This kind of stuff is pretty normal, I think. Although IANAPWKAWHOALAP. [I Am Not a Person Who Knows a Whole Heck of a Lot About Psyops.] It probably doesn’t violate the Geneva Convention, although come on, USA, Barney? I know these people may have helped Saddam Hussein, but you don’t have to be that cruel.
Slight hijack, but here in the UK it has been found that to deter teen-age vandals in such places as unmanned railway stations you just have to play classical music over the PA system. They just run away.
Anyway, what’s with ‘cruel and unusual punishment.’ I realise that if, say, prison, could be considered cruel, but surely you don’t want anyone saying ‘Well, if we thumbscrew everyone, it won’t be cruel and unusual…’ ??
I love the military’s choice of music in these situations. Metallica against Saddam’s supporters. Sabbath for Noriega. I seem to recall hearing that Led Zepellin was used somewhere (Waco maybe? Maybe for Noriega?). All this stuff that’s supposed to get the evil-doers to come out weeping in agony. Anyhow, If I was subjected to this “torture” I’d just call up everyone I knew and tell them “I got some bitchin tunes jammin over here. PARTY TIME!” The siege of EnderVille would turn into a rager for the ages.
Bahaha. “The U.S. Army’s siege continued to be unsuccessful. A small party was seen leaving the compound, but they returned later, screaming ‘More Beer!’ and carrying kegs.” I don’t think I’ll ever forget those U.S. choppers circling that compound Noriega was hiding in while blasting Van Halen.
Maybe we should start a Cafe Society thread. “Music To Blast When Conquering A Country”.
I doubt if the music is used to break them, the music is used to keep them awake for long periods of time. Sleep deprivation has been found to be one of the most, if not the most, successful techniques for breaking a prisoner. It’s not that the prisoner’s will is crushed by it so much that their sense of what reality is gets kind of slippery and vague, and they lose track of what they’re doing and what they want to say, and what they don’t want to say, and they wind up saying it. It’s also a little more reliable than other forms of torture in that the prisoner isn’t consciously telling you what you want to know, but at some level doesn’t really know what he’s saying, so he’s less capable of lying.
Compared to the kind of stuff that apparently went on in Saddam’s prisons, sleep deprivation is quite humane, as it does not permanently injure, or really injure at all, the prisoner. It’s still a pretty nasty thing to do to someone, but hardly ranks on the scale of your average Third World prison’s scale of nastiness.
I understand this pretty well, as I worked the graveyard shift for a couple of years. I remember sometimes that when doing not-so-complicated tasks I would forget what I was doing and have to carefully retrace my thoughts to figure out what I needed to do next. The brain gets pretty sticky just from staying up late, a couple of days without sleep and I could see things getting REALLY blurry.