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Pull The Plug on Torture Music

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Reprieve launched an new initiative called Pull the Plug – to expose and stop the use of torture music against prisoners of the ‘war on terror.’

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Here, former Guantanamo prisoner Ruhal Ahmed describes his experience of being tortured by earsplitting music in the hands of the US authorities.

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The very idea that music could be an instrument of torture confronts us with a novel—and disturbing—perspective on contemporary musicality in the United States. What is it that we in the United States might know about ourselves by contemplating this perspective? What does our government’s use of music in the “war on terror” tell us (and our antagonists) about ourselves?

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Information:

Zero dB – stop music torture
Reprieve’s innovative ‘silent protest’ zero dB aims to stop music torture by encouraging widespread condemnation of its use within the US secret prison network. Ear splitting music played for days on end: this is modern torture. While leaving no marks on the body the devastation wrecked on the mind can last a lifetime, with many of its victims suffering mental breakdowns.
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Torture chamber music
David Gray has lambasted American interrogators for allegedly using his music to help extract information from internees in Iraq. Why might his music be chosen and what effect on prisoners is music meant to achieve?

This is not the first we’ve heard of familiar recordings being used in the “war on terror” – in 2003, Rick Hoffman, a veteran of US psy-ops – “psychological operations” – talked to the BBC about the use of tunes from Sesame Street and Barney The Dinosaur to break the will of Iraqi captives.
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