Will ISLAMObama declare Nine Inch Nails, Eminem and Sesame Street music to be cruel and unusual punishment?
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Human rights activists seeking a ban on the use of loud music to exert psychological pressure on detainees in U.S. custody are appealing to Bruce Springsteen and Eminem to join their campaign against music as torture. The campaign called the Zero dB project, standing for zero decibels, was launched at the end of last year by British legal charity Reprieve, which represents dozens of prisoners held at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
At a recent “Music and Torture” conference near New York, Davies described the experience of several former detainees including Binyam Mohamed, an Ethiopian who moved to Britain as a teenager. He was released from Guantanamo in February after nearly seven years in U.S. and Moroccan custody. During interrogations in Morocco, Mohamed reported being physically tortured, yet he said what he found hardest was having loud music blasted at him in the dark for days on end. “After a while, I felt pretty much dead, I didn’t feel I existed at all,” Davies quoted Mohamed as saying.
Another former detainee, Rhuhel Ahmed, thought initially it was a joke when his captors played rapper Eminem‘s music, Davies said. “But after so long, when he started to hallucinate, he said he got why they were doing it,” she said, quoting Ahmed as saying, “The music torture stripped away the last sanctuary you had in your mind.”
Davies said Ahmed, who was released from Guantanamo in 2004, had been trying to contact Eminem directly to explain what he went through, but “he’s not taking Rhuhel’s calls.” “The big people like Bruce Springsteen, who we thought would care because he’s quite political, we’re still trying to reach him,” Davies said. “It’s just so hard to get through the walls of managers.” (Even liberals aren’t that stupid)
Davies said Reprieve was also discussing with U.S. lawyers possible legal action that musicians may take against the U.S. government to claim compensation for copyright infringement. She said musician Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails was among those interested in pursuing legal action.
According to Reprieve, music that has been used ranges from heavy metal such as AC/DC, Aerosmith and Metallica to the theme tune from the children’s show “Sesame Street.” (Uh Oh! Watch out Kermit)
Detainees also reported the use of songs with overtly American titles, such as Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” and Don McLean’s “American Pie,” or with sexual content, such as Christina Aguilera‘s “Dirrty.” YAHOO NEWS
Let’s see, having to listen to Bruce Springsteen or having your head sawed off slowly – which is the real torture here?
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