Just like in 3rd world countries in which banana republic dictatorships once ruled, where anyone who protested their policies disappeared and many eventually ended up murdered, the process is starting to happen right here in New York. I am sure this will make every New Yorker proud to be a New Yorker. One of the victims who managed to escape stated that his arresting officer, SRG Supervisor Deputy Inspector Andrew Lombardo (of Abu Ghraib prison fame), told him, “I”m going to take you somewhere no one can find you.”
New York is now illegally arresting, i.e. kidnapping, and secretly transporting the political arrestees, the NYPD is now engaging in “enforced disappearance” of protesters in violation of their constitutional & civil rights, and then holding them incommunicado without telling the interested public, family or friends of their whereabouts. This is a dismaying attempt to chill the free speech rights of protesters throughout New York. It already appears to be happening to the homeless for a number of years. This is how it starts folks.
NYPD has staffed this new department, called the SGR, with officers who are notorious for unlawful repression of protests, and in part, with military personnel previously in the chain of command at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq during the time of the notorious human rights abuses.
Abu Ghraib was the infamous prison in Iraq where human rights violations against detainees included physical and sexual abuse, torture, rape, sodomy, and murder. The abuses came to light with reports published in late 2003 by Amnesty International and the Associated Press. The incidents received widespread condemnation both within the United States and abroad.
In Pinochet’s Chile, from its beginning, the government engaged in ‘enforced disappearance’ and implemented harsh measures against its perceived opponents (in other words pre-crime) which eventually evolved into murdering many who were imprisoned. Up to 80,000 people disappeared and were interned and and as many as 30,000 were tortured during the time Pinochet was in government. As of 2011, the official number of deaths and forced disappearances stands at 3,065.
That’s right folks, it begins… right here in our state. When will your friend, family member or loved one come up missing?
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