Thursday 18 January 2018

Westlife hit used by CIA to 'torture innocent terror suspect'

‘Syrupy song’: Westlife members Shane Filan, Marcus Feehily, Nicky Byrne and Kian Egan
‘Syrupy song’: Westlife members Shane Filan, Marcus Feehily, Nicky Byrne and Kian Egan
Adam Cullen

Adam Cullen

A Westlife song has reportedly been used by the CIA to torture terror suspects.

Tanzanian fisherman Suleiman Abdullah was allegedly tormented with the Irish band's number one hit 'My Love' at "ear-splitting volumes".

The innocent seaman was abducted by a Somali warlord in 2003 before being handed over to the US intelligence agencies, who held him prisoner for over five years.

The American Civil Liberties Union claims two US psychologists designed the unusual torture programme to get information from terror suspects in Afghanistan.

Its website states: "His interrogators would intersperse a syrupy song called 'My Love' (by Westlife) with heavy metal, played on repeat at ear-splitting volume.

"They told Suleiman, a newlywed fisherman from Tanzania, that they were playing the love song especially for him.

"The music constantly pounded as part of a scheme to assault prisoners' senses," they allege.

"He also endured an incessant barrage of torture techniques designed to psychologically destroy him.

"His torturers repeatedly doused him with ice-cold water. They beat him and slammed him into walls. They hung him from a metal rod, his toes barely touching the floor. They chained him in other painful stress positions for days at a time. They starved him, deprived him of sleep and stuffed him inside small boxes."

The ordeal drove Mr Abdullah to attempt suicide. He was eventually released when he was deemed to be "no threat".

Irish Independent

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