And if Metallica fails, they try out Barney The Dinosaur...
METALLICA‘s ‘culturally offensive’ music is being used by US interrogators to psychologically break Iraqi captives in BAGHDAD.
Prisoners are being subjected to ‘Enter Sandman’ from Metallica‘s self titled 1991 album, Drowning Pool’s ‘Bodies’ from the film ‘XXX,’ and possibly the most fearsome of the lot – Barney The Dinosaur.
The interrogators are hoping to extract information about weapons of mass destruction and fugitive Ba’athist leaders from their captives with the new methods. A US ‘operative’ told Newsweek magazine, “Trust me, it works… In training, they forced me to listen to the ‘Barney I Love You’ song for 45 minutes. I never want to go through that again.”
Sergeant Mark Hadsell explained that the onslaught of heavy metal will get the US army the results they want. He said, “These people haven’t heard heavy metal before. They can’t take it. If you play it for 24 hours, your brain and body functions start to slide, your train of thought slows down and your will is broken.
“That’s when we come in and talk to them.”
Dinah Pokempner of Human Rights Watch described the effects of sleep deprivation and ‘stress and duress’ methods of interrogation, often employed by the US Army. She said, “Prolonged sensory deprivation and prolonged sensory over stimulation can cause intense suffering. You can torture someone with psychological pressure.”
This is not the first time that heavy metal music has been used on foreign rebels. [a][/a]’ ‘Welcome To The Jungle’ was blasted at the Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega when he took refuge in the Vatican Embassy in Panama City in 1989. In the search for Al-Qaida fighters, high decibel music was directed at Afghan caves in an attempt to force them to come out of hiding.
A former colonel in army intelligence, Ralph Peters, called heavy metal “the American equivalent of sending bagpipes into battle”.