean intelligence is a reliable source, right?"

-->Journalism in the US is at its lowest level when reporting on the Pentagon's identified "enemies" of the empire. Any semblance of reality slips away, and fantasy stories of North Korean leaders being ripped apart by dogs or slaughtered by anti-aircraft guns are offered as responsible journalism. The Soviet Era "Provda" had nothing on this US brand of jingoistic sensationalism.  

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