According to the massive (and still classified) Senate Intelligence Report on the CIA’s use of enhanced interrogation techniques — torture, to those of you scoring at home — Red Hot Chili Peppers’ music was used to torture at least one detainee held by the CIA.
Sources told Al Jazeera that two prisoners were subjected to all 10 torture methods outlined in a 2002 so-called “torture memo,” and that one prisoner, Abu Zubaydah, received the worst—including an endless loop of Red Hot Chili Peppers played at full volume.
RHCP bassist Flea, last seen not playing at the Super Bowl, responded on Twitter:
It is absolutely heartbreaking to hear Rhcp music has been used by the CIA to torture human beings. Anything we can do to stop that we will
— Flea (@flea333) April 12, 2014
TMZ caught up with RHCP bassist Chad Smith, in a parking lot, which is apparently something you can do, and informed him of it. “Our music’s positive, man,” Smith said. “It’s supposed to make you feel good.”
Watch the video below, via TMZ:
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[Correction: This article previously identified the video’s subject as Flea, the bassist of RHCP. The man in the video is actually Chad Smith, the band’s drummer.]
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