Monday, October 26, 2009

AC/DC songs and other music used as Guantanamo torture tool by US government

AC/DC used for torture

AC/DC have been identified as one of the bands used by the US government as a torture tool in Guantanamo Bay. Picture: Reuters Source: ReuteWHAT do Neil Diamond, AC/DC, Marilyn Manson, Eminem, Christina Aguilera and Don McLean have in common?They were all used as instruments of torture by the US government.Former Guantanamo guards and detainees have said that these big names are among 35 artists whose music was used as a means of torture at the detention facility.

Others on the list include Tupac Shakur, Pink, Bruce Springsteen and The Bee Gees. It is also alleged that the theme from Sesame Street was played to unnerve inmates.

In reaction to the news, bands such as R.E.M. and Pearl Jam are petitioning the US Government to release a full list of music that has been used as a means of torture in US prisons and military detention centres, CNN reports.

“We have spent the past 30 years supporting causes related to peace and justice. To now learn that some of our friends’ music may have been used as part of the torture tactics without their consent or knowledge is horrific,” R.E.M. said in a statement.

“It's anti-American, period.”

The National Security Archive, who has filed a Freedom of Information request on behalf of the artists, said they have approached several agencies within the US Department of Defence to find out the names of all the artists whose music was used.

Their request asks for the disclosure of documents “concerning the use of loud music during detention and/or as a technique to interrogate detainees at US-operated prison facilities used in its War on Terror at Guantanamo, Iraq and Afghanistan during 2002-the present.”

The Pentagon has not yet responded to allegations of torture involving music, however Joint Task Force Guantanamo spokeswoman Maj. Diana Haynie says that loud music has not been used at the detention centre since 2003.

Former Guantanamo detainee Ruhal Ahmed, one of several who has filed a lawsuit against the US government, says that he was subjected to hours of music abuse.

“It's very scary to think that you might go crazy because of the music, because of the loud noise.”

Agency names 35 artists, songs used on U.S. military terror suspects

A Freedom of Information Act request filed on Thursday names 35 musicians or songs that it said were used against detainees at U.S. military detention centers, including the one at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The National Security Archive -- the Washington-based independent research institute that filed the request -- said the documents it is seeking "contain explicit references to the following bands or songs":

-- AC/DC -- Aerosmith -- Barney theme song (By Bob Singleton) -- The Bee Gees -- Britney Spears -- Bruce Springsteen -- Christina Aguilera -- David Gray -- Deicide -- Don McClean -- Dope -- Dr. Dre -- Drowning Pool -- Eminem -- Hed P.E. -- James Taylor -- Limp Bizkit -- Marilyn Manson -- Matchbox Twenty -- Meatloaf -- Meow mix jingle -- Metallica -- Neil Diamond -- Nine Inch Nails -- Pink -- Prince -- Queen -- Rage against the Machine -- Red Hot Chili Peppers -- Redman -- Saliva -- Sesame street theme music (By Christopher Cerf) -- Stanley Brothers -- The Star Spangled Banner -- Tupac Shakur

from the Herald Sun

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