Not His (Grand)Father’s North Korea

Despite a familial legacy of “Juche” (self reliance) that earned the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea the nickname “the Hermit Kingdom,” Chairman Kim Jong-un appears to be pursuing a path that will throw his country into the international spotlight and change the history of North Asia.

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So, why is it …?

It’s a complicated world, isn’t it? Things that should intuitively make sense, don’t, and the blatantly illogical is somehow accepted as reasonable. And we, ourselves perpetrate such twisted rationale.

For instance . .  Continue reading

Why Can’t Liberals Be Honest?

The national political environment is an odd habitat in which there is – if you believe the established and compromised media – the “progressives” on the left (though that orientation is seldom advertised) – and the “far right.” To the “far right” are “conservatives,” “fiscal conservatives,” “social conservatives,” “tea baggers” (a derisive and vulgar term intended to demean the Tea Party), the “alt right” and other terms intended to define that portion of the spectrum. Continue reading

Why North Korea is China’s Problem

The Korean Peninsula has been a social and political dichotomy since the end of World War II.  After the division of Korea into North and South, the communist versus democratic halves worked vigorously to establish their own versions of sovereignty. 

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, with Soviet backing, pursued the Communist satellite model while the southern Republic of Korea became a U.S. client democratic/capitalist country. Continue reading

Do You Remember America?

Do you recall that magnificent, unapologetic juggernaut of democracy and freedom  called America?

Do you remember the America that made herself into a mighty power that she used to protect the oppressed elsewhere in the world, asking for little in return? Continue reading

Tears of the Snowflakes

We are seeing the true black heart of the American Liberal.

Since the election results, we’ve seen street protests, calls for impeaching a President-elect (seriously!), blacks viciously beating a white Trump supporter (assault, battery, hate crime, racism, intolerance), a movement for California to secede from the Union (not only is this sedition, it’s what those nasty Confederates did. It’s also xenophobic and smacks of exceptionalism) and threats of killing the President-elect (Just publicly proposing it is a federal felony).   Continue reading

Hillary Violates Espionage Act

One of the Hillary Clinton emails exposed by Wikileaks immediately caught my attention.  As a (retired) career intelligence professional, I recognized this one as particularly worrisome.
In the 2 August, 2010 email, then Secretary of State Clinton asks aide Huma Abedin
Maybe one of Anthony’s trusted staff could deliver secure phone?
“Anthony” being Abedin’s now estranged husband and disgraced New York politician, Anthony Weiner.  Abedin responded:
Ok I will  [redacted] just fedex secure cell phone from dc. Anthony leaving office to bring me to airport now so hopefully will make it just in time.
Assuming the transfer of a secure communications device was accomplished by giving or transporting  it to unauthorized persons or through unauthorized/unsecured carriers, either by commercial carrier (Fedex) or Weiner or someone from his staff, Secretary Clinton violated the Espionage Act (see below).
Had “bad actors” gotten possession of the secure telephone, encryption software, special electronics or extremely sensitive communications algorithms would have been jeopardized.  It would also possible that the phone would have been “bugged.”  
At the time, Anthony Weiner was a U.S. Congressman from New York.  It was less than a year after the email was sent that a lewd photo appear on Weiner’s Twitter account.  That photo, and subsequent images and texts led to Weiner’s political downfall and the demise of his marriage.  It is not beyond comprehension to consider that someone knew about Weiner’s sexual proclivities.  Given those circumstances, he would have been an excellent candidate for extortion.
Weiner’s indiscretions aside, the law was broken because neither he, nor a “trusted staff” member were authorized to handle the secure cell phone.  Even though Weiner, as a member of Congress, had certain security clearances, they would NOT have been as high or specific as that of the Secretary of State.  
The relevant section of the “Espionage Act” reads (emphasis added):
 
U.S. Code Title 18 > Part I › Chapter 37 › § 793 
(f) “Whoever, being entrusted with or having lawful possession or control of any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, note, or information, relating to the national defense, (1) through gross negligence permits the same to be removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of his trust, or to be lost, stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, or (2) having knowledge that the same has been illegally removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of its trust, or lost, or stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, and fails to make prompt report of such loss, theft, abstraction, or destruction to his superior officer—
Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.
(g) If two or more persons conspire to violate any of the foregoing provisions of this section, and one or more of such persons do any act to effect the object of the conspiracy, each of the parties to such conspiracy shall be subject to the punishment provided for the offense which is the object of such conspiracy.”
Allowing the possession and transfer of a sensitive, secure communications device, Hillary Clinton is clearly in violation of the law.