|The alleged location of Chicago PD interrogations and its associated crimes, aka Homan Square.|
The term black site is kind of an inflammatory word because it is affiliated with the CIA and it brings up conspiracy theories. In this case, it brings up a comparison between an alleged Chicago PD run interrogation house and CIA run interrogation houses, or "black sites". At a black site, the CIA will interrogate suspected terrorists without any other executive branch supervision and they use many different tactics that may be seen as cruel and unusual punishment.
Previously I wrote a blog about the cruel and unusual punishment at CIA black sites, so if you want more information on that, just click on the January blog on the right side called "Terror Report".
At the Chicago "black site", they are also accused of cruel and unusual punishment, such as beatings and shackling the detainee for hours, often without being charged with a crime. This violates the 8th amendment and the 5th Amendment, which give you the right to protection from cruel and unusual punishment and the right to know what you are being charged with respectively. The people detained at the Chicago site are not allowed to have access to an attorney because the site is "secure". The also are not "put in the books", meaning that they were never historically recorded as being at the facility. No one could ever prove it. CIA black sites share those two characteristics in common, however I don't see cruel and unusual punishment and restriction on the fifth amendment as enough evidence for a black site connection.
The thing is, the black sites are never on American soil. Wikipedia says they are generally out of US territory and therefore out of US jurisdiction. This means that the federal government cannot interfere with the black site's proceedings. An article from HuffPost even makes the argument that a quarter of the world helped the CIA run its torture program. If black sites are supposed to be out of the country, then how can we call this alleged Chicago PD run interrogation unit a black site? Calling it a black site evokes talk about cruel and unusual punishment, as well as restrictions on the 5th Amendment, but it also evokes an image of an internationally based "secret prison" that is out of US jurisdiction. In reality, if Homan Square even does house those crimes, they are still within US jurisdiction, and the federal government can intervene whenever they feel necessary. If anything, you should call it a "domestic black site".