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From TIME magazine, June 12, 2005:

New York -- TIME has obtained the first documented look inside the classified realm of military interrogations. The document is a secret 84-page log that details the interrogation of "Detainee 063" at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. It's a remarkable look into the range of techniques and methods used for the interrogation of Mohammed al Qahtani, widely believed to be... a compatriot of Osama bin Laden and a man who tried to enter the U.S. in August 2001 to take part in the Sept. 11 attacks.

More Muscular Strategies: Al-Qahtani's resilience under pressure in the fall of 2002 led top officials at Gitmo to petition Washington for more muscular "counter resistance strategies." On Dec. 2, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld approved... coercive methods. [...] The quizzing now starts at midnight, and when Detainee 063 dozes off, interrogators rouse him by dripping water on his head or playing Christina Aguilera music.[Emphasis added.] July 7, 2005 Broward County -- Outtakes has obtained the first documented look at the Christina Aguilera playlist used to torture Detainee 063. The document is half a page long and contains selections culled from Aguilera's eponymously titled debut album and her most recent studio work, Stripped. It seems that after tracks such as "Come on Over (All I Want Is You)," "What a Girl Wants," and "Dirrty" failed to elicit information from an obviously pained al Qahtani, officials petitioned Rumsfeld for more muscular "Aguilera exasperation strategies." Rumsfeld approved four of seven stronger coercive tunes but said that forcing the prisoner to view photos of Aguilera's Maxim magazine photo shoot -- in which she poses in a pool with only an inner tube to cover her ferret-like figure -- would fall outside Geneva Convention standards on treatment of prisoners of war. Though her duet with Ricky Martin, "Nobody Wants to Be Lonely," caused 063 to beg for a swift bludgeoning, and "Ven Conmigo (Solamente Tú)" -- the Spanish version of "Come on Over" -- caused him to renounce Islam, it wasn't until "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)" that the prisoner finally cracked. He proceeded to reveal the true reason he conspired to attack America: He feared that a solo album by Xtina -- Aguilera's "goth" alter ego -- was in the works. -- Ben Westhoff

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