Bill Clinton makes secret trip to North Korea, wins pardon and apparent release of two captive US journalists.
Jailed reporters Laura Ling and Euna Lee
, employees of Al Gore's Current TV
, were arrested for spying in March and had recently been sentenced to 12 years in a labor camp. The remarkable development is likely to boost to Clinton's battered image
. [more inside]
Newsfilter: North Korea's response
to a toothless UN resolution
may be a second nuclear test
. With military solutions pretty much off the table
, it may be up to rival factions within the DPRK to topple the regime. NK coups have been discussed here before
, and the end result may not
be as pretty
as one would hope, but maybe this time
have had enough
North Korea has the ability to arm a missile with a nuclear device.
"The Pentagon's top military intelligence officer said yesterday that North Korea has the ability to arm a missile with a nuclear device, stunning senators he was addressing and prompting attempts by other defense and intelligence officials later to play down the remarks." Was Bill Clinton right
or just an an appeaser
But don't worry! Our CIA
and our military
have never failed us yet
, and we have wise leaders: "No terrorist state poses a greater or more immediate threat to the security of our people and the stability of the world than the regime of Saddam Hussein in Iraq." -- Donald Rumsfeld, testimony to Congress, Sept. 19, 2002.
So, will we be
protecting America from WMDs
, that is, giving the "Gift of Democracy" in Pyongyang, or just buying off Mr. Kim again?
South Korean government bans Kim Sun-Il execution video.
Activates government emergency internet monitoring system. Orders web sites and ISPs to comply. "Web sites that fail to follow through the instructions will be subject to shut-down or police investigation".
Several South Korean web sites have already been shut down, while other sites, such as Yahoo! Korea, are assisting the government by blocking and censoring their user's email. Meanwhile, a general strike, massive antiwar protests, and a refusal by airline unions
may prevent the deployment and supply of 3,000 South Korean soldiers to Iraq, as well as the rule of the current South Korean government.
Numerous U.S. websites are being blocked, and one of the sites, Ogrish.com
, is under attack from hackers
for carrying the execution video
. (warning: tragic and traumatic
. Windows Media.)