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Protest at Zero Dark Thirty

Demonstrators say they are informing Walnut Creek movie goers about the immorality and ineffectiveness of torture

A half-dozen anti-torture protesters handed out leaflets Friday evening outside the Century Theaters in downtown Walnut Creek.

The demonstrators from the Mount Diablo Peace and Justice Center said they wanted to inform people about the misconceptions of torture that are portrayed in the movie, Zero Dark Thirty.

The protesters didn't ask people to boycott the Oscar-nominated film. Instead, they presented people with information to shed light on the practice of torture.

"We're giving them something to think about," said Bob Hanson, a board member at the peace center. "They seem interested in what we have to say."

On their leaflet, the group says Zero Dark Thirty's implication that the use of torture provided critical intelligence information is false.

In fact, they said, torture produced false leads that wasted time and personnel.

"Torture is immoral and unworthy of our nation," the leaflet read. "It is also illegal and impractical."

The protesters were in front of the theater from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. They plan to be there again from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday.

Charles schwartzmunde January 19, 2013 at 06:09 PM
Good people, but our government will never relinquish torture and murder thruogh it agencies or allies - pointless.
The Blue Knight January 19, 2013 at 06:41 PM
and their alternative is? People of this ilk will wail and caterwaul about things done in their name, until it hits them personally, and then its " solve the problem by any means necessary!" Two weeks ago, supporters of Al Quida executed six women in a public square who's only "crime" was inoculating children against polio. Meet force with equal force: I'm sure the American Journalist that these "people" beheaded live on video tape would agree.
KJ January 22, 2013 at 03:49 PM
No one says relinquish a tactic that actually protects our citizens; instead stop using a tactic (torture) that doesn't work (per CIA/FBI agents who are responsible for gathering information to protect us) and which, in fact, has proven to be counterproductive, i.e., elicits false information. As the sign says, torture is Illegal, Immoral, INEFFECTIVE. INEFFECTIVE -- doesn't work!!! The only reason to keep torturing people is because some people are thugs and sociopaths, who like to hurt others; not because torture keeps us safe.

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