International Artists unite in an initiative to end illegal US detentions in Guantanamo Bay.
This prison is a symbolic centerpiece of President Bush’s assault on international law where the government had made clear they planned to ship prisoners there to keep them beyond the reach of law, indefinitely, and without any chance to challenge the legality of their detention. After the Bush Administration’s defiance of the ruling of the highest court in the land, the newly-elected President Obama tried to right a wrong in a good-will gesture asserting that he will order for the closing down of the infamous prison.
The petition organized by the Centre for National Security has collected signatures from pop, rap, heavy metal, contemporary artists and former guards from the Guantanamo Camp in an effort to convey their distaste in methods used for the torture of detainees during interrogation.
Various artists including R.E.M. were dismayed on learning that their music which has been advocating peace and love for over 30 years has been used during interrogations where forces simultaneously played the music of more than 30 groups at deafening levels, causing extreme discomfort.
The Prison which had formerly detained more than 500 inmates deemed dangerous from all over the world currently has approximately 235 prisoners left either serving sentences or awaiting martial law. Others were released by Obama’s administration.