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Westlife song tops CIA 'torture' charts

Westlife members Shane Filan, Mark Feehily, Kian Egan and Nicky Byrne before the band split. Picture by Paul Faith, PA
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FORMER Westlife star Kian Egan says it comes as no surprise that the CIA might be using one of the boyband’s songs to 'torture' suspects.

The singer-turned-talent show judge was unfazed after claim by Tanzanian citizen Suleiman Abdullah that he was forced to repeatedly listen to the band’s chart-topper ‘My Love’ while being held by the Americans.

The fisherman is among survivors who have taken a federal case against the psychologists responsible for implementing the CIA’s torture programme.

In the lawsuit, The American Civil Liberties Union say: “His [Suleiman Abdullah] interrogators would intersperse a syrupy song called My Love with heavy metal, played on repeat at ear splitting volume.”

“The music pounded constantly as part of a scheme to assault prisoners’ senses. It stopped only when a CD skipped or needed changing.”

Speaking on Eoghan McDermott's show on RTÉ’s 2fm, Egan joked that he was “delighted” that he was “not being tortured by hearing ‘My Love’ over and over again”.

“It's a pretty annoying song to be played over and over again,” he said.

Westlife are not the only musicians responsible for creating music that’s been accused of getting inside people’s head – and staying there.

Five other songs which some may perceived as torturous to some include: Who Let Dogs Out? by Baha Men, Barbie Girl by Aqua, Macarena by Los Del Rio, Gangnam Style by Psy and Crazy Frog.

 

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