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'Sesame Street' songs used to torture Gitmo detainees

Thursday, May 31, 2012
The cast from the first season of Sesame Street poses in this undated publicity photo.

The cast from the first season of "Sesame Street" poses in this undated publicity photo. (AP photo/PBS)

It appears U.S. intelligence tried to take advantage of something that many parents already know -- listening to children's songs over and over can drive you crazy.

Al-Jazeera is reporting that back in 2003, "Sesame Street" tunes were used to torture prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. The report says prisoners were left alone with nothing to do but listen to the music for hours, even days.

A former Gitmo prison guard says rock music was also used, and sometimes two songs were blasted at the same time.

The report doesn't say if the methods were successful.

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