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all Street might be shocked to learn it is helping bankroll the anti-Trump “resistance� movement that’s aggressively fighting policies it favors — including corporate tax cuts and the repeal of Obama-era banking and health-care regulations. The Obama administration’s massive shakedown of Big Banks over the mortgage crisis included unprecedented back-door funding for dozens of Democratic activist groups who were not even victims of the crisis. At least three liberal nonprofit organizations the Justice Department approved to receive funds from multibillion-dollar mortgage settlements were instrumental in killing the ObamaCare repeal bill and are now lobbying against GOP tax reform, as well as efforts to rein in illegal immigration. An estimated $640 million has been diverted into what critics say is an improper, if not unconstitutional, “slush fund� fed from government settlements with JPMorgan Chase and Co., Citigroup Inc. and Bank of America Corp., according to congressional sources. The payola is potentially earmarked for third-party interest groups approved by the Justice Department and HUD without requiring any proof of how the funds will be spent. Many of the recipients so far are radical leftist organizations who solicited the settlement cash from the administration even though they were not parties to the lawsuits, records show. “During the Obama administration, groups committed to ‘revolutionary social change’ sent proposals and met with high-level HUD and Justice Department officials to try to get their pieces of the settlement pie,� Cause of Action Institute vice president Julie Smith told The Post. Some of the chosen beneficiaries are now actively militating against the Trump administration and its policies, including:

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The Hispanic-rights group strenuously protested the Republican-led “skinny� repeal of the Affordable Care Act after receiving at least $1.5 million from the Obama regime’s bank settlement funds, congressional researchers say. The notoriously radical organization, which advocates on behalf of illegal immigrants, argued the Trump proposal would have a “harmful impact� on the Hispanic community, including stripping potentially “8 million Latinos� of medical coverage. “The Latino community cannot afford a repeal of the ACA,� La Raza warned its members, while encouraging them to fight the legislation in email alerts. In July, the group held a large rally to protest the repeal effort in Arizona — GOP Sen. John STILL THERE, continued on Page 8


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THE U.S. SPYMASTER OF KOREA Donald Nichols cracked the north’s regime as the ‘King of Spies’

‘Lord of the Rings’ on TV?

Earlier this month, news broke that Amazon was trying to close a deal to bring J.R.R. Tokien’s “The Lord of the Ringsâ€? to life as a television series, and By Elise Cooper | MilitaryPress now it looks like it’s actually going to happen. Amazon has announced that “King of Spies: The Dark Reign and Ruin it has acquired the TV rights for the of an American Spymaster in Koreaâ€? by book series, with a multi-season comBlaine Harden delves into the black-ops life mitment. But the twist is that this will of Donald Nichols during, before and shortapparently be a prequel to “The Lord of ly after the Korean War. This biography the Rings,â€? rather than the story audiallows readers to understand the current ences already know so well. conflict with North Korea and the necessary “‘The Lord of the Rings’ is a culsteps taken to handle the Kim dynasties tural phenomenon that has captured through the decades. The regime’s DNA has the imagination of generations of not changed, as it is still the same system of fans through literature and the big torture, rape and murder. screen,â€? Sharon Tal Yguado, head of Although Nichols did not have much scripted series at Amazon Studios, of a formal education, and his trainsaid in a statement. ing was limited to a short course on spy “We are honored to be working with techniques, nevertheless he rose through the Tolkien Estate and Trust, Harpthe ranks from sergeant to major. His A new book about Donald Nichols shows how the airman became the “King of Spiesâ€? in Korea. erCollins and New Line on this excitexpertise as a master spy came from iming collaboration for television and are mersing himself with knowledge of the cers and airmen, 200 South Korean intel- reported only to the general of the 5th Air thrilled to be taking ‘The Lord of the inner-workings of the North Korean gov- ligence officers and more than 700 agents Force, Earle Everard ‘Pat’ Partridge. For comprised of defectors and refugees from his accomplishments, Air Force generals Rings’ fans on a new epic journey in ernment and military. gave him an abundance of praise, promoMiddle Earth.â€? “He was an unbreakable war hero whose North Korea. The Air Force brass quickly recognized tions and medals.â€? Given the rather extensive attention creativity and energy as a spymaster His accomplishments included helpdirection Peter Jackson gave to “The helped save countless lives in a confused him as “the best intelligence agent in the Lord of the Rings,â€? not to mention “The and bloody war,â€? Harden said of Nichols. Far East.â€? Nichols was given open-ended ing to find weaknesses in the Soviet tank, Hobbit,â€? it’s not unreasonable to ask “He operated beyond the bounds of legal- authority to gather intelligence and con- earning him a Silver Star, salvaging a Soviwhy Amazon would want to walk down ity and morality. He was a superspy with a duct sabotage, demolition and guerrilla et MIG-15, and then finding the electronic secrets on how it worked. This informaoperations behind enemy lines. this path in the first place. (The same dark side.â€? Harden emphasized how “U.S. Air Force tion was sent to commanders, who helped could be said for audiences.) Part of it is During his clandestine 11-year career, Amazon Studios’ newfound focus, with he developed his own base, secret army generals depended on Nichols just before, to redesign and modify the U.S. F-86 to Jeff Bezos himself reportedly asking the and rules. Within Korea, there were three during, and immediately after the Korean better equip them during an air fight. Hardin recounts in the book how in the division to focus more on big, prestigecenters of intelligence: the emerging CIA, War. He broke codes, found weaknesses worthy shows with global appeal, simiarmy intelligence, the largest outfit, and in enemy tanks and jets and identified early days of the conflict as the Amerilar to “Game of Thrones.â€? NICK, created by Nichols where he super- most of the targets destroyed by American SPYMASTER, continued on Page 12 In the statement announcing the vised up to 58 American intelligence offi- bombs in North Korea. During the war he news, the company clarifies that the new show will “explore new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘The Fellowship of the Ring,’â€? with a potential spinoff series also included as part of the deal. That means Amazon is going to be making a prequel to the classic tale of SUPPORT MILITARY FAMILIES IN NEED THIS HOLIDAY SEASON! Frodo Baggins, offering Amazon plenty of leeway to create its own characters and take on the world. If Amazon is looking for an opportunity to add the sex, violence, and soap opera drama to Tolkien’s world that have made shows ADOPT A FAMILY Your group or organization can like “Game of Thronesâ€? so successful, this kind of approach would certainly adopt one of the over 100 families we will help this year. offer the opportunity. 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In theaters from writer/director Richard Linklater and Amazon Studios is a journey bringing the past and the present together for the “Last Flag Flying.� It is 2003, and Larry Shepherd (Steve Carell) walks into the bar of Sal Nealon (Bryan Cranston), who at first doesn’t recognize him. Eventually, Sal realizes he is talking to Doc, a man he served with during the Vietnam War. They are both happy to see one another. After a night of drinking, he asks Sal to join him on a little adventure. That leads both men to the doorstep of a church run by Rev. Mueller (Laurence Fishburne), much to the amusement of Sal. When the three have dinner with the reverend and his wife, Doc asks the two men if he will go with him to retrieve the coffin of his son who was recently killed in Iraq. Absolutely stunned, the two men agree, and on their trip, the discussion of what happened to the three of them in Vietnam is hinted at. Arriving at Dover Air Force Base, Doc learns from Larry’s buddy Washington (J. Quinton Johnson) how his son died. That changes everything, as Doc decides to take his son home for burial much to the aggravation of Col. Wilits (Yul Vazquez). It is on the train ride home that Sal and Mueller talk about what happened in Vietnam, Doc keeps himself together and Washington escorts Larry home. The 30 years between Vietnam and Iraq brings about conversations that needed to be had and closure to souls wounded by it all. Some friendships go on forever. Carell as Doc is absolutely stunning and that’s the only word for it. There isn’t a lot of dialogue for his character, but then again, I wouldn’t expect there not to be. Every emotion that pours out of Carell is heartbreaking and endearing in different ways. As a man who has lost a son, it isn’t the only thing he has lost in his life. There doesn’t seem to be a resentful bone in his body, and even when he shows a moment of anger, it is justified. Fishburne as Mueller is a reverend who has embraced a different life. Once a wild

Laurence Fishburne, Bryan Cranston and Steve Carell take audiences on an emotional roller coaster in “Last Flag Flying.�

Marine, he is now a settled man with a wife who holds him true to the collar he wears. There are moments where Fishburne completely lets loose, and they send the audience into fits of laughter. When he embraces his faith, he reaches out to Doc and shakes his head at Sal. Cranston as Sal is completely out of control! He doesn’t like it when people play games, believes in shooting straight from the hip and doesn’t give a damn if he drinks from dusk till‌ well, dusk again. Thrilled to be with his Vietnam buddy Doc, he is shocked to discover the life that Mueller chose after their time in war. He calls everything out, embraces the insanity of life and finds that he has been missing out once he gets his hands on a cell phone. As Carell is the emotion of the film and Fishburne is the spiritual guide, Cranston is all the chaos with no filter in between the two men, and he rocks it from start to finish. Johnson as Washington is a young soldier who is trying to do what is right both as Larry’s best friend and as a Marine. He gets to know Doc, Mueller and Sal, which

helps him understand so much more about being a soldier. Vazquez as Wilits is a man on his own mission who clearly doesn’t understand what being a parent is all about. Other cast include Deanna Reed-Foster as Ruth, Graham Wolfe as John Redman, Jeff Monahan as O’Toole, Richard Robich-

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Perryman returns after ankle injury Entering a bye week with a record of 3-5, the Los Angeles Chargers have a number of voids to fill if they have any hope of getting into the post season. One area in particular is their run defense, which ranks 31st at the midpoint of the season. As the team prepared to face the Jaguars, MP reporter Art Garcia Jr. caught up with nose tackle Brandon Mebane to ask him a few questions. Art Garcia Jr.: This is your 11th year in the NFL — can you believe you’ve been in the league this long? Brandon Mebane: Yes. I’ve always set high goals for myself as far as playing this game, and I’m thankful for the man upstairs — I thank God for letting me play this long. AG: You guys were on a three-game win streak before losing to the Patriots last

Chargers nose tackle Brandon Mebane says the defense must make tackles to fight against the run if the team hopes to post wins in the second half of the season.

week, how is the team doing right now? BM: We’re doing pretty good right now. We’re just preparing for the Jacksonville Jaguars. They have a pretty good team, and they do some things pretty well that we have to try and stop.

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AG: It looks like you’ll be facing a tough one this week in rookie running back Leonard Fournette — he looks like the real deal? BM: Yeah he’s a pretty good running back. So the thing is, is you can’t let him get going because he’s the real thing. AG: The defense has struggled against the run and has been ranked near the bottom of the league all year. What is the key to improving your run defense? BM: I think the main thing is to get things locked down and to go out and make tackles — just make tackles, have everybody play their gaps and do their job, get off blacks and pursue the ball carrier. AG: Do you think that could be one of the problems — guys not disciplined in playing their gaps and maybe over compensating for someone else? BM: No, I don’t agree with that. I think we all collectively just have to tackle. AG: How happy are you to be playing under Gus Bradley again? BM: I love playing under Gus Bradley because it’s the same system I’ve pretty much played in my entire career — so I love playing in this system. AG: In addition to getting some rest over the bye week, the defense gets Denzel Perryman back on the field for the first time this season. How great is that? BM: Yeah, Denzel is a great football player, a great person and we’re happy to have him back. So he’s going to go in there and we can’t wait to see him make some plays.

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during their three-game win streak. Secondly, it gives the players time to rest up and heal before retaking the field for the final eight games of the regular season. And third, as mentioned previously, middle linebacker Denzel Perryman was activated from the Reserve/Injured-Designated to Return list and will see his first action of the season against the Jaguars. A second-round pick out of the University of Miami in 2015, Perryman missed the first half of this season due to an ankle injury he suffered in the first preseason game this year. Perryman’s return should give the defense an immediate boost both mentally and physically. Since becoming a starter halfway through his rookie year, Perryman quickly earned the respect of his teammates through both his leadership and the tough, physical play he displayed on the field. Per Zach Aulakh (Pro Football Focus), Perryman finished his rookie year with high marks — his overall grade of 82.4 ranked 15th at his position and his 18.3 runstop percentage was top-rated amongst all linebackers. Although his production slipped slightly his second season, his runstop percentage of 9.4 percent did remain among the top 20 inside linebackers in 2016. He also made an improvement defending the pass, going from 1.13 yards per coverage snap allowed as a rookie, to 0.96 in his second year. Prior to the Jaguar game, the Chargers rush defense was second-worst in the NFL, ranked No. 31, allowing a whopping 135.1 yards per game. Although the defense is ranked No. 8 in both passing (201.9 yds. per gm) and points (19.0 pts. per gm), respectfully, they sit in the middle of the pack for total defense with a No. 19 ranking (337.0 yds. per gm).

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Vets can now shop online at exchanges Beginning this Veterans Day, Nov. 11, military exchanges gave about 18.5 million veterans worldwide and their families a little something special: tax-free online shopping for life. Until now, only those on active duty, in the National Guard, the Reserves, retirees and those who were 100 percent disabled could shop online. This highly anticipated change by the Department of Defense grants online exchange shopping privileges to our nation’s brave veterans. Tom Shull, Army & Air Force ExThe aircraft carriers USS Ronald Reagan, USS Theodore Roosevelt and USS Nimitz transit the Western Pacific. The strike groups were underway and conducting operations in change Service director and CEO, international waters as part of a three-carrier strike force exercise. | U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Aaron B. Hicks whose idea was to expand the online shopping benefit to honorably discharged veterans, said this marks the first change to the Department of Defense Armed Services Exchange Regulation that governs who receives During his trip, Trump struck a tough allies, including Japan, of trying to “eslimited and full privileges at Ameritone on North Korea, calling for an end calate the military tension and increase can military installations since 1990. to its nuclear program and saying “we arms race in the region with each passThe policy currently covers 12 milhope to God we never have to U.S.e� the ing day.� lion active-duty members and retirNorth Korean government officials military strength the U.S. has on the Koees. About 18.5 million veterans will rean Peninsula. be eligible to shop online. CARRIERS, continued on Page 8 Pyongyang accU.S.ed the U.S. and its Their spouses and children, estihree U.S. Navy aircraft carriers mated at 10 million, can benefit input on show of strength in the directly as the veterans can shop for Western Pacific Ocean over the them. Shull said the AAFES’ customer weekend, the first time three of base could swell up to 40 million custhe 100,000-ton behemoths have sailed tomers once the change takes effect. together in a decade. “We are delighted to extend this The U.S.S. Ronald Reagan, U.S.S. benefit to all veterans that served honTheodore Roosevelt (homeported in orably,� Shull said. “Our veterans now San Diego) and U.S.S. Nimitz and their have the opportunity to shop for namulti-ship strike groups are participattional brands at a significant discount ed in four days of excercises. of 20 to 30 percent at our brick-and“Multiple carrier strike force operamortar stores, (known as PXs and tions are very complex, and this exercise BXs) and with our online shop.� in the Western Pacific is a strong testa“We are proud to support this new ment to the U.S. Pacific Fleet’s unique DoD policy, and are honored to offer ability and ironclad commitment to our NEX online privileges to our nathe continued security and stability of tion’s deserving military Veterans. It the region,� Adm. Scott Swift, the comis one small way to thank those who mander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, said in have served,� said Rear Adm. Roba statement. ert J. Bianchi (Ret.), Navy Exchange A South Korean Defense Ministry ofService Command’s chief executive ficial said the three U.S. carriers held officer. drills on either side of the waters sepa“The Navy Exchange gives back rating the Korean Peninsula and Japan. 100 percent of our profits to our Exercises closest to the Korean coast sailors and their families through involved U.S. and South Korean ships, contributions given to Navy Morale, while those closest to Japan involved Welfare and Recreation for quality U.S. and Japanese ships, the official said. of life programs and NEX store inThe presence of the three-carrier flofrastructure. Therefore, we look fortilla in Pacific waters is seen as a signal ward to expanding our customer base to North Korea that the U.S. will not be of online shoppers, which will in turn intimidated by Pyongyang’s continued help grow our merchandise assorttesting of nuclear weapons and ballistic ment and continue to strengthen our missiles. ability to provide dividends for base “We sent three of the largest aircraft MWR programs.� carriers in the world (to the Korean PenThe Army & Air Force Exchange insula) and a nuclear submarine is also can be found online at www.shopmypositioned,� President Donald Trump said after his arrival in South Korea last The Navy Exchange week. is at 'PSBEWFSUJTJOHJOGPSNBUJPO DBMM  tBEWFSUJTJOH!NJMJUBSZQSFTTDPN /PW 5

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Union, thus aborting the summit meeting scheduled for Paris in 1960. t Theodore Maiman operates the first laser on May 16 at Hughes Aircraft Company in Malibu. t Chile’s subduction fault ruptures from Talcahuano to Taitao Peninsula on May 22, causing the most powerful earthquake on record (magnitude of 9.5). t A Soviet Air Force MiG-19 fighter plane flying north of Murmansk, Russia, over the Barents Sea shoots down a six-man RB-47 Stratojet reconnaissance plane of the U.S. Air Force on July 1. Four of the U.S. Air Force officers are killed, and the two survivors are held prisoner in the Soviet Union. t In response to a United States embargo against Cuba, Fidel Castro nationalizes all American and foreign-owned property in Cuba on Aug. 6. t The American nuclear submarine USS Seadragon surfaces through the Arctic ice cap at the North Pole on Aug. 25, the first

submarine ever to do so. t The countries of Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela form OPEC on Sept. 14. t Soviet premier Khrushchev pounds his shoe on a table at a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on Oct. 12, his way of protesting the discussion of the Soviet Union’s policies toward Eastern Europe. t The farthing, a coin first minted in England in the 13th century, ceases to be legal tender in the United Kingdom on Dec. 31.

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t Adolph Coors III, chairman of the board of the Coors Brewing Company, is kidnapped Feb. 9 and captors demand $500,000. Coors is later found dead and Joseph Corbett, Jr. is indicted. t Director Stanley Kramer receives the first star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on March 28. t Russwood Park, a baseball stadium in Memphis, Tenn., burns to the ground April 17 from a fire shortly after a Chicago White Sox versus Cleveland Indians game. t President Eisenhower signs the Civil Rights Act of 1960 into law May 6. t Following the admission of Hawaii as the 50th U.S. state the previous year, the 50-star flag of the United States debuts in Philadelphia on July 4.

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McCain’s home state. The event is said to have influenced McCain’s decision to cast the deciding vote to kill the proposal. La Raza has a long and checkered history of promoting illegal immigration and advocating for welfare benefits and even driver’s licenses for undocumented Latino immigrants. Currently, it’s lobbying (under a new and less controversial name, UnidosUS) against what it calls “the Trump administration’s senseless and Draconian anti-immigrant policies,� fighting specifically GOP bills “to fund [the] immoral border wall� with Mexico. “President Trump has again chosen to appease the bigots in his base,� La Raza asserted in a statement posted on its website. “It’s time to translate injustice into action.� During last year’s presidential campaign, La Raza’s Chicago branch was among the groups that deployed thousands of protesters to the University of Illinois at Chicago, forcing then-candidate Trump to cancel a scheduled event there for safety reasons. La Raza works closely with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and has teamed up with the anti-Trump resistance group, Indivisible, which was co-founded by La Raza alumnus Angel Padilla. Indivisible is working with La Raza and its affiliates to make sure “any bill that punishes sanctuary cities never goes to Trump’s desk to become law.� They are encouraging activists to send postcards with pre-printed mes-

sages on immigration and health care to force how the funds are spent. moderate GOP senators. “It stands to reason that some of the settlement funds have helped bankroll the resistance� bent on stopping the National Urban League After receiving at least $1.2 million from Trump agenda for America, Competitive the bank-settlement slush fund, the Afri- Enterprise Institute senior fellow John can-American advocacy group solicited Berlau said. It’s not clear how much money, in all, its supporters to oppose efforts to repeal ObamaCare by signing a letter to senators has been diverted from settlement funds arguing “African-Americans stand to be to these and other left-wing organizadisproportionately impacted.� It claimed tions. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has more than 5 million black people would ordered a full audit of the funds while discontinuing the practice of funneling lose coverage under repeal legislation. Justice Department settlements to thirdparty groups. National Community “Any settlement funds should go first Reinvestment Coalition to the victims and then to the American Since hauling in at least $2.6 million in people [through the US Treasury] — not funds under settlement in the Obama-era to bankroll third-party special interest mortgage suits, the liberal housing-rights groups or the political friends of whogroup has slammed tax-reform proposals ever is in power,� Sessions said in a recent by the Trump administration as unfair, statement. Still, The Post has learned that the while trying to block efforts to privatize mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Mac, claiming doing so would “deepen the continues to force financial institutions it prosecutes to donate to third-party comracial wealth gap.� NCRC is also actively lobbying against munity organizers. More, penalties in regulatory repeal of many provisions of such cases are deposited into the Bureau’s the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and now-$170 million-plus Civil Penalty Fund, which has, in turn, channeled almost $30 Consumer Protection Act. The Washington-based group boasts million to “consumer advocacy� groups. CFPB director Richard Cordray is an more than 600 member organizations who lobby lawmakers through list-serves, Obama holdover, whose special five-year mailings, sign-on letters and conference term doesn’t expire until 2018. The Independent Community Bankers calls. Though it’s assumed that funds distributed to such “qualified organizations� of America, a national voice for more than will be used for housing assistance, the 5,700 large and small banks, said it opposbank-settlement agreements do not en- es the government practice of providing back-door funding to unrelated groups. “ICBA believes the funds should go towards affected victims,� a spokeswoman for the banking trade association told The Post.


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said last week that the U.S. was increasingly taking action that could “ignite another Korean War.� “Nobody knows when and how the ‘war maniac’ Trump will ignite the ‘wick of war,’� the officials said, referring to the presence of the carriers near the peninsula. Joining the three U.S. carriers and their strike groups were three Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force warships including the helicopter destroyer JS Ise, a guided-missile destroyer and general purpose destroyer. “The JMSDF is always every opportunity to strengthen the JMSDFU.S.N alliance, and joining an exercise like this is a natural event to stabilize regional security,� a statement from the Maritime Self-Defense Force said. South Korean vessels joined exercises with the U.S. warships on Sunday, according to U.S. Navy photos. The South Korean Defense Ministry said it sent two destroyers equipped with the Aegis anti-ballistic missile defense system as well as five other warships to the exercises. Each U.S. aircraft carrier holds more than 60 aircraft, including F/A-18 fighter jets, airborne early warning and control aircraft and helicopters for antisubmarine warfare. The ships accompanying the carriers included destroyers and cruisers equipped with the Aegis system as well as Tomahawk cruise missiles. U.S. attack submarines typically accompany U.S. aircraft carrier strike groups, but the Navy U.S.ually keeps their specific locations secret. The last time three U.S. aircraft carrier strike groups worked together in the Western Pacific was off the U.S. island of Guam in 2007, according to a Navy statement.

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would be captured, tortured or killed, with as many as eight out of 10 never coming back. Yet, he did provide answers for his bosses. I detail in the book how he conceived, organized and lead covert missions inside North Korea. Gen. E. Stratemeyer, the commander of Far East Air Forces, wrote in his diary during the first year of the Korean War that Nichols had ‘performed the impossible.’� Fast-forward to today, where the North Korean regime is still repressive, with closed borders and secret police. They have a stranglehold on the people because they eliminate their enemies and have a narrative to explain their actions. During the Korean War, Gen. Curtis E. LeMay, head of the Strategic Air Command, guessed that American bombs killed about 20 percent of the North Korean population, roughly 1.9 million people. “The Kim family is able to stoke anti-American hatred and perpetuate its rule, all the while telling a terrifying, factbased story,� Harden said. “It is a warning to the North Korean people that Americans will once again come with bombs, fire and death, and the only ones to protect them are the leaders. “I spoke to more than 20 North Korean defectors who were taught to fear and hate the Americans. Even after they arrived in South Korea they were very reluctant to criticize ‘the Great Leader, the Dear Leader, or the current leader.’ With their cruel and unsavory tactics, they not only keep the people at bay but countries as well. These leaders through the years have used extortion and repressive techniques, but now they have missiles threatening South Korea, Japan and the U.S. It is harder today to infiltrate because North Korea concentrates all its resources on the border and has new technology for detection. So Nichols’ 20 percent success rate of infiltration is a far better ratio than what is transpiring today.� This book delves into an engrossing hidden history of wartime espionage. Too bad there is not someone like Nichols today. Although he was unsavory he was successful in gathering fact-filled intelligence. His superiors described him as brave, hardworking and creative as he gained knowledge about the inner-workings of the North Korean regime.

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