Wednesday, December 10, 2008

It Isn't Just Political Campaigns Any More

These musicians ... how fussy they are! Imagine getting upset just because your work product is used by our operatives to torture prisoners:
(12-09) 20:58 PST GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) --

Blaring from a speaker behind a metal grate in his tiny cell in Iraq, the blistering rock from Nine Inch Nails hit Prisoner No. 200343 like a sonic bludgeon.

"Stains like the blood on your teeth," Trent Reznor snarled over distorted guitars. "Bite. Chew."

The auditory assault went on for days, then weeks, then months at the U.S. military detention center in Iraq. Twenty hours a day. AC/DC. Queen. Pantera. The prisoner, military contractor Donald Vance of Chicago, told The Associated Press he was soon suicidal.

The tactic has been common in the U.S. war on terror, with forces systematically using loud music on hundreds of detainees in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay. Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, then the U.S. military commander in Iraq, authorized it on Sept. 14, 2003, "to create fear, disorient ... and prolong capture shock."

Now the detainees aren't the only ones complaining. Musicians are banding together to demand the U.S. military stop using their songs as weapons.
Now, here's somebody with an idea I could get behind:
Morello, of Rage Against the Machine, has been especially forceful in denouncing the practice. During a recent concert in San Francisco, he proposed taking revenge on President George W. Bush.

"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," he said to whoops and cheers.
Entirely appropriate, I'd say.

1 comment:

Andrew Kaduk said...

Were I to endure twenty daily hours of AC/DC or Queen, I'd be suicidal too.

Conversely, I have, on several occasions, intentionally subjected myself to NIN and RATM for great lengths with negligible adverse side-effects.

Well, I guess one could argue that they might have contributed to my regular usage of the "f bomb." :)