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Sesame Street

Allegedly Used to Torture

Guantanamo Bay Prisoners

5/31/2012 6:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Forget waterboarding, Guantanamo Bay prisoners are now being tortured by BIG BIRD -- at least according to a new documentary released by Al Jazeera.

According to the doc -- called "Songs of War" -- detainees at the U.S. Naval base have been forced to wear headphones blaring Sesame Street music on repeat for hours or days on end ... to break their will (start at 2:00).



Award-winning Sesame Street composer Christopher Cerf tells Al Jazeera, "My first reaction was this just can't possibly be true ... "

Cerf says, "Of course I didn't really like the idea that I was helping break down prisoners, but it was much worse when I heard later that they were actually using the music in Guantanamo to do deep, long-term interrogations and obviously to inflict enough pain on prisoners so they would talk."

Reports surfaced in 2008 ... heavy metal like Metallica was used to torture people at Guantanamo -- but we gotta say, Sesame Street might just be worse.

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Ashlyn    

All I can say is.. WTF!?

812 days ago
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Jack    

Wasn't it an Obama campaign promise to stop torturing? Add it to the list of broken promises.

812 days ago
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EastCoastChopper    

Keith Slotter is a little bean countin B!tch!

812 days ago
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MzReeses    

That is the funniest thing I've heard all day. I like Sesame Street but I can see how hearing that song over and over again can drive a person mad.

812 days ago
5.

jwbmom99    

They need to play Barney or Telletubbies!!!

812 days ago
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Majestik    

Next up they'll break out Spongebob.

812 days ago
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*78    

*******! Go watch the twin-towers falling again if you have forgotten. These s*** are terrorists and should be tortured and killed as soon as they are done telling all they know!!!

812 days ago
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CC - THE ORIGINAL    

I say use Yoko Ono or Morrissey...I LOVE him, but if he don't depress 'em to death, no one will !!

Go on Youtube and listen to "Fly" by Yoko.....LOL

812 days ago
9.

Cooper    

Did everyone forget there's a war? So we're torturing the prisoners with songs... what are they doing? Beheadings, physical torture. Come on. You cannot fight a politically correct war which is all our government is doing! Anyone remember WW1 or WW2? Drop the bombs. So women and children get hurt, that's the price of WAR!!!

812 days ago
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Jay W.     

"Puh... P "Buh"... B

812 days ago
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tgrfan42069    

obama hates waterboarding.but waterboarding led to intel that captured osama. nothing wrong with torturing terrorist';s..for those whose hearts bleed over this..just watch the vid of daniel pearl being beheaded by these savages.your tune will change.

812 days ago
12.

GEB    

LIKE

812 days ago
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moe l.    

Barney music would have been twice as effective........

812 days ago
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GEB    

WATERBOARDING IS NOT TORTURE IT IS A SCARE TACTIC ONLY, NO ONE HAS EVER BEEN HARMED BEING WATERBOARDED. ONLY THE SIMPLE MINDED LIBERAL/DEMOCRATS WOULD WANT YOU TO BELIEVE OTHERWISE.

812 days ago
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Toilethead    

If the government really wants to torture them make them watch the kardashians!

812 days ago
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