Red Hot Chili Peppers 'upset' that their music was used to torture Guantánamo Bay prisoners

Drummer Chad Smith labels torture technique 'bullshit'

Red Hot Chili Peppers 'upset' that their music was used to torture Guantánamo Bay prisoners

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Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith has vented his anger at US authorities after hearing that his band's music was allegedly used to torture prisoners in Guantánamo Bay.

US officials speaking anonymously to Al Jazeera confirmed detailed techniques used by the CIA during the George Bush administration following the declassification process for the report on its own "enhanced interrogation" procedures used after September 11.

Among the techniques used to torture those suspected of being terrorists was exposure to the Californian band on repeat.

Speaking to TMZ, Smith said: "I've heard that they use more... like, hard rock, metal... Our music's positive man, it's supposed to make people feel good and that's... it's very upsetting to me, I don't like that at all. It's bullshit.

"Maybe some people think our music's annoying, I don't care, but you know... (they) shouldn't do that. They shouldn't be doing any of that shit."

One specific segment of the Senate Intelligence Committee report allegedly states that a suspect, named as Zayn al-Abidin Muhammad Husayn Abu Zubaydah, was subjected to the technique at a black site prison out of Guantánamo Bay between May and July in 2002.

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