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.