Man Who Killed Osama Bin Laden Says Metallica Told US Military To Stop Using Their Music
Spin reports that the US Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden in 2011 said Metallica contacted the US military and told them to stop using their music to weaken prisoners in Iraq.
The anonymous man said in an interview with Esquire: “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’.“
The shooter also said that the military stopped using the band after their request, and instead used music by a Christian metal band called Demon Hunter. He added: “Then a band called Demon Hunter got in touch and said, ‘We’re all about promoting what you do.’ They sent us CDs and patches. I wore my Demon Hunter patch on every mission. I wore it when I blasted bin Laden.“
Spin said that in 2008, James Hetfield talked about the use of the band’s music to psychologically break down Guantanamo Bay prisoners.
He said: “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.“