The Twin Cities chapter of Amnesty International USA held a demonstration along with eight other cities Friday, calling for the U.S. Justice Department to investigate and prosecute torture allegedly committed by agents of the United States in the name of national security.
About a dozen protesters stood in front of the Minneapolis Federal Building to demand that the Justice Department read the Senate Intelligence Committee report, which found the CIA's interrogation to be more brutal and extensive than the agency portrayed.
Demonstrators took turns reading excerpts from the 525-page report released in December that accused the program of being mismanaged and producing little valuable intelligence.
"Since they won't read it, we decided to read it to them," said Aaron Tovo, Minnesota area coordinator for Amnesty. "As long as government officials feel they can get away with anything in the name of national security, then they will do anything."
Friday's protests were held in Washington, D.C., New York, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Detroit, Raleigh, N.C., and Amherst, Mass.