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Al Jazeera claims U.S. used ‘Sesame Street’ songs as instruments of torture

This enhanced interrogation is brought to you by the letter I, as in Islamofascism.

The website of rock station KROQ reported on Monday that ‘Songs of War,’ a documentary newly produced by Arabic news agency Al Jazeera, claims that music from ‘Sesame Street,’ heavy metal, and rap were used to torture prisoners in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantánamo Bay:

According to the report, prisoners, shackled and held in private cells, were subjected to near-deafening music from Metallica, AC/DC, Marilyn Manson, Drowning Pool, Eminem, Bruce Springsteen and Rage Against The Machine in addition to popular children’s classics from Sesame Street and Barney the purple dinosaur.

One can sympathize with the plight of someone exposed to Eminem, “played repetitively over many hours or even days,” even if that “someone” had been brainwashed into believing that the murder of innocent civilians is justifiable so long as it ensures an eternity spent with 70 virgins. But according to The New York Times, terrorist kingpin Abu Zubaydah complained of being subjected to “deafening blasts of music by groups like Red Hot Chili Peppers.” Anyone with an ear so tin that he can’t appreciate the vocal stylings of Anthony Kiedis is probably beyond hope anyway.

KROQ quotes Moazzam Begg, a former Guantánamo Bay detainee now living in London, as saying, “The point is to put someone in a vegetative state where they are simply ready to say anything, comply with anything, only so that the music can be turned down.”

The 3,000 Americans murdered on Sept. 11, 2001, were not available for comment.

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Howard Portnoy has written for HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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