Tortured By Music?

This article really amazes me.  Has everyone else already heard about this?  The article here 

The tactic has been common in the U.S. war on terror, with forces systematically using loud music on hundreds of detainees…The experience was overwhelming for many. Binyam Mohammed, now a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay, said men held with him at the CIA’s “Dark Prison” in Afghanistan wound up screaming and smashing their heads against walls, unable to endure more.

My first thought was that some of the music they mentioned, Nine Inch Nails, Eminem, and others I hadn’t heard of, would understandably have that effect.  Then later in the article they mention that music from Sesame Street and Barney has also been used. So it’s the repetition and the volume that’s driving them nuts, not the specific style of music. 

What’s really amazing is that someone’s filed a lawsuit because of this horribly cruel treatment.  So my question is:  What should be done with accused terrorists?  Should we do our best to make their life as comfortable as possible and let them live out their days in our prisons, overlooking the fact that they may have knowledge of something that will kill thousands of people?  Or do we just release them, because of course, once we’ve explained that they’ve been naughty, they will certainly see the error of their ways and become model citizens? 

For the people who object to this kind of treatment, what exactly is their vision for dealing with this type of prisoners?  This sounds to me like it may be a more humane alternative to physical torture as a way to interrogate prisoners.  No, it’s not nice, but what IS nice about a prison?  Why do we expect a prison to be nice?  People are generally put there because they weren’t nice!

Just another example of how very backwards our values have become, when we are more concerned about prisoner’s rights than about killing our babies.    Mark Hall said it well:

United States of America
Looks like another silent night
As we’re sung to sleep by philosophies
That save the trees and kill the children.



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4 Responses to Tortured By Music?

  1. So, if listening to Barney over and over is torture, it is no wonder young moms look so haggard. 

  2. @TeacherPerson – hahaha – my Barney days are over, thank goodness!  šŸ™‚  But seriously, I watched a documentary by three fellows falsely imprisoned on their way to a friend’s wedding in Pakistan, who ended up at Guantanamo Bay, and they showed a scene where they chained one of them to the floor in a squatting position and played heavy metal screamo music and flashed strobe lights until he finally ‘confessed’ a crime he never committed … it is a really good, eye-opening DVD.  “Road to Guantanamo Bay” I think it’s called …

  3. lookin4Jesus says:

    Interesting…..I read in a book, I can’t recall which one just now, that when some Christians in Russia heard some modern Christian music played, they were dismayed as they said that kind of music was used to torture them in prison when they were incarcerated for their faith.

  4. homefire says:

    @TeacherPerson –   @macadamianutz – That sounds like a fascinating film.@lookin4Jesus – ouch.  That one is NOT a very comfortable fact!

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