Bin Laden's porn has been found

Just in case you were wondering how he passed the time during all those years he spent inside in Abottabad:

The pornography recovered in bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, consists of modern, electronically recorded video and is fairly extensive, according to the officials, who discussed the discovery with Reuters on condition of anonymity.

The officials said they were not yet sure precisely where in the compound the pornography was discovered or who had been viewing it. Specifically, the officials said they did not know if bin Laden himself had acquired or viewed the materials.

So many questions here. Bin Laden's compound wasn't hooked up to the internet and he apparently communicated with the outside world by saving files onto thumb drives and having couriers send e-mails and download new messages for him from a distant Internet cafe. Were those couriers also in charge of procuring bin Laden's porn? Awkward.


Report: North Korea has abducted more than 180,000 people

North Korea's abduction of high-profiles individuals like the U.S. Army deserter Charles Jenkins or the South Korean filmmaker Shin Sang Ok have received plenty of media attention, but they were just the most prominent examples of a decades-long kidnapping campaign by the regimes of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong il. 

The campaign began around 1946 when Kim Il Sung proclaimed that “In order to solve the shortage of intellectuals, we have to bring intellectuals from South Korea.” (A fairly innocuous statement unless you take it literally.) The kidnappings began in earnest during the Korean War and accelerated following the war when a devastated North Korea needed to replenish its stock of farmers, miners, and factory workers.

A new report from the U.S. Committee for Human Rights in North Korea documents the extent on the abduction campaign. Here's a summary of its findings: 

The number of abductees taken by North Korea may well approach

•     During the Korean War, by October 28, 1950, 82,959 South Koreans were
abducted and taken to the North.3

•     Since the Korean War Armistice was signed, an additional 3,824 South
Koreans, 3,721 of them fishermen, have been abducted. 4

•     More than 93,000 ethnic Koreans residing in Japan were lured to North
Korea, and most were never allowed to return to Japan.6

•     The Japanese government officially lists 17 persons whose disappearances
it believes were attributable to North Korean abductions;7

•     Japanese groups that investigate disappearances believe the number of
disappearances attributable to North Korea is actually roughly 100.8

•     News reports estimate that 200 Chinese (most of ethnic Korean background)
were abducted to North Korea.9

•     At least 25 other foreign citizens have been seen in North Korea by the
accounts of numerous witnesses; they can be assumed to have been taken
against their will and are more than likely being held against their will.10

These figures add up to 180,108.


The group is also calling for the U.S. to relist North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism over the abductions.

Kim Jong Il finally acknowleged that abductions had taken place during a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Junchiro Koizumi in 2002, though North Korea has only admitted to abducting 13 people.   

Here's the full report.

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