Torture through music has been used occasionally by the US military and, as they claim, successfully. In 1989, General Noriega, who was also president of Panama, was detained at his Vatican Embassy.
The embassy was encircled by American soldiers who began playing music throughout the day. The Clash, Van Halen, U2 and Guns ‘N’ Roses were some of their choices. Noriega, a well-known performer, surrendered after three days.
The same happened in the war in Afghanistan. There they played loud in villages Metallica and Thin Lizzy, threatening at the same time the Taliban. In Iraq, on the other hand, during the interrogations, there was a “favorite” song, in the investigators’ attempt to make the prisoners talk. And that was Metallica‘s “Enter Sandman”.
Their purpose was not to let them fall asleep playing heavy metal and at the same time infecting their cultural sensibilities in one way. When Metallica‘s frontman, James Hetfield, was asked about it, he replied:
“We have been torturing a lot of people with this music for many years. Much more than the CIA. It honors me that my country is using this to keep us safe. When music becomes available to the public, I can not control it. They use it to do what they have to do “.