See The Playlist Used By The CIA To Torture Detainees


According to declassified reports, video evidence and testimony from whistleblower guards and soldiers, the US government used music to torture detainees in a number of different ways.

@ The Anti-Media

In some cases, songs would be played in repetition for hours or days on end, as to drive the prisoner to insanity. Music was also used to prevent detainees from sleeping, which is another way of creating delirium and vulnerability in the detainees.

Some songs were chosen because they were annoying, while others were chosen because they may have been offensive to the prisoner’s culture or religion.

Below are some of the songs that have been identified most often as being used by the US military in their torture programs. Some of the songs are annoying and could understandably be considered torture, specifically the Barney & Friends theme song and the Meow Mix commercial.

However, some of the artists featured like 2Pac, Rage Against The Machine and (hed)pe are actually pretty good, and are actually philosophically opposed to what the military is doing.

Deicide: Fuck Your God

Dope: Die MF Die, Take Your Best Shot

Eminem: White America, Kim

Barney & Friends: theme song

Drowning Pool: Bodies

Metallica: Enter Sandman

Meow Mix: commercial jingle

Janeane Garofalo/Ben Stiller: chapter from the Feel This Audiobook

Sesame Street: theme song

David Gray: Babylon

AC/DC: Shoot to Thrill, Hell’s Bells

Bee Gees: Stayin’ Alive

Tupac: All Eyez On Me

Christina Aguilera: Dirrty

Neil Diamond: America

Rage Against the Machine: unspecified songs

Don McLean: American Pie

Saliva: Click Click Boom

Matchbox Twenty: Cold

(hed)pe: Swan Dive

Prince: Raspberry Beret

This article originally appeared at   The Anti-Media

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  • Kevin Wills

    Barney would make me admit to anything

  • Steven Catface

    I thought they also used Skinny Puppy. Why don’t I see that listed here?

    • Victor Guzman

      they sued the US gov’t to stop using their tunes

      • Uvøren Rohkeus

        And wrote “Weapons” as a response. Those two things alone should be reasons why they should be on this list.

  • Martin Ekdahl

    I think those songs wouldn’t work on me. But if hey played Justin Bieber they would break me in a second.

    • Matt

      True Dat

  • Mike Meenderink

    Silence is torture. Darkness is torture. Isolation is torture. Pulling out your fingernails is torture. Sliding a glass rod into the penis and shattering it is torture. Music is not torture. A series of high frequency waveforms engineered to vibrate the inner ear would be much more effective and painful. Also sub frequency directed waveforms can and will damage internal organs if powerful enough. Music is not torture and should not be used as such.

    • justin

      well sound is torture not music but like a bell ringing very loudly for days on end makes you go crazy

    • Dark_Space

      It’s amazing how disorienting and scary it is to listen to Barney while you’re being water-boarded with a hood over your head, and everytime you here the Barney song coming back on the loop you know its time to drown again. I’m not disagreeing with you, just highlighting that anything can be get pretty scary in the right conditions. Going through sexual mutilation, amputations, bones being broken, etc. is worse.

  • Mike Meenderink

    And yes the North Vietnamese military used all those forms of torture on US soldiers held prisoner in the Vietnam war. So we’re a bunch of candy asses when it comes to “torture” used by our military.

  • SpeedSolver

    If they played ANY Saliva or Rage Against the Machine, I’d kill myself.

  • Uvøren Rohkeus

    Um. Where are the Skinny Puppy songs they used? The news of them finding out about their music being used for torture and their response of invoicing the government and writing an album because of it was all over the place back in February. It got a lot of media attention online.

    • I’m pretty certain that this list is incomplete.

      I mean…no Nickelback or Creed? Come on now.

      • kieran

        ^ this

    • robotdad01

      Heaven’s Trash



      Tin Omen

      Vx Gas Attack (“how cliche”)

  • Daniel Stuart Hoffman

    Did all of the detainees even speak English?

  • robotdad01
  • Rob Clowers

    You can dance if you want to, you can leave your friends behind,