This story hurt Sarah McLachlan on so many levels

Industrial Band Skinny Puppy Bills DoJ For Using Its Music as a Torture Device     

Adan Salazar  February 6, 2014
“’What really bothers us is that they played our songs at an intolerable volume for hours on end’”
“Industrial band Skinny Puppy is billing the U.S. Justice Department  after finding out their tunes were used as a means of torturing  detainees at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba…”

Emaciated dog in Fort Lauderdale

I do admire their ethically unassailable insistence on getting paid.  Yet in spite of my skateboarding background, I think I’d be willing to admit to the Kennedy assassination after five minutes of listening to their crap.

“I’m a big fan of the Dead Kennedys!”

Why not use these psychos,

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 30: Rappers Shaggy 2 Dope (l) and Violent J (r) of the Insane Clown Posse pose backstage October 30, 2003 at the Riviera in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Harrison/Getty Images)            

who are already pissed at the government, and probably everyone (especially clowns)?

Let’s consider some other music used in the past, according to Danny Gallagher of The Wall Street Journal on July 21, 2009:
Six Songs Used to Torture and Intimidate:

1. Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA”

This song is really about as patriotic as the song “American Woman”or the movie American Pie.  Sorry, Gipper.

2. Christina Aguilera’s “Dirrty”

As a torture victim herself,



this exceeds the limits of irony set by the Geneva Convention.     


3. Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Were Made for Walking”

“Cult leader David Koresh’s battle with the FBI in 1993 featured a back  and forth barrage of ballad bombardments. Koresh wore down his followers by blasting his own failed pop songs at eardrum-busting levels. When  the FBI moved in and cut the power to the compound, they fired back with Nancy Sinatra’s depressing girl power pop ballad along with a  monotonous mix of Tibetan chants, cavalry bugle beats and 1950s-style  Christmas carols for nearly seven weeks straight. FBI officials said  they rejected the idea of using Billy Ray Cyrus’ ‘Achy Breaky Heart’  because of fears that some of the cult members might actually like it…”

This song was chosen in response to Koresh’s messages to his female followers that “Your boots were made for knocking” and “I hope no one has an Achy Beaky Pelvis.”  Koresh was pleased with the Christmas songs, which he thought were about him.

4. AC/DC’s “Shoot to Thrill” and “Hells Bells”

“Terrorists are so gay,” commented lead singer Agnus Young.

5. Anything by Barry Manilow

Weird Al volunteered to perform a song called “Oh Mahdi,” but negotiations stalled over “that goddamn accordion.”

6. Barney the Dinosaur’s “I Love You”

Deterring potential future evil-doers:

(And am I the only one who questions whether he really loves himself?)                                         



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