This article covers the first Internet posting and analysis of a unique Cold War document, the 1952 “Report of the International Scientific Commission for the Investigation of the Facts Concerning Bacterial Warfare in Korea and China.” The ISC was headed by one of Britain’s foremost scientists of his day, Sir Joseph Needham. The charges of U.S. use of biological warfare during the Korean War have long been the subject of intense controversy. The reliance, in part, on testimony from U.S. prisoners of war led to U.S. charges of “brainwashing.” These charges later became the basis of a cover story for covert CIA experimentation into use of use of drugs and other forms of coercive interrogation and torture that became the basis for its 1963 KUBARK manual on interrogation, and much later, a powerful influence on the CIA’s post-9/11 “enhanced interrogation” program.
|By: Jeff Kaye Monday January 26, 2015 5:00 pm|
|By: Peter Van Buren Tuesday January 20, 2015 12:00 pm|
What’s wrong with this picture? We all famously know the U.S. government directly blamed North Korea for the Sony hack, allegedly in retaliation for the sad Seth Rogen “comedy” The Interview. Serious questions arose almost immediately about how the U.S. could be so sure it was the boys from Pyongyang at fault, and not some [...]
|By: Tom Engelhardt Tuesday January 6, 2015 5:00 pm|
As 2015 begins, let’s take a trip down memory lane. Imagine that it’s January 1963. For the last three years, the United States has unsuccessfully faced off against a small island in the Caribbean, where a revolutionary named Fidel Castro seized power from a corrupt but U.S.-friendly regime run by Fulgensio Batista. In the global power struggle between the United States and the Soviet Union in which much of the planet has chosen sides, Cuba, only 90 miles from the American mainland, finds itself in the eye of the storm. Having lost Washington’s backing, it has, however, gained the support of distant Moscow, the other nuclear-armed superpower on the planet.
|By: Peter Van Buren Tuesday December 30, 2014 9:01 am|
The competition was heavy, but the results are in: the dumbest article you’ll read this week about North Korea, and Seth Rogen’s ugly stain on his sheets The Interview, was published by the web site Business Insider. Second place goes to the Washington Post. Respect, bros. Psst… Wanna Buy a Copy of “The Interview?” Only [...]
|By: msmolly Friday December 26, 2014 5:00 am|
President Obama, after announcing that North Korea hacked Sony according to the FBI, has followed with an attempt to calm the anger at North Korea. He declared last Sunday that in his opinion it wasn’t an act of war, but an act of “cybervandalism” and promises a “proportional” response. But you don’t have to look far to find a lot of skepticism about North Korea’s role in the attack from a lot of cybersecurity experts.
|By: Peterr Saturday December 20, 2014 10:00 am|
Yesterday’s remarks about North Korea at Obama’s press conference were nice, but something more is clearly needed. A well-placed source provided FDL with a document purporting to be a memo from Obama to his senior staff, drafted yesterday after the press conference. I have been unable to independently confirm its authenticity, as trying to do so would reveal my source — and we all know how well the WH likes leakers. The memo’s goal is to take the fight to North Korea in a new and different manner than has been done before. “People want a proportional response? Fine . . .”
|By: Attaturk Monday November 3, 2014 1:30 am|
When it comes to disinformation and paranoia it’s hard to tell where America starts and North Korea ends.
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday July 21, 2014 4:59 pm|
Tonight’s film, Propaganda, is one of the most meta-mind fucks of a film ever made, right up there with F for Fake, even more so because it unfolds a global epic of propaganda. Originally purporting to be made in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Propaganda was “leaked” online after being “smuggled out of DPRK,” causing an uproar. Is this really how the North Koreans see the West? Can this film–which has moments of hilarity, especially with the use of vintage 1950s and 60s footage–even be real?
|By: Peter Van Buren Wednesday May 14, 2014 12:08 pm|
What kind of world is it when North Korean propaganda about the United States is more correct than crazy? Let’s fact-check and see how the Northerners did.
|By: Attaturk Monday April 28, 2014 1:30 am|
North Korea’s “genetics-based” dictatorship of the proletariat has reached the last stage of political irrelevancy [no, not hosting Sean Hannity at his Nevada Ranch] its agitprop is starting to sound like Rush Limbaugh throwaway lines.