Has North Korea Won?

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Screen Shot 2014-12-16 at 9.00.29 PMNorth Korea is one of the most repressive regimes on the planet.  There is no such thing as freedom, perhaps not even freedom of thought.  That’s how Kim Jong-un and his predecessors have maintained an iron grip.  Now, they are pissed over a comedy, and are basically destroying freedom of thought and expression in this country.  Once upon a time we fought a nasty war against them.  It looks like, now, that they’ve finally won.

It looks like, after all these years, North Korea has finally defeated the West.  It is becoming more and more apparent that the hack against Sony was either done by or paid for by North Korea.  Dear Leader,Kim Jong-un, is pissed because of an upcoming Sony picture, called The Interview.  They are now threatening 9/11 style attacks on any theater that screens the movie. The following message has been sent to theaters screening the picture.

“...Warning

We will clearly show it to you at the very time and places “The Interview” be shown, including the premiere, how bitter fate those who seek fun in terror should be doomed to.
Soon all the world will see what an awful movie Sony Pictures Entertainment has made.
The world will be full of fear.
Remember the 11th of September 2001.
We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time.
(If your house is nearby, you’d better leave.)
Whatever comes in the coming days is called by the greed of Sony Pictures Entertainment.
All the world will denounce the SONY…”

Did North Korea hack Sony?

“…In June, the North Korean state KCNA news agency said, “making and releasing a movie on a plot to hurt our top-level leadership is the most blatant act of terrorism and war and will absolutely not be tolerated.” North Korea has tried pressuring Sony Pictures, the White House and the United Nations to halt release of this film.

After failing to stop the release of The Interview diplomatically, North Korea may have been motivated to escalate its efforts in the hopes of forcing Sony Pictures to yield. What other country or organization is demanding that Sony Pictures halt the release of a film? And consider: While the hackers provided open Internet access to five recent or about to be released Sony films, The Interview was not among them. North Korea has known about the movie for at least five months, giving it ample opportunity to plot and carry out a cyberattack.

Assessing North Korean means for such a hack is a more difficult proposition. North Korean hackers apparently took down the internal networks of both South Korean TV broadcasters and several banks in 2013, having previously threatened the broadcasters for “defaming” North Korea. North Korea is reported to have a cadre of 6,000 or so hackers, over 1,000 of whom are reportedly very skilled.

And even if the North Korean hackers were unable to crack the Sony Pictures cyber security, North Korea may well have recruited Chinese or Russian or even Eastern European hackers to help them. Penetrating a computer network is less about the number of hackers and more about their individual skill and luck in finding or inducing a gap in a computer network….”

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Stars Seth Rogen and James Franco have been bullied and terrorized into canceling all media appearances about the movie.

Unfortunately, these days, I don’t go to movies, primarily because in Lincoln County, the experience is miserable.  I suspect, though, I might make an exception and go see The Interview, which I had not planned to do, simply because we need to take a stand against economic terror and blackmail.

“…Rogen, Franco and Sony Pictures are doing a brave thing. They are turning the weapon of ridicule on a regime that rests on the twin pillars of absolute worship of the Kim dynasty and sadism. Last year, Kim demonstrated how he deals with artists who cross him. He wreaked vengeance on an ex-girlfriend, a singer, by executing her along with about a dozen of her fellow performers. The families of the condemned were forced to watch the machine-gunning of their loved ones, before they themselves were hauled off to concentration camps.

It is this innovation, the use of familial, intergenerational punishment, that gives Kim absolute control over North Korean society. At this moment, there are many thousands of families – men, women and children – in the worst tier of North Korea’s gulags, the kwan-li-so. Unlike other North Korean gulags, these are not “re-education” camps for the simple reason that the victims are not expected to ever leave alive.

Now it is the children of Sony Pictures employees who are being threatened by a shadowy group of cyber-criminals who are demanding that Sony pull “The Interview” from distribution. The message is chilling: “Not only you but your family will be in danger.” To punctate the threat, the cyber-criminals released the confidential medical records of three dozen employees and their families….”

North Korea operates by obliterating everyone who might upset their dear leader.   If someone displeases he or his family members in good standing, they are executed. Anyone who is remotely related to them is either put in a concentration or slaughtered.  This is how they maintain control.  Now, they are trying this here, and are having very good luck at it.  Everyone is so cowed, they are allowing Kim Jung-um to basically silence them.  He’s now, allegedly, attempting to do this to Sony, Rogen, Franco, and anyone who shows the film.   People in this country are such cowards, they’re going to allow it.

North Korea finally won.

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