Something Extra: Guantanamo and Sesame Street?

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Sesame Street's Bert and Ernie ride the  "Music Makes us Family" float in the 116th Tournament Of Roses Parade on January 1, 2005 in Pasadena California. (Photo by Matthew Simmons/Getty Images)

Sesame Street’s Bert and Ernie ride the “Music Makes us Family” float in the 116th Tournament Of Roses Parade on January 1, 2005 in Pasadena California. (Photo by Matthew Simmons/Getty Images)

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MIAMI (CBS4) – Have you ever watched Spongebob Squarepants, Dora the Explorer or Barney?

As any parent knows, watching children’s television can be torture.

According to a documentary set to air on Al Jazeera, the US military might agree.

“Songs of War” alleges detainees at Guantanamo have been forced to wear headsets blaring Sesame Street songs for hours to break their will.

Five minutes of listening to “Elmo’s Song” would break my will.

And “Rubber Duckie” would send me straight to the loony bin.

But some Sesame Streets songs are great, “We Are All Earthlings” and “I Don’t Want to Live on the Moon” among them.

A spokesman for the U.S. military’s Southern Command told us quote: “There is no usage of Sesame Street music now.”

But music has been used in psychological operations in the past and reports surfaced four years ago that heavy metal songs had been used on Guantanamo detainees.

I’d take Sesame Street over that any day.

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