Am I the only one who finds this funny??
I'm not a sadist, but I think certain interrogation techniques are necessary in order to get what is needed out of the person being interrogated. I also think some interrogation techniques cross the line.
I can't say I agreed with people who opposed water-boarding, but I suppose I can understand.
But being "outraged" that music is being used as a form of torture - come on!
Guantanamo is a controversial topic, so anything that goes on there that "leaks" into the news is going to ruffle some feathers - especially those of ardent anti-war types such as R.E.M., Pearl Jam's Eddie Veddar and Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave fame.
Not to brag or anything, but I met Tom at the last touring year of Lollapalooza and I have his autograph on a poster that reads "NO WAR" in black & white. (Think it's worth anything?)
He's a smart guy - went to Harvard - and he's an amazing guitarist, but I don't care about his politics.
And these artists are using this incident as a springboard to express their views - you know, something they haven't been doing for the past 8 years.
When I first heard about this, it reminded me of that one episode of "The Drew Carey Show" when Mimi kept blaring Van Halen's "Panama" outside Drew's house trying to get him to evacuate it or something.
I don't seem to remember Van Halen causing a fuss about it . . .
Anyway, if listening to " ...Baby, One More Time" 100 times is going to get some useful information out of a terrorist, I'm on board.
But isn't this kind of a silly thing for people to be so up in arms about?