While Bob Marley once said, “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain,” music has a troubling history as a wartime torture device.
George Bush Sr. famously blasted Van Halen’s “Panama” to drive out Panamanian president Manuel Noriega from his refuge at the Vatican embassy. Metallica, AC/DC, Eminem, Barney the Dinosaur and even the MeowMix commercial (Meow Meow Meow Meow, (Meow Meow Meow Meow) have all been used by the government “to induce sleep deprivation, prolong capture shock, disorient detainees during interrogations – and also drown out screams.”
Vancouver’s iconic industrial rockers Skinny Puppy now believe they have joined the ranks of bands included on the government’s playlist.
“We heard through a reliable grapevine that our music was being used in Guantanamo Bay prison camps to musically stun or torture people,” said Skinny Puppy founder cEvin Key speaking to the Phoenix New Times. “We heard…
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