CIA Used Red Hot Chili Peppers Songs to Torture Terrorism Detainee

The Red Hot Chili Peppers band members Flea, center, and Anthony Kiedis perform during the halftime show of the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII. The Red Hot Chili Peppers band members Flea, center, and Anthony Kiedis perform during the halftime show of the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII. Julio Cortez/AP

More details are coming out of a forthcoming Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA, including black site prison locations and wrongful detentions, but there are also some new details on interrogation techniques.

While the CIA reportedly used torture methods deployed by the Soviet Union, China, and North Korea—including sleep deprivation and isolation—the agency took it a step further for Abu Zubaydah, a detainee who was subjected to all 10 torture techniques used by the CIA, according to a report from Al Jazeera.

In addition to being stuffed inside a pet crate, such as the ones that are used to transport dogs, for two weeks, Zubaydah was also shackled at the wrists and hung to the ceiling of his cell, all while loud music was played on an endless loop.

But it wasn't just any music. As one former interrogator told Al Jazeera, it was the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

There weren't any details on which songs were used, but any of the indie bands albums are chock-full of loud, bass-heavy, guitar-riffing tunes overlaid by the piercing voice of lead singer Anthony Kiedis.

Played endlessly, that kind of music could become uncomfortable.

The Senate Intelligence Committee voted last week to declassify its report's 480-page executive summary. The full report, senators say, will be declassified later on. 

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