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Metallica objected to having their music used on prisoners in Iraq, says Navy SEAL


U.S. military chiefs agreed to stop using music by Metallica as part of their tough interrogation process in Iraq after the hard rockers made a personal request to army officials, says the U.S. Navy SEAL who is credited with killing Osama bin Laden in 2011.

The "Enter Sandman" hit-makers' heavy metal was played at loud volume to weaken prisoners' resolve and compel them to cooperate in the military leaders' search for bin Laden.

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The anonymous shooter tells Esquire magazine, "When we first started the war in Iraq, we were using Metallica music to soften people up before we interrogated them. ... Metallica got wind of this and they said, 'Hey, please don't use our music because we don't want to promote violence.' I thought, 'Dude, you have an album called 'Kill 'Em All'!"

Interrogators opted for Christian metal group Demon Hunter to replace Metallica, and they were enthusiastic about being used to wear down terror suspects. The Navy SEAL adds, "Demon Hunter got in touch and said, 'We're all about promoting what you do.' They sent us CDs and patches (for uniforms). I wore my Demon Hunter patch on every mission. I wore it when I blasted bin Laden."

The members of Metallica previously objected to having their music used on prisoners in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, with lead singer James Hetfield stating in 2008, "Part of me is proud because they chose Metallica and then part of me is kind of bummed about it that people worry about us being attached to some political statement because of that. We've got nothing to do with this and we're trying to be as apolitical as possible, 'cause I think politics and music, at least for us, don't mix."

Feb 15, 2013 10:14AM

Metalica Sucks Now and always have. .  Weather you been in the military or not, that has nothing to do with it.   GO US MILITARY!!   That Metalica trashed the Minds of countless americans and they paid for it. time for those talibuns to get a freebee. 

 Let me know if you want donations to buy more Metalica cd's or can I just send the CD's .   SUPPORT OUR TROOPS.  anyway we can.   Metalica=  If they were REAL Americans they would be proud instead of being Whinnnnnnnnnerssssssssssss.   they Suck so now they Blow too.

this is how they found old  Bin Lin.  Played that crud till the whole camp full spilled there guts and told them everthing...  There are a bunch of UN-Americans that object to this,  Just wait till your brother gets captured by them. Better yet go move over there that will change your tune.

Feb 14, 2013 10:51AM
Back in the 80's I could have sit through Master of Puppets for a few days.
Feb 14, 2013 1:02AM
I would of played them some Justin Bieber or any of this techno crap.
Feb 14, 2013 12:36AM
Wow you people trashing on Metallica, because they have a backbone amuse me. The group has been around for over 20 years. In that industry , that's a HUGE milestone. Period. What are you going to tell me today's music is any better? Let me know what you think in 20 years, when those one hit wonders are the never was and never has been...Good Lord people, show some respect they stood up for their rights, and their ability to think on their own.. there is NOTHING more american than that.. PERIOD.
Feb 13, 2013 11:43PM

When Metallica cut their hair, they cut off their balls along with it !

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