Twitter has been the site of an amazing narrative today as Egyptian activists, following the lead of their brothers and sisters in Alexandria yesterday, broke into the AmrDawla security police center and uncovered the secret files and torture devices. As WikiLeaks has been mentioning on twitter, these same torture chambers have been used for prisoners transferred in the US rendition programs as well as on Egyptian dissidents.

Zeinobia writes:

During the Mubarak era the state security HQ in Nasr city had this infamous reputation not only inside the country but also outside it. Its international infamousness was recognized when it turned out that the Bush administration used its secret cells and also the expertise of its infamous officers to interrogate its illegal detainees during its unholy war on terrorism.

The Egyptians called that big building in Nasr city district “The capital of hell” and you can imagine why Egyptians called it like that. A scary building any taxi driver will tell you horror stories about it and about the secret underground prison cells and torture rooms.

Tonight Egyptian protesters managed not to only to encircle the fearful building by thousands but they have also entered it for the first time not as detainees blindfolded but actually as victorious revolutionaries who had enough from that castle of terrorists.

Twitpic from @Zeyadsalem State security HQ in Alexandria

After yesterday’s information that the security forces were shredding secret files in Alexandria leading activists to storm that headquarters and today’s that another secret police hq suspiciously caught on fire – a fire activists point out that they do not want to see since they want the files protected, activists in Cairo took matters into their own hands. As the day went on, protesters converged on AmrDawla – here’s a sampling of reports as the day progressed from blogger Egyptocracy who has been a great source of information over the past weeks. Let’s let her tell the story:

@Egyptocracy
Seems to be an orchestrated attempt to burn State Security documents, now Alexandria and Dokki. Rumours of Nasr City as well. #Egypt #Jan25

@Egyptocracy
Nasr Road now blocked. Not letting cars through. Taking d-tour. #AmnDawla #Jan25 #Egypt

@Egyptocracy
Police officer: How do you know this is #SS? We have no sign. #Egypt #Jan25 #AmnDawla

@Egyptocracy
@Jeroen_Snijders SS is State Security, a branch of the MOI specialized in torture and spying on the people for the regime.

Egyptocracy Egyptocracy
6thOctober RT@mosaaberizing Eyewtiness from inside:The burning has been taking place for 4 days now but yesterday night was the most serious
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@Egyptocracy
@Sandmonkey if you are coming from Nasr Rd. you will find Egypt Telecom on your right, before reaching Amn Dawla in same row of buildings.

@Egyptocracy
@Sandmonkey lay low until more of us show up. I am on my way, trying to pick up more people.

@Egyptocracy
RT @mosaaberizing Eyewitness: “All officers escaped this morning. Only some soldiers and us workers were the ones left.” #October #amndawla

@Egyptocracy
RT @mosaaberizing Turning into a real protest now. people determined not to leave until officers inside are arrested.#amndawla #October

@Egyptocracy
Protesters are in #SS #NasrCity now. #Egypt #Jan25 #AmnDawla

@Egyptocracy
Sounds of glass breaking on the inside. Loud chants selmeya, selmeya. Very tense atmosphere. #Egypt #Jan25 #AmnDawla #NasrCity
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@Egyptocracy
Garbage truck holding remains of shredded papers. #AmnDawla #NasrCity #SS #Egypt #Jan25 http://twitpic.com/46g884

@Egyptocracy
Very tense situation. Garbage truck driver wanted to drive away. We stopped him. #NasrCity #Jan25 #AmnDawla #Egypt
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Egyptocracy photo of the shredded files in the garbage truck

@Egyptocracy
Shredded paper remains in a garbage truck. #NasrCity #Egypt #Jan25 #SS #AmnDawla http://twitpic.com/46g5pd

@Egyptocracy
People pushing to get in #SS #NasrCity. Chanting we want to go inside. #Egypt #AmnDawla

@Egyptocracy
In #SS building now. #NasrCity #AmnDawla http://twitpic.com/46gwa7

@Egyptocracy
Shredded paper trail on the floor. #NasrCity #SS #Egypt #AmnDawla http://twitpic.com/46gwdw
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@Egyptocracy
Half tea cup there. Looks like employees fled the place. #Egypt #NasrCity #Jan25 #AmnDawla http://twitpic.com/46h0mo
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@Egyptocracy
Just got kicked out by military police from #SS building #NasrCity. #Egypt #Jan25 #AmnDawla

@Egyptocracy
Eyewitness Ahmed ElSayed: Prosecutor asking protesters to stay on site and protect evidence from army. #AmnDawla #Egypt #Jan25 #NasrCity

@Egyptocracy
We did not storm #SS #NasrCity to take stuff home, we entered to protect the documents inside and document any violation. #Egypt #AmnDawla

@Egyptocracy
If you took #SS documents home, film it, then please bring it to General Prosecutor. #Jan25 #AmnDawla #Egypt
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@Egyptocracy
Some #SS documents are fabricated information created to implicate innocent people. Please use leaked docs responsibly. #AmnDawla #Jan25

@ Egyptocracy
Army officer made fun of us today for wanting to hand in garbage truck to the prosecutor. #AmnDawla #NasrCity #Egypt #Jan25 #SS

@ Egyptocracy
Same army officer: what will you do with shredded paper? Us: reconstruct them. Officer: yeah right. #Egypt #AmnDawla #Jan25 #NasrCity #SS

@Egyptocracy
Same officer: if there is a power that got you people together, then there must be a power that can put paper back together. #Egypt #SS

Amongst the various twitter messages from participants were mentions of finding files of personal interest – as Egyptocracy notes:

@Egyptocracy
To everyone asking me what #SS document I wanted to see most, I tell you: My own. I have been tapped for 4yrs now. #AmnDawla #Egypt #Jan25

3Arabawy has a great set of photos from the day which you can view here – Storming SS Nasr City Torture Center.

First Video: “Using torture devices found in state security, an ex state security detainee shows how he was tortured using this exact device.”

Second Video: “Video of Egyptians protecting State Security documents. A passport of one of the detainees is shown who is probably missing & his family will never hear about him again.” (h/t We are all Khaled Said)