Thursday, October 22, 2009

"Did My Band Get Played On Guantanamo Radio?"

R.E.M., Pearl Jam, and Billy Bragg have filed a request under Freedom of Information Act as part of the national "Close Gitmo Now" campaign, asking whether their songs were used in the interrogations of prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay detention center.

CNN reports that "The FOIA requests stem from testimony of former Guantanamo prisoners that heavy metal, rock, and rap music -- even children's tunes -- were part of interrogation techniques."

The Independent reports that music from "AC/DC, Britney Spears, the Bee Gees and Sesame Street were played at an ear-splitting level to break terrorist subjects."

"The fact that music I helped create was used as a tactic against humanity sickens me. We need to end torture and close Guantanamo now." - Tom Morello, guitarist of Rage Against The Machine