RHCP Hit Out at US Authorities: 'Using Our Music to Torture Prisoners Is Bullsh-t'

"Our music's positive man, it's supposed to make people feel good," says Chad Smith.

RHCP Hit Out at US Authorities: 'Using Our Music to Torture Prisoners Is Bullsh-t'
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Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith has hit out at US authorities for using the band's music to torture prisoners in Guantanamo Bay.

AsĀ NME reports, 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.

Amongst the bands listed in the report were the Red Hot Chili Peppers, whose music was played to terror suspects on repeat. Smith responded to the news with the following statement:

"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 bullsh-t.

"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 sh-t."

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    olivier.bilodea
    Its true their music is positive but still give it away on repeat sure is a good way to make someone talk
    travislausch
    "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 sh-t." I actually kind of agree and it makes America looks childish when its "advanced" torture and interrogation techniques were the same as the ones I tried on my parents as a youth... You'd think they'd come up with something better than blasting some tunes at people.
    crazysam23_Atax
    Like what? I mean, it's easy to call it "childish". But it's a more humane form of torture. So.../shrug
    Izzy-Sweet
    It's called TORTURE for a reason, it's not meant to be humane. If anything, this sounds even less effective.
    SuperFun_NHappy
    yeh uno using peoples music as a use of torture isnt right. i mean if you used long and loud continous beeeeps as a source of torture, that aint music to our ears. thats just noise. the purpose of releasing music is for us to enjoy, even going as far as giving someone RHCP's music to listen to as torture definetly looks like these CIA or whatever are trying to give torture some variety lol.
    arnolddrummer
    I think that they should have to get the band's consent before using their music for this type of thing. That way you don't piss of the Chili Peppers and also Ted Nugent would get a lot more playage.
    ibanez124
    I wonder how that conversation would go. I would suggest opening with a joke.
    cbabb7
    If my punishment in torture was listening to RHCP on repeat, I'd say i got off easy.
    FUZION PREDATOR
    They don't really use aggressive music because it's "violent" but more because it's a representation of western culture, and they want to invade the prisoner with western culture, so he feels lost. In that logic using RHCP fits the use, i see it as a real americana/california music.
    theclassicrock
    It's actually to throw off their senses when they are being waterboarded. They already can't see anything, and they feel the waterboarding. If you blast music then their hearing will be useless and they are only able to focus on the sense of drowning. They have done what you're talking about in other situations though.
    theclassicrock
    It's actually to throw off their senses when they are being waterboarded. They already can't see anything, and they feel the waterboarding. If you blast music then their hearing will be useless and they are only able to focus on the sense of drowning.
    KerryKing01
    well der musice sounds bad too evry1 els xsept dem!
    Jubilee13
    KerryKing01's spelling is some of the funniest sh*t I have seen in a while. Every time I read it I feel like I am watching a rerun of an old Seinfeld episode. Priceless man,keep it up. Why are people so mad,you realize he's entertaining us right? Laughing is good for you everyone you should try it sometime!
    benjixoath
    band's are kicking up too much of a stink about this. rhcp are the kind of band that will stand up on veterans day and be like WOO GOD BLESS 'MURICA! to look good on veterans day but when it's used to torture terrorists and the like they hate it. well. i just dont know
    heatho91
    Well there's being patriotic and then there's having you music associated with the torture of people.
    ibanez124
    "What you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul."