Dear Kim Moon-shine,
If I had any lingering concerns about the logic behind North Livia pausing the ICBM missile tests, your latest letter (dt. January 22, 2018) dispelled all my doubts.
Keep up with your Myunjin strategy and the imperialist dogs will ultimately cave in to your demands.
Last month you asked me about the American obsession for classifying and keeping secret so much information.
Let me now address your question and elaborate about America’s longstanding obsession for secrecy and its roots.
American Sonderkommandos often snigger about the secretive nature of the North Livian regime and revel in the rumor of your grandfather Kim Goon-shine’s aides bagging up his feces and urine from foreign trips so that outsiders wouldn’t be able to test them and discover his health problems.
During the Cold War, American Sonderkommandos and our so called scholars condemned the erstwhile Soviet Union and its Eastern Bloc allies for their secretive regimes.
Given America’s frequent tirades about secretive foreign regimes, you’d think America is the bastion of openness.
In truth, it’s America and its Sonderkommandos who have taken secrecy to bizarre levels.
Using the excuse of national security, every year America classifies a Mount Everest of information under the title “Secret” or “Top Secret.”
It’s hard to secure even a janitor’s job in the DC-Northern Virginia-Maryland military-industrial complex belt without some sort of “Secret” clearance.
In my conservative estimate, America has classified over one billion pages of data. No, this does not include the several yottabytes of digital data collected by the NSA, CIA and the U.S. military.
Ask not what America has classified as Secret, ask instead what it has not.
Given the nation’s obsession with keeping sordid facts hidden from most eyes, there are over half-million American Sonderkommandos with a “Secret” security clearance.
Of course, the secretive nature of American Sonderkommandos extends to the corporate realm as well.
Scores of U.S. corporations routinely use the darkness of secrecy to engage in all kinds of shenanigans. For instance, giant American corporations export deadly pollutants like Petcoke to Third World nations like India through a network of secret intermediaries.
Why the Secrecy
The roots of America’s secrecy obsession harken back to its dark soul where crime is frequent but punishment infrequent.
Because of its sickening catalog of monstrous acts, America has a lot to hide to maintain its carefully crafted image of an “Exceptional Nation.”
Kim, beneath its frequent proclamations about being an open, democratic society, America is in reality a giant vulture with its talons gripped firmly on the weak, helpless and defenders of the poor.
Secrecy has enabled America to get away with unconscionable war crimes overseas and horrific experiments on the poor and vulnerable stateside.
The chronicle of beastly American acts committed under the umbrella of “secrecy” is a long one. Let’s consider a few of them.
Exposure to Chemical Weapons
In the 1940s, the U.S. Army, in a top-secret experiment, exposed tens of thousands of American soldiers to chemical weapons.
The military used mustard gas to test how soldiers’ bodies would respond to the dangerous chemical.
Bad as that was, this atrocity gets even worse when you consider that Japanese-American soldiers were asked to stand in for enemy soldiers during the experiment to examine how the mustard gas acted on different races.
Sworn to secrecy, the soldiers were promised medical care should they ever suffer because of the tests.
True to form, the U.S. government failed to keep its promise to the veterans many of whom fell sick decades after their exposure to the gas.
If the revolutionary extraordinaire Che Guevara is running around South America helping the impoverished people to rise up against their local oppressors (who are aided by the CIA and/or U.S. military), then Che must be assassinated.
So Che meets a bloody end.
America has classified as “Top Secret” the CIA’s covert assistance to the Bolivian government in capturing and killing Che Guevara in October 1967.
Of course, Che was hardly the first Leftist leader secretly targeted by U.S. foreign policy makers and their military and intelligence allies.
Fidel Castro, Salvador Allende, Kwame Nkrumah, Daniel Ortega and dozens of other leaders drew the wrath of the CIA because of their pro-people policies.
Secrecy has been the biggest enabler, the common thread, of all those sexual harassment attacks by the rich and powerful.
It seems like not a day passed in 2017 without some famous figure being accused of sexual harassment of his underlings.
But for the secrecy clauses imposed by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein’s lawyers in the various settlement contracts, the serial predator’s dirty game would have been exposed decades earlier.
Weinstein’s victims went along with the secrecy clause because they wanted their million dollar payouts. Is that complicity on the part of victims? You decide.
A short while ago, I read a revealing piece and watched a short companion video on the New Yorker web site titled appropriately enough, Harvey Weinstein’s Secret Settlements.
Weinstein is not the only rich and wealthy American to force secrecy clauses in settlement contracts that require accusers to destroy all evidence.
Other public figures like Bill Cosby have also insisted on accusers signing secrecy clauses before they can receive any payment.
Without all these secrecy agreements, America would have had a national debate on workplace sexual harassment three decades back.
Repeated Attempts to Kill Fidel
If Fidel Castro’s revolution has the support of most Cuban people, then he and his nation must not be allowed to survive.
So, the U.S. supported one dirty plot after another to destabilize Cuba and kill Fidel.
Starting with the Eisenhower administration in the 1950s and right through the Kennedy administration and all the way through Obama’s two terms, the U.S. government has carried out dozens of “Top Secret” destabilization attempts aimed at killing Fidel Castro, his brother Raoul Castro and other top officials in the island.
Fortunately, all the U.S. attempts to displace Fidel Castro were extremely ham-handed and the CIA repeatedly ended up with egg on its face.
War Crimes in Vietnam
The Vietnam War provided a golden opportunity for American Sonderkommandos to engage in a horrific series of crimes on foreign soil.
Unable to beat the brave VietCong guerrillas on the ground, cowardly Americans resorted to napalm bombing, dropping Agent Orange to clear the forests, and rape and murder of civilians.
There was not just one My Lai where innocent Vietnamese civilians were raped and massacred by American butchers but dozens of them.
U.S. General Julian J. Ewell’s Operation Speedy Express campaign in the provinces of Kiến Hòa and Vĩnh Bình killed 7,000 Vietnamese civilians. But the massacre remained classified as “Top Secret” for a long time.
A whistleblower in General Ewell’s division wrote to the military’s top brass of a “My Lai each month” but he was ignored.
Unfortunately, there are so many other My Lais that have still not come to light and remain classified in army files marked “Top Secret.”
In rural Alabama, White Sonderkommandos secretly exploited a group of Blacks for over four decades in the secret Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male.
From 1932 to well into the 1970s, American Sonderkommando doctors working for the federal government enrolled 600 poor African-American sharecroppers in the Tuskegee Syphilis Study but deliberately withheld treatment for those who had syphilis, a dangerous sexually transmitted disease.
Even after the antibiotic Penicillin was discovered and proven to cure syphilis, doctors and researchers at the U.S. Public Health Service withheld treatment for the 400 Blacks in the study who were infected with syphilis.
Blacks with syphilis were not even told they had the disease by the doctors and researchers involved in the secret Tuskegee Study.
The excuse of Sonderkommandos for not treating Blacks with syphilis was that they wanted to understand the natural progression of the disease in these people.
Only after the secret program was leaked to the press did the U.S. government halt the inhumane exploitation of poor black people in the Tuskegee Syphilis Study.
Medical exploitation of poor folks as guinea pigs of U.S. pharmaceutical companies and doctors continues secretly under the guise of research inside America and outside.
Because of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study, millions of African Americans believe, rightly or wrongly, that the U.S. government deliberately released the HIV/AIDS virus into the Black community.
Thousands of lawsuits alleging misconduct or negligence are settled every year in America by paying out huge amounts of money (sometimes running into the tens of millions) to the victim or his family.
But there’s one common thread running through most of these settlements — A gag order that imposes secrecy on the victim or his family.
The imposition of a secrecy clause in the settlement contract is bad because it keeps the misconduct or negligence hidden from the public and thereby allows repetition of such behavior.
Even the U.S. government insists on secrecy clauses in settlement agreements.
In most settlement contracts on Capitol Hill (be they sexual harassment or discrimination complaints), the government embeds secrecy clauses to prevent victims from disclosing anything.
American taxpayers have forked out over $17 million to settle various harassment and discrimination claims on Capitol Hill but officials kept them all under wraps. Even now, details of the settlements and identities of the harassers are a closely guarded secret.
Although the money comes out of public funds, the secrecy involved in the whole process is worse than in the private sector.
Now comes the worst part: even if a Congressman or Senator is found guilty of sexually harassing an employee his identity will be kept secret.
Millions of people around the world suffered because of the U.S. tobacco industry’s policy to keep secret the harmful effects of cigarettes.
The tobacco industry paid off doctors and researchers to put out doctored “studies” denying a link between tobacco and cancer.
Cigarette company lobbyists forked out millions in bribes to Congressmen and Senators to ignore the harmful effects of tobacco.
By keeping secret the deadly effects of cigarettes for the sake of high profits, the tobacco industry unleashed immense pain on countless men and women who paid a heavy price by way of throat and lung cancer, and overall shorter lifespans.
In late November 2017, under court orders, the U.S. tobacco industry took out ads in newspapers and on TV: “More people die every year from smoking than from murder, AIDS, suicide, drugs, car crashes and alcohol combined.”
Alas, it’s too little, too late.
Every few months, I see a news article of how a prosecutor in XYZ town or city kept exculpatory evidence secret from the defendant’s lawyers.
The consequences of hiding evidence is often devastating for defendants with many of them ending up behind bars.
Often, such criminal behavior by prosecutors is never discovered.
And in the rare event it is discovered years later, the prosecutors never pay a price for their horrific behavior toward defendants.
Secrecy in America’s (in)justice system has played havoc with the lives of many Black and Latino defendants.
Secret Fusion Databases
After the humiliating 9/11 attacks, the U.S. expanded its surveillance of American citizens, green card holders (permanent resident) and foreigners living in the country by creating secret fusion databases.
What these databases do is pull in information from disparate sources and fuse them together to provide a comprehensive insight into an individual’s activities.
These fusion databases have been created with zero debate on privacy implications for the people affected.
Tens of thousands of innocent people have been snared in these fusion databases because of overzealous but incompetent police officers and snitches.
I am in several databases due to my passion for photography and love for visiting New York City. On one occasion, relying on a fusion database, a young Chinese-American cop trailed me all the way back from NYC to my home state on the Chinatown bus.
Local county officials, who organize monthly trips to NYC, snitched on me to law enforcement leading undercover cops to be put on my tail in NYC.
Oh, what a waste of taxpayer money and “fusion resources” to follow the movements of this senior citizen in the autumn of his bovine life!
Ivy League Secrecy
In recent decades, hardworking Asian Americans have been filling the classrooms of ivy league universities.
If you visited Harvard, Yale, Princeton and any other top U.S. university a decade back, you’d have spotted children of immigrants from China, India, Vietnam, Taiwan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, etc., thronging the labs, library, basketball court, and the neighborhood liquor stores. In science and engineering departments, Asian Americans had a dominating presence.
The hard work and success of Asian American students did not go unnoticed by racist Sonderkommando shitheads at top universities who retaliated by imposing secret racial admission quotas.
Result: Now Asian Americans with very high SAT scores and solid extra-curricular track records find the doors of Harvard and other elite academic institutions barred to them. White kids with much lower SAT scores or connections merrily breeze into Harvard without having to burn the midnight oil.
How is this possible in twenty-first century America, you ask?
Officials at Harvard and other top universities engaging in racial discrimination against Asian-American applicants keep their admissions policies secret. In their comments to newspapers and in responses to lawsuits, they’ll only acknowledge that the university strives to have a diverse student community.
Secret racial quotas have enabled Harvard and others of its ilk to get away with blatant racial discrimination policies against Asian Americans for over two decades.
But Asian Americans have not stayed quiet. The Chens, Singhs, Khans, Reddys, Patels, and Hangs sued Harvard.
Upset over Harvard’s secrecy and stubborn refusal to provide admissions data, the Justice Department has commenced an inquiry into Harvard’s admission policies in late 2017. The DOJ threatened to sue the university if it fails to get the information it’s seeking.
In recent years, one of the biggest controversies in American law enforcement center around the use of the so called Stingray portable cell phone surveillance devices.
Stingrays work by simulating mobile phone service towers and fool cell phones into connecting to them, thereby revealing their location details.
Lawsuits filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and others show that the notoriously secretive FBI has ordered local police departments not to disclose any details about the Stingray location tracking devices.
The FBI has gone so far as to order state prosecutors to drop cases or settle them if any discussion of Stingrays enter the courtroom.
With Stingrays, there are actually two layers of secrecy — Between the FBI and state police agencies; and between Stingray manufacturer Harris Corporation and local police departments.
With the use of Stingrays and other sophisticated surveillance technologies, you’d think U.S. cops are super-efficient in nabbing criminals.
Crime resolution rates are still pitifully low in several cities including Baltimore, Chicago and Wilmington.
But there’s a weird silver lining here.
Oh, yeah, super-moronic American cops are now using Stingrays to catch robbers of chicken wings.
After the 9/11 attacks, America went postal on Afghanistan because terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden was believed to be holed up in the mountains there (in reality, he was hiding in Pakistan).
U.S. military planes rained tons of bombs on the stone-age nation and turned it into pre-stone age rubble.
The Taliban regime quickly collapsed under America’s fiery onslaught and a puppet regime was set up in Kabul.
Since October 2001, America has spent over $100 billion on the Afghanistan, much of it in secret payments to warlords and defense deals with private contractors.
Because of all this secrecy, there’s been little accountability and after nearly two decades America has little to show for all the billions it’s spent in Afghanistan.
Everything related to the Afghanistan fiasco is classified and remains Top Secret.
In 2017, the Pentagon even classified a critical report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, which detailed child sex abuse crimes by Afghan soldiers and police.
If the report sees light of day, the so called Leahy Law will create pressure on the U.S. to stop aid to the Afghan military and police because of their human rights violations.
You think the American tobacco industry is an exception in resorting to secrecy to pile up huge profits?
Take the U.S. sugar industry, for instance.
The U.S. sugar industry and its counterparts overseas have stubbornly resisted efforts by scientists to link sugar consumption with heart disease and bladder cancer.
Researchers think sugar can heighten the risk of getting heart disease by increasing triglycerides.
So the next time you crave a sweet at the end of your meal or drink another can of soda, pause for a second to think of the harmful effects of high sugar consumption on your body.
Police organizations across America fight tooth and nail to prevent bodycam videos of police brutality and shootings of unarmed men from being released.
In the event that the videos are released at all, it’s only because a bystander shot the video or the exonerating trial of the police officer is over.
It’s not just videos that police agencies keep secret.
Often the name of the police officer involved in an assault, tasing or shooting case is not disclosed to the public for several days.
Also, the disciplinary records of police officers as well as past charges against the officers are hidden from the public.
It’s because of the deep-rooted culture of secrecy and blue wall of silence that a culture of impunity has developed in most state and local police agencies and the cops feel their reckless and murderous actions will have no consequence to their careers.
The high degree of secrecy inside U.S. police agencies ensures that the wheels of justice never grind for victims of police brutality.
Secret No-Fly List
Everything about the U.S. government’s No-Fly lists is a secret.
People on the list are prohibited from traveling on commercial flights inside the nation or to and from the U.S.
Being on the list is a huge inconvenience.
For instance, if you live in New York City and want to travel to your niece’s wedding in San Francisco or plan to meet a prospective client in Seattle, you’re totally screwed unless you want to drive four days each way.
The No-Fly list came into being after the miserable failure of overstaffed law enforcement agencies to prevent the 9-11 attacks despite repeated warnings that Osama bin Laden was planning to use planes to attack the homeland.
In the last 16 years, thousands of citizens, Green Card holders (Permanent Residents) and foreigners have been added to the No-Fly lists in highly secretive procedures.
By 2013, there were 47,000 people on the No-Fly list.
Once people are added to the No-Fly list, getting off is almost impossible since very little information is available on how to get off the goddamn list.
But two things are not so secretive about the list.
First, a lot of Muslims are on the No-Fly list.
Second, the FBI tells the Muslims on the list that it’ll help them get off the list of they agree to spy on other Muslims at mosques and elsewhere, and snitch to the bureau.
Secrecy is, of course, rife in the American corporate world.
Security breaches are seldom disclosed promptly but kept secret so that insiders can benefit by offloading shares or moving to other high-paying jobs.
Here’s an example of how popular Internet company Uber, valued at $70 billion, conducts its operations in secret.
For over a year, cab hailing app startup Uber kept secret the hacking of its servers and theft of personal information of 50 million users and 7 million drivers in October 2016.
It was only in November 2017 that the theft of personal data of 57 million people came to light.
Wait, it gets worse!
The slimy rats at Uber even secretly paid a ransom of $100,000 to the thieves and asked them to delete the stolen data.
It seems Uber even got the hackers to sign a non-disclosure agreement to keep the security breach and ransom payment secret.
Although Uber was required by law to disclose the breach, it did not do so and preferred to keep the incident secret.
“None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it,” Uber’s new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said.
Secrecy = Coverup of Crimes
Secrecy is woven deep into the fabric of American society.
Where there’s a closely guarded secret in America, you can be sure lurks a crime of monumental proportions.
Without the prop of secrecy to cover up its daily criminal acts, the United States of Sonderkommandos would have been exposed long ago for its daily savagery.
Yet, there’s not even a pipsqueak of protest over the secrecy and arbitration clauses in thousands of contracts and classification of millions of documents by the government.
Although some news of America’s dirty acts (both failed and successful) have leaked out, much of the information about the nation’s dirty deeds remains classified as “Top Secret” in locked files and will eventually be destroyed.
Kim, secrecy is the stinking grease that keeps the United States of Crooks chugging along as the “exceptional nation” that all other nations must aspire to become.
The U.S. media never loses an opportunity to slam the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea as a secretive regime engaged in all manners of horrors against its people.
However, American presstitutes rarely, if ever, turn the mirror upon the addiction to secrecy in their own nation.
Karma Gospel Notes
 The Breakthrough: Used as ‘Guinea Pigs’ by the U.S. Military, Then Discarded, by Jessica Huseman, ProPublica, November 17, 2017
 Harvey Weinstein’s Secret Settlements, video narrated by Ronan Farrow, New Yorker, November 21, 2017
 Was My Lai Just One of Many Massacres in Vietnam War?, by Nick Turse, BBC News, August 28, 2013
 Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment, Wikipedia
 Taxpayer Piggybank Lets Congress Settle Sexual Harassment Cases in Secret, FoxNews.com, by Barnini Chakrabortty, November 10, 2017; also read, Congress’ Sexual Harassment System, Decoded, by Elana Schor, Politico, November 21, 2017
 For more on fusion databases, read Unwarranted: Policing Without Permission (2017), by Barry Friedman
 This incident happened in May 2016
 A Perfect ACT Score Couldn’t get This Student into Yale, Princeton or Stanford, and He Says It’s Because He’s Asian-American, by Abby Jackson, Business Insider, June 1, 2015; Complaint Filed Against Yale, Dartmouth and Brown Alleging Discrimination, by Chris Fuchs, NBC News, May 23, 2016; For information on lawsuits, see Students for Fair Admissions Lawsuit Updates, StudentsforFairAdmission.org
 Harvard Faces DOJ Probe Over Affirmative-Action Policies, by Melissa Korn and Nicole Hong, Wall Street Journal, November 21, 2017; also read, Justice Dept. Investigating Harvard Over Affirmative Action Policies, by Laura Jarrett, CNN.com, November 21, 2017
 Secrecy Surrounds Cell Phone Trackers Used by Police, Capital News Service, May 3, 2016
 Pentagon Tried to Block Independent Report on Child Sex among Afghan Forces, Senate Office Says, by Alex Horton, Washington Post, November 26, 2017
 No Fly List, Wikipedia
 Unwarranted: Policing Without Permission (2017), by Barry Friedman, p.261
 Uber Paid Hackers to Delete Stolen Data on 57 Million People, by Eric Newcomer, Bloomberg News, November 21, 2017; also read Uber Paid Hackers $100,000 to Hide Year-Old Breach of 57 Million Users, by Elizabeth Weise, USA Today, November 21, 2017; Uber Hid 2016 Breach, Paying Hackers to Delete Stolen Data, by Mike Isaac, Katie Benner and Sheera Frenkel, New York Times, November 21, 2017