Preparing for North Korean "Collapse", "intervention"and the "bulk of human terrain"

US Global World Order post WW2
"The United States must cultivate a mental view toward world settlement after this war which will enable us to impose our own terms, amounting perhaps to a pax-Americana."
May 6, 1942 U.S. Department of State Security Subcommittee, Minutes S-3, Advisory Committee on Postwar Foreign Policy

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cold-blooded preparations for war:

Preparing for North Korean Collapse
Report by Bruce Bennett and the RAND Corporation: U.S. must begin to consider the requirements of intervention – not to depose a totalitarian regime for the sake of an ideological crusade, but as pragmatic, necessary planning in the event weapons of mass destruction enter the calculus as a credible, serious danger. ..(digest: guess who determines ‘failed/collapsed states’ - in every sense?)...
A major crisis scenario that destabilizes the North Korean government and its mechanisms of control, no matter how unlikely, should prompt the international community to consider a multilateral framework for intervention.

Any comprehensive stabilization and reconstruction framework must consider cross-cutting principles that can be directed toward achieving the desirable end state of a peaceful Korean peninsula. First, Seoul could lead the process of Korean unification backed by the political legitimacy of a democratic state faced with an imminent threat on its territorial border. A legitimate claim to self defense reinforces the long-term goal of Korean unification under the auspices of a self-sufficient and transparent democratic government, a favorable outcome quickly gaining traction in Beijing. Second, and most important to the international community, stability could be achieved through a unity of effort by regional security partners seeking to move the peninsula from conflict to a manageable level of development. Quelling a potentially transnational civil war involving weapons of mass destruction is a vital interest of regional neighbors and the international community alike. Finally, the incorporation of non-governmental organizations holds the potential to dramatically accelerate the process of modernization and diminish long-term social and economic inequalities that could manifest into political grievances following unification. Toward this end game, and before major reconstruction, any intervening force must achieve minimal levels of stability in terms of physical and human geography.

The first step toward planning a credible response is to consider the absence of a totalitarian regime previously possessing rigid control over territory, weapons of mass destruction, and the civilian population. Working under the assumption that Chinese and South Korean border issues could be mitigated by their respective militaries, and WMD tracked and secured by U.S. military forces alongside integrated allies, the preeminent question becomes one of human security. Specifically, how to deal with twenty million physically and psychologically scarred individuals as an operational challenge...these individuals represent a major hurdle for any external force crossing the 38th parallel and constitute the bulk of human terrain. For many, their day-to-day lives reflect a permanent wartime experience, an existence on the edge that has defined families for more than three generations. Devout loyalty to the North Korean system is arguably so ingrained within many citizens, it is difficult to project how the majority of individuals would behave after the cataclysmic event of totalitarian collapse.

There would likely be a profound absence of the overarching stability that has come to define the norm within Pyongyang’s invasive culture of oppression. Beyond fundamental necessities of food, water, shelter and physical security, what unforeseen conditions might an external group encounter among the civilian population? The disintegration, or even transformation, of this familiar norm would potentially compound dangerous social, economic and political inadequacies...exposure to an event involving potential death or serious injury to the self or others leads to intense states of fear, helplessness or horror. Under this scenario, an outside group would likely encounter upwards of twenty million individuals suffering from the effects of severe grief and incapacitating post-traumatic stress disorder. These reactions might appear as abnormal reactions to normal stress, but inside the reality of North Korea, it would reflect a normal reaction to abnormal stress. Whether an intervening humanitarian force, or an individual state dealing with refugees fleeing across its border, responsible powers should not overlook such a traumatic moment for geopolitics.
Lessons in Iraq and Afghanistan point to a roadmap for civilian engagement strategies that could be applied though cooperative security action. Provincial reconstruction teams (PRT) represented a concerted effort to utilize joint civil-military teams to provide security and support development efforts during conflict and subsequent reconstruction. There have been three distinct models with varying composition that demonstrated different levels of effectiveness.... The cooperative aspect would be integral for any international force composed of distinct – and potentially rival – powers. Competitive realpolitik might further be dampened by sharing mission responsibilities and incorporating NGOs... especially humanitarian organizations.

... South Korea would take the lead in political and cultural affairs with the Ministry of Unification serving as the central governing authority working in tandem with local North Korean elements able to manage districts. The United States and China would be capable of providing major logistical and military support and, in addition to securing any weapons of mass destruction, assist South Korean forces in a shape, clear, and hold strategy with Seoul leading the building phase and directing international support to areas where it is most needed. This would represent an all-encompassing effort led by and for the Korean people to generate conflict-free zones of human development, areas paramount toward long-term stability where additional foreign aid could accelerate the healing process for a nation torn asunder for more than three generations.
Traditional units tasked with reconstruction could focus on adequate sources of fresh water and critical infrastructure. Japanese units with specialist medical and engineering equipment that performed admirably in the past could begin to tangibly mend historical divides between Seoul, Pyongyang and Tokyo...Outside specialist humanitarian units familiar with Korean culture would go a measurable way toward winning hearts and minds, or at least maintaining a sense of normalcy for a nation experiencing social, political, and economic trauma on a massive scale. Additional sociological attaches could only better equip forces to better redress problems as they arise: it could be a force multiplier. Indeed, the most effective force deployed alongside security teams might be a brigade of social scientists able to support field operations, an unconventional approach in many respects...
For the U.S., this... is a better approach that draws on the expertise of NGO experts that comprehend social and economic dimensions better than many civil servants and military units.. establishing cultural awareness and mapping the human terrain also creates major operational advantages for American forces. Burden sharing with South Korea, Japan and China not only alleviates stress on the United States, but can efficiently marshal capability without approaching the maximum, national effort often associated with the American way of war. Follow-up development and foreign investment would also be most effectively applied when first directed by and for the Korean people. In concert with a limited military focus on security, these foundational partnerships can develop the capability and flexibility necessary for navigating the dangers of a major crisis on the Korean peninsula.

Absolutely concerned needs China’s collaboration for war & ‘development

Dempsey 'Absolutely' Concerned About North Korean Instability
12/20/13 Global Security Newswire,
"The unpredictability of the actions we see coming out of North Korea very concerning to everyone," said Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, speaking alongside Dempsey at the same press conference. "The reality of that uncertainty heightens the tensions."...Experts say North Korea has made ‘considerable headway in acquiring the capability to indigenously produce many of the components it needs for its nuclear and missile programs. Still, there are things the North cannot manufacture wholly on its own, such as the road-mobile missile launch platforms it built using imported Chinese construction vehicles...Although it is widely believed economic pressure from sanctions ultimately prodded the Iranian government to the negotiating table, North Korea has consistently refused U.S. terms for returning to aid-for-denuclearization talks.."the more limited effect of sanctions on North Korea than sanctions on Iran tells us something about the endurance and persistence of the regime."

US and South Korea delay troop command transfer
The US will maintain control of South Korean military in the event of war with the North, again delaying a long-planned command transfer...attributed to "an evolving security environment" and "intensifying" threat from Pyongyang. The two Koreas remain technically at war because the Korean War ended in an armistice. The US has more than 28,000 troops in South Korea. North Korea has conducted three nuclear tests in recent years, plus several rocket launches seen as tests of long-range missile technology. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon yesterday, standing beside Minister of Defense Han Min Koo: "While this agreement will delay the scheduled transfer of operational control, it will ensure that when the transfer does occur, Korean forces have the necessary defensive capabilities to address an intensifying North Korean threat."

Obama: US Might Put N. Korea on Terror List
Last updated 12/21/14 10:12 AM
Speaking on CNN's State of the Nation, Obama said he did not consider the hack an act of war, but a "very costly, very expensive" example of cyber vandalism. North Korea denies it was responsible for hacking Sony Pictures' computer network and posting embarrassing e-mails and other private data.
The hackers call themselves the Guardians of Peace and warned there would be a "bitter fate" for anyone attending a public showing of the movie The Interview, a film in which the CIA hires two journalists to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong Un...
On Sunday North Korean state media reported a statement issued by the Policy Department of the National Defense Commission saying it has evidence the Obama administration was involved in the making of "The Interview" and warned North Korea has already launched "counteraction." Pyongyang has said it can prove it was not involved in the attacks and warned of "grave consequences" if Washington fails to accept the proposal for a joint investigation. The US has rejected the offer... is asking China for help in blocking North Korea cyberattacks

New US Ambassador: Improved US-China Ties Top Priority
"The United States-China relationship, one of America's most important bilateral relationships will shape global affairs for generations to come. We simply must get it right," he said.
Ambassador Max Baucus succeeds Gary Locke, who stressed human rights in his farewell speech, during which he said China’s development depends on rule of law, an independent judiciary and freedom of speech. Less than 24 hours after landing in Beijing to take up his new job, Baucus, a former senator, told reporters strengthening economic ties was his top priority, but he will urge Beijing “to support the laws, norms, values and human rights” that support the international system. The US has sought China's cooperation on a number of issues, including efforts to end North Korea's nuclear weapons program, and to end the Syrian war. But have often had conflicts, including over China's increasing territorial claims in the South China Sea

...FBI director James Comey said Sunday during a TV appearance that China topped the list of countries seeking to pilfer secrets from U.S. firms costing U.S. billions of dollars every year.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said, "Again, we urge the U.S. to drop its wrongful fabrication of stories and deliberate mudslinging toward China, as well as stop its large-scale, systematic cyber attacks on other countries...the. attempt to divert attention by accusing others will not succeed.”

Chinese military unit charged with cyber-espionage against U.S. firm

MH370 ‘Mystery’
3/15/14 Moves v. Russia & China p.1
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creative expression of the fascist freedom killing the world
Activists Plans To Send "The Interview" into North Korea with Balloons
Activists have used balloons to send anti-regime messages before over the closed North

North Korea: We Can Prove Hacking Wasn’t Us, wants joint probe with U.S.
December 20, 2014 US Googleplus Qronos 16
SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – North Korea said U.S. accusations that it was involved in a cyberattack on Sony Pictures were “groundless slander” and ...“We propose to conduct a joint investigation with the U.S. in response to groundless slander being perpetrated by the U.S. by mobilizing public opinion. If the U.S. refuses to accept our proposal for a joint investigation and continues to talk about some kind of response by dragging us into the case, it must remember there will be grave consequences,” the spokesman said.
Earlier, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation announced it had determined that North Korea was behind the hacking of Sony, saying Pyongyang’s actions fell “outside the bounds of acceptable state behavior”. ...The FBI said technical analysis of malicious software used in the Sony attack found links to malware “North Korean actors” developed and a “significant overlap” with “other malicious cyber activity” previously tied to Pyongyang. But it otherwise gave scant details on how it concluded North Korea was behind the attack....
Obama said North Korea appeared to have acted alone. Washington began consultations with Japan, China, South Korea and Russia seeking their assistance reigning in North Korea. {ID:nL1N0U32BR]regime messages over the closed North Korean border. They plan to release the controversial comedy, "The Interview," using the same method.

US: Sony Cyberattack ‘Serious’ National Security Matter
Last updated December 18, 2014 9:32 PM
U.S. officials are treating a cyberattack on Sony Pictures as a "serious national security matter," with the National Security Council considering a proportionate response, the White House said Thursday. Evidence shows the attack against Sony was carried out by a "sophisticated actor," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said. But he declined to blame North Korea, saying the investigation is still progressing... Pyongyang has strongly denounced the comedy as an act of terrorism and called for Sony to cancel the film..
It is not clear whether the Guardians of Peace group is linked to Pyongyang... Seth Rogen and James Franco play frustrated television journalists recruited by the CIA to assassinate the North Korean the climactic scene, Kim Jong Un's head is seen exploding ...The State Department denied media reports it had given its backing to the film...Spokeswoman Jen Psaki confirmed top U.S. Asia diplomat Daniel Russel held a routine meeting with Sony executives to discuss foreign policy in Asia. But she denied the U.S. Human Rights Ambassador in North Korea, Robert King, had seen the movie...
The Daily Beast online publication alleged it had seen emails indicating at least two U.S. officials watched an unedited version of "The Interview" and had given it their blessing....(all emphases by burbankdigest)

Sony Hackers Leak New Data as FBI Says No N. Korea Trace
The combination of ideological and financial demands continues to fuel rumors about the origin and purpose of the attack. The FBI released its first official statement about the root of the hack on Tuesday. "There is no attribution to North Korea at this point,” said Joe Demarest, assistant director with the FBI cyber division during a security panel in Washington...Links were made by security industry stalwarts Kaspersky Lab and Symantec between the infiltrations and the DarkSeoul attacks that disabled the computers of South Korea’s leading banks and media bodies last year. Seoul blamed its northern neighbor for the cyber onslaught....
The leaked Sony documents reveal thousands of confidential vendor contracts which the studio has signed with all of its partners, from filming equipment providers to the ancillary producers of merchandise that accompanies its latest releases. The trove also contains unreleased scripts and documents pertaining to court cases in which the studio is embroiled – including lawsuits by the Screen Actors Guild....

Current book cover of US world dictator’s national security agenda for state terrorist world war: total “trending” information & surveillance
North Korea wants joint investigation with US into Sony hack
12/20/14 10:11 AM—UPDATED 12/20/14 04:29 PM
...The president [Obama] warned against allowing a “dictator” to impose censorship in the United States. “Because if somebody is able to intimidate folks out of releasing a satirical movie, imagine what they start doing when they start seeing a documentary they don’t like or news reports they don’t like. “
...North Korea said the U.S. is “slandering Pyongyang by spreading unfounded rumors. We can prove we have nothing to do with the case without resorting to torture as the CIA does.” Mark Stroh, a spokesman for the National Security Council, said the U.S. stands by its conclusion that North Korea is responsible for the hack and noted that the country has a “long history of denying responsibility for destructive and provocative actions.” “If the North Korean government wants to help, they can admit their culpability and compensate Sony for the damages this attack caused.”...Obama added that he wished Sony has (sic) spoken to him first before deciding to pull the movie. “I would have told them: ‘Do not get into a pattern in which you’re intimidated by these kinds of criminal attacks”...Sony CEO Michael Lynton said the studio did reach out to the White House to discuss the cyberattack. “We definitely spoke to senior advisors..whether we spoke to the president himself or not...the White House was definitely aware of the situation,”...

Brzezinski: "the war on terror is "a mythical historical narrative"...

Hillary Clinton Explains why the U.S. Created 'al-Qaeda', a big mess today: Zbigniew Brzezinski tells mujahadeen 'god is on their side, they will prevail'

1979-1989 US CIA OPERATION CYCLONE, biggest op. in US history against US major rival Soviet Union : "worth a few stirred up Muslims"
Zbigniew Brzezinski organized and led Operation Cyclone, CIA codename for program to arm Afghan mujahideen before and during the Soviet war in Afghanistan, 1979 to 1989 to give the Soviets its own ‘Vietnam war’, bogging them down in a long and costly war. Obama said he has ‘learned an intense amount from Dr. Brzezinski’...
In a 1998 interview with the French news magazine Le Nouvel Observateur, Brzezinski said: "We didn't push the Russians to intervene, but we knowingly increased the probability they would... That secret operation was an excellent idea. It had the effect of drawing the Soviets into the Afghan trap...The day the Soviets officially crossed the border, I wrote to President Carter, "We now have the opportunity of giving the Soviet Union its Vietnam War."...and quipped Brzezinski, "a few stirred up Muslims"

Operation Cyclone: How the CIA created and funded Al-Qaeda
Hillary Clinton Explains why the U.S. Created 'al-Qaeda', a big mess today: Zbigniew Brzezinski tells mujahadeen 'god is on their side, they will prevail'

1979-1989 US CIA OPERATION CYCLONE, biggest op. in US history against the Soviet Union, then major US world major rival: "worth a few stirred up Muslims"
Zbigniew Brzezinski organized and led CIA Operation Cyclone to arm Afghan mujahideen before and during the Soviet war in Afghanistan, 1979 to 1989 to give the Soviets its own ‘Vietnam war’, bogging them down in a long and costly war. Obama said he has ‘learned an intense amount from Dr. Brzezinski’, an advisor...
Brzezinski said in 1998 interview with the French news magazine Le Nouvel Observateur: "We didn't push the Russians to intervene, but we knowingly increased the probability they would... That secret operation was an excellent idea. It had the effect of drawing the Soviets into the Afghan trap...The day the Soviets officially crossed the border, I wrote to President Carter, "We now have the opportunity of giving the Soviet Union its Vietnam War."...and quipped Brzezinski, people complain about "a few stirred up Muslims"

Osama, Death Squads Biggest Lie Ever Told
... "Osama", "al-Qaeda", "al-Qaeda in Iraq", "al-Zarqawi" "al-Zawahiri"... all part of US government psychological operations that pitched them as the likely suspects to take the blame for US and Israeli government Middle Eastern predations, not to mention the imposition of a police state in the US and Britain...
U.S. Gave Secrets to 911 Terror Suspect
9/27/02 By Philip Shenon
Moussaoui Received Classified Documents:
9/27/02 By Tom Jackman, Washington Post p.A09,

Obama Waives Ban on Arming Terrorists
Obama citing his authority under the Arms Export Control Act, will "waive the prohibitions in sections 40 and 40A of the AECA federal law to prevent the supply of arms to terrorist groups to clear the way for the U.S. to provide military assistance to "vetted" opposition groups fighting Syrian dictator Bashar Assad. Those two sections prohibit sending weaponry to countries described in section 40(d): "The prohibitions contained in this section apply with respect to a country if the Secretary of State determines the government of that country provides support for acts of international terrorism,"

No spinning ’news narrative‘: The Atlantic gets story on safer track: US ‘full spectrum dominance’: information war: strategic communications/public diplomacy’ propaganda ‘news’
Obama: North Korea Hack 'Cybervandalism,' Not An Act of War’
12/21/14, 10:42 AM ET
....Obama also softened his language toward Sony's decision to cancel the Christmas release from his words Friday in which he said Sony had "made a mistake. I wish they had spoken to me's a problem not just for the entertainment industry, it's a problem for the news industry. CNN has done critical stories about North Korea. What happens if in fact there is a breach in CNN's cyberspace? Are we going to suddenly say are we not going to report on North Korea? So the key here is not to suggest Sony was a bad actor. .It's making a broader point that all of us have to adapt to the possibility of cyberattacks, we have to do a lot more to guard against them" Obama said Sunday

FBI Warns Of Possible Russian Spies Lurking In U.S. Tech Sector
Assistant special agent in charge of the FBI Boston division, Lucia Ziobro, is taking this warning to U.S. tech firms with Russian funding, and to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a partner of Russia’s Skolkovo initiative launched in 2010 to create a Russian version of Silicon Valley...Russian investors in the United States dismissed the FBI’s warnings as baseless, and the FBI has not presented any evidence of Russia using venture capital funds to steal technology..."Our outreach talks about the general foreign intelligence threat, be it from China, be it from Russia, be it from, you know, any other country"...Rusnano has $1.2 billion invested in U.S. companies, including biotech, energy, coating and hardware firms, Evgeny Druzyaka, vice president of Rusnano USA, told RFE/RL. Dmitry Akhanov, CEO Rusnano USA, told The Boston Globe he thought Ziobro’s op-ed was "an April Fool’s joke."

The Boston area has among the nation’s highest concentration of technology companies, many which support the defense industry. The warning urged those contacted by Russian venture capitalists to remain vigilant and cognizant of the potential losses and compromises of company assets... The warning is part of the growing FBI alliance with the private sector....Since 9/11 the FBI advocates intelligence-led preventive policing to detect and deter crimes before they are committed...The FBI combines this with the community policing model enlisting community groups, non–profit agencies, private businesses and neighborhood residents to work together to defeat factors associated with fostering crime. Understanding and predicting future threats rather than merely reacting to ones as they appear, sharing information about those threats, to protect our national interests.

U.S., UK intelligence mining data from U.S. Internet companies in broad secret program
“They literally can watch your ideas form as you type,” the officer said. Firsthand experience with these systems, and horror at their capabilities, is what drove the career intelligence officer to provide PowerPoint PRISM slides and supporting materials to The Washington Post..

sample of infowar examples — much more in previous digest issues
US surveillance state criminalization of Risen - and all who publish the truth -in the fascist US information war - is not about "sources"

STATE OF James Risen ...covers national security for The New York Times... broke the story on NSA warrantless surveillance of communications...relentless media coverage, breathtaking events, and extraordinary investigations..yet beneath the events of the Bush presidency lies a secret history that makes a mockery of current debate.
Reporters and their sources: If the Obama administration persists in its attempt to force New York Times journalist James Risen to violate a pledge of confidentiality, the Supreme Court should intervene to protect him. July 24, 2013 By The Times editorial board

more ‘advanced’ now 5 yrs later
Obama Wants New Internet Wiretap Laws
The NYT reported last week that “federal law enforcement and national security officials are preparing to seek sweeping new regulations for the Internet.”...the administration will demand that software and communication providers build backdoors accessible to law enforcement and intelligence agencies, thus enabling spooks trolling “encrypted e-mail transmitters like BlackBerry, social networking sites like Facebook and software that allows direct ‘peer to peer’ messaging like Skype” the means “to intercept and unscramble encrypted messages.”...the state’s “existing authority” to spy on private communications under the USA Patriot Act and assorted National Security- and Homeland Security Presidential Directives (NSPD/HSPD) in areas as such as “continuity of government” (NSPD 51/HSPD 20 ), “cybersecurity” (NSPD 54/HSPD 23 ) and “biometrics” (NSPD 59/HSPD 24 ), have led to the creation of highly classified “state secrets” programs under Obama.
He has taken further steps through the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI ) sanitized version of NSPD 54/HSPD 23, to ensure the Bush “President’s Surveillance Program” (PSP)... In a widely circulated report  last year, the inspectors general from five federal agencies, including the Justice Department, the Defense Department, the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, noted that following advice from the Office of Legal Counsel under torture-enablers Jay Bybee and John C. Yoo, “the President authorized the NSA to undertake new, highly classified intelligence activities” far beyond warrantless wiretapping in scope, encompassing unspecified “activities” never disclosed to the public.

"Going Dark" with advanced new US surveillance program
"Going Dark," supports FBI and other intelligence agency electronic surveillance intelligence data collection and evidence gathering. "The term 'Going Dark' is a program name for the FBI, Operational Technology Division's (OTD) lawful interception program shared with other law enforcement agencies," an FBI spokesman said....
Another high-tech program includes the development of the Biometric Technology Center, a joint DoJ, FBI and DoD project in conjunction with the University of West Virginia for research and development of biometric technologies...will also encompass “a vast database of personal data including fingerprints, iris scans and DNA which the FBI calls the Next Generation Identification (NGI),”to be online in 2010.. Lockheed Martin was awarded the contract to update and maintain the database at an estimated cost of up to $1 billion a year. DOJ's budget includes a US DoD initiated INTERPOL terrorist sharing information program called Project Vennlig " obtain and integrate all information for use of US law enforcement agencies and INTERPOL member countries proactively targeting terrorism."

BGU, government sign CyberSpark security R&D deal
The National Cyber Bureau, Ben-Gurion University and the IDF are establishing a cyber-research center in Beersheba
April 20, 2014,

US high-paid proxy does much IT/military/tech work ‘offshore’
Ensuring Israel's QME (Qualitative Military Edge)
Andrew J. Shapiro, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs to The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
President Obama said: “the United States sees the historic changes sweeping the Middle East and North Africa as a moment of great challenge, but also a moment of opportunity for greater peace and security for the entire region, including the State of Israel.”…"A Strong Partnership Supports U.S. National Security. So let me first turn to why this relationship is so important to the United States….The most direct tool the US uses to ensure Israel’s Qualitative Military Edge is security assistance. For some three decades, Israel has been the leading beneficiary of US security assistance through the Foreign Military Financing program, FMF...each year Israel accounts for 60% of U.S. security assistance funding distributed through FMF....Our total FMF funding amounts to $5.5 billion per year, of which more than 80% goes to the supporting our partners and allies in the Middle East....Ensuring Israel’s military strength and its superiority in the region, is critical to regional stability and as a result is fundamentally a core interest of the United States.