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05/19/2003 05:00 PM ID: 30368 Permalink   

Barney the Dinosaur Used to Break POW's

 

Interrogators in Baghdad are using heavy metal songs from Metallica and Drowning Pool to torture Iraqi Captives. Officials say using songs from the film XXX have been used to help break the POW captives.

Sessions of "culturally offensive" music encourages the Iraqi prisoners to talk and the interrogator's favorite tracks of torture are "Enter the Sandman" by Metallica and "Bodies" by the Drowning Pool.

"These people haven't heard heavy metal before. They can't take it." said Sergeant Mark Hadsell. Also used are the theme from Sesame Street and several songs by Barney the purple dinosaur.

 
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Officials say songs from the film XXX have been used to help break the POW captives...Also used are the theme from Sesame Street and several songs by Barney the purple dinosaur.

...

 
  by: JULESLADY     05/19/2003 05:27 PM     
  huh?  
 
What's with this 'break POWs'???
I thought POWs were protected by the
Geneva Conventions?
Or don't those apply if the prisoners have
brown skins?
There'd be a helluva fuss if the POWs in
question were good old USA troops.
Under the Geneva Conventions, the only
information a prisoner is obliged to reveal to
his/her captors are their name, rank and
serial number. Obtaining information via
torture, either physical or psychological, is
illegal.
Now, when can we expect to see the (US)
criminals responsible on trial..?
 
  by: boonierat   05/19/2003 05:45 PM     
  NOT BARNEY  
 
No Intelligent Human Could Remain Sentient after Being exposed to Barney's Singing

THE HORROR!!
 
  by: Neysan   05/19/2003 05:48 PM     
  HAHAHA  
 
Hilarious. I love all the rock songs, but damn. Those Barney songs were always going to make someone go psycho!
 
  by: NoOpinions     05/19/2003 09:54 PM     
  excellent  
 
Enter Sandman is one of my faves, and Drowning pool is in my winamp playlist as well. If the guys over there want any more stuff I'll burn them my Iron Mayden collection too.
 
  by: slamdaddy     05/19/2003 11:11 PM     
  Barney?  
 
oh dear I can see a war crimes tribunal coming against those guys - playing barney songs thats a crime against humanity
 
  by: gr0wlley   05/20/2003 12:28 AM     
  @ boonie, then, LMAO!  
 
boonie - Interrogating POW'S and using songs to get them to talk is not against the Geneva Convention. I'm sure tapes of Saddam singing *shudders* were used on US POW'S. I think you're just looking for an excuse to attack the US.

Well, I'd probably start singing along with the Downing Pool and Metallica songs which would mean one of two things would happen:
1. They let me go because they can't stand my singing.
2. They shoot me because they can't stand my singing.

As far as Barney goes, I would go nuts listening to that stupid "dinosaur". I don't mind the Sesame Street tune, it's kinda catchy ;-)
 
  by: kolman36     05/20/2003 04:55 AM     
  @kolman  
 
Article 3 relative to the Treatment of
Prisoners of War Adopted on 12 August
1949 states -
"In the case of armed conflict not of an
international character occurring in the
territory of one of the High Contracting
Parties, each party to the conflict shall be
bound to apply, as a minimum, the following
provisions:

1. Persons taking no active part in the
hostilities, including members of armed
forces who have laid down their arms and
those placed hors de combat by sickness,
wounds, detention, or any other cause, shall
in all circumstances be treated humanely,
without any adverse distinction founded on
race, colour, religion or faith, sex, birth or
wealth, or any other similar criteria.

To this end the following acts are and shall
remain prohibited at any time and in any
place whatsoever with respect to the above-
mentioned persons:

(a) Violence to life and person, in particular
murder of all kinds, mutilation, cruel
treatment and torture;

(b) Taking of hostages;

(c) Outrages upon personal dignity, in
particular, humiliating and degrading
treatment;

(d) The passing of sentences and the
carrying out of executions without previous
judgment pronounced by a regularly
constituted court affording all the judicial
guarantees which are recognized as
indispensable by civilized peoples. "

Seems to me the Good Ol' freedom lovin'
USA is breaking sections 1a and 1c right off.

Further, the Convention states in Article 17
"Every prisoner of war, when questioned on
the subject, is bound to give only his
surname, first names and rank, date of birth,
and army, regimental, personal or serial
number, or failing this, equivalent
information."

That's pretty straightforward to me.

Of course, the US troops who surrendered in
the Jessica Lynch episode blurted out every
detail of their home towns and their pet
dog's name when questioned on Iraqi TV, so
obviously this Article doesn't count...

I'm not seeking an opportunity to be anti
USA, though ghod knows you guys put up
enough ammunition every freakin' day you
wake up breathing. I'm more against the
hypocrisy inherent in the current view that
the US administration takes and that is
reflected in the mindless yapping of many of
your citizens.

Regardless, if the situation were reversed,
and US troops were being 'interrogated' by
having say Sufi music played at them 24/7,
you guys'd be screaming loud enough to be
heard on Mars.
 
  by: boonierat   05/20/2003 12:21 PM     
  @rat  
 
If i am correct, the US has claimed that the POWS are actually "unlawful combatents", which apperently means that the Geneva convention does not apply here.
But I may be wrong, mind you that it is 5 A.M. and I have been craming for finals all day.
 
  by: {FTK}Pale_Horse   05/20/2003 01:52 PM     
  boonie.....no....  
 
They're only using SONGS on them! They're not physically harming them! They're not causing them a loss of dignity! They're not doing anything against what you put up there. It's only songs! You are trying to find some way to attack the US when they're obviously isn't one. I realize that listening to Barney may be considered cruel and unusual punishment, but at least they're playing a variety of music. It says they're just encouraging them to talk, they're not prying out their eyeballs and shoving them down their throats!
 
  by: kolman36     05/20/2003 03:08 PM     
  @Pale_Horse  
 
so any country taking american prisoners could just claim "unlawful combatants" and do whatever the hell they want with them?
 
  by: Neysan   05/20/2003 04:13 PM     
  hey kolman...  
 
The simple fact is the US is trying to gain
information (even going so far as to 'break'
captives...) from POWs when, under the
Genveva Covention, the only information a
POW is obliged to provide is name, rank and
serial number.
That simple fact seems to have escaped
most people.
Of course, the POWs are only Iraqis, so
that's okay, right?
 
  by: boonierat   05/20/2003 04:30 PM     
  hey kolman...  
 
The simple fact is the US is trying to gain
information (even going so far as to 'break'
captives...) from POWs when, under the
Genveva Covention, the only information a
POW is obliged to provide is name, rank and
serial number.
That simple fact seems to have escaped
most people.
Of course, the POWs are only Iraqis, so
that's okay, right?
 
  by: boonierat   05/20/2003 04:44 PM     
  hey kolman...  
 
The simple fact is the US is trying to gain
information (even going so far as to 'break'
captives...) from POWs when, under the
Genveva Covention, the only information a
POW is obliged to provide is name, rank and
serial number.
That simple fact seems to have escaped
most people.
Of course, the POWs are only Iraqis, so
that's okay, right?
 
  by: boonierat   05/20/2003 04:50 PM     
  hey boonie...  
 
I got it the first time, you didn't have to post it 3 times.

It says nothing about how they can't interrogate them. All it says is that they are, as you said, OBLIGED to give their name, serial number, etc. The US isn't breaking any Geneva Convention things.

I'd be laughing at this story if it were happening to US POW's as well. It's "rofl" funny. It's not because they're Iraqis, it's because it's BARNEY!
 
  by: kolman36     05/21/2003 04:38 AM     
  Hang on  
 
I just got a new question...

How is barney "culturally offensive"??? I mean, it's BARNEY! How offensive can he GET?!?
 
  by: kolman36     05/21/2003 04:39 AM     
 
 
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