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Against Music As Torture

The Rambler: Against music as torture


Rage Against the Machine protesting against Guantanamo Bay at the Reading festival. Photograph: Chiaki Nozu/Filmmagic.com/Getty Images

"zero dB campaigns against the use of music as torture at Guantánamo Bay. The Guardian has two articles on the subject this week:
Musicians tell UN to ban using songs as torture
Musicians condemn use of their songs as instruments of war"

Binyam Mohamed, the British resident held in Guantánamo Bay, who was tortured by having his penis slit with a razor blade while detained in a secret jail in Morocco, said that the constant loud music made him feel that he was losing his sanity. He told his lawyer and director of legal charity, Reprieve, Clive Stafford Smith, that while being hung up and deprived of sleep "there was loud music. [Eminem's] Slim Shady and Dr Dre for 20 days ... plenty lost their minds. I could hear people knocking their heads against the walls and the doors, screaming their heads off."

See Jon Ronson's The Men Who Stare At Goats for more first hand accounts.

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