May 21, 2003
The horror, the horror!

US Psy Ops uses Metallica and Barney to break the will of Iraqi prisoners.

"They can't take it. If you play it for 24 hours, your brain and body functions start to slide, your train of thought slows down and your will is broken. That's when we come in and talk to them."

Sgt Hadsell's favourites are said to be 'Bodies' from the XXX film soundtrack and Metallica's 'Enter Sandman'.

The theme tune from the US children's programme Sesame Street and songs from the purple singing dinosaur Barney are also on their hit list.

"In training, they forced me to listen to the Barney "I Love You" song for 45 minutes. I never want to go through that again," one US operative told the magazine.

Posted by tmonkey at May 21, 2003 12:10 AM

Maybe one of the most disturbing moments I've ever seen in a documentary is the sequence in Waco: Rules of Engagement when they show the ATF playing tapes of SCREAMING BUNNIES at the Koresh compound. It's incomprehensible.

The question I want to ask, but I know it's wrong and I will get berated about it, is this: whenever i hear heavy metal blasting in some one's car stereo on the street, all i want to know is what they like about it? I mean, aren't they liking all the ancillary issues, like the fact that other people don't like it? sure it's speedy and precise, but so often humorless and almost anti-musical.

tmonkey will argue with me i'm sure, but there are many many ways that it is brutalizing. so i'm not surprised that it can drive people insane.

Posted by: phrisky on May 21, 2003 10:25 AM
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