Quote:Music used as torture device The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Some rock bands and other songwriters said last week they were outraged by the governmentâs use of their songs for âmusical tortureâ of terrorism suspects.
Piping loud music into the cells of detainees â sometimes the same song for hours or days on end â has been an approved interrogation technique since September 2003. A declassified Army document approves âyelling, loud music, light control: used to create fear, disorient detainee and prolong capture shock.â
The technique is brutally effective, one inmate says. The man, who was held at the âDark Prisonâ in Afghanistan, said repeated plays of rap by Eminem and Dr. Dre left inmates screaming and smashing their heads against the wall.
What sort of music has the United States used to subdue interrogation subjects? Hereâs a sampling...
âMarch of the Pigsâ
Nine Inch Nails
âI Love Youâ
(The Barney Song)
âWe Will Rock Youâ
The Bee Gees
The Web site ZerodB.org (for zero decibels) says it is âcommitted to ending this barbaric practiceâ and asks users to sign a petition demanding an end to torture by music. The site notes that the U.N. and European Court of Human Rights have banned music torture, âbut to this day its widespread use in secret prisons around the world is widespread.â Zero dB is a project of Reprieve, a British law group that represents several inmates at Guantanamo Bay.
WHAT THEY SAID
Quote:âI suggest that they level Guantanamo Bay, but they keep one small cell and they put Bush in there â¦ and they blast some Rage Against the Machine.â
â Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine during a recent concert in San Francisco.
Quote:âWeâve been punishing our parents, our wives, our loved ones with this music forever. Why should the Iraqis be any different?â
â Metallica co-founder James Hetfield
Quote:âPeople assume we should be offended that somebody in the military thinks our song is annoying enough that played over and over it can psychologically break someone down. I take it as an honor to think that perhaps our song could be used to quell another 9/11 attack or something like that.â
â Drowning Pool bassist Steve Benton, quoted by Spin magazine.
Quote:âIf I was a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay and they blasted a load of music at me, Iâd be like, âIs this all you got? Come on.â I certainly donât believe in torturing people, but I donât believe that playing loud music is torture either.â
â Deicide drummer Steve Asheim, whose bandâs song â[Obscenity] Your Godâ is said to be interrogatorsâ No. 1 hit.
Quote:âI would rate the annoyance factor to be about equal with hearing my neighborâs leaf blower. It can set my teeth on edge, but it wonât break me down and make me confess to crimes against humanity.â
â Bob Singleton, author of the Barney song âI Love You.â
Quote:âI wouldnât want my music to be a party to that.â
â âSesame Streetâ composer Christopher Cerf
[right]---source[/right]I suspected all along commercial radio/Top 40 was/is torture; this confirms it for me!
And what, no Temple 8 on the list?!? j/k :winkwink: [image=160,150]http://www.cathedralstone.net/Pics/BeeGees2.jpg[/image]
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