The CIA Reportedly Used Which Band’s Music To ‘Torture’ Guantanamo Bay Detainees?
There’s a lot of music I don’t necessarily like to listen to, but I’m not sure I’d call it ‘torture.’ However, a new report from Al Jazeera suggests that the CIA once used Chili Peppers to ‘torture’ prisoners at Guantanamo Bay– and we’re not talking the spicy tongue-burning kind.
The report states that a U.S. official confirmed that Red Hot Chili Peppers music was used to break prisoners.
The story details anonymous U.S. officials confirming that music techniques were used by the CIA during the George Bush administration following the declassification process for the report on its own “enhanced interrogation” procedures following September 11. And one of those techniques used was playing Red Hot Chili Peppers on repeat in an attempt to get the suspected terrorists to talk.
According to the report, one specific segment of the Senate Intelligence Committee stated that a suspect named Zayn al-Abidin Muhammad Husayn Abu Zubaydah was subjected to the music technique while at a black site prison out of Guantanamo Bay between May and July of 2002. During his torture, he was reportedly stuffed into a pet crate, shackled by his wrists to the ceiling of the cell and subjected to an endless loop of loud music.
Red Hot Chili Peppers are by no means the first band whose music has been used in this manner. There’ve been past stories of Metallica and Demon Hunter tracks being used for interrogation, and Skinny Puppy reportedly decided to “invoice” the U.S. government after hearing their music was being used in this manner.