According to Al Jazeera, prisoners at Guantanamo Bay were “tortured” with Sesame Street. Really. Prisoners reported to Al Jazeera that they had been forced to wear headphones playing music from Sesame Street on a continuous loop for days on end. Christopher Cerf, who composes for the show, was outraged. “My first reaction was this just can’t possibly be true,” he said. “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 actually do deep, long-term interrogations and obviously to inflict enough pain on prisoners so they would talk.”
The left has gone bananas for the story, with Huffington Post headlining: “Torture By Sesame Street at Guantanamo Bay.” Perhaps President Obama’s next executive order ought to ban three-year-old children from forcing their parents to listen to The Wiggles – presumably, their parents aren’t even terrorists requiring interrogation, and yet by these standards, they’re being tortured on a regular basis.