Pop Music Used As Torture Weapon In Iraq

From Playlouder:

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution declassified Army documents reveal that various forms of popular music were used as torture devices in Iraq.

The documents approve "yelling, loud music, light control: used to create fear, disorient detainee and prolong capture shock," for use against "terror suspects."

Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, who served as U.S. military commander in Iraq, authorized the torture technique in September of 2003.

Binyam Mohammed who was held at the "Dark Prison" in Kabul, Afghanistan says U.S. forces assaulted his senses with a barrage of popular sounds, including Dr. Dre, Eminem, Nine Inch Nails and Metallica, leaving him and his fellow inmates screaming and smashing their heads against prison cell walls.

"There was loud music, [Eminem's] 'Slim Shady' and Dr. Dre for 20 days. I heard this nonstop over and over," said Mohammed. "The CIA worked on people, including me, day and night for the months before I left. Plenty lost their minds."

Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello, whose music also used, has joined with a group of other musicians to protest the use of their music as a weapon.

"I suggest that they level Guantanamo Bay, but they keep one small cell and they put Bush in there... and they blast some Rage Against the Machine," said Morello.