Betty on the News: Bands Demand to Know Which Songs Are Being Used to Torture

Numerous musicians back Freedom of Information Act request after learning about awful form of torture.

Musicians Demand to Know Which Songs Are Being Used to Torture Detainees at Guantanamo

Numerous musicians back Freedom of Information Act request after learning about awful form of torture.

-Carolyn French

Eddie Vedder and Michael Stipe

Dozens of popular bands – including R.E.M., Pearl Jam and Rage Against the Machine – pushed the government Thursday to name the songs it blasted at the Guantanamo detainee center to torment prisoners held there, the Washington Post is reporting.

The yet unspecified tunes were believed to have been played for hours or even days as a form of torture, an act which the Obama administration says has been discontinued.

Numerous musicians have come together to endorse a Freedom of Information Act request filed by the National Security Archive as a way of declassifying all albums related to what they claim was the use of music as torture.

“The fact that music I helped create was used in crimes against humanity sickens me,” Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine said in a statement. “We need to end torture and close Guantanamo now.”

A White House spokesperson told the newspaper that music is no longer being used to punish detainees, and that President Obama signed executive orders – on his second day in office – to shut down Guantanamo within a year. (FOXNews.com)

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