Band Bills Military $666K for Using Its Song at Gitmo
Skinny Puppy says its music was used as a 'weapon'
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 6, 2014 10:47 AM CST
In this photo reviewed by a US Department of Defense official, a Gitmo detainee holds onto a fence in the Camp 6 high-security detention facility on Guantanamo Bay US Naval Base in Cuba, April 27, 2010.   (AP Photo/Michelle Shephard, Pool)

(Newser) – Some bands are "proud" when their music is used to interrogate Guantanamo Bay detainees; other bands, not so much. You can count Skinny Puppy among the latter group. The Canadian industrial rock band says it has invoiced the US military for $666,000 after finding out its music was used at the naval base prison without permission. Gitmo "used our music without our knowledge and used it as an actual weapon against somebody," keyboardist Cevin Key tells CTV. "I wouldn’t want to be subjected to any overly loud music for six to 12 hours at a time without a break."

He says the band learned its music was used from a Skinny Puppy fan who used to work as a guard at the prison. The Defense Department tells Politico it has not received the invoice. "I’m not even sure how, functionally, such a process of billing based on a hunch might work," says a spokesperson. "To be sure, the United States is committed to ensuring that individuals detained in any armed conflict are treated humanely in all circumstances, consistent with US treaty obligations, domestic law, and policy." Key says the band has been "coached" on potentially suing the Defense Department, and learned that a lawsuit is possible.

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Ezekiel 25:17
Feb 14, 2014 12:23 PM CST
HA, the US can file charges against the band for attempting to obtain money by false pretense and submitting a fraudulent invoice to a government agency. You can only file an invoice or statement to the US government for a valid purchase order. If you do not have a signed purchase order in hand with a valid reference to a specific GAO account for that agency, you have just committed a crime, and at $666k, you just committed a federal felony. Lets take a brief look at Wesley Snipes and other African Americans who have learned the hard way. Snipes sent the US Treasury a bill for race reparations. Then he wrote on his income tax form, "exempt due to unpaid race reparations." How well did that turn out for ole liver spots? Not too well, 5 years in FCI, $5 million fine. These people have essentially done the same thing Snipes did, submit falsified federal invoices.
Feb 10, 2014 4:20 AM CST
True, listening to their music would be torture. But they do have the law on their side. And if the Government paid some military contractor the music would have cost twice as much and been half as effective. Win-win for the US Government if they settle. Better music for torture would be anything by Miley Cyrus. Or M&M, er Eminem.
Feb 8, 2014 3:57 PM CST
Try to collect that's the fun part !