Published Apr 10, 2014Over the years, various artists have spoken out against their music being used by the CIA for torturing prisoners. Trent Reznor said that he was "insulted" when Nine Inch Nails' music was used for torture, and Skinny Puppy even invoiced the U.S. military for the unauthorized use of their music. Now, reports have emerged that Red Hot Chili Peppers' music was similarly used to torture prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.
Saudi Arabian prisoner Zain Abidin Mohammed Husain Abu Zubaydah was apparently tortured back in 2002 using the Chili Peppers' music. This news comes from a former interrogator, and Al Jazeera America reports that the music was "used to batter the detainee's senses." He was apparently "subjected to an endless loop of loud music," in addition to being tortured physically.
Red Hot Chili Peppers haven't commented publicly on matter, but the United Nations have banned the use of loud music for torture, and various musicians (including R.E.M., Pearl Jam, Tom Morello, Pearl Jam, Billy Bragg, the Roots and more) formed a coalition to protest the practice.
Abu Zubaydah has been accused of being a member of al-Qaeda and helping to plan 9/11, although he's been detained without trial since 2002 and never formally charged.