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Published on May 31st, 2012 | by Alan Cross

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Gitmo Prisoners Tortured with Sesame Street Songs

From the Daily Mail:

They were written to teach children colours and strange words but distorted versions of bouncy Sesame Street songs have been used to torture Guantanamo Bay prisons for days, it has been claimed.

The staggering assertion has been made in a documentary from Al Jazeera and follows previous claims in 2008 that heavier tunes such as Metallica’s ‘Enter Sandman’ and Drowning Pool’s ‘Bodies’ were played incessantly to prisoners at the naval base in Cuba.

According to the report ‘innocent children’s songs were abused for inhumane purposes’ as music from the popular US children programme was blasted repeatedly into prisoners’ ears.

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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.



2 Responses to Gitmo Prisoners Tortured with Sesame Street Songs

  1. crglassf says:

    sounds like being a parent in north america

  2. Dan says:

    There's a lot of psychotic Sesame Street segments from the early 70s to inflict torture. Take this "Count To Ten" segment for example.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVktxm3p7gI

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