Skip to comments.Internal Surveillance Agencies Mushroom in N.Korea (too many overlapping jurisdiction)
Posted on 03/03/2011 5:19:27 PM PST by TigerLikesRooster
Internal Surveillance Agencies Mushroom in N.Korea
The North Korean regime in January launched a new surveillance bureau charged with snooping on its people, Radio Free Asia reported Thursday.
Quoting a source in the city of Hyesan, Ryanggang Province RFA said the bureau, named 118 Sangmu, combines forces from the State Security Department, the Ministry of Public Security, prosecutors' offices and party organs, in accordance with leader Kim Jong-il's instructions "to eradicate antisocialist elements." Senior officials involved are baffled because the new bureau's tasks overlap with those of an already existing bureau, 109 Sangmu, it claimed.
Since its launch in 2005, 109 Sangmu cracked down on drugs and DVDs of South Korean soap operas. Over recent years, surveillance bodies have mushroomed, including Bureau 27, an agency which monitors mobile phone use under the State Security Department; 111 Sangmu, which cracks down on child beggars; patrol units of the Ministry of Public Security; mobile strike forces; border guard posts under the Civil Defense Department; and worker inspectors.
The proliferation is already causing problems. On Feb. 24, a pitched battle broke out near the border in North Hamgyong Province between border guards and a security patrol over how to handle three smugglers, a man and two women, who were arrested by the patrol after border guards pursued them, RFA quoted another source in the province as saying. "It nearly led to a shoot-out between the two groups," the source added.
Then there is now-apparent open split between military and foreign policy bureaucracy. The latter tries to set up negotiation with S. Korea and the former torpedo it. The top leadership is no longer sorting it out properly. As Kim Jong-nam allegedly commented, the place is in some sort of chaos.
Obama probably reads an article like this with the exact same look on his face.
The NK people have to snoop on each other so why a new bureaucracy? They get points for turning in each other, maybe another bowl of grass or something.
Paranoia on top of paranoia.
The secret police had become corrupted, so he ordered a special department of secret police to watch the secret police. Now the secret police police have been corrupted so he needs a new department of secret police police police. And he might as well save time by having more double secret police to watch them as well because with all that corruption going on it won’t take long until the secret police police police are corrupted as well.
It’s tough being a dictator.
I get the feeling when Chia pet kick the bucket Tiger I think chia Chub going do Kill Bill on rest of regime
Gee, you don’t suppose 109 Sangmu has become socially
unreliable after coming in contact with those western
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