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Uh-oh.  One hour and 17minues of important viewing?  Hmm…  I recommend taking a gander at what Mr.Ahmed has to say as he sheds some light on some of the systematic problems faced by western societies.

Enjoy.

 

 

 

It is music’s capacity to take over your mind and invade your inner experience that makes it so terrifying as a potential weapon.

– Thomas Keenan, the director of the  Human Right’s Project at Bard College

Hey, surprise we’re not the good guys.  Ever.  This is all from Al-Jazeera and I guarantee it will not brighten your day.

“In 2003, it transpired that US intelligence services had tortured detainees at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib with music from Sesame Street.

Human rights researcher Thomas Keenan explains: “Prisoners were forced to put on headphones. They were attached to chairs, headphones were attached to their heads, and they were left alone just with the music for very long periods of time. Sometimes hours, even days on end, listening to repeated loud music.”

“The music was so loud,” says Moazzam Begg, a former detainee at Guantanamo Bay and Bagram. “And it was probably some of the worst torture that they faced.”

Stunned by this abuse of his work, Cerf was motivated to find out more about how it could happen.

“In Guantanamo they actually used music to break prisoners. So the idea that my music had a role in that is kind of outrageous,” he says. “This is fascinating to me both because of the horror of music being perverted to serve evil purposes if you like, but I’m also interested in how that’s done. What is it about music that would make it work for that purpose?”

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