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Deicide, Dope, RATM And Other Bands' Music Used To Torture Iraqi Prisoners

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According to a news article on Mother Jones, music by bands including Deicide (who's song "Fuck Your God" is declared the most used), Dope, Drowning Pool, Metallica, AC/DC, Rage Against The Machine, Hedpe and others has been used in American military prisons and on bases as torture devices. The songs are said to induce sleep deprivation, "prolong capture shock," disorient detainees during interrogations, and are apparently handy for drowning out screams. Based on a leaked interrogation log, news reports, and the accounts of soldiers and detainees, here are some of the songs that guards and interrogators reportedly chose:

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psythe's avatar

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1. psythe writes:

Dude, forget Deicide and Dope, that Barney song would drive me up the f***ing wall! Not to mention the "Meow Mix" thing, whatever the holy hell THAT is! hahah, I know I shouldn't, but I had to laugh at the cruel irony of the Bee Gees...

I'd like to see this so called 'interrogation log' for myself, though. I'm almost a little suspicious about it, simply because the article didn't provide a link to it or anything...

Now Playing: Pink Floyd - "Shine On You Crazy Diamond"

# Feb 27, 2008 @ 7:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Diamond Oz writes:

How dare they call Prince torture?!

The Sesame Street theme made me laugh though.

# Feb 27, 2008 @ 7:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Agnostic Priest writes:

WOW, Eminem, Bruce Springsteen, Matchbox 20, Tupac, and the Bee Gees. Sounds like torture to me.

# Feb 27, 2008 @ 7:35 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Agnostic Priest writes:

It would be so releiving to Hear Deicide and AC/DC after that other crap.

# Feb 27, 2008 @ 7:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Shoe Police writes:

they forgot to add Who let the dogs out.

# Feb 27, 2008 @ 7:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. psythe writes:

^hahah I think I really would just kill myself!

# Feb 27, 2008 @ 7:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Feckineejit writes:

wow - Deicide is the only good music on that list the rest is some childish bullsh**. Except for Barney - he's hardcore.

# Feb 27, 2008 @ 8:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. FocusShift writes:

So obviously there are no Iraqi metalheads is what the news is saying, gotcha. Of course not, metal and Satan go hand-in-hand so of course it's perfect for torture. f***ing America.

# Feb 27, 2008 @ 9:11 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Westfallen writes:

How about Grateful Dead? Or some Ludwig Van a la "A Clockwork Orange?"

np- Prince "7"

# Feb 27, 2008 @ 9:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. psythe writes:

Classical musical is oft too introspective to make good torture. It only worked in Clockwork because the guy loved that particular piece so much and they related it very effectively to very negative connotations. For me, the ultimate torture would be christmas carrols over and over and over a-f***ing-gain. Dear god I hate those bloody songs... That, or a young girl's screaming/crying/wailing/shrieking, hahah. That just grates my nerves like nothing else.

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# Feb 27, 2008 @ 9:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. Jrizzle writes:

If i had to listen to Dope and Drowning Pool, that would be torture

# Feb 27, 2008 @ 9:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. rising_end writes:

but see now i wonder if the military purposely picked 1) terrible songs that they knew anyone (no matter what language) would hate and make their heads explode, 2) because they actually thought some of the songs on the list were actually "badass" (emphasis on the quotations) and would terrorize muslims, or 3) because they actually are true evil masterminds and have researched what songs can trigger certain patterns in the human mind and make a person go clinically insane.............im hoping its the 3rd but unfortunately number 2 seems to be the case by looking at some of the choices (i can just picture someone with really bad musical taste playing die motherf***er to a prisoner and thinking the whole situation is so bad ass............because the song really isn't). and if thats the case.....................pathetic.

# Feb 28, 2008 @ 12:04 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Cynic writes:

Funny that Deicide was used seeing as how anti-christian they are - presumably they would have been singing along if they'd known the lyrics were along the lines of "f*** your god, where the Christians are I will not go" ad nauseam. Some of the boring sh** they put out on "In Torment In Hell" - now that's torture!

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# Feb 28, 2008 @ 12:39 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. zarathustra writes:

They should have put music like Britney Spears, NSYNC, New Kids on the Block, Debbie Gibson, Mariah Carey. That sh** alone would be enough for me to confess.

# Feb 28, 2008 @ 5:40 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Farthammer writes:

LOL@Christina Aguilera

she's better than britney, though.

# Feb 28, 2008 @ 7:08 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. BoltThrower writes:

True torture would be someone reading Dolving's inane wandering rants.

# Feb 28, 2008 @ 9:39 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. Txmetalhead writes:

LOL

# Feb 28, 2008 @ 10:25 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. coldiem writes:

Bullsh**...

# Feb 28, 2008 @ 11:33 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. coldiem writes:

You guys are actually buying that?

# Feb 28, 2008 @ 11:34 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. matt writes:

true torture would be nonstop classic rock. not metal \m/

# Feb 28, 2008 @ 1:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. LM77 writes:

i like that beegees song.

# Feb 29, 2008 @ 2:33 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. LM77 writes:

that rap metal is sick too. click click boom!

# Feb 29, 2008 @ 2:36 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. LM77 writes:

and of course enter sandman

# Feb 29, 2008 @ 2:36 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. Terminator writes:

f*** that. if they wanna torture 'em, just force them to listen to retail music for 8 hours straight, 5 days a week. that music is ruthless!

# Feb 29, 2008 @ 3:14 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
Terminator's avatar

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25. Terminator writes:

correction:
by "music" i mean "sh**"

# Feb 29, 2008 @ 3:16 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. LM77 writes:

well im pretty sure iraqis have never heard this music before. its like if they forced you to listen to chinese opera. thats torture.

# Feb 29, 2008 @ 3:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. Bri@n-Peppers writes:

They should have used Fall Out Boy, MCR, The Used and all of the emo fag bands for torture. IMHO.

# Mar 1, 2008 @ 8:58 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. Bri@n-Peppers writes:

^ Forgot to mention Panic! at the Disco.

# Mar 1, 2008 @ 9:04 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. LM77 writes:

theyd probably like that music better.

# Mar 1, 2008 @ 1:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. LST77 writes:

If you want torture, play a station with all these songs from the Beatles era, over and over and over. I worked at a bakery once where we had this station on all the time, after a week I had their playlist memorized. That was true torture!

# Mar 1, 2008 @ 8:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. pencilneck writes:

How about they torture them with THE BERZERKER!!!!
f*** President BUSH................LARS ULRICH for president!

# Mar 1, 2008 @ 8:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. Jrizzle writes:

^ Funniest thing I heard all day

# Mar 1, 2008 @ 9:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. EpicNeckbeard writes:

You want torture? i am aware of the greatest form of torture.
let's bus all these prisoners to the nearest Abercrombie and Fitch and let some douchebag named chad with a flipped collar and aviators harass them for an hour trying to sell them a pair of low rise, slim fit, boot cut, button fly, stone washed, cross stitched, super charged, fuel injected pair of jeans. and the whole time he never calls you by your name, even though he asked you what it was, he just reffers to you as "hey guy" . and every time he has to speak to you he has to get right up to your ear so he can talk over the gaytacular techno remix of a semi-popular radio pop song playing in the background.Then when he finally figures out you don't want to buy anything because you explain your just trying to be nice to your girlfriend and buy something for her for your anniversary, he sprays you with some "complementary" a$$hole funk cologne and walks way muttering about how that cologne is "off the chain". That my friends is torture. God i hate the mall.
i swear, next year for our anniversary, all the old lady is gettin' is a carton of cigarettes and a lottery ticket.

# Mar 1, 2008 @ 11:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. Lady-Reaper writes:

f***in bullsh**!!! MUSIC??? TORTURE???? LMAO

# Mar 1, 2008 @ 11:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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35. LST77 writes:

EpicNeckbeard--that is some funny sh*t right there, atleast from the reading standpoint. From your advantage--that is true torture.

Why not make them have sit downs with Jehovahs, or would that be crossing into something goverened by the Geneva convention?

# Mar 1, 2008 @ 11:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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36. kallah writes:

Lmao, enter the sandman a TORTURE song?

How about some cannibal corpse instead...

# Mar 1, 2008 @ 11:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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37. LST77 writes:

It just came to me.....the ultimate torture song of all time is............Groove is in the Heart by DeeeLite! For those of you who have never heard this song, you have led a truely blessed life, for it is by far the worst piece of sh*t song on the planet. The worst part about this song is if your unlucky enough to hear it, and it's the last song you hear at the time, it will be stuck in your head for a very long time. I would rather be kicked in the balls then have that song stuck in my head!!!!!!!

# Mar 1, 2008 @ 11:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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38. LM77 writes:

post 33, it doesnt sound like you had a good experience at the mall. haha. to me, the only thing that you said that would actually torture me is the guy working there.

# Mar 3, 2008 @ 3:29 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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