Rock bands including Pearl Jam and REM have joined a coalition of musicians to support the US president's efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay prison. The National Campaign to Close Guantanamo, which also includes former military officers, was launched on October 20. In a statement, REM said: 'We have spent the past 30 years supporting causes related to peace and justice. To now learn that some of our friends' music may have been used as part of the torture tactics without their consent or knowledge, is horrific. It's an anti-American period'.
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