In Homeland: Blind Spot, after Afzal Hamid (I think) is interrogated by Saul Berenson and left alone in the room to reveal details of the Terrorist organization, why is there silence and death metal music time sliced in the interrogation room?
Does this happen in real interrogation situations too?

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    Yes, it happens; your government does that. Commented Sep 16, 2012 at 15:08

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Because after an hour of being forced to listen to death metal you'll confess to anything.

They were practicing sleep deprivation, where just as he's about to nod off they jolt him awake again.

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    I'd have used Barry Manilow, myself. And I'd have tortured him at the Copa.. Copacabana.... pain and confession are always in session at the Copaaaaaaa.... Don't tell them anything... Commented Feb 8, 2012 at 13:12
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    Modern renditions of this torture use Friday as their song of choice.
    – Tablemaker
    Commented Feb 8, 2012 at 13:39
  • Does this really work? Commented Feb 11, 2012 at 17:49
  • I don't know, I've never tried it.
    – Evan
    Commented Feb 11, 2012 at 23:49
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    – oers
    Commented Sep 12, 2012 at 6:40

It's a form of "not really torture" called Advanced Interrogation Techniques. The band they used are called Gridlink, by the way.

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