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Guantanamo Bay Prisoners Were Tortured With Sesame Street

Songs Of War

Guantanamo Bay prisoners were reportedly tortured with the sounds of children’s Sesame Street songs, in an attempt to get them to talk.

Al Jazeera reports that Thomas Keenan, a human rights researcher, explained that:

“Prisoners were forced to put on headphones. They were attached to chairs, headphones were attached to their heads, and they were left alone just with the music for very long periods of time. Sometimes hours, even days on end, listening to repeated loud music.”

Christopher Cerf, the award-winning composer of the songs used to torture prisoners at both Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib, was shocked when Al Jazeera broke the news to him that his music was being exploited in such a way. He stated that:

“My first reaction was this just can’t possibly be true…Of course I didn’t really like the idea that I was helping break down prisoners, but it was much worse when I heard later that they were actually using the music in Guantanamo to actually do deep, long-term interrogations and obviously to inflict enough pain on prisoners so they would talk.”

The Huffington Post reports that other songs torturers have used on their victims have included Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” and Drowning Pool’s “Bodies,” both of which were used in the same way as Sesame Street at Guantanamo Bay.

The Sesame Street, which includes about 200 songs, which are meant to help children learn reading and writing skills, is apparently very effective, considering this is not the first time it was reportedly used for torture. Al Jazeera reports that Cerf went on to say:

“This is fascinating to me both because of the horror of music being perverted to serve evil purposes if you like, but I’m also interested in how that’s done. What is it about music that would make it work for that purpose?”

Cerf, since learning about the powerful effect music seems to have in interrogation work, produced a film entitled “Songs Of War,” in which he embarks on a journey to learn what makes music so powerful. Al Jazeera reports that in the process, he spoke to soldiers, psychologists, and prisoners who were tortured using his music. He also discovered during his travels that the military has been using music as a potent torture weapon for hundreds of years.

Check out the “Somgs of War,” by Al Jazeera and Christopher Cerf below:

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12 Responses to “Guantanamo Bay Prisoners Were Tortured With Sesame Street”

  1. Bianca Andrus

    speachless…all I can say is that although torture isn't ok in any way there are worse ways it could be done! lol oh my.

  2. Rick Reiss

    These Talban and al Qaeda islamofascists are a bunch of pansies! My 5 year-old nephew listens to this junk all the time. I think a classroom of kindergartners could take on and kick a$$ on these islamofascist wussies…

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  4. Kathi Jones Harris

    Hey, if it works WTH! I remember enduring hours of reading the same Sesame Street books to my nephew over and over and over again.

  5. Linda Rodriguez

    Moms have to watch and listen same movie, same song like 1000 times. Funny these terrorist can't cope with that. No one can beat super moms out there, God made us perfect and super powerful!

  6. Bilal Elbarrani

    Omar Deghayes was blinded by pepper spray during his detention.] Juma Al Dossary e was interrogated hundreds of times, beaten, tortured with broken glass, barbed wire, burning cigarettes, and sexual assaults. Other tortures including sensory deprivation, stress positions, having his head slammed into concrete, routine sleep deprivation and forced drug injections.
    Hunger-striking detainees claimed that guards were force feeding them in the fall of 2005: "Detainees said large feeding tubes were forcibly shoved up their noses and down into their stomachs, with guards using the same tubes from one patient to another. The detainees say no sedatives were provided during these procedures, which they allege took place in front of U.S. physicians, including the head of the prison hospital.

    http://web.archive.org/web/20060222212124/http://web.amnesty.org/library/index/ENGAMR511072005

    THIS IS ALL THE TORTURE THAT HAD OCCURRED IN JUST ONE DAY, IMAGINE BEING THEIR FOR YEARS , then again these "terrorists are wimps for not being able to handle this right? Im pretty sure a supermom like you would champ it out. Sheesh Talk about ignorance….
    "During that time, I was moved to the camp clinic because of the terrible state of my health. They would take me for investigations which were mostly held at night; they would beat me severely and tell me to confess that I was a terrorist!! Once, from the excessive and severe beatings, one of my foot shackles broke. Once, they poured boiling hot liquid on my head and the investigator stubbed his cigarette out on my foot. I said to him, "why are you treating me like this?" He then took a cigarette and stubbed it out on my right wrist and said, "in the name of Christ and the Cross I am doing this". Once, they had beaten me so severely that my clothes were ripped and my genitals were exposed. I tried to cover myself up but they started kicking me with their boots. They stripped me of my clothes and lay me flat on the ground. One of the soldiers urinated on my head and my face after one of the other soldiers had raised my head by the hair. After that, a soldier brought petrol and injected it into my penis. I screamed because it was extremely painful.