Torture Tunes: U.S. Military’s Interrogation Music Revealed

The United States military is known to use various coercive and deplorable tactics for its interrogations, however, now its official ‘torture soundtrack’ has been revealed.

The military’s playlists include everything from the thrashing shreds and yelps of AC/DC and Metallica to children’s anthemic earworms from programs including Sesame Street and Barney.

What is this auditory torture called? Audioboarding?

U.S. military interrogators have often blasted music at detainees in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay. According to the British law group Reprieve, these are among the songs they have used most frequently:

• “Enter Sandman,” Metallica.

• “Bodies,” Drowning Pool.

• “Shoot to Thrill,” AC/DC.

• “Hell’s Bells,” AC/DC.

• “I Love You,” from the “Barney and Friends” children’s TV show.

• “Born in the USA,” Bruce Springsteen.

• “Babylon,” David Gray.

• “White America,” Eminem.

• “Sesame Street,” theme song from the children’s TV show.

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