Skip to comments.Musicians crank up the volume on Guantanamo debate
Posted on 10/23/2009 6:28:05 AM PDT by Elvina
A coalition of mega-bands and singers outraged that music including theirs was cranked up to help break uncooperative detainees at Guantanamo Bay is joining retired military officers and liberal activists to rally support for President Barack Obama's push to shutter the Navy-run prison for terrorist suspects in Cuba. Pearl Jam, R.E.M., and Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails are among the musicians who have joined the National Campaign to Close Guantanamo, which launched Tuesday..
On behalf of the campaign, the National Security Archive in Washington is filing a Freedom of Information Act request seeking classified records that detail the use of loud music as an interrogation device..
"At Guantanamo, the U.S. government turned a jukebox into an instrument of torture," said Thomas Blanton, executive director of the archive, an independent, nongovernmental research institute..
Based on documents that already have been made public and interviews with former detainees, the archive says the playlist featured cuts from AC/DC, Britney Spears, the Bee Gees, Marilyn Manson and many other groups. The Meow mix cat food jingle, the Barney theme song and an assortment of Sesame Street tunes also were pumped into detainee cells.
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Brilliant interrogation techniques! I will have to try them on my teenager...
You know why they use your music, Trent, Pearl Jam, et al? BECAUSE IT SUCKS!!!
You got it! By the way, I looked at your visited states map. You need to make a trip to the Great Lakes States! The Upper Peninsula of Michigan is an American treasure.
Big deal. My 11-year-old daughter and her friends do the same thing to my car radio.
Now these terrorists know what I went through during the disco years.
Oh great - now the intellectuals are getting involved.
“Not in Our Name...The Musical”
God, what incredible arrogance these people have! A bunch of effin’ musicians getting in high dudgeon because the purity of their craft is being sullied by using it to PROTECT THE NATION! ARRRRRGGGHHHHH!!!!!! I’m a gigging musician and a published composer, and I’d be HONORED for my stuff to be used to drive terrorists crazy! And I wonder who the list of “retired military officers” includes...
Makes you wonder why they didn’t play some patriotic country songs, like “God Bless the USA” or “Have You Forgotten?” Seems like those would drive the terrorists crazy, but perhaps they wouldn’t produce the desired effect.
P.S. Thank you for your service!
nahh...REM and their ilk did that 20 years ago.
soulless, vapid, spoiled rich kids beset by paranoia and insecurity in search of significance bump.
That's about all that noise is good for.
24 hours straight of "Shiny Happy People" would have me running my head into a brick wall until I knock myself out.
I suppose Zamfir and Slim Whitman would have been seen as cruel and unusual punishment. The worst possible torture would have been to use speeches by Al Gore and John Kerry.
Springsteen is torture at any volume level.
I've often fantasized sneaking in when Brucey "The Runt" was sleeping & snoring with his mouth open.
Then very carefully inserting a scalpel down his throat & gently flicking one of his vocal chords.
It's true. LOL
Bruce always sings like he’s trying to pass a bowling ball.
Bet Menard's' jingle would work as good as any, too. LOL
Through a very tight you-know-what. LOL!!
If I was in one of those bands I would write a special song just for the jihadies and send Gitmo a free CD.