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Canadian band demands compensation after music used for torture in Guantanamo
Published on February 8, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

Canadian band Skinny Puppy

HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The Canadian band Skinny Puppy will demand compensation from the US for using their music to torture prisoners held at the Guantanamo naval base in Cuba.

Keyboardist Cevin Key told CTV News they are also planning an additional claim against the US Defense Department for using their materials for the purpose of inflicting suffering on the prisoners at the naval base.

A former security guard at the prison in Guantanamo revealed that prisoners were forced to listen to Skinny Puppy music continuously for 6 to 12 hours. According to psychiatrist Stephen Xenakis, this practice may cause a high level of anxiety that can cause post-traumatic stress disorder.

In 2008, songs of many artists like Bruce Springsteen, Eminem, James Taylor, Marilyn Manson, Metallica, Neil Diamond, Pearl Jam and Red Hot Chili Peppers were used as a means of torture, and this has launched a campaign against this method and for the closing of the prison in Guantanamo that Washington created in 2002.

This year, US President Barack Obama repeated his so far unfulfilled promise to close the prison, but the US Congress keeps blocking the transfer of detainees to American penitentiaries.
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