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Monday, December 15, 2008

Using Music For Torture

We've all heard about music used as a healing therapy, and for those of us who meditate or just seriously enjoy, music will transport us to a  pleasant other world.  When done well (or even not so well sometimes), music carries us to a place that we can't get to without it.  That's what it's designed to do.

But the US Military has found a new use for that beautiful noise - torture.

New reports have surfaced that Guantanamo, Afgani and Iraqi detainees have been subjected to long sessions of blaring music by artists such as AC/DC, Nine Inch Nails, Eminem, Dr. Dre, Mettalica, and even songs from Barney and Sesame Street.  The songs are played repeatedly at ear-splitting levels.

This is just another example of how an art can be perverted.  The unusual part is that this time it's not about money.

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