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US war veteran 'deported by North Korea' (Merrill Newman)
BBC News ^ | 12/6/13 | BBC

Posted on 12/06/2013 6:43:47 PM PST by NormsRevenge

North Korea has deported a US veteran of the Korean War who had been detained in the country since October, the state-run KCNA news agency reports.

It says Merrill Newman was expelled on "humanitarian grounds" after he confessed to his "crimes" against the state during the 1950-53 war and "apologised".

Mr Newman, 85, had been held on charges of "hostile acts" against the North.

He had been visiting the country as a tourist.

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News
KEYWORDS: deported; merrillnewman; northkorea; warveteran
I'd head straight to Vegas or the closest Indian casino if I was him.
1 posted on 12/06/2013 6:43:47 PM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

Yeah me too LOL!

Get out of NK NOW Dude


2 posted on 12/06/2013 6:44:43 PM PST by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: NormsRevenge

He should return. In a B-52.


3 posted on 12/06/2013 6:44:45 PM PST by HereInTheHeartland (Obama lied; our healthcare died.)
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To: nor

I don’t believe there is dishonor when it comes to survival.. but tempting fate can exact a huge price.

They say you can never go back..

but many do..


4 posted on 12/06/2013 6:46:01 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: NormsRevenge
Reading about his actions in North Korea during the war, two thoughts come to mind:

1) Why in hell did he ever go back?
2) He is very lucky he was not charged as a war criminal.

5 posted on 12/06/2013 6:48:18 PM PST by Michael.SF. (I never thought anyone could make Jimmy Carter look good in comparison.)
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To: NormsRevenge

I wonder how badly they beat him to get him to confess his role in the Korean war?


6 posted on 12/06/2013 6:50:32 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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"Please forgive me," Mr Newman asked in a four-page statement, titled
"Apology"

.-.

Mr Newman was shown in a video
released by North Korea apparently reading a confession
7 posted on 12/06/2013 6:50:44 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: Michael.SF.

He was lucky that the Nork’s didn’t “accidentally” lose him in one of their death camps.


8 posted on 12/06/2013 6:51:21 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: NormsRevenge

At least he should buy a few Powerball tickets, with his luck.


9 posted on 12/06/2013 6:52:28 PM PST by steelhead_trout (MYOB)
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To: Michael.SF.

He may well have played a cat and mouse game for years.. and finally got trapped. Fortunate for him, they didn’t exact a pound of flesh, rather from his pride.


10 posted on 12/06/2013 6:52:59 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: NormsRevenge

Thank God they released him. I’ve been worried for him.


11 posted on 12/06/2013 6:56:08 PM PST by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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AP via the Mercury News

North Korea frees Palo Alto resident Merrill Newman
http://www.mercurynews.com/nation-world/ci_24673716/north-korea-deports-palo-alto-resident-merrill-newman

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The KCNA report stated that investigators determined that “Newman entered the DPRK with a wrong understanding of it and perpetrated a hostile act against it.”

U.S. citizen Merrill Newman, 85, reads a document that North Korean authorities say was an apology that Newman wrote and read in North Korea. (AP Photo/KCNA via KNS)

“Taking into consideration his admittance of the act committed by him on the basis of his wrong understanding (and the) apology made by him for it, his sincere repentance of it and his advanced age and health condition, the above-said institution deported him from the country from a humanitarian viewpoint,” the official North Korean report added.


12 posted on 12/06/2013 6:58:33 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: NormsRevenge

I hope South Korea throws him the biggest welcome home party that country has ever seen. They owe it to him.


13 posted on 12/06/2013 6:58:43 PM PST by skeeter
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To: skeeter

I’d be happy to meet up with them in Itaewon .. and then hit downtown Seoul .. bring your longjohns tho. :-]


14 posted on 12/06/2013 7:02:54 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: NormsRevenge
There are times when being deported is a good thing.
15 posted on 12/06/2013 7:05:36 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Osama Obama Care: A Religion That Will Have You On Your Knees!)
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To: NormsRevenge

I don’t imagine that this has helped the Norks tourism aspirations.


16 posted on 12/06/2013 7:08:34 PM PST by oldbrowser ("From each according to their ability, to each according to their needs" .....Marx)
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To: NormsRevenge

How’d it feel being played with like a cat plays with a mouse and being used as a propaganda tool?

Did you reunite with your homies from the other side of the war?

Jack Wagon


17 posted on 12/06/2013 7:14:17 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: NormsRevenge

Glad he’s homeward bound, but him going there in the first place was a HUGE “jackass” move; these tin-horn dictatorships NEVER move beyond their last act of war. If you were in it — even a thousand years ago — you’re still “the enemy” right up to the current hour, and you should fully expect that they’ll treat you as such. Guy’s one lucky SOB. One snarky turn of attitude up the command chain and his “departure point” could have been a plot of dirt in front of a NORK firing squad. His well-rattled white butt had better be occupying a pew this Sunday; he’s got DEBT to own up to.


18 posted on 12/06/2013 7:23:35 PM PST by HKMk23 (ditditdit dahdahdah ditditdit)
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To: Michael.SF.
Another thought to add:

3) Maybe he is still working... Note what the North Koreans accused him of.

"It claims he was an "adviser of the Kuwol Unit of the UN Korea 6th Partisan Regiment part of the Intelligence Bureau of the Far East Command" - an apparent reference to one of the special operations units acting against the North."

19 posted on 12/06/2013 7:41:05 PM PST by freeandfreezing
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To: freeandfreezing

Having been involved in what he was tasked with during that conflict he should never, ever have gone back there. I think it was a stupid move, because these people never forget.


20 posted on 12/06/2013 8:12:41 PM PST by V V Camp Enari 67-68 (Viet Vet)
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To: NormsRevenge

I suppose it is a hostile act of the United Nations... ha ha. Suckers.


21 posted on 12/06/2013 8:16:19 PM PST by lavaroise
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To: NormsRevenge
He had been visiting the country as a tourist.

Why?

22 posted on 12/06/2013 8:17:20 PM PST by LoneRangerMassachusetts (The meek shall not inherit the Earth)
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To: V V Camp Enari 67-68

They always need examples to be made. They never accept correction or opposition and always want a confession of allowance in their depravities.


23 posted on 12/06/2013 8:24:19 PM PST by lavaroise
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

I wonder when Obama found the time to tip off Pyongyang about Newman’s trip?

Thanks NormsRevenge.


24 posted on 12/06/2013 8:44:04 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: SevenofNine

Was it nostalgia that drove him back to NK or was it the kimchee?


25 posted on 12/06/2013 9:43:04 PM PST by 353FMG
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To: NormsRevenge

What in hell was this man doing in North Korea in the first place?

One stupid move followed by another.


26 posted on 12/06/2013 11:08:48 PM PST by WildWeasel
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To: NormsRevenge

As a TOURIST?

I prefer hiking the Freedom Trail in Boston, Leaf Peeping in Vermont, Riding my Harley on the Blue Ridge Parkway, or Snorkeling off the Na Pali Coast in Kauai.

Orlando is fun too, and i can get there on my bike.


27 posted on 12/07/2013 5:10:37 AM PST by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: 353FMG

Actually I think I hear he was visiting people in South Korea he got lost that what I hear


28 posted on 12/07/2013 8:04:27 AM PST by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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