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#1 webfact

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Posted 2013-11-21 09:35:30

California man pulled off plane in North Korea, detained, son says
By Chelsea J. Carter, CNN

(CNN) -- An 85-year-old American man on an organized tour of North Korea was pulled off a departing plane in Pyongyang just minutes before it was to depart, the man's son told CNN on Wednesday.

The family has had no contact with Merrill Newman of Palo Alto, California, since he was detained on October 26, Jeff Newman said.

"This is a misunderstanding. My father is a (Korean War) veteran and wanted to see the country and culture he has been interested in for years," Newman said.

 

"He arranged this with a travel agent that was recommended and said was approved by the North Korean government for travel of foreigners. He had all the proper visas." [read more...]

Full story: http://edition.cnn.c...ican/index.html

-- CNN 2013-11-21
 



#2 Credo

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Posted 2013-11-21 09:58:20

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Since the war has never officially ended, I wonder if he will be considered a prisoner of war.  



#3 h90

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Posted 2013-11-21 11:39:42

Since the war has never officially ended, I wonder if he will be considered a prisoner of war.  

 

Or maybe he wanted for war crimes?



#4 rotary

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Posted 2013-11-21 16:28:18

Strange.....must be more to the story.



#5 Emdog

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Posted 2013-11-21 16:43:03

They just want Rodman to come and take him home. Not getting enough attention recently. xcrying.gif.pagespeed.ic.kh9vLpJQkU.png



#6 CIHUAHUA

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Posted 2013-11-21 17:06:15

I do not understand why this man even wanted to go to NC.  The war is not over and this old man talked about his role while there as a soldier.   I don't understand why a US stupid sports star ended up there with the fat pig boy leader.  I don't understand why American religious preachers go there.  They are stupid and arrogant but I hope the old man gets home to his upper-middle class life style because of his age and learns a lesson. 



#7 klauskunkel

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Posted 2013-11-21 17:06:30

North Korea...hungry again?



#8 bangarang

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Posted 2013-11-21 17:14:27

Here we go again with attention seeking N. Korea



#9 Chicog

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Posted 2013-11-21 17:32:21

Must need another pay off from Uncle Sam.



#10 MJP

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Posted 2013-11-21 17:35:29

Dennis Rodman will be along shortly . . . 



#11 HOOD Robin

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Posted 2013-11-21 18:12:16

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Dennis Rodman will be along shortly . . . 

 

send a B-52 and teach that childish leader and his Generals a lesson they will NEVER forget !   coffee1.gif



#12 MJP

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Posted 2013-11-21 18:15:39

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Dennis Rodman will be along shortly . . . 

 

send a B-52 and teach that childish leader and his Generals a lesson they will NEVER forget !   coffee1.gif

 

 

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#13 RickBradford

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Posted 2013-11-21 19:13:54

Perhaps Dennis Rodman will propose swapping himself as a prisoner instead of the 85-year-old.

 

A fair definition of a win-win situation.



#14 MJP

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Posted 2013-11-21 19:22:58

Perhaps Dennis Rodman will propose swapping himself as a prisoner instead of the 85-year-old.

 

A fair definition of a win-win situation.

 

Wondered if Rodman might find himself on the receiving end at some point and be denied exit.

 

Perhaps one day Kim won't want his friend to go home.



#15 Wat dee

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Posted 2013-11-21 19:29:54

 

Dennis Rodman will be along shortly . . . 

 

send a B-52 and teach that childish leader and his Generals a lesson they will NEVER forget !   coffee1.gif

 

Yeah, that attitude has made this world such a peaceful place.



#16 F430murci

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Posted 2013-11-21 19:35:50

Any one from US visiting NK would seem to be taking a large risk. This was apparently compounded by him telling officials about him fighting in Korean War.

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The day before Newman was detained on Oct. 26, he met with North Korean officials and discussed his service in the Korean War 50 years ago, his son told the San Jose Mercury News.

"There's some misunderstanding here, a terrible misunderstanding, and my father has always had a deep respect for the Korean culture and the Korean people," he told the newspaper.

http://worldnews.nbc...-korea-son?lite

#17 Ulic

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Posted 2013-11-21 19:37:16

Now a pawn in a bigger game played on one side by a lunatic.



#18 MJP

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Posted 2013-11-21 19:40:53

Now a pawn in a bigger game played on one side by a lunatic.

 

Yeah, but what about Kim Jong Il? 



#19 Chicog

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Posted 2013-11-21 20:12:41

 

Dennis Rodman will be along shortly . . . 

 

send a B-52 and teach that childish leader and his Generals a lesson they will NEVER forget !   coffee1.gif

 

 

Yes a war between the US and China, just what's needed.



#20 Scott

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Posted 2013-11-21 20:33:36

A troll post has been removed.  



#21 Jingthing

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Posted 2013-11-21 20:37:00

I do not understand why this man even wanted to go to NC.  The war is not over and this old man talked about his role while there as a soldier.   I don't understand why a US stupid sports star ended up there with the fat pig boy leader.  I don't understand why American religious preachers go there.  They are stupid and arrogant but I hope the old man gets home to his upper-middle class life style because of his age and learns a lesson. 

I kind of agree. If he is being used as another pawn which seems likely, I wouldn't want the U.S. government to give up anything for him. He chose to go there to an enemy state of the USA and he knew the risks. Hopefully another good warning to other Americans -- don't go there! Period. 


Edited by Jingthing, 2013-11-21 20:37:57.


#22 Jingthing

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Posted 2013-11-21 20:54:49

He would have had a blast in Hanoi! Too bad he didn't go there and just SAY he had been to NK ... 



#23 MJP

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Posted 2013-11-21 20:57:32

He's 85. Perhaps he thought he'd booked a flight to South Korea and got off the aeroplane telling them all about how he fought the North?

 

Seriously, could be!


Edited by MJP, 2013-11-21 20:57:59.


#24 Jingthing

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Posted 2013-11-21 20:59:04

Doubtful but if he was really interested in NK he could have visited South Korea and met some of the many North Korean escapees living there. 



#25 MJP

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Posted 2013-11-21 21:06:12

Doubtful but if he was really interested in NK he could have visited South Korea and met some of the many North Korean escapees living there. 

 

Stranger things have happened. 

 

I once booked a flight to Havana, Cuba and ended up in West Bromwich. blink.png







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