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Interrogation's Greatest Hits

April 15, 2013

For many years, playing loud music to keep prisoners awake has been in the repertoire of CIA and military interrogators. Here is a reported playlist:

  • "All Eyes on Me," Tupac
  • "America," Neil Diamond
  • "American Pie," Don McLean
  • "Baby One More Time," Britney Spears
  • "Babylon," David Gray.
  • "Bodies," Drowning Pool
  • "Born in the USA," Bruce Springsteen
  • "Bulls on Parade," Rage Against the Machine
  • "Click Click Boom," Saliva
  • "Cold," Matchbox 20
  • "Die MF Die," Dope
  • "Dirrty," Christina Aguilera
  • "Don't Gimme No Lip," Pearl Jam
  • "Enter Sandman," Metallica
  • "F**k Your God," Deicide
  • "Hell's Bells," AC/DC
  • "Killing in the Name," Rage Against the Machine
  • "I Love You," from the "Barney and Friends" children's TV show
  • "March of Pigs," Nine Inch Nails
  • "Meow Mix" jingle
  • "Raspberry Beret," Prince
  • "Real Slim Shady," Eminem
  • "Sesame Street," theme song from the children's TV show.
  • "Shoot to Thrill," AC/DC
  • "Somewhat Damaged," Nine Inch Nails
  • "Staying Alive," The Bee Gees
  • "Swan Dive," HedPE
  • "Take Your Best Shot," Dope
  • "These Boots Were Made for Walking," Nancy Sinatra
  • "We Are the Champions," Queen
  • "White America," Eminem.

I wonder if this was someone's ITunes playlist? Have I considered queueing this up for my downstairs neighbors blasting Bjork on a Sunday morning? Well, we all have our weak moments.

Read more about this at ABC NewsThe Guardian,  KVUE.comMental Floss, Mother JonesOMG, Scholars and RoguesSpiegel and Spin

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