Sesame Street torture

05.20.03

American forces are trying to get Iraqi prisoners to talk by torturing them with Sesame Street: (via Tom)

Uncooperative prisoners are being exposed for prolonged periods to tracks by rock group Metallica and music from children’s TV programmes Sesame Street and Barney in the hope of making them talk.

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“They can’t take it. If you play it for 24 hours, your brain and body functions start to slide, your train of thought slows down and your will is broken. That’s when we come in and talk to them.”

Well I grew up on Sesame Street and don’t see any lasting effects – er – wait a second . . .

Barney, however, is definately torture. No question.

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