Red Hot Chili Peppers music was used to torture suspected terrorists!

Red Hot Chili Peppers music was used to torture suspected terrorists!

Last week, a report from the United States Senate Intelligence Committee revealed that Red Hot Chili Peppers music was used to torture suspected terrorists. Over the weekend, the band finally responded to the news, and they’re not very happy.

TMZ caught up with drummer Chad Smith, who appeared to be unaware of the report until the camera man asked him about it. In response, Smith called the news “very upsetting” and said he did not approve of the C.I.A.’s practices. “Our music’s positive man. It’s supposed to make people feel good. And that’s very upsetting to me. I don’t like that at all. It’s bullshit.”

He continued, “Maybe some people think our music’s annoying — I don’t care — but that’s a poor use of … you shouldn’t do that. You shouldn’t be doing any of that shit. It’s horrible.” Watch the video interview below.

Meanwhile, his bandmate Flea took to Twitter to voice his opposition, writing, “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.”

Red Hot Chili Peppers star Chad Smith has expressed his disgust at U.S. authorities for allegedly using the band’s music to torment detainees at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.

A news article recently published by Al Jazeera editors claimed prisoner Abu Zubaydah had been forced to listen to one of the group’s songs on loop at high volume for long periods of time as a form of torture.

Drummer Smith admits he had no idea federal officers had been blasting the band’s tracks at the controversial detention centre for suspected terrorists and insists he is appalled by the idea.

He tells TMZ.com, “I’ve heard that they use more… like, hard rock, metal… (but not Red Hot Chili Peppers songs).

“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 bulls—.

“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 s— (torture).”

The Give It Away hitmaker isn’t the only musician to take issue with the use of the group’s work at Guantanamo – heavy metal stars Metallica previously voiced their objections to the same practice.

Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith has responded to a report the CIA used the band’s music as an “enhanced interrogation technique,” and he’s not happy about it.

“No, no, of course not,” Smith told TMZ when asked if he approved the band’s music being used in torture.  “Our music’s positive man. It’s supposed to make people feel good. And that’s very upsetting to me. I don’t like that at all. It’s bullshit.”

When the parking-lot interviewer suggested RHCP hit “Give It Away” might work, Smith added, “Maybe some people think our music’s annoying — I don’t care — but that’s a poor use of … you shouldn’t do that. You shouldn’t be doing any of that shit. It’s horrible.”

Bassist Flea seconded that 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.”

Earlier in April, Al Jazeera America reported that the Chili Peppers’ music was played as part of CIA efforts to get information from a prisoner named Zayn al-Abidin Muhammad Husayn Abu Zubaydah. The source was a former interrogator briefed about Abu Zubaydah’s 2002 interrogation. Other sources said that a classified 6,600-page Senate Intelligence Committee report shows Abu Zubaydah was forced to hear loud music on a continuous loop.

 

Smith was in the news earlier this year for a much, much lighter reason, holding a charity drum battle with lookalike Will Ferrell. Of course, Red Hot Chili Peppers performed at the Super Bowl this year. Flea, who classily copped to having mimed at the big game, is working on a memoir and plays with former the Mars Volta members in a new project called Antemasque.

 

Revisit SPIN’s 2006 feature Music as Torture: War Is Loud. Last year, Metallica rejected a report that they had asked the U.S. military to stop using their music on prisoners. Watch Smith’s brief interview below.

You might think it’s torture to listen to an entire Red Hot Chili Peppers album, which is exactly what the U.S. government had in mind when they played the mofo-party-funk band’s songs to prisoners at Guantánamo Bay. Al Jazeera America recently confirmed that in 2002, “music used to batter [detainee Abu Zubaydah's] senses was by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.” Guess who wasn’t pleased by this NOT psycho-sexy revelation.

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.

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 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.” (Via)

It’s true — they should be using Staind instead.

  • Anonymous

    They could just have played some Justin Bieber stuff, torture for your ears