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PSYOPS: Pop Music vs. Islam

Posted by Regrette Etcetera on July 2, 2009

“PSYOPS: Pop Music vs. Islam” is an excerpt from Our upcoming publication: “The Subliminal City Unbound”, which explores the military-industrial complex’s use of subliminal and psychological warfare (primarily electronic) in contemporary engagements. Included is the “Top 10 pop songs chosen by Guards and Interrogators in Guantanamo Bay “.

“PSYOP…was a great threat to troop morale, second only to the coalition bombing campaign”.
Iraqi General after Operation DESERT STORM

“The mind has no firewall”.
Timothy L. Thomas,  PARAMETERS, Spring 1998

PSYOP (Psychological Operations), or so-called “Perception Management” has become a necessity in developing further means to exploit aspects of military power. As military structure re-organises and takes on missions beyond its traditional areas, such capabilities are becoming increasingly important to their operations, as has taking measures to protect against its use by the enemy and other “asymmetric political and military capabilities”. In other words, urban, televised theatres of war and the changing nature of war (ie on ‘terrorism’), coupled with advances in electronic media and weaponry, has created a need for increasingly sophisticated and clandestine methodologies of psychological intervention- beyond the crude pamphlet drops of WWII.

Recent Trials

The US airforce has trialed (and most probably used) Stealth aircraft with panels of thousands of LED’s (Light Emitting Diodes) on their undersides that can crate images in the sky that would appear to be apparitions or Phenomena- such as the appearance of (a) god, princess Diana,  Hello Kitty etc, over fearful and baffled enemy troops or populations. Also in use are battlefield holographic & filmic projections- i.e.  the projection of 3d holographic images of (quote) “an ‘angry god’” over a battlefield as decoys or discouraging/propaganda devices. We know that the military planned to use this technique in the Iraq war II, showing “Allah telling soldiers to overthrow Saddam”. We also know that military technologies currently encompass the use of ‘Audio Beam Guns’- which project or shoot magnetic/electronic beams that hit the body and produce internally heard sounds- that are used for the production of ‘voices’ (etc.) heard by each ‘victim/subject’ who will then take them as real/psychotic episodes, either way Freaking Out. Other weapons currently being used include ‘Microwave guns’- which initially were just used to boil internal organs, but are also being developed into electromagnetic weapons which can influence and change brain activity- possibly inducing states of euphoria, vertigo, orgasm- and may eventually be used from space to target populations/troops, and undoubtedly by ravers soon thereafter.
The notable failures of recent military PSYOPS include: a giant pendulum suspended from 2 Chinook Helicopters to hypnotize the enemy forces; the repetitive broadcasting of Hari Krishna chants for boredom (boredom and frustration opening the mind to suggestion) underlaid and backmasked with other content. (This was trialed after the remarkable successes of the Billy Ray Cyrus song “Achy Breaky Heart” being played continuously to Waco hostages for 4 days).

Pop-music vs. Islam

Over the last five years, music has quietly become a valued tool in the “War on Terror”. By 2008 there was talk about the American treatment of terrorists and the use of music to disorientate them. Music has been used in American military prisons and on bases to induce sleep deprivation, “prolong capture shock,” and to disorient detainees during interrogations. A report about Guantanamo Bay, published in 2006, quotes a PSYOP operative, named only as “Tom” on the use of music as torture:

“The hardest cases to break are those guys that sit there and smugly smile because they know we’re not going to beat them up or rip their fingernails out. So we use music to keep them disoriented, from knowing what time it is, from communicating with other people or hearing sounds that would help orient them.”

Based on a leaked interrogation log, news reports, and the accounts of soldiers and detainees, here are some of the songs that guards and interrogators chose :

1. White America – Eminem.
2. Barney theme song.
3. Enter Sandman – Metallica.
4. Hells Bells – AC/DC.
5. Stayin Alive – Bee Gees.
6. Dirrty – Christina Aguilera.
7. Coming to America – Neil Diamond.
8. Bulls on Parade – Rage Against the Machine.
9. American Pie – Don McLean.
10. Bodies – Drowning pool.

If the military had its own version of the ‘People’s Choice Awards’, Drowning Pool would bring home hardware every year. In David Peisner’s interviews, nearly every interrogator and soldier mentioned the band’s 2001 hit “Bodies” with its wild-eyed chorus, “Let the bodies hit the floor!” as a favourite for both psyching up American soldiers and psyching out enemies and captives. Some might view this as a rather dubious mark of distinction, but Drowning Pool bassist Stevie Benton isn’t among them:
“People assume we should be offended that somebody in the military thinks our song is annoying enough that played over and over it can psychologically break someone down, I take it as an honour to think that perhaps our song could be used to quell another 9/11 attack or something like that.”

Evidence of the use of subliminal content in music in PSYOP “War on Terror” campaigns.

For a number of years speculations about subliminal media use in torture/terror camps like Guantanamo Bay and Pine Gap have circulated throughout the internet. The accusations established a spectrum of uses. From the most innocuous: Inmates being granted radios and tv’s which were intercepted and subliminally planted to aid disorientation and interrogation (eg. by ascertaining the phobias of inmates or priming them to questions etc.). To the more insidious: played in speakers concealed in beds, on microwave frequencies saturating cells, in patterns in the orange overalls, etc.

This will be further explored in Our upcoming publication: “The Subliminal City Unbound”. Stay tuned.


6 Responses to “PSYOPS: Pop Music vs. Islam”

  1. Lauren Riots said

    ARGH Don McLean’s American Pie, that would be torture.

  2. piKe said

    Lots of artists are speaking out against the use of their music as torture:

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  4. […] upcoming expansion upon the 2009 text “Pop Music vs. Islam”  further exploring the use of music in interrogation and torture scenarios by US […]

  5. […] drops and propaganda through to the structural torture psychologies and practices used in Iraq- See Our work on Music Torture for example), the range of PSY-technique has been expanded and brought to the level of the […]

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