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Tuesday, June 14, 2005

It's official: Christina Aguilera Music is torture!

Time Magazine reports on Gitmo interrogation methods : The document is a secret 84-page interrogation log that details the interrogation of ‘Detainee 063’ at Guantanamo Bay. It is a remarkable look into the range of techniques and methods used for the interrogation of Mohammed al Qahtani, who is widely believed to be the so-called 20th hijacker, a compatriot of Osama bin Laden and a man who had tried to enter the U.S. in August 2001 to take part in the Sept. 11 attacks. [...] After the new measures are approved, the mood in al-Qahtani’s interrogation booth changes dramatically. The interrogation sessions lengthen. The quizzing now starts at midnight, and when Detainee 063 dozes off, interrogators rouse him by dripping water on his head or playing Christina Aguilera music. According to the log, his handlers at one point perform a puppet show “satirizing the detainee’s involvement with al-Qaeda.” Yes, that's their kind of torture! Ain't it something? I have to say that i was horrified, shocked, appaled and chargained when i read this : No one , and i mean no one, should be forced to listen to Christina Aguilera's music. That's just..inhumane and cruel. Shame on you Gitmo interrogators. SHAME!


At 6/14/2005 02:31:00 AM, Anonymous Don Cox said...

Sleep deprivation is still torture. Once you accept that torture will be used in interrogation, it is only a matter of time before stronger and stronger methods are used. "We know he is guilty" is not an excuse when the man has not been tried in a court of law.

At 6/14/2005 06:25:00 AM, Anonymous Jeff said...

I want to hear more about this puppet show.

At 6/14/2005 07:09:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd call it humiliation, not torture. Keep in mind that there are actually people who pay money to have this stuff done to them.

At 6/14/2005 11:19:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Although Christina's music is horrible it could be far worse. If they really wanted to cause mental pain and anguish they should play William Shattner's (Captain Kirk from Star Trek) rendition of the Elton John's song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds". It is absoulutely terrifying to listen to, it makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up just remembering it.


At 6/14/2005 10:46:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sam, check out Mark Steyn's comments on this.
To Don Cox - We're at war! He wasn't coming here to stick up a deli! You guys will never get it. At least we didn't cut his head off.

At 6/15/2005 12:19:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So I guess now all we are allowed to do is say "Please, pretty please, Mr. Terrorist tell us what you know. We'll give you milk and cookies if you do."

OK what is allowed now for interrogation? Can we call people fat? Say their mother is ugly? Tell Khaled Sheik Mohommad he needs a back shave? Or are all these things over the line too? Well maybe we should send them back to their home countries for trial. Renditions never hurt anyone right? I sure wouldn't wan't to subject them to the humiliation of a trial by a bunch of infidels here.

Actually, wait a second, we can't give them a fair trial anyway. They submit themselves only to the judgment of God right? So really to be fair to them we are forced to hold them until God makes an appearance and gets through the judicial nominatting process (which could take an eternity). Besides for guys who love death as much as we love life, etc., etc., how big a deal is 10, 20, or 30 years sweating it out on Cuba. From their point of view the 71 virgins and paradise will still be there either way.


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