I remember when U.S. troops used high volume rock music during Operation Just Cause to flush Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega from the Vatican embassy in Panama City in 1989. They cranked out some Van Halen tracks, among other artists, and everyone happily rocked out until it was over.
In contrast, a coalition of musicians, including R.E.M. and Pearl Jam, want to know if their music was used by the U.S. military as part of controversial interrogation methods at the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. They are upset that their music might have been used on detainees, and it appears some might be thinking of taking legal action if it was.
Would you be upset if yourÂ creative materialÂ was used as part of controversial interrogation methods? Do these musicians have a right to be upset? Isn’t R.E.M. music torture, whether your detainedÂ at Gitmo or not? What songs would be on your prison torture playlist?
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