Sunday, May 3, 2009

Music Used As Torture In US Prison

The long history of music being used as an alternative weapon to break prisoner mental by the U.S. is well known internationally, the U.S. has used loud music against those held in Guantanamo Bay, Iraq and Afghanistan. Music is suppose to be enjoyed and not as a weapon to create fear, disorient and prolong capture shock. Detainees now aren't the only ones complaining, musicians are banding together to demand the U.S. military stop using their songs as weapons.

Among artists who made their strong stand regarding this issue is Metallica's drummer, Lars Ulrich. To quote some of his word "If there are people that are dumb enough to use Metallica to interrogate prisoners, you're forgetting about all the music that's to the left of us."

Guitarist Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine has been particularly upset with this manner, "I suggest that they level Guantanamo Bay, but they keep one small cell and they put [former U.S. President George W. Bush] in there ... and they blast some Rage Against the Machine." Hahaha, I agreed with him.

Plenty lost their minds because of it. Imagine you are locked in an overcooled 9-foot-by-9-foot cell that had a speaker with a metal grate over it. Two large speakers stood in the hallway outside and the same music is being blasted into your ears day by day. Obviously a metalhead him/herself will not endure this kind of pains, how about the majority of detainees who grew up in Afghanistan where music was prohibited under Taliban rule? Interrogations by the U.S. forces marked their first exposure to the pounding rhythms, played at top volume. I'm sure if they can commit suicide, they will surely do it.


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