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Banning music as torture
Why bands don't want their music used at Guantanamo Bay
 

Finally, “musicians are banding together to demand an end to the use of their music as a passive torture device at Guantanamo Bay,” said Katie Allison Granju in The Knoxville News Sentinel. Bands like Massive Attack and Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine have joined with British law group Reprieve, which represents dozens of Guantanamo Bay detainees, to spearhead this campaign. Hopefully, it will be successful: “Blasting any sort of noise at un-convicted detainees for many hours at a time, while also engaging in other passive torture practices is cruel and un-American.”

Come on, said Celebitchy, “as far as torture goes,” this “type of technique seems a lot less harmful to me than some of the things we’ve seen in videotapes made by Taliban soliders.” We blast Britney Spears or AC/DC at detainees, while they “behead people”—let’s not forget that the stakes are pretty high here.

Well, if President-elect Obama keeps his word, said Rosie Swash in the Gaurdian, this campaign “may prove unnecessary” starting early next year. Obama has “referred to Guantanamo Bay as ‘a sad chapter in American History’ and has since vowed to close the detention center.” I guess we’ll have to wait and see what happens.

 

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