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Interrogators played Christina Aguilera, Sesame Street, and ‘Barney’ theme song to torture detainees.

By Satyam Khanna  

"Interrogators played Christina Aguilera, Sesame Street, and ‘Barney’ theme song to torture detainees."


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One of the Bush administration’s psychological torture techniques against detainees has been to blast loud music to deprive detainees of sleep, causing some to “knock their heads against the walls and the doors, screaming their heads off.” According to British human rights group Reprieve, these are among the songs that the U.S. has used frequently:

christy.gif– “Dirrty,” Christina Aguilera

– “F*ck Your God,” Deicide

– “Shoot to Thrill,” AC/DC

– “We are The Champions,” Queen

– “I Love You,” from “Barney and Friends”

– “Born in the USA,” Bruce Springsteen

– “Babylon,” David Gray

– “White America,” Eminem

– “Sesame Street” theme song

Others include Aerosmith, Britney Spears, Don McLean, Lil’ Kim, Limp Bizkit, Matchbox 20, Rage Against the Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Tupac Shakur. Reprieve has launched a new anti-music torture initiative, Zero dB.


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