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Red Hot Chili Peppers songs played on endless loop to torture Guantanamo suspects Reuters

Music by the Red Hot Chili Peppers was used as a torture technique on a terror suspect by the US government under the Bush administration.

Anonymous US officials told Al Jazeera that in the case of one detainee, the band's songs were played on an "endless loop".

A classified 6,600-page Senate Intelligence Committee report cited by Al Jazeera confirmed that the CIA covertly operated a network of "black site prisons" out of Guantanamo Bay. The report revealed at least 10 "high-value targets" were secretly held and interrogated at Camp Echo in 2003 and 2004.

Zain Abidin Mohammed Husain Abu Zubaydah was the only captive to be subjected to all 10 torture techniques identified in an August 2002 Justice Department memo.

The Senate report referenced part of a narrative of a former FBI special agent, who first interrogated Abu Zubaydah at the black site. One official told Al Jazeera that the music used to "batter the detainee's senses" was by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

The suspect, who was shackled by his wrists to the ceiling of his cell, was reportedly subjected to an endless loop of the band's music. It was also reported that he was stripped naked, strapped into a chair and doused with cold water to keep him awake for 11 consecutive days, and stuffed into a crate ordinarily used to transport dogs.

The Senate report also cites a 2003 "business plan" allegedly obtained by the CIA, written by Air Force psychologists James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen. The document contained inaccurate details about the positive aspects of the "enhaced interrogation programme" and said that al-Qaida captives were resistant to "standard" interrogation techniques.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers are not the first band to have allegedly had their music used for torture. In 2008, reports emerged from the British legal pressure group Reprieve that alleged detainees at Guantanamo Bay had been forced to listen to Metallica's Enter Sandman and Drowning Pool's Bodies.