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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/7495175.stm

David Gray has lambasted American interrogators for allegedly using his music to help extract information from internees in Iraq. Why might his music be chosen and what effect on prisoners is music meant to achieve?

This is not the first we've heard of familiar recordings being used in the "war on terror" - in 2003, Rick Hoffman, a veteran of US psy-ops - "psychological operations" - talked to the BBC about the use of tunes from Sesame Street and Barney The Dinosaur to break the will of Iraqi captives.

And recent reports have added Eminem, the Bee Gees and Neil Diamond to the roster reluctantly referred to by David Gray as "Guantanamo Greatest Hits".





In the case of David Gray, detainee Haj Ali told the Daily Mirror in 2005 that it was not a whole song that he was played, but just the title phrase: "Babylon... Babylon... Babylon... over and over again. It was so loud I thought my head would burst. It went on for a day and a night."




Haj Ali is the hooded man in the Abu Ghraib photographs
http://www.sikhtimes.com/torture_in_iraq.jpg

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They should consider themselves lucky.

It could be duets by Bjork & Morrisey.
A techno version of the Birdie Song.
A continuous loop of the Psycho knife stabbing music or Ravels Bolero.

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If they were seriously sadistic they'd have used Leonard Cohen.

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diablo wrote:If they were seriously sadistic they'd have used Leonard Cohen.


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but seriously, its torture...

"It's important to appreciate that this is not about 'music' in any normal sense," says Amnesty International's Sara MacNeice, "but more like an aural assault on a person designed to intimidate, disorientate and eventually break down a prisoner. Whether it's the use of loud music, extremes of heat or light, painful 'stress' positions or simulations of drowning, these techniques are cruel and inhuman and strictly forbidden under international law."

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