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NORTH KOREAN TYRANT LIVES IN FEAR

June 20, 2017

Fox News on June 19, 2017, reported that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un travels incognito in his poverty stricken Hermit Kingdom. It might be prudent for him to be careful. Excerpts below:

The 33-year-old, third-generation ruler is “extremely nervous” about a clandestine plot to take him out, according to a key South Korean lawmaker who spoke to The Korea Herald. Rep. Lee Cheol-woo, chairman of the South Korean parliament’s intelligence committee, made the claim based on reports from South Korea’s intelligence agency.

“Kim is engrossed with collecting information about the ‘decapitation operation’ through his intelligence agencies,” Lee said following a briefing last week.

The rumored “decapitation plan” to target Kim and key deputies in the event fighting broke out on the peninsula first surfaced in late 2015, when the U.S. and South Korea signed “Operation Plan 5015,” a joint strategy for possible war scenarios with North Korea. According to the Brookings Institute, the plan “envisions limited warfare with an emphasis on preemptive strikes on strategic targets in North Korea and “decapitation raids” to exterminate North Korean leaders.”

According to Lee, Kim’s is so frightened that he now disguises his movements, travels primarily at dawn and in the cars of his henchmen. Public appearances and jaunts in his prized Mercedes Benz 600 have been curtailed.

By January of this year, there were reports that South Korea was speeding up the creation of a specialized unit designed for this mission, initially slated to be ready by 2019.

“A U.S. special operations strike against Kim Jong Un in today’s conditions would make the bin Laden raid look easy,” said Mark Sauter, a former U.S. Army and special forces officer who operated in the Korean de-militarized zone during the Cold War and now blogs about the decades-long effort to defend South Korea at http://www.dmzwar.com.

“Pyongyang is surrounded by antiaircraft weapons, and while the corpulent Kim presents a large and sluggish target, he’s kept on the move, always surrounded by fanatical guards and often near or in complex underground compounds,” Sauter said.

Despite those potential challenges, Sauter suggests the North Korean leader “does need to worry about strikes by precision-guided missiles and bunker-buster bombs in the early stages of a preemptive allied attack, and if a conflict continues, everything from (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) to special operators will be on his tracks.”

NORTH KOREA’S CYBER OPERATIONS

May 20, 2017

Fox News on May 18, 2017, reported North Korean hackers, believed to be some of the best in the world. Excerpts below:

North Korea and the group to which they are being linked, have quite a resume when it comes to aggression in cyberspace.

A 2013 Department of Defense report suggests the sluggishness of North Korea’s economy may be the reason why they are pursuing operations in the digital space, and that “[offensive cyber operations] may be seen as a cost-effective way to develop asymmetric, deniable military options.”

Cost-effectiveness aside, experts agree that the Hermit Kingdom’s cyber capabilities are undeniable. In April 2016, Army Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, now the commander of U.S. forces in Korea, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the North Koreans “are among the best in the world and the best organized” when it comes to cyber threats.

South Korea has claimed that the North’s digital army could number as many as 6,000, a number confirmed by a North Korean defector in a 2015 BBC interview.

That same defector, Professor Kim Heung-kwang, suggests that Bureau 121 was established decades ago, and initially began in China. Experts believe that North Korea continues to conduct illicit activities in China, though Kim suggests China-based operations have been scaled back significantly.

The [so called] Lazarus Group [connected to North Korea] has been linked to last year’s $81 million digital heist from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

NSA Deputy Director Rick Ledgett has reportedly argued that if North Korea had anything to do with the attack, “that means that a nation state is robbing banks,” something he calls “a big deal.”
Lazarus was also implicated in the 2014 attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment…

…researchers describe the scale of the Lazarus Group’s operations as “shocking,” and suggested the “rare cases when they are caught [using the same kind of code twice] are operational mistakes, because the group seems to be so large that one part doesn’t always know what the other is doing.”

AMERICAN INTELLIGENCE TO FOCUS ON NORTH KOREAN THREAT

May 14, 2017

Fox News on May 11, 2017, reported that the Central Intelligence Agency had opened a mission center with the sole task to monitor North Korea. Excerpts below:

Many of the details about the center are not yet known. It is led by an unnamed CIA veteran, who was tapped as the new assistant director for Korea. The CIA offshoot will work closely with the intelligence and national security community, the agency said.

“Creating the Korea Mission Center allows us to more purposefully integrate and direct CIA efforts against the serious threats to the United States and its allies emanating from North Korea,” CIA Director Mike Pompeo said in a statement. “It also reflects the dynamism and agility that CIA brings to evolving national security challenges.”

The opening of the mission center comes as tensions between the U.S. and North Korea increased over the last few months.

AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE ICON PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY, 92, HAS PASSED AWAY

September 7, 2016

Washington Times on September 6, 2016, reported that conservative author and icon Phyllis Schlafly has passed away at age 92. Excerpts below:

Eagle Forum, the grass-roots organization Mrs. Schlafly founded and presided over until her death, said in an online statement that she had died at her home in St. Louis surrounded by family members.

“Rest in peace, Phyllis Schlafly. Wife, mother, grandmother, author, lawyer, tireless voice of grass-roots conservative activism,” said conservative columnist Michelle Malkin.

“A woman of valor, a formidable friend and adversary, an American patriot,” said Weekly Standard editor William Kristol.

A polymath and a political combatant whose adversaries included communists at the height of the Cold War and feminists emboldened by the sexual revolution, Mrs. Schlafly will best be remembered for almost single-handedly derailing the Equal Rights Amendment as it neared ratification.

Her victory served as a precursor to the Reagan revolution, uniting the anti-communist and pro-family factions of the Republican Party in order to triumph at the ballot box.

Mrs. Schlafly burst onto the national scene in 1964 with her book “A Choice, Not an Echo,” a clarion call for conservatives to unite behind presidential candidate Barry Goldwater. More than 3.5 million copies of the book were sold.

She would go on to write more than 20 more books and more than 2,500 columns.

A staunch pro-life Republican, Mrs. Schlafly played an active role in Republican National Conventions since 1952…Although she participated in many political campaigns, she never won office herself.

“Your work is an example to all those who would struggle for an America that is prosperous and free,” President Reagan said at a tribute event for Mrs. Schlafly in 1984.

..feminists saw her differently. “I’d like to burn you at the stake,” Betty Friedan said to Mrs. Schlafly at a 1973 ERA debate at Illinois State University. Mrs. Schlafly coolly responded that such a comment “shows the intemperate nature of proponents of ERA.”

Phyllis McAlpin Stewart was born in St. Louis on Aug. 15, 1924. Her father was a machinist, and her mother was a librarian. Mrs. Schlafly was a dedicated Girl Scout and attended Catholic schools, including Academy of Sacred Heart.

She worked nights at an ammunition plant as she earned her bachelor of arts degree in 1944 as a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Washington University in St. Louis. She later received a master’s degree in government from Harvard University in 1945, law degree from Washington University Law School in 1978 and multiple academic honors, including an honorary doctor of humane letters from Washington University in St. Louis in 2008.

She married Mr. Schlafly, a lawyer and devout Catholic, in 1949 and began life as a stay-at-home mother in Alton, Illinois.

Mrs. Schlafly is survived by six children, 16 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

COLD WAR SWEDEN’S WEAK IRREGULAR DEFENSE PLANNING

June 23, 2016

Swedish businessman Alvar Lindencrona (1910 – 1981) according to journalist and author Mikael Holmström (b. 1955; ”Den dolda alliansen : Sveriges hemliga NATO-förbindelser”, paperback edition, 2015) was the leading figure of preparations for guerrilla warfare against the Soviets. The departments in the rudimentary organization called Stay Behind were according to Holmström:

First Department (military) Anders Grafström, Swedish Army

Second Department
(evacuation routes and exile Swedish bases) Thede Palm, Military Intelligence

Third Department (political and psychological warfare) Unknown

Lindencrona was until 1964 with Thule Insurance Company and on the board of Saab-Scania. He also worked for the International Chamber of Commerce. Holmström names business executive Curt Steffan Giesecke (1921 – 2016) as his successor.

Meetings of the organization were held in an office in Stockholm and in Lindencrona’s private apartment. Social Democrat Prime Minister Tage Erlander (1901 – 1979) initiated the organization and successive social democratic ministers were in the political leadership of the small guerrilla warfare group. Other leading members of the leadership were trade union boss Arne Geijer (1910 – 1979) and the Director of the Employers Organization Bertil Kugelberg (1900 – 1991).

Military officers involved were among others Sune Gladh and Gunnar Areskoug. In 1996 Reinhold Geijer (1915 – 2009) went public on Swedish TV to reveal his involvement in the guerrilla command. He had been active in northern Sweden in the hotel business.

There were possibly five regional subgroups. The total organization personnel has been estimated at 50 to 150. General Carl Erik Almgren (1913 – 2001) estimated membership at 300 – 400. Outside support for the guerrilla organizations in the Scandinavian countries came mainly from the United Kingdom.

There has so far been no parliamentary investigation in Sweden of the group. This in a country that claims to be open and democratic. The Swedish guerrilla war preparations during the Cold War seem more like the order of the Prussian king for partisan and guerrilla warfare in 1813 against the French occupiers of Prussia and the rest of Germany. Nothing came out of it as guerrilla resistance cannot be ordered from above.

TERROR TRAINING ON CUBA – A FEW BACKGROUND NOTES

April 12, 2016

Fidel Castro soon after taking power on Cuba started promoting Latin American guerrilla movements. Already in 1959 bands of Cuban-supported insurgents landed in Caribbean countries to spark insurgencies. Cuba’s General Directorate of Intelligence (DGI) established a special department, National Liberation, for revolutionary support. It soon grew to become the largest entity of the DGI.

On Cuba Latin American volunteers were trained in combat. The Cuban schools for subversion grew. In 1962 at least 1,000 to 1,500 Latin Americans were trained and indoctrinated. The largest group came from Venezuela, which at the time was Fidel Castro’s main target. Some courses lasted for four weeks, others up to a year.

Cuban propaganda invited the revolutionaries from other countries and told them that Cuba would pay all expenses and train them in underground organization techniques, in guerrilla warfare, in sabotage and terrorism. Then they would be provided with support to return to their home countries. Tthey would be supported by Havana and receive propaganda material for distribution. Training aids would be given for expansion of local guerrilla forces and secret communication methods would be provided. Funding and specialized demolition might be offered.

The advice for the revolutionaries when they returned was to steal military weapons from the army. To acquire funds they would have to rob banks.

Instructions had been given by Cubans before departure on how to use invisible ink in secret writing, how to use addresses and “mail boxes” to keep up contact with Havana. Communications equipment was also provided.

Later the National Liberation Department was renamed the Americas Department. In the 1970s an army of “internationalists” from Cuba would follow. Tens of thousands were sent for military intervention in Angola and Ethiopia. Large units of Cuban soldiers fought military battles in support of African Marxist revolutionary regimes. Smaller military missions were sent to Nicaragua and other countries in Central America. The goal was to establish Marxist-Leninist revolutionary regimes. Special Troops of the Cuban Ministry of the Interior were the vanguard of these missions.

Among the “internationalists” were Cuban doctors, other medical personnel, technicians and intelligence advisors. A speciality, shared by East Germany, was to offer presidential and leadership protection in nations that were under Cuban influence. East Germany established its own “Africa Corps”.

Cuba received extensive financial support from the Soviet Union to pay for revolution and terror. Venezuela has received thousands of Cubans to support the revolutionary regime there. When the oil prices were high Venezuela provided Cuba with a lifeline after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

In 2015 the Obama administration took Communist Cuba out of the list of terror supporting countries. It is therefore important to remember that from 1959 to 2015 Cuba and the Soviet Union provided training and financial support for left wing revolutionaries around the world. The present Cuban leader, Raul Castro, is a general of the Cuban army who from 1959 has been deeply involved in training for terror and revolution on many continents.

Source: Castro’s Secrets by Brian Latell (2012). Dr. Latell is a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies at the University of Miami.

SOVIET AGENTS IN THE UNITED STATES: THEY INFLUENCED POLICIES OF THE WEST

April 10, 2016

In 2016 there is no doubt that there was in the beginning of the Cold War many hundred Communist and pro-Soviet operating in the West. They managed to wield great leverage on U.S. policy. In some cases they even made or guided key decisions. Classic cases were Soviet agents Harry Dexter White who disinformed Henry Morgenthay and Alger Hiss who disinformed Edward R. Stettinius Jr. 100 of millions of people were added to the Communist sphere of the world. Then China fell to Communism a few years later. Later followed other Marxist conquests in Indochina. Cuba and Nicaragua were added and in Africa countries like Angola. It was not through conventional armies marching across borders, but by actions of subversives inside the nations targeted.

An interesting case in point was the Yalta Conference in 1944,that would doom East European countries to decades of Communist tyranny. For some reason President Franklin Roosevelt brought Soviet agent Alger Hiss along. In most academic studies Alger Hiss role at Yalta id downplayed. In reality he was an outspoken participant in a large number of topics. Stettinius noted in his diaries:

At this point Mr. Hiss brought up the question of China and stressed the importance which the United States attached to U.S., British-Soviet encouragement and support for an agreement between the Comintern and the Chinese Congress in order to further the war effort and prevent possible civil strife.

In the official record of Yalta there is no mention of this.

What influenced Great Britain during World War 2 to choose Tito as partner instead of anticommunist General Draza Mihailovich. Aiding the Tito case in the Balkans was James Klugmann at the British intelligence station in Cairo. Klugmann had been a member of the Cambridge circle of the 1930s with future Soviet spies like Burgess, Maclean, Philby and Blunt. Records exist of Klugmann explaining to an official of the British Communist Party that he (Klugmann) had in Cairo acted to switch British support from Mihailovich to Tito. He was among other things able to control the selection and destination of agents bound for Yugoslavia.

These are only two examples from a book published a couple of years ago. The authors of the book called for more information tracked down in the future. Much of the information of Soviet subversion in America is hard to come by. In the dominating history research there has been a fixation on cases in which subjects were caught passing documents to Soviet handlers. This means that numerous agents, contacts, and episodes with impact on policy matters have been excluded.

Source: Stalin’s Secret Agents: The Subversion of Roosevelt’s Government by M. Stanton Evans and Herbert Romerstein (2012)

Comment: There is much more that deserves more research in the future. Of special interest would be further research on how Soviet influence agents caused the United States to stop supporting the government of the Republic of China. The result was that China in 1949 was conquered by Mao’s Soviet supported military forces.

NORTH KOREAN DEFECTORS CARRY OUT HELIUM BALLOON LAUNCH IN MARCH 2016

March 26, 2016

Swedish daily newspapers on March 26, 2016 reported that anti-North leafletse had been launched against North Korea. UPI on March 21, 2016 reported on the plans to launch the leaflets. Excerpts below:

A group of North Korean defector activists plan to launch an anti-Pyongyang propaganda campaign in commemoration of the sinking of the South Korean warship Cheonan.

The South Korean organization Fighters For Free North Korea said it expects to launch 500,000 anti-North leaflets using 20 helium balloons on March 26, local news service CBS No Cut News reported.

Other organizations, including the National Action Campaign for Freedom and Democracy in Korea, a conservative group, are also to take part in the helium balloon launch.

In the course of three months, Fighters For Free North Korea plans to send 10 million flyers that condemn the North’s nuclear test and missile provocations.

In 2015, the defectors had planned a similar launch on the fifth anniversary of the Cheonan sinking, but the North had threatened to retaliate with an armed response. The police also blockaded the activists, and the launch was suspended.

Seoul’s Unification Ministry stated Monday the distribution of leaflets to North Korea is a “fundamental right to the freedom of expression” but the activists should take national security into consideration, local television network KBS reported.

LENINCRASH AS UKRAINIAN ARTFORM

March 16, 2016

Euromaidan Press on March 14, 2016 reported on the toppling of Lenin statues in Ukraine as an artform. Excerpts below:

In Ukraine, toppling Lenin statues fulfills a number of objectives: it’s a popular spectacle, desacrilization of old myths, destructurization of historical figures, letting off steam and overt intimidation of ideological opponents

It definitely should not be viewed in a one-dimensional manner, but rather examined closely from several aspects as it contains codes that help us understand other areas of Ukrainian society.

Recently, Dnipropetrovsk got rid of its monument to Soviet revolutionary Hryhoriy Petrovsky; now residents and the city council are talking about renaming the city. Two years have passed since the Lenincrash phenomenon started in Ukraine. So, it would be a sin not to examine this particular element of decommunization. Lenincrash is worth looking at from a different perspective, as a popular manifestation. Perhaps we should also consider it an artistic performance…

The Maidan, like any major uprising, generated a flurry of folk art. Besides poetry, songs, kolomyyky, cartoons, caricatures, paintings and interesting political slogans, protesters created different and colourful means of artistic expression, such as performances, flash mobs, happenings and action events. Lenincrash fits perfectly into this context. In fact, it’s all of the fore-mentioned tied into one! And, it responds perfectly and eclectically to the desires of the Ukrainian people.

Lenincrash resembles a popular carnival… a theatrical performance with assigned roles and actions that are allowed before Christian Lent. It’s a carnival where masks are replaced by balaklavas, both of which are used for the same purpose. Don’t even try to pretend that no one will recognize you!

Like other complex popular phenomena, toppling Lenin statues fulfills a number of objectives: it’s a popular spectacle, desacrilization of old myths, destructurization of historical figures, letting off steam and overt intimidation of ideological opponents.

In addition, Lenincrash is a therapy to combat trauma caused not so much by the actual collapse of the Soviet Union, but by insufficient knowledge of traumatic experiences suffered by the Ukrainian population during this period. The symbolic act of destroying the “leader of the proletariat” and removing him from his pedestal should break all ties with the previous era, with the horrifying past, and help relieve post-traumatic syndromes. What was supposed to happen, but didn’t happen, in the eighties and nineties must be implemented now. There is great hope that such symbolic acts will make a difference.

When the Lenincrash phenomenon spread from Halychyna (western Ukraine) to all regions of the country, it demonstrated that the cult of the personality was finally debunked. Lenin is no more a sacred figure for the Ukrainian people.

Lenincrash is also a fight against the totalitarian regime that denied any other art but social realism, censored everything and left no room for creativity. Now, artists and critics, both leftists and libertarians, protect what was embodied in the era of censorship from actual “censorship”. There is no more instinct of self-preservation…

Finally, if we consider Lenincrash as a symbiosis of artistic techniques, we can assume that interpreting it as an act of barbarism is akin to censoring folk art. This is done by people who detest moral values and references to censorship.

No less paradoxical is the fact that many monuments to Lenin and other Soviet leaders do not have the slightest artistic value, but the people who organize such events and pull down old idols turn their action into real performance art.

ON ARTHUR KOESTLER’S ‘DARKNESS AT NOON’

March 12, 2016

Wall Street Journal on March 11, 2016 reported that recently discovered typescript of Arthur Koestler’s famous anti-communist novel, written in German, reveals that the English translation was flawed. Excerpts below:

In the April, 2016 issue) of the New York Review of Books, scholar Michael Scammell wrote about a recently discovered typescript of Arthur Koestler’s 1940 novel “Darkness at Noon,” written in German and pre-dating the “unintentionally misleading” English-language translation “that is unfaithful both to Koestler’s literary sophistication and to his penetrating analysis of the devastating consequences of Communist psychology”

When Darkness at Noon appeared in 1940, it illuminated realities that were little known (and sometimes denied) in the West: show trials, confessions, prison conditions, totalitarian psychology, and human oppression. After the Soviet Union became the West’s ally during World War II, the book’s topicality faded, only to reassert itself with the start of the cold war. Moreover, when the cold war ended, Darkness at Noon did not fade away as many cold war books, movies, and other cultural artifacts did. Like Animal Farm, 1984, and a few other novels from that time,Darkness at Noon had staying power…

The book has little in the way of conventional plot, but it powerfully illuminates the human condition, men’s moral choices, the attractions and dangers of idealism, the corrosive effects of political corruption, and the fatal consequences of psychological and ideological fanaticism.

This is all the more impressive given the novel’s flawed translation,..

Now we no longer have the excuse of being denied the original text. It’s not only possible, but in my view imperative, that someone undertake a new translation that will communicate the book’s artistic qualities more accurately and offer a richer and more nuanced account of Koestler’s complex narrative.