Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Spears Chuckers

I've written several times about my horror at the US's use of torture. But, as in all things, there are gray zones (as far as I can tell, this is not satire): 

The only thing Somali pirates hate more than not kidnapping people is “Oops I Did It Again” by Britney Spears–at least according to merchant navy officer Rachel Owens. 
In a bid to deter the pirates ... ships have begun blasting the poppy oeuvre of Spears... 
“Her songs were chosen by the security team because they thought the pirates would hate them most,” Owens said. ... 
Of course, there are other artists the ships could use, but they’re trying to deter pirates, not torture them. 
Said Steven Jones, of the Security Association for the Maritime Industry: “I’d imagine using Justin Bieber would be against the Geneva Convention.
I saw "Captain Phillips" the other day. I think this method would be at least as effective as fire hoses.

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