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Guantanamo Playlist

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A recent Freedom of Information Act request filed by The National Security Archive contains the names of the artists and songs supposedly used against those held at Guantanamo Bay.  According to an MSNBC article, the music was blasted for hours on end into the prisoners’ cells to break them down.  The New Yorker reports Binyam Mohamed’s claim that he was forced to listen to The Real Slim Shady for twenty consecutive days.

Apparently the music had an affect, sometimes inducing prisoners to scream and smash their heads against the cell walls.  What follows is the list of musicians–many of whom are protesting the use of their music–and songs, which the National Security Archive claims were used at Guantanamo.

I post the list for two reasons.  First, because it somehow captures the absurdity of the farce that is the “detention center” at Guantanamo.  Second, because it is fascinating to note the wide range of musical genres.  Against those who would condemn heavy metal and rap as the devil’s music, I invite you to pause and shudder at the mention of the Sesame Street theme song and Neil Diamond.  How did they pick these songs/artists?  Personal preference?  Objective criteria?  Magic Ritual?  Or just plain old Patriotism?

  • AC/DC
  • Aerosmith
  • Barney theme song (By Bob Singleton)
  • The Bee Gees
  • Britney Spears
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Christina Aguilera
  • David Gray
  • Deicide
  • Don McClean
  • Dope
  • Dr. Dre
  • Drowning Pool
  • Eminem
  • Hed P.E.
  • James Taylor
  • Limp Bizkit
  • Marilyn Manson
  • Matchbox Twenty
  • Meatloaf
  • Meow mix jingle
  • Metallica
  • Neil Diamond
  • Nine Inch Nails
  • Pink
  • Prince
  • Queen
  • Rage against the Machine
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Redman
  • Saliva
  • Sesame Street theme music (By Christopher Cerf)
  • Stanley Brothers
  • The Star Spangled Banner
  • Tupac Shakur

List found via Object-Oriented Philosophy.

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