Some one hundred protesters against United States drone strikes and 'enhanced interrogations' have blocked the entrance to the CIA headquarters in Virginia.
The demonstrators stood blocking the Dolly Madison Boulevard entrance to the Central Intelligence Agency on Saturday 12 January 2013.
The action was part of a weekend of protests against drones, and to mark the eleventh anniversary of the opening of the Guantanamo Bay detention centre on an occupied part of the island of Cuba.
No attempt was made by police to remove the protesters, say observers. The entrance concerned was simply shut down.
The Catholic peace movement Pax Christi was among the groups backing the protest.
Since the beginning of the year alone, there have been seven drone strikes into Pakistan, killing dozens of people, after a relative lull late in 2012.
Meanwhile, John Brennen, author of the drone 'kill lists', has been nominated by President Barack Obama to become Director of Central Intelligence.
Critics say that drone attacks are not only illegal and inhumane, they are also acting as an unintended mirror and recruiting agent for the very acts of terrorism they are supposed to be eliminating.
Similar allegations are made against detention without trial, turture and special rendition, which have all been used in the 'war on terror'.