MONDAY, APRIL 14, 2014|
Posted by: Anthony Toto
Leaked information from a classified National Intelligence Agency report revealed the the Red Hot Chili Peppers' catalog was allegedly played at peak volumes to torment suspected terrorists and prisoners of the United States. According to Al Jazeera America, "One former interrogator briefed about Abu Zubaydah's interrogations from May to July 2002 told Al Jazeera that the music used to batter the detainee's senses was by the Red Hot Chili Peppers."
The Chili Peppers publicly expressed their distraught at the thought of their music being used in a weapon-like capacity. TMZ caught up with an unknowing Chad Smith who found out about the report after interviewers notified him about the story. He said, "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."
Flea took to Twitter and promised to somehow stop the government from using the Chili Peppers' music in any sort of aggressive approach.
In the past, bands including Pearl Jam and R.E.M. signed a petition to ban the United States government from using its music for war-like purposes. While rock music is often used to vent feelings of negativity and frustration, the previously mentioned acts feel uncomfortable with its name attached to the ideas of war and terrorism. This topic raises an interesting question: How do you feel about the use of music in government interrogations? Let us know what you think in the comments below.