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Shocker: Pearl Jam, REM, Rage Against the Machine take a political stand
Big names like Pearl Jam, REM, Trent Reznor, The Roots and Rage Against the Machine have joined a coalition of artists who stand behind President Barack Obama's press to close the prisons in Guantanamo Bay. The National Campaign to Close Guantanamo was started in part as a protest against the military using music -- like tracks from ABBA, AC/DC, the Meow Mix jingle and the "Barney" theme -- in techniques to interrogate and, perhaps, to torture prisoners.
"We have spent the past 30 years supporting causes related to peace and justice," a statement from REM says. "To now learn that some of our friends’ music may have been used as part of the torture tactics without their consent or knowledge, is horrific. It’s anti-American, period."
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