Thursday, October 22, 2009

U.S. Musicians Concerned Their Music Used as Torture Device

I don't think a few of these musicians and rap artists who are inquiring as to torture in the use of their music at Guantanamo care about it being torture to many Americans' ears. In order to go out into public one must endure their musical garbage forced on the population each day. For many such as myself the music is pure torture, and I'm not kidding!

It's a good thing musicians care about their music being used to torture Guantanamo detainees. While their at it caring so much, they should also be aware many people such as myself have to literally run out of stores with their hands over their ears, or purchase ear plugs for public places due to the horrendous sounds they produce that are unfit for human consumption.
"From the National Security Archive. Washington, DC, October 22, 2009 - On behalf of a coalition of U.S. and international musicians, including R.E.M., Pearl Jam, Tom Morello and Jackson Brown, the National Security Archive today filed a series of FOIA petitions requesting the full declassification of secret U.S. documentation on the strategy of using music as an interrogation device at Guantanamo and other detention centers. The Archive also posted several declassified documents and published reports that refer to the use of "loud" music to "create futility" in uncooperative detainees at Guantanamo.

A 2004 Defense Department report on abuses at the military base in Cuba, for example, stated that the "futility technique included the playing of Metallica, Britney Spears and Rap music." Archive analysts filed the FOIA requests with the CIA, U.S. Special Operations Command, and the FBI, among other agencies, requesting all documentation pertaining to how the music was chosen and the specific role it played in interrogations of detainees at the Guantanamo base. "At Guantanamo, the U.S. government turned a jukebox into an instrument of torture," said Thomas Blanton, the Archive's executive director. "The musicians and the public have the right to know how an expression of popular culture was transformed into an enhanced interrogation technique".
" Visit the National Security Archive Web site for more information: http://www.nsarchive.org