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Musicians crank up the volume on Guantanamo debate
Yahoo Music News ^ | 10.21.2009 | Yahoo

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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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: guantanamo; military
Britney Spears, the Bee Gees, Marilyn Manson and many other groups. The Meow mix cat food jingle, the Barney theme song...

Brilliant interrogation techniques! I will have to try them on my teenager...

1 posted on 10/23/2009 6:28:05 AM PDT by Elvina
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To: Elvina

You know why they use your music, Trent, Pearl Jam, et al? BECAUSE IT SUCKS!!!


2 posted on 10/23/2009 6:29:38 AM PDT by OCCASparky (Steely-Eyed Killer of the Deep)
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To: OCCASparky

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.


3 posted on 10/23/2009 6:35:25 AM PDT by Elvina (BHO is doubleplus ungood.)
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To: Elvina
"At Guantanamo, the U.S. government turned a jukebox into an instrument of torture,"

Big deal. My 11-year-old daughter and her friends do the same thing to my car radio.

4 posted on 10/23/2009 6:37:07 AM PDT by Maceman (])
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To: Maceman

Now these terrorists know what I went through during the disco years.


5 posted on 10/23/2009 6:38:37 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Elvina

Oh great - now the intellectuals are getting involved.


6 posted on 10/23/2009 6:40:12 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Hope....Change...Bullsh*t)
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To: Elvina

“Not in Our Name...The Musical”


7 posted on 10/23/2009 6:43:53 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Elvina

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...

Colonel, USAFR


8 posted on 10/23/2009 6:48:30 AM PDT by jagusafr (Kill the red lizard, Lord! - nod to C.S. Lewis)
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To: jagusafr

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.


9 posted on 10/23/2009 6:55:01 AM PDT by Elvina (BHO is doubleplus ungood.)
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To: jagusafr

P.S. Thank you for your service!


10 posted on 10/23/2009 6:55:32 AM PDT by Elvina (BHO is doubleplus ungood.)
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To: Elvina
"At Guantanamo, the U.S. government turned a jukebox into an instrument of torture," said

nahh...REM and their ilk did that 20 years ago.

11 posted on 10/23/2009 7:04:13 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (Fearing for the republic 24/7.)
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To: Elvina

soulless, vapid, spoiled rich kids beset by paranoia and insecurity in search of significance bump.


12 posted on 10/23/2009 7:05:28 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (Fearing for the republic 24/7.)
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To: Elvina
A coalition of mega-bands and singers outraged that music — including theirs — was cranked up to help break uncooperative detainees

That's about all that noise is good for.

13 posted on 10/23/2009 7:12:39 AM PDT by HIDEK6
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To: the invisib1e hand
nahh...REM and their ilk did that 20 years ago.

24 hours straight of "Shiny Happy People" would have me running my head into a brick wall until I knock myself out.

14 posted on 10/23/2009 7:32:37 AM PDT by EricT. ("Mankind, when left to themselves, are unfit for their own government." -George Washington)
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To: Elvina

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.


15 posted on 10/23/2009 7:54:07 AM PDT by The Great RJ ("The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money." M. Thatcher)
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To: the invisib1e hand

Springsteen is torture at any volume level.


16 posted on 10/23/2009 8:10:43 AM PDT by gorilla_warrior (Metrosexual hairless RINOs for hopey-changey bipartisan-ness)
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"Springsteen is torture at any volume level."

Amen.

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

17 posted on 10/23/2009 8:15:48 AM PDT by Landru (If you want to perform for 15 mins, 30 mins, 1 hour, 5 days, a YEAR! Call...)
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To: Landru

Bruce always sings like he’s trying to pass a bowling ball.


18 posted on 10/23/2009 8:16:48 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Elvina
"Brilliant interrogation techniques! I will have to try them on my teenager..."

Bet Menard's' jingle would work as good as any, too. LOL

19 posted on 10/23/2009 8:17:32 AM PDT by Landru (If you want to perform for 15 mins, 30 mins, 1 hour, 5 days, a YEAR! Call...)
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"Bruce always sings like he’s trying to pass a bowling ball."

Yes.
Through a very tight you-know-what. LOL!!

20 posted on 10/23/2009 8:19:04 AM PDT by Landru (If you want to perform for 15 mins, 30 mins, 1 hour, 5 days, a YEAR! Call...)
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To: jagusafr

If I was in one of those bands I would write a special song just for the jihadies and send Gitmo a free CD.


21 posted on 10/23/2009 9:25:09 AM PDT by usurper (Spelling or grammatical errors in this post can be attributed to the LA City School System)
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