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  • 8 February 2014, 9:38

Skinny Puppy Bills US Over Guantanamo Music

A Canadian industrial rock band has sent a $666,000 bill to the Pentagon over allegations that interrogators at Guantanamo Bay used their music as a form of torture.

Skinny Puppy founder cEvin Key said the band learned of the alleged tactic from a fan and former guard at the detention centre who is writing a book about his experiences there.

"Someone being forced to listen to something at deafening volumes for six to 12 hour at a time until they basically defecate or urinate themselves ... it's kind of like our music is being used as a torture device or weapon," Key said in an interview with CBC.

He said use of the band's tracks - which utilise combinations of up-tempo drum beats, ambient music and synthesisers - was a tactic of one particular interrogator, according to the guard.

Key declined to name the guard due to potential litigation in the matter.

He said the band's "music is unsettling for some to say the least, so I could only imagine if put into the wrong environment - it could be your biggest nightmare".

Key acknowledged Skinny Puppy having a strong fanbase among members of the military, but said he "wouldn't have imagined it being turned around in this manner".

He said the revelation prompted the band to send a bill to the US Department of Defense for musical services rendered.

"We decided to come with a figure that would be somewhat relevant to the evilness of the deed, so basically we're invoicing them $666,000," Key said.

He said the government had not yet responded to the bill. :: Watch Sky News live on television, on Sky channel 501, Virgin Media channel 602, Freeview channel 82 and Freesat channel 202.

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