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Torture Worse Than Waterboarding December 10, 2008

As we all know, waterboarding is a form of torture that hopefully Barack Obama will ban for good.  However, a technique US military interrogators often use is to blast music at detainees like those in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo.  And this my friends could be a legal technique worse than waterboarding.  I’m guessing that even if the prisoners don’t give in and offer some valuable information then the music, at the very least, will drive them crazy.  According to the British law group Reprieve these are some of the songs that they’ve used:

“Enter Sandman” Metallica.

“Bodies” Drowning Pool.

“Shoot to Thrill” AC/DC.

“Hell’s Bells” AC/DC.

“I Love You,” from the “Barney and Friends” children’s TV show.

“Born in the USA” Bruce Springsteen.

“Babylon” David Gray.

“White America” Eminem.

“Sesame Street” theme song from the children’s TV show.

Now, I’m not familiar with some of these songs but I could definitely see how some could be used for particular purposes. “Enter Sandman” is downright creepy and scary.  It could be used for sleep deprivation. “Born in the USA” I’m sure is thrown in there just as a big f-you to the prisoners.  But the one song that I think shows absolutely no mercy and is worse than waterboarding is the “I Love You” Barney song.  It’s not so much the song itself that’ll drive oneself to the brink of insanity, it’s the annoying voice of Barney singing it.  Hearing his voice and this song over and over again is sure to drive the poor guys on the receiving end of it to consider suicide.  Sure, committing suicide is haram (forbidden) in Islam, but there’s only so much Barney one human being can take.

On the other hand, I’m wondering why the theme song from Sesame Street is on the list.  That song is the jam.  Who wouldn’t want to know how to get to Sesame Street?


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