One method of CIA torture is to play the same song nonstop for days on end. You may expect that the songs they choose to play are particularly grating or unbearable, but shockingly, a lot of them are songs that have been wildly popular in America.
The strategy behind utilizing this recognizable jingle, according to investigative reporter Justine Sharrock, is that it makes the public laugh rather than actually consider the maddening repetition torture. Apparently, this jingle would be played after a heavy metal session, and the shift in dynamics would be unbearably irritating.
"We Will Rock You" wasn't the only Queen classic that was used to torture prisoners. After the US Army raided an Iraqi security firm, this was the song of choice for the unofficial prison camp. It was probably chosen more for the arrogance factor than anything else.
The CIA would play songs from the children's TV show "Barney and Friends" in order to crack Iraqi prisoners. The most effective song was "I Love You," which many parents can probably agree is not too much of a surprise. In fact, it's been called the most overused torture song in the CIA's arsenal.
During the Waco siege in the early 1990s, the FBI blasted music for 51 days to torture the people inside the Mt. Carmel structure. Songs included various Christmas carols, and Nancy Sinatra's famous tune.
While heavy metal fans can't get enough of Metallica's opus, US prisoners definitely have. The song was played at cacophonous levels in Guantanamo Bay and military prisons.
The Bee Gees' super-disco soundtrack became the bane of Pakistani-Englishman Moazzam Begg's time in the U.S. military prison system. In his comprehensive memoir, Begg described the ceaseless '70s torture in excrutiating detail.
A leaked report from Guantanamo Bay reveals that the songs "Can't Stop" and "Californication" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers were used to torture a suspected terrorist in 2002. Flea, legendary bassist of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, was heartbroken to discover this.
We're guessing these CIA prisoners must have been Biggie fans. Songs from Tupac Shakur's album "All Eyez on Me" were used during CIA interrogation techniques.
Is it the 1990s or a CIA prison? Apparently both of them played Britney Spears' breakout smash ad nauseum. "Baby, One More Time" remains a beloved song to this day, so it's difficult to imagine it being used for torture, but after days of repetition any song becomes unbearable.
"The Real Slim Shady" led to a breakthrough for Eminem, but it led to a breakdown for some of the CIA's captives. Binyam Mohamed, an Ethiopan national who was detained as an enemy combatant, suffered this screamy rap song for 20 days, and claimed that he could hear people screaming and hanging their heads when the song restarted.
Queen's perennial classic is beloved by Americans all over, and sports fans in particular. However, the CIA would play the pounding song on repeat to torture Iraqi prisoners after raiding a security firm in the country.
In the same vein as the "Barney" songs, the US has used songs from the popular children's show "Sesame Street" in their prison camps. At least the prisoners will REALLY know their ABCs.
Christina Aguilera's hit song was apparently often used by the CIA in interrogations of suspected Muslim terrorists. The CIA would play sexually explicit songs like "Dirrty" and use femal interviewers in an attempt to frustrate devout Muslim prisoners.