By Anita Stewart and Lintu Pieni
Imagine that you are in the depths of despair. A prisoner with your freedom gone … and no way out.
No one is coming to help you or pay your bail and all you face are the four walls and the fleeting thoughts in your head. And those thoughts are replayed constantly; some regrets, some happy times and some nostalgia. You imagine what you would have done differently. Then without warning, you are blasted by blaring loud music for hours a day. Songs that are repeated hundreds, no, thousands of times! The songs become a never-ending loop feeding into your head, the notes, the lyrics, the volume at high decibel.
Everything changes the degree and seriousness of this type of torture and the resulting behavior of the victims. For example: beginning and end times of the music, how it loops and feeds, how it affects sleep, causes sleep deprivation and the tones, scales, genres, lyrics and more. Psychological torture changes one’s whole being and state of mind and music used as torture would do this especially if one is repetitively pumped with heavy metal, industrial, dis-harmonic sounds and extremely dark lyrics while being restricted and confined to small spaces. This could be classified as a form of brainwashing.
Does it work? Good question. It probably does not, just like the other types of torture that have been documented in thousands of reports, books and psychology journals. A prisoner of war and clearly a victim of torture will eventually be driven to say anything to make the unbearable torture stop. Sgt. Mark Hadsell, of the U.S. Psychological Operations team, described what happens: “If you play it (the music) for 24 hours, your brain and body functions start to slide, your train of thought slows down and your will is broken. That’s when we come in and talk to them (the prisoners).”
Is torture by music covered in the Geneva Convention? No, absolutely no type of torture is noted in this document, only the rules and guidelines of confinement as it pertains to Prisoners of War (POWs). The Geneva Convention also provides the laws, rules and regulations by how the United States conducts warfare and the treatment of troops on all sides of any conflict in general. The Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) are the laws by which United States active duty military members conduct themselves at all times; wartime and peacetime. Music used as torture is never mentioned in either the Geneva Convention or the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). Not even once. Who set the precedence for it’s use?
Some songs on the list are:
- Dirty by Christina Aguilera
- Slim Shady by Eminem
- Zikrayati (My Memories) by Mohamed el-Quasabqi
- The Meow Mix Jingle
- I Love You by Barney the Dinosaur
- Babylon by David Gray
- Raspberry Beret by Prince
- Disco songs from the film Staying Alive
A few comments on some of the torture songs:
- “I don’t think Rage Against the Machine will make Muslim Militants talk under extreme pressure. Do you?” ~ Empire of the Sun by Rage Against the Machine
- ” … prefer Apocalyptica covers of Metallic to be totally honest. Metallica won’t break me though.” ~ Enter Sandman by Metallica
- ” … not sure if they are using DOPE to interrogate the prisoners or to possibly program them as Manchurian Candidates.” ~ Take Your Best Shot by Dope
- ” … here’s another one that’s popular at the GITMO Mosh Pit!” ~ Die Motherf*cker Die by Dope
- ” … how many times could you listen to this song before you finally broke and/or memorized the lyrics and sang along?” ~ Bodies (Let the Bodies Hit the Floor) by Drowning Pool
Over the past several years, many music artists have banned together and to call for ending the use of music as a form of torture. The band, Skinny Puppy has sued the United States Government for $666,000 in exchange for the unauthorized use of their music in torture facilities.
What’s really going on?
None of these music as torture procedures will yield any useful intelligence information but will cause various degrees of mind control based trauma. And if the prisoners in the Guantanamo facility for instance have not given up any useful information within a few years of their incarceration, then how would any of this information pertain to or be applied to any security/intelligence situation as it would be time sensitive? Why would it then be necessary to keep these prisoners captive for many years and continue to follow the same torture techniques? To create mind controlled subjects for experimentation or other devious purposes (Manchurian Candidates)? This writer said on her Facebook profile page: “Here’s my fear, that they will one day let all these guys (the victims) out and send them to musical festivals and they will then hear their trigger songs and snap.” To hear this said is hysterically funny but frightening at the same time as who could possibly say that this would not or could not happen?
The real question that needs to be asked is will these same torture laws under the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) ever apply to any of us, we the people? It is not a far stretch to think that for any reason at all, those that rule us can manufacture any reason to incarcerate us and legitimize their reasons for doing so. Now any American can be called a domestic terrorist or an enemy combatant for simply standing up for their rights.
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