Topic: "Name That Tune"(4)
Frodo asks, dear reader, what do all of the following have in common; Tupac Shakur (the late, but not lamented), Britney Spears, Lil' Kim, Don McLean, Eminem, Metallica, Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith, and Meat Loaf?
Give up? Oh please do, for the answer will make you smile.
It seems that the then commander in Iraq, Lt. Gen Ricardo Sanchez, authorized the use of systematically applied loud music upon the hundreds of detainees in Guantanmo commencing in September of 2003. That means, of course, that the military has been repeatedly piping in music from all of the artists identified above for the past five years. The tactic, according to Sanchez, was meant to "create fear, disorient. . .and prolong capture shock." The experience has indeed proven to be overwhelming for many of the detainees, prodding one detainee to swear that he has seen cellmates screaming and smashing their heads against walls unable to endure any more.
One interrogator at Guantanamo Bay has bragged to the FBI that he only needed four days to "break" someone by alternating 16 hours of music and lights with four hours of silence and darkness. That does give rise to a query about what took place during the remaining four hours of a "work day?" Perhaps four hours of waiting for the music to start again might make one wonder why the Carly Simon song "Anticipation" wasn't similarly applied to the miscreants?
What was particularly startling to Frodo was that not all of the music is hard rock. Christopher Cerf, who wrote the music for "Sesame Street" was horrified himself to learn that songs of his own creation were applied to the internees. In fact, the song "I Love You," from the TV show "Barney & Friends" is cited as one of the most frequently repeated songs, albeit not by popular request we are told. Perhaps it shows that we are a small world, after all.
Frodo chuckled when he learned that another frequently repeated song, from the pen of the "Boss," is "Born in the USA." That'll teach them. Try to get that title out of your mind. It certainly compares favorably to driving your Chevy to the levee, even though it was dry.
Waterboarding? Frodo bets that they begin to beg for it knowing that Nine Inch Nails are next on the replay button (that is a rock group, for you who may be culturally handicapped). Remember, as we've been assured, "The United States doesn't torture."