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Friday, August 27, 2010

Text Fwd: Cheonan investigation team member indicted

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'South Korean lawmakers from opposition parties including the main opposition Democratic Party (DP) submit a written request signed by 93 lawmakers for a parliamentary investigation into the sinking of the Cheonan to a National Assembly official, July 5. (Photo by Tak Ki-hyung)
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Hankyoreh
Cheonan investigation team member indicted:
Shin had been under fire by government officials for claiming that the government and military manufactured the cause of the sinking
Aug. 27, 2010
By Noh Hyun-woong

Shin Sang-chul, the 52-year-old former member of the civilian-military investigation team that looked into the sinking of the Cheonan, has been indicted without detention. Shin has claimed that the government and military manufactured the cause of the sinking.

The Seoul Central District Court indicted Shin on Thursday on charges of defamation for claiming that the government and military have been covering up the cause of the Cheonan sinking, and that the real cause was that the ship had run aground or collided with another object.

Shin has been accused of claiming that the Cheonan sank after colliding with a U.S. warship after running aground, that survivors are being pressured or detained to cover the reason up and that there were no signs to show that warship sank from an outside explosion in 34 stories, media interviews and lectures between March 31 and June 15, including a story in the Internet news site “Surprise.” 

Prosecutors opened the investigation after a series of complaints by the acting head of the investigation team, Defense Ministry and Navy Chief of Staff, beginning May 20.

In particular, prosecutors explained, “Shin was formally indicted due to the perceived seriousness of his crime given the nature of his continued spreading of false facts even after the complaints were received and he was under investigation.”

In order to determine the veracity of his Shin‘s claims, prosecutors visited the site where the Cheonan’s hull is being kept on July 30.

“Shin claims that there are scrapes on the hull from when the Cheonan ran aground, but an on-sight investigation revealed no such scrapes,” said a prosecution official. “In order to prove his claim, which does not accord with objective reality, Shin continued to claim new false grounds.”

During an interview with the Hankyoreh, Shin said, “I have been worried that the indictment will not go through, because I will prove that the investigation team’s announcement was a lie in the courtroom, where the truth is legally uncovered.

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3 comments:

  1. Conspiracy theory?

    That's begging the question, petitio principii. Is it "conspiracy theory"? Is it outlandishly false? Have you proven that?

    Is it "held by a person judged to be a crank or a group confined to the lunatic fringe," such as(?) the aforementioned physicist and professor in the American universities, and the millions and millions of South Korean and Korean-American citizens?

    Were Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein of the Washington Post conspiracy theorists too?

    Maybe a false analogy.
    Rather, it may be
    "it certainly has echoes of conspiracy theories like those surrounding the 1972 Watergate Break-in of President Richard M. Nixon."


    The comparison to the Warren Commission seems absurd.
    Maybe a false analogy, once again.

    The South Korean JIG(Joint Investigation Group) was no Warren Commission.
    The JIG's chairman was not the Chief Justice
    of South Korea.
    The JIG's members were not at all filled with the South Korean National Assembly Members and legal counsels like the Warren Commission was.

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  2. To the “outside” world intellectuals who don’t read Korean,

    This is a remarkable story of people – the governed(although they are in theory supposed to be the actual governor in democracy), not their government - making difference in the world (history).

    1. Compare and contrast.
    “More enlightened” American people, Congress and media; Bush; WMD; War (and huge suffering),
    (http://whitehouser.com/war/CIA-confirms-Bush-WMD-lie )
    and,
    “Supposedly less so enlightened” Korean people; Korean President Lee; Cheonan; prevention of War (so far).
    (I am including among ‘the Korean people’ the Korean-Americans.)

    2. Also remarkable is that the “inside” Korean people braved the government prosecution.
    Caveat: Under the current South Korean regime, South Korean citizens can be sued for defamation by their own government officials, and defamation in South Korea is a crime (as well as a civil offense) prosecuted by the government’s own centrally controlled national prosecutors who selectively choose or choose not whom to prosecute.
    Recently, Shin Sang-cheol, “an expert placed on the JIG [Joint Investigation Group] by” the National Assembly, got (criminally) sued for defamation by a government official for expressing disagreement over the current South Korean regime’s version of the Cheonan Incident. (http://www.zimbio.com/Mizuho+Fukushima/articles/BvIMjqn_oLw/South+Korean+Investigation+Team+Member+Mr )

    (South Korean people’s firsthand knowledge about the pro-government polls is that they are ridiculously overinflated.
    A proof: war-fear-mongering South Korean President Lee Myung-bak got unexpectedly humiliated on the June 2 election by the “Supposedly less so enlightened” Korean people,
    when “survey conducted by the major daily [pro-government]Dong-A Ilbo and the Korea Research Center from May 24 to 26[7-days-before] forecast[ed] that Oh would beat Han by 20.8 percent.”
    Actual election result: 0.6 percent(=”47.4 percent”-”46.8 percent.”)
    Source: http://joongangdaily.joins.com/article/view.asp?aid=2921960 )

    3. A list of early English publications on Questions on the Cheonan Incident and the Power of South Korean Netizens can be found at http://korea.true.ws (by LetsTry Reason) and newer writings at http://letstryreason.wordpress.com .

    Also, look at: “the U.S, South Korea, the U.K, Canada and Australia, but not Sweden [NOT Sweden], contributed to the second-statement findings [claiming that North Korea might be guilty]” – “Five reasons why the the JIG’s 5-page statement cannot be considered scientific and objective, nor … ‘international’”
    http://japanfocus.org/-JOHN-MCGLYNN/3372 ;
    “Russian Probe Sees No North Korea Hand In Cheonan Sinking! Russia Says Sea Mine Sunk Cheonan”
    http://socioecohistory.wordpress.com/2010/07/28/russian-probe-sees-no-north-korea-hand-in-cheonan-sinking/ ;
    http://willyloman.wordpress.com/2010/06/30/pcc-772-cheonan-south-korean-government-admits-the-deception-and-then-lies-about-it/ ;
    http://nature.com/news/2010/080710/full/news.2010.343.html ;
    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-korea-torpedo-20100724,0,4196801,full.story

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  3. 4. Compare and contrast.
    9/11; Al-Qaeda; brags We did it(, was not wrong, not sorry about it and we will do it again).
    Cheonan; North Korea; brags We didn’t do it (therefore, presumably, was wrong, sorry about it and we will not do it). (Why the difference?)
    Crime and punishment. If we are taking consequentialist moral philosophy, and if the utilitarian utility of punishment is to prevent future crime, then punishment serves little or no purpose (maybe to others but not)to North Korea who says ‘We didn’t do it,’ because either (a) the North didn’t do it, therefore the punishment will be outrageous injustice,
    or (b) the North did do it, but ‘We didn’t do it’ basically implies ‘We will not do it.’
    (This particular ‘it’ hardly gives the North any payoff.)
    *If you don’t get scared of us, how can We become the terrorist, and if you don’t know We did it, how can you get scared of us?

    5. Representative democracy is not pure democracy. (Pure)Direct democracy of a nation-size is now (or becoming) possible, through recent developments in computer science and technology, making secure private Internet-voting, democratic online discussions, cheap instantaneous micro referendum and freedom of choice to vote directly on an issue or use an agent possible.
    The science (computer science) should finally make the people, the governed, the actual de facto governor in democracy.

    6. I take this honor of hereby formally asking the folks in Norway to consider awarding a Nobel Peace Prize to the “Supposedly less so enlightened” Korean people including myself,
    who in early days, among various activities, proposed the “outside” world contact initiative for the Cheonan peace, providing email addresses of all the foreign embassies in Korea, U.N., Hillary, Obama, and the foreign media.

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