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Nine Inch Nails are one of several groups asking questions about music played loudly and repeatedly to detainees. (Jamie James Medina)

Good afternoon, dear readers. The executive branch is facing questions about torture from a whole new constituency: musicians.

Reports Joe Heim, "a high-profile coalition of artists -- including the members of Pearl Jam, R.E.M. and the Roots -- demanded Thursday that the government release the names of all the songs that were blasted since 2002 at prisoners for hours, even days, on end, to try to coerce cooperation or as a method of punishment." The use of loud music as torture is not a new revelation:

[Suzanne G. Cusick, an] NYU music professor, has interviewed a number of former detainees about their experiences and says the music they most often described hearing was heavy metal, rap and country. Specific songs mentioned include Queen's "We Are the Champions" and "March of the Pigs" by industrial rockers Nine Inch Nails.
Another former prisoner, Binyam Mohamed, told Human Rights Watch that he had been forced to listen to the rapper Eminem's song "The Real Slim Shady" for 20 days.
Joining in the call for the release of information were dozens of musicians, including David Byrne, Billy Bragg, Steve Earle, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt and T-Bone Burnett.

Elsewhere in today's Style section: Mary Jordan profiles D.C. philanthropist Joe Robert, who is battling brain cancer. Lifetime says they won't re-air the episode of "Wife Swap" that features Richard and Mayumi Heene's family, of "balloon boy" fame. And Hank Stuever says Jeff Dunham's new show is just awful.

By The Reliable Source  |  October 22, 2009; 12:30 PM ET
 
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Comments

Curious.

These musicians want to know if their music was used to "torture" terrorists.

I wonder if they are going to demand payment for use of their torturous music.

Posted by: spamsux1 | October 22, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

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