North Korea’s secret gulag prisons serve as model for where Obama is taking America
by: J. D. Heyes
Thursday, February 07, 2013
They say technology is making the world smaller, and that is especially true of surveillance technology, as Google Earth proved once again recently by exposing the location of scores of North Korean gulags where as many as 250,000 political prisoners considered enemies of the regime may be held.
More than just simple prison compounds, the search giant’s satellite images provide indisputable evidence of the existence of the rarely-seen camps, giving new ammunition to human rights groups who have long described as “deplorable” Pyongyang’s record of citizen abuses.
Not surprisingly, the North Korean government has always vehemently denied the existence of the camps, insisting that any claims to the contrary are merely foreign propaganda. But “the advent of high-resolution, free images from outer space has disproved those claims,” Britain’s Telegraph newspaper reported.
“The dramatically improved, higher resolution satellite imagery now available through Google Earth allows the former prisoners to identify their former barracks and houses, their former execution grounds, and other landmarks in the camps,” said a new study called Hidden Gulag.
Jailing generations of North Koreans for a lifetime