See The Playlist Used By The CIA To Torture Detainees

December 15, 2014   |   John Vibes

John Vibes
December 15, 2014

(TheAntiMedia) According to declassified reports, video evidence and testimony from whistleblower guards and soldiers, the US government used music to torture detainees in a number of different ways.

In some cases, songs would be played in repetition for hours or days on end, as to drive the prisoner to insanity. Music was also used to prevent detainees from sleeping, which is another way of creating delirium and vulnerability in the detainees.

Some songs were chosen because they were annoying, while others were chosen because they may have been offensive to the prisoner’s culture or religion.

Below are some of the songs that have been identified most often as being used by the US military in their torture programs. Some of the songs are annoying and could understandably be considered torture, specifically the Barney & Friends theme song and the Meow Mix commercial.

However, some of the artists featured like 2Pac, Rage Against The Machine and (hed)pe are actually pretty good, and are actually philosophically opposed to what the military is doing.

Deicide: Fuck Your God
Dope: Die MF Die, Take Your Best Shot
Eminem: White America, Kim
Barney & Friends: theme song
Drowning Pool: Bodies
Metallica: Enter Sandman
Meow Mix: commercial jingle
Janeane Garofalo/Ben Stiller: chapter from the Feel This Audiobook
Sesame Street: theme song
David Gray: Babylon
AC/DC: Shoot to Thrill, Hell’s Bells
Bee Gees: Stayin’ Alive
Tupac: All Eyez On Me
Christina Aguilera: Dirrty
Neil Diamond: America
Rage Against the Machine: unspecified songs
Don McLean: American Pie
Saliva: Click Click Boom
Matchbox Twenty: Cold
(hed)pe: Swan Dive
Prince: Raspberry Beret


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John Vibes joined Anti-Media as an independent journalist in October of 2014. His topics of interest include agorism, anarchism, consciousness, the Drug War, and spirituality. Born in Philadelphia, he currently resides in Maryland.

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  1. eminem's song kim is dope

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  2. they're gonna have a hard time torturing me….

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  3. If they play "Enter Sandman" while torturing me, I'll bust out singing along, with Hetfield's aggressive singing style, too.

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  4. I would listen to all of this over and over again I can fall asleep next to the DJ big speaker you don't have to pay attention to the music you don't like.

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  5. Dope, eminem, metallica, acdc, drowning oool, rage against the machine, saliva, head pe? They call that torture? The others are torture possibly. I haven't even heard the first, which doesn't sound that bad. They need to updste their playlist with shit like jonas brothers, beiber, miley cyrus, billy ray cyrus, etc. Feds Can't even torture people with music right let alone run a country right!

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  6. No Justin Bieber?

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  7. What do they use? Public radio?

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  8. I don't see enough evidence to support this! I mean "According to declassified reports, video evidence and testimony from whistleblower guards and soldiers, the US government used music to torture detainees in a number of different ways." What are the declassified reports and can we see the testimonies along with the video evidence.

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  9. Exactly! With songs like that, I think there would be a line of people wanting to get "tortured" Lol

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  10. The Barney song would have gotten me. Metallica and a few others I would have enjoyed but in turn to my adrenaline to some of those I may have turned the tables to start torching them. Ha!

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  11. It had to be old ppl who made this list that i get high n work out to.

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  12. i can see this on repeat getting to somebody whos been awake for 70 hours.. now i want to listen to hed pe…

    Tell me, who can control the flood?
    No one
    Where are the angels?
    Nowhere
    Where's the compassion?
    Nowhere
    Who knows the truth?
    No one
    Who will believe in me?
    No one
    Who will stand by me?
    No one
    Who will fly with me?
    No one

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  13. 48 hours at a time at ear splitting volume..bet even you couldn't sit through barney and friends

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  14. That's the soldiers' favorite bands.

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  15. They should've played some Neil Dimond or some Lil Wayne lol

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  16. I'd be more than happy to listen to any hard rock/metal at ear splitting volume for that long. Specifically slipknot, but barney and friends. I'd find a waybto kill myself

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  17. All the artist should do a class action lawsuit for defamation for linking these artists to United States terrorist activity.

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  18. Wow, they really know how to throw a party.

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  19. This is torture music? LOL why no country?

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  20. A steady dose of the crap Jay-z or Justin Beiber produces might make one want to kill themselves..

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  21. Caleb Amore i know you were being clever, everybody loves their music loud–including me. but what they are talking about is so loud it makes you shit your pants immediately, your insides tremble and come out your mouth….and that is just the beginning–47 hours and 50 minutes to go

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  22. there is a way imagine speaker yelling "LET THE BODY SET THE FLOOR LET THE BODY SET THE FLOOOR" every time you are falling asleep

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  23. That's quite over exaggerating. But you also have to remember it can't be too loud. Over bearingly loud. If they did that you would literally go deaf before the 48 hours were up. I doubt they'd really have it too loud otherwise they would have trouble answering their questions when they can't hear.

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  24. they are in metal containers, in the dark, 45 degrees Celsius, over 115, i think, in Fahrenheit–. this isn't a night sitting near the speaker at a punk rock gig. the previous and current administration have done much to soft sell this to the american and world public. i think if you do some checking you will find i am not exaggerating. maybe you are thinking of what they did to Noriega to get him out of Panama?….it's not like that at all .

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  25. White America is on the torture list? That's… ironic…

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  26. If true, I wonder if the bands gave consent… Where's the MPAA when you truly need them?

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  27. please don't feel i am picking on you…when half the thread is making light of it. the reason i am telling you what it's really like, is because your are young and there is still hope for you, the rest– waste of time really.

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  28. dude they won't be able to torture me lol

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  29. America is soo very fucked up/ talk about the axis of evil/

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  30. Nikolai

    body set the floor really …

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  31. Raspberry Beret would have been enough to do me in. "Anything you want…. just make it stop!"

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  32. Ibhope you realize it is literally impossible yo have sound loud enough to make someone shit themself. That is quite an over exaggeration as the brown noise doesnt even exist which would be a frequency to match the natural frequency of the bowels or shit make it break apart and yea. And it doesnt work with noise loud enough to do so. They would go deaf before that was even humanely possible. You way over exaggerate.

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  33. Justin Bieber's playlist would be perfect to drive them crazy in a couple of hours :3

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  34. Shit…could be worse!!!

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  35. Little….Tool…..a little Pantera…..some Phish…..we got ourselves a playlist a DAD would have!!!…..lol

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  36. Nikolai Sundoz I can't count the number of times before a game when that would be blasting in my headphones and I fell straight asleep.

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  37. Id be play them some GWAR, Slap slap slap you around….. All Daaaaaay! All day every f*king day!

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  38. this is not what they used to torture these men, but it is just a little information on what sound can do

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  39. Annnd what exactly does that have to do with sound loud enough to shit yourself and your insides come out? Nothing. Most that it could cause is throwing up as the equilibrium in you inner ear can be thrown off from the eardrum busting I believe. You're insides might shske frin extreme sound but it will not make you shit yourself or puke up your literal guts. You over exaggerated quit being a hard ass and just admit it?I never said sound can't kill you. Are you really this ignorant?

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  41. If what people think about false imprisoned detainees is true, this song would truly get on their nerves.

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  42. this is the last post. when i was young, and to this day my husband is still a punk rock musician, i have been in bars, at concerts—more than i can remember. there was a band i loved—they were famous for their bass sound—the bass was so loud, people actually had to go have a shit—i swear, this is not one word of a lie….so i know it is possible to make people have a physical reaction from music. they were a great band….sorry you will never get to experience a kind of music that moves you (giggle)..but this is the last post, all i want you to do and all i have ever wanted to do by this post, is make you look and read and understand what torture is and what it can do. maybe some day you will be open to learning but for now it seems you aren't ciao bella. be kind to others

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  43. I know what torture. You were just using a hyperbole but you tried saying all you said was literal. Don't say stupid shit and act like you know what you're talking about unless you want me to be a smart ass. Bye.

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  44. Lol … everyone should.

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  45. Where's Anal Cunt, Rebecca Black and Skrillex?

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  46. all about that bass, bout that bass…no treble…on a loop would surely make me die

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  47. Does anyone else feel like doing push-ups as they read over this list?

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  48. There's some decent bands and songs mixed in there it wouldn't be that torturous to me lol.

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  49. I actually like some of those songs lol. As a father, im impervious to Barney and Sesame Street.

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  50. This confrims my suspicion that all who dont like Metallica are Terrorists.

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  51. Ha! This was my same thought and post too! Where's nickelback and creed?

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  52. I actually like some of those songs so it wouldn't bother me

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  53. Caleb Amore speakers too loud can make your ears bleed or leave a ringing sound that will last for minutes. At Cretan frequencies speakers can cause vomiting and shitting your pants. It would take a lot of speakers but no more than a typical concert amount. Not to long ago the Netherlands created a sound system to test if a rocket could withstand the force of takeoff. I'm an audio engineer and musician. I studied music and sound at Berklee. I play and go to concerts on a regular basis. I used to work for a staging company as a sound manager. Don't say stupid shit and act like you know what you're talking about unless you want me to be a smart ass.

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  54. Actually thease are old people songs! As i know pretty much all of them!

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  55. Nikolai Sundoz lol what song is that? Those arent the lyrics and that doesnt even make sense.

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  56. i listen to popular r&b for 8 hours a day(work at club). So yeah, I could do that on my head, with a happy smile. Wish some nights they would play barney and friends on repeat all night, it be better then this popular r&b shit. But Bitches love it, because bitches be stupid.

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  57. Oh she deleted her other comments woo. Lol. But I don't recall saying.it couldn't induce vomiting I believe I said I didn't think so but I wasn't sure. However I did say it can not cause your internals to come out! And the shitting yourself, that still is not fucking possible!

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  58. They should have just played all nicki Minaj

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  59. Caleb Amore There is a frequency that can vibrate and irritate you bowels, but it would have to be greatly magnified to make you a helpless victim of your own anus.

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  60. Deicide would be the best torture ever. Fuck your god is a classic.

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  61. As I said before the brown noise does not exist. I FUCKING REPEAT THE BROWN NOISE DOES NOT EXIST AND IS IMPOSSIBLE. God. How fucking retarded are some of you guys?

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  62. Caleb, you don't understand. It's torture because they're unable to sit down and must stay awake for days with a spotlight in their face, standing in their own shit, with this music blasting in their cell. Not to mention what the "guards" would toss in with that mix.

    Oh – and it's music they've never heard before. They weren't exactly torturing American citizens, and it's more than likely that most of the detainees didn't speak English nor enjoy the sound of guitars and whatnot.

    How would you feel if you were in that same position, but had to listen to ear-splitting Arabian trumpets and a gibberish language that you doubt you'd be able to understand even if you spoke the language. It's noise. It's foreign. You can't hold your hands over your ears. And it's unwelcomed when you can't even sit down or lean back.

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  63. Bee Gees… Stayin Alive made the list of CIA torture songs? I'd be up dancing to that. Don Mclean's American Pie is on the list too? Shit. I'd be singing along to that until Hell froze too. If they really want to torture someone with music, I mean want to make them tear their own ears off and bash their own heads into the toilet tank, they would need to play crap like U2 or Nickleback. Some fucking Bieber would make me chew my own goddamn arm off to get away. The CIA must be chock full of fucktards.

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  64. To be fair I actually love that song. I could listen to bodies on repeat for hours.

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  65. Re Volt I guess you've never heard of sabaton

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  66. Luis Veras theres a simple way to solve that, Dont be a fucking terrorist… i dont think thats to hard of a request, IF you dont threaten and plan to massacre everyone who doesnt agree with you, You wont have to go throw listening to AC/DC for 48 hours straight.

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  67. Maybe I haven't heard those songs enough to think they were torture. I'd like to listen to them on a never ending youtube loop for a day for fun.

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  68. You kinda DO have to pay attention to the music when you haven't slept in 72 hours and it's blasting at hearing-damaging volumes endlessly.

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  69. That'd make for a good music video.

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  70. OK so I just made this a play list on spotify hhahaahaha

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  71. No I do understand it's fucking torture. But it isn't with that music to me. Staying up for days? Wooo big deal. Spotlight would suck standing in my own shit? Disgusting but in a situation like you you're not going to care as I'm sure that would be the least of your concerns. Now why do people keep arguing with me over this? In my comment the only thing I had been talking about was music. Now can any of you link me to the info where it's at ear splitting volume or where you stand in your own shit, have a spotlight in your face or any of that? Because I would like to read more about it. But don't get me wrong, I KNOW IT'S TORTURE I'M NOT A FUCKING IDIOT. They just have a poor choice in music to use for such an act

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  72. What!?!? No Insane Clown Posse?

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  73. Remember, they're not torturing normal people. They're torturing ass-backwards Islamic Jihadists who come from countries where ALL music is banned, because fun is not allowed.

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  74. Josh Forthun i can edit it but i wont cause thats what i hears from the hystericall mumble

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  75. Lmao it would be very difficult to torture me with these songs lol half of them are on repeat constantly anyway!

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  76. Swan dive is one of my favs!

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  77. Sherri Decembrini I'm a stagehand at a 35,000 seat amphitheater, I assure you I can sleep through anything at ear splitting volume. I've been doing it for years. lol

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  78. really? a matchbox 20 song? lmao

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  79. Needs more death metal. That shit is freaky if you don't listen to it. Then again, they might like it….Sugar Ray all the way!

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  80. Joe Enger I've found it nearly impossible to sleep while metal is playing, even at a normal volume. I imagine the prisoners would probably be awake for well over 48 hours before they would be able to sleep through deicide. Even then, they would probably wake up fairly quickly.

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  81. Freaky!! Can you imagine hearing american pie "this will be the day that I die…this will be the day that I die.." Or beegees "staying alive" over and over..ugh.. Disgurbing

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  82. Fuck, I'd kill myself ignoble to listen to this playlist. Good job CIA

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  83. Hell they would agree with the message Deicide delivers which is basically screw Christianity. If you really wanna piss em off play The Black Qur'an by Seeds of Iblis.

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  84. I dont joke about these matters. How would you like to be forced to wear headphones and music not at your choice…just to start the torturez

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  85. Lucky prisoners got some good music to listen too— American Pie? All Eyes on me? Enter Sandman? Beegees? That isn't torture! Meow mix on repeat would drive me to gouge my own eyes out though.

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  86. I love this list!! Absolutely disgustingly hilarious… If I was being tortured AND had to listen to David Gray I would just ask them to show me mercy and kill me

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  87. Coincidently enough, this exact same list of songs is my Bone Jamz 2014 playlist.

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