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By David Vance On January 22nd, 2013

I may be on BBC TV this Sunday morning discussing the subject of “torture” so THIS article caught me eye!!

“Songs of War, a recent documentary produced for Arabic news agency Al Jazeera, explores claims that music from Sesame Street as well as heavy metal and rap songs were used in the torture of prisoners in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantánamo Bay.

After being alerted that some of his educational children’s music was used as a weapon of war, GRAMMY award-winning songwriter Christopher Cerf set out on a mission to learn more about what he believed to be an “inhumane” use of his work. Al Jazeera’s cameras followed as Cerf personally interviewed former soldiers and detainees. According to the report, prisoners, shackled and held in private cells, were subjected to near-deafening music from Metallica, AC/DC, Marilyn Manson, Drowning Pool, Eminem, Bruce Springsteen and Rage Against The Machine in addition to popular children’s classics from Sesame Street and Barney the purple dinosaur.”

The sheer inhumanity of those evil Americans, playing Springsteen and Barney to poor innocent Jihadi. I only hope the guilty are brought to book…the book being the Koran!


  1. Sadly it demonstrates the juvenile and dangerous levels we have descended to in several instances involving detained prisoners. Most of whom are not charged and many of whom have been cleared. I can’t think of a greater gain for the actual jihadists than making us move away from just treatment.

  2. I heard that when Phantom (a previously strong supporter of Gitmo) was told that inmates were having ABBA played to them at full volume the shocking revelation brought him to tears and turned him into a fierce “Close Gitmo down” advocate 🙂

  3. The horror

    The horror

  4. I can imagine how you’d howl like wee babes if any of you were subject to a fraction of the treatment the prisoners got.

  5. Probably, but then again, most of us haven’t joined terrorist organizations either, so we don’t have that problem.

  6. //most of us haven’t joined terrorist organizations either//

    And how do you know most of them did?

    Besides, it’s established that at least some of them were innocent and were mistreated just the same.

  7. Noel

    Us ATW prisoners have to put up with Troll’s rants. Don’t you think we’ve suffered too 😉

  8. And its also been established that some of them were released only to return to their terrorist ways. The vetting process may be too lenient.

    I don’t claim to know everything. And no process, including formal legal proceedings in error free. This imperfect process looks to be about the best that we can do.

  9. The vetting process is too lenient – some of these people have been held for over 10 years without charge.

    And if bad actors were released and returned doesn’t it show you how sloppy the process has been?

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