All this is widely used in their practice by agents of the American special services, in particular the CIA. Musical torture CIA agents often apply to prisoners suspected of terrorism, they have also been used against supporters of the Iraqi resistance. Most often in the role weapons torture is a heavy fateful composition, but there is information about the use of pop music or even musical advertising compositions as an instrument of torture. It is known that prisoners who were detained in Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib prisons were subjected to such torture. At the same time, the CIA agents themselves do not consider such a method to be a torture of prisoners, referring it to a more rigid form of interrogation.
Information that torture is used on US prison prisons regularly appears in the press. In particular, in November last year, Agence France-Presse, citing data from a report by the American Institute of Medicine and the Soros Foundation, accused American doctors of torturing Guantánamo prisoners and other prisons that contain alleged terrorists. Similar messages began to appear actively in the Western media at the end of George W. Bush’s second presidential term. Then it turned out that the American special services used not only imitation of drowning a prisoner, but also torture with music. Barack Obama, who replaced Bush, banned the CIA from using such methods, and also initiated investigations into torture in prisons. This criminal investigation was completed in 2012 a year, but no one was charged.
The torture of prisoners by music was a common practice of the CIA from the very beginning, as soon as the “extended interrogation program” was launched, it happened at the beginning of the 2000s. This program was created in order to create inmates a feeling of fear, disorientation in space, as well as a feeling of helplessness. Imagine that you are sitting, curled up, in an uncomfortable position in a small room without light, your hands are tied between your legs, and there are headphones in your ears that you can’t take off. At the same time in the headphones for 30 hours playing the same composition, set to full volume. Under the influence of such torture, a person loses the ability to think, and torture with music itself can last more than one month.
Mark Hadsel, a member of the US psychological operations team, describes the effect of torture on a person’s music: “If you make the prisoner endlessly listen to the same composition for 24 hours, then the functions of his body and brain begin to adapt to a new state, his progress slows down thoughts, will breaks. At that moment, people come to him for questioning and talk to him. ”
Usually in the press there are publications that prisoners are tortured with the help of songs by rock artists. For example, the famous compositions of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers group called “Californication” and “Can't Stop”, which were repeatedly played by the prisoners in the torture room, depriving them of sleep and rest, as well as reducing their resistance during interrogations, wrote about this in particular newspaper Daily Mail. The international television company Al-Jazeera told its viewers that such methods in some way imitate the communist system of torture and are not uncommon in American prisons. Music torture has been used here since at least 2002. According to former prisoners, they were then tortured with the song “By the Way” of the same group.
Also, according to rumors, the military department is very fond of using the work of the Canadian group Skinny Puppy for their own purposes. It is believed that in Guantanamo prison prisoners are often tortured with the help of compositions of this particular rock band. At the same time it comes to curiosities. For using their musical compositions without permission, the Skinny Puppy group threatened to sue the US Army, demanding compensation from the 666 military. This was told to journalists by Kevin Key, the keyboard player of the group. The musicians learned that the US military was using their songs in prison from a fan who worked in that prison and wrote a book about it.
In addition to the already mentioned groups, in the press you can find information about the use of compositions of Metallica, Queen and Nine Inch Nails. It is reported that they are used for torture not only in Guantanamo, but also in the prisons of Afghanistan and Iraq. At the same time, not so long ago, a list of 11 compositions that CIA agents use to torture appeared on the popular website Policymic on the Internet. Among the compositions presented in this list, not all belong to rock bands.
Top 11 CIA songs for torture
1. Eminem, "The Real Slim Shady."
Binyam Mohammed listened to this track for 20 days. He told this to his lawyer Clive Smith, who is currently the founder and director of the British organization Reprieve, which is fighting for the rights of prisoners and for the abolition of torture by music. According to Mohammed, the torture did not stop either day or night, the song was spinning non-stop. Many of these torture lose their mind, according to Mohammed, one of the prisoners lost control of himself, began to beat his head against the wall and scream.
2. Metal group Dope, "Take Your Best Shot".
British citizen Ruhal Ahmed talked about how he was interrogated in 2008 year. According to him, you can prepare for the fact that you will be beaten in the interrogation room, it can be accepted, but it is impossible to prepare for psychological torture. According to him, he was tortured with music many times, changing compositions. "Under such torture a person feels that he begins to lose his mind, he ceases to understand what exactly is happening. After a while you stop hearing the melody of the song, all that remains is just a loud knock. ”
3. Christina Aguilera, "Dirrty".
This song is part of musical torture, which is designated by the term “bad Muslim”. Mohammed al-Qatani, who, according to investigators, was a member of a series of terrorist attacks carried out in the US on September 11, was subjected to torture. The recurring cacophony of Aguilera’s sex hit was supposed to make the existence of faith-centered Muslim Katani intolerable.
4. Mohammed El-Casabgi, "Zikrayati".
Sometimes, torture under the name of “bad Muslim” was used by investigators to use music that was more familiar to Muslims. So they planned to use cultural taboos, as well as the guilt of people who are forbidden to listen to music during their sacred days, meaning the days when it is necessary to adhere to the most severe austerities. American investigators included al-Qatani Arabic music on the first day of Ramadan in December 2002. Hearing familiar sounds, the prisoner began to shout that listening to Arabic music is a violation of the laws of Islam. In fact, nothing is said about this in the Qur'an; most likely, it is only a matter of perception that is related to a specific national culture. Investigators told Mohammed al-Qatani that sin is not really listening to music, but “trying to add prohibitions that are not contained in the Koran.” On this he broke completely.
5. David Gray, Babylon.
Apparently, the US military used David Gray's fatal ballad due to the biblical theme touched on in this song. Christian Gruni, a German musicologist, included this composition to one of the former Guantanomo prisoners, who immediately burst into tears and could not recover for a long time. Psychologist Susan Cusick believes that torture with music is terrible because it encroaches on the “inner space” of a person who, when exposed to a prisoner through physical violence, is usually kept safe. According to her, the music fills the prisoner's inner space with culturally significant expressions and melodies that belong to the prisoner's world, so the prisoner has nowhere else to “hide from the pain.”
6. Barney's cartoon character theme is “I Love You.”
This innocuous composition is one of the most popular CIA agents in the arsenal. When the author of this song, Bob Singleton, learned how to use his work, he just laughed. According to him, this thought itself seems ridiculous to him. "Harmless children's song can not pose a danger to the mental state of an adult prisoner. Such torture could not be worse than the neglected blower of my neighbor. The sound can and does get on a person’s nerves, but not to such an extent that he broke down and confessed to any crimes against humanity.". It is precisely on this that such torture is built, few people can believe that songs can break people, it is hard for an average person to believe this, and such torture causes little public outcry.
7. Bee Gees Group, “Saturday Night Fever” (from the movie “Saturday Night Fever”).
Moazam Begg, a half-Englishman, half-Pakistani, who was detained by CIA agents in Pakistan in 2002, spoke about the use of this song. Once free, Begg wrote a memoir in which he described in detail the torture used by the US military in the Bagram prison in Afghanistan. The first time he heard the song "Saturday Night Fever", which was launched all night, he thought it was such a joke. He did not believe that a song could break a man. However, the longer this went on, the more intolerable was the torture. The continuous musical composition against the background of darkness, the narrowness of the camera and the heat seriously impacted a person who had no one to talk to. According to Begg, he met people who, after such torture, were ready to confess anything, telling the investigators everything they wanted to hear from them - no matter if it was true or false.
8. Theme from the cat food advertisement "Meow Mix".
The main idea of musical torture is to create torment, which does not seem to the average person very outrageous. Among the “acceptable” compositions for the society, in addition to “Saturday Night Fever”, is the musical theme from the Meow Mix advertisement. The idea that a sweet, innocuous meow may be torture causes a person to smile. But, as practice shows, after quite a long period of torture with the use of heavy rock compositions, this musical theme, heard from speakers or headphones, makes one especially “crazy” crazy.
9. Marilyn Manson, “The Beautiful People.”
According to Begg, the greatest impact of torture on music was on residents of remote areas of Yemen and Afghanistan, whose residents have never heard of Western music before. For them, this experience turned out to be the most terrible. For Begg himself, the greatest challenge was to deprive him of the ability to sleep normally. According to him, the music sometimes stopped at one in the morning at 3, but the dream itself was already disturbed, the person lost the ability to fall asleep normally. It was also washing up and driving people crazy that the jailers could turn on the music at different times, the prisoners simply could not imagine when it would play and when it would end. All this was layered on the unknown, when exactly you will be taken for interrogation, released altogether or transferred to another cell.
10. Metal band Deicide, "Fuck Your God".
Often torture with music had an effect on the Americans themselves. Tony Laguranis, a former military translator, under the influence of the use of such torture almost lost his mind during the interrogation, which was conducted under heavy metal. "Umar was kneeling before us, and we in turn shouted our questions to his ears. He just turned his head from side to side, trying to figure out where he was. After about 30 minutes, Umar began to moan. We began to shout even more loudly, choosing more and more rigid words and expressions. My ears were ringing, and I had a tick in my throat, I began to lose my orientation in space from a specific light, realizing that I could not bear it for long. From light and music, I became increasingly aggressive, and the prisoner's reluctance to cooperate with us only added to my fury.».
11. Queen, "We Are the Champions".
American Veteran fleet Donald Vance survived the torture with music after the U.S. military made a surprise attack on an Iraqi security firm in which he was in the role of an FBI informant. As a result, for some time he was treated as a suspect, he was sent to an unofficial prison and tortured with music. Now he cannot say how many times he had to listen to the song “We Are the Champions”, which he liked very much before. Vance was able to pass this test thanks to the received good military training. During this torture, he talked to himself, tried to come up with jokes, trying to maintain his rational thinking. He constantly reminded himself that if he allowed the song to possess his thoughts, he could lose his mind for life. This is what ultimately allowed him to leave the prison not completely broken.