Musicians Launch Campaign Against The Use Of Their Music At Guantánamo


Nine Inch Nails and Rage Against The Machine have joined efforts with some other rock and pop artists (such as Pearl Jam, Jackson Browne and R.E.M.) to campaign against the use of their music in Guantanamo Bay to torture the detainees. The National Security Archive, an independent research institute that is based in Washington, have uncovered under the Freedom of Information Act about 20 classified documents that detail the use of loud music as "an interrogation device" to "create futility" in uncooperative detainees.

Terror suspects have been tortured with songs by Rage Against the Machine, Deicide ("Fuck Your God"), Metallica ("Enter Sandman"), Britney Spears, the theme tune to Sesame Street, Barney the Dinosaur's title song and a number of tracks by shock rocker Marilyn Manson. One detainee spent hours being forced to listen to Drowning Pool's "Let the Bodies Hit the Floor". Some inmates also complained of being subjected to the work of Eminem, Bruce Springsteen ("Born in the U.S.A.") and the Bee Gees in order to prevent them sleeping.

The musicians, in collaboration with the National Security Archive, are participating in The National Campaign to Close Guantanamo. Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello said: "Guantanamo may be Dick Cheney's idea of America, but it's not mine. The fact that music I helped create was used in crimes against humanity sickens me - we need to end torture and close Guantanamo now."

The CIA insist that if music was played at Guantanamo, it was played at "levels far below a live rock band".

Source: telegraph.co.uk
Band profile: Nine Inch Nails
 
Posted: 24.10.2009 by Magatouve


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28.10.2009 - 16:08
AiwiAstwihad
AiryanaKhvarenah
Written by tulkas on 27.10.2009 at 16:21

@syk: But all in all it just seems a stupid way of "torturing" people, considering all the other, more brutal, raw, really torturing, methods that are commonly used.

In contray, i think white torture or whatever else it's called is really effective, it breaks the strongest people who won't break under the most severe physical torture. Islamic Republic makes dissident theorecians renounce all they've done so far by keeping them in a tiny soundproof cell all alone for months making them believe they are left forgotten, threatening their families...No connection with the outter world for months and then feeding them with wrong info...
If i'm ever to be jailed, i want to be sent to Guantanamo instead of IR's prisons.


BTW, this reminds me of Metallica's My Friend Of Misery: "One man's fun is another's hell"
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You who will come to the surface
From the flood that's overwhelmed us and drowned us all
Must think, when you speak of our weakness in times of darkness
That you've not had to face
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28.10.2009 - 16:13
tulkas
el parcero
Written by AiwiAstwihad on 28.10.2009 at 16:08

In contray, i think white torture or whatever else it's called is really effective, it breaks the strongest people who won't break under the most severe physical torture. Islamic Republic makes dissident theorecians renounce all they've done so far by keeping them in a tiny soundproof cell all alone for months making them believe they are left forgotten, threatening their families...No connection with the outter world for months and then feeding them with wrong info...

That's what I mean, there are other methods if torture that are more brutal than making them listen to music. For example what you say, making them think they are left forgotten, or threatening their families.
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love is like a jar of shit with a strawberry on top
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07.11.2009 - 21:45
Solstafir!
Written by Warman on 24.10.2009 at 16:37

This use of music is discusting to me.

Agreed...perverted use of good music...
makes me sick to my stomach...
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