Musicians — and in some cases I use that term looser than Pamela Anderson during Fleet Week — are demanding answers about the dreaded horrible music-boarding torture at Gitmo:
A group of prominent musicians are joining a campaign to close Guantanamo Bay and demanding the release of records about what music was used during the potential torture of detainees there and at other facilities.
Some of the more famous names in the music industry are formally lending their prestige to an effort being led by retired generals, progressive groups and a former member of Congress to shut GITMO down. The list includes Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, R.E.M., Pearl Jam, Jackson Browne, Rise Against, Rosanne Cash, Billy Bragg and the Roots, all of whom are joining the broader National Campaign to Close Guantanamo which was launched earlier in the week.
Hoping to cast further light on the potential illegalities that took place at the detention facility, the group is also working to obtain records about why and how music was used (under laws authorized by the Bush administration) to effectively torture suspected terrorists. The musicians have officially endorsed a Freedom of Information Act request for the declassification of all secret government records pertaining to music utilized during interrogations. At least two members of the coalition, Reznor and Morello, have had their music linked to interrogations.
In any case, nobody can change history. If they want to close Gitmo now, they’ll need to talk to the person they helped get elected president, and he seems in no hurry to shut it down.
So the question remains: Do these musicians want the government to release the Gitmo files so they can use it as an example of how many times human beings were horrendously annoyed by being exposed to their “music,” or do they just want to figure out how much money the government owes them in royalty payments?