90 Miles From Tyranny : 2021-05-23

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Saturday, May 29, 2021

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The 90 Miles Mystery Video: Nyctophilia Edition #668

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The 90 Miles Mystery Box: Episode #1368

You have come across a mystery box. But what is inside? 
It could be literally anything from the serene to the horrific, 
from the beautiful to the repugnant, 
from the mysterious to the familiar.

If you decide to open it, you could be disappointed, 
you could be inspired, you could be appalled. 

This is not for the faint of heart or the easily offended. 
You have been warned.

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Friday, May 28, 2021

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New Study Shows Masks Did Not Slow COVID Spread

According to a new study by University of Louisville the state mask mandates didn’t help slow the spread of COVID-19, Townhall reported.

The study found that “80% of US states mandated masks during the COVID-19 pandemic” and while “mandates induced greater mask compliance, [they] did not predict lower growth rates when community spread was low (minima) or high (maxima).” According to the report, the study used data from the CDC which covered multiple seasons and concluded that “mask mandates and use are not associated with lower SARS-CoV-2 spread among US states.”

“Our findings do not support the hypothesis that SARS-CoV-2 transmission rates decrease with greater public mask use,” notes the U of L report. Researchers stated that “masks may promote social cohesion as rallying symbols during a pandemic, but risk compensation can also occur” before listing some observed risks that accompany mask wearing:

Prolonged mask use (>4 hours per day) promotes facial alkalinization and inadvertently encourages dehydration, which in turn can enhance barrier breakdown and bacterial infection risk. British clinicians have reported masks to increase headaches and sweating and decrease cognitive precision. Survey bias notwithstanding, these sequelae are associated with medical errors. By obscuring nonverbal communication, masks interfere with social learning in children. Likewise, masks can distort verbal speech and remove visual cues to the detriment of individuals with hearing loss; clear face-shields improve visual integration, but there is a corresponding loss of sound quality.
The study also noted that the mandates put in place by many states in line with CDC guidance at the time were “poor predictors of COVID-19 spread,” according to...

Semi Vs. Train....


A Mistake Like This Could Cost You Your Life...

You Won’t Believe How Activists Pushed Loudoun County Schools Into Critical Race Theory

Documents show activists forced Loudoun County Public Schools into a critical race theory rabbit hole because they used a critical race theory exercise about the Underground Railroad.

In 2021, not a week goes by without Loudoun County, Virginia making the news as a result of its push to implement critical race theory in its schools. Parents are frustrated and looking for answers, while Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) remains largely silent as this affluent county outside of Washington, D.C. has become ground zero in the fight against critical race theory in schools.

The story of how this all happened seems relatively straightforward, but it is in fact a complicated story of gaslighting, big money contracts, and unfairly throwing teachers under the bus.
It All Started With a ‘Runaway Slave Game’

It all started in February 2019 when Loudoun County made national news after the president of the Loudoun County NAACP claimed that students at Madison Trust Elementary were instructed to pretend to be slaves during a gym class activity. This exercise was presented to the media as a “runaway slave game.”

The school was quick to issue an apology and then-Superintendent Eric Williams said the school system would take corrective action, which included hiring “[a]n outside expert [to] conduct an equity audit,” requiring all teachers to receive “cultural competence and implicit bias training,” and creating a new position related to “equity and cultural competence.”

LCPS immediately began taking action. In April 2019, it hired The Equity Collaborative, a consulting firm in California that specializes in critical race theory. LCPS paid that company $422,000 to conduct focus groups, coach and train teachers, and produce an “equity assessment.” That assessment was supposedly submitted to LCPS on June, 6, 2019. The report was titled: “Initial Report – Systemic Equity Assessment: A Picture of Racial Equity – Challenges and Opportunities in Loudoun County Public School District.”

On May 22, 2019, prior to the equity assessment release, the Loudoun NAACP filed a complaint with the Virginia attorney general alleging systemic racism at LCPS. On September 9, 2019, the Loudoun NAACP supplemented its complaint by submitting...

WATCH: Unseen Footage Reveals BLM Founder Eulogizing U.S. Communist Party.

Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors lamented that the Communist Party in the U.S. has been “systemically destroyed and decimated” while speaking at a 2015 panel hosted by Harvard Law School.

Unearthed by The National Pulse, the clip comes from a panel on “Globalizing Ferguson: Racialized Policing and International Resistance” hosted by the prestigious law school’s Human Rights Program.

Cullors, who recently announced her resignation from the Black Lives Matter (BLM) Global Network Foundation, described how “the state has organized to dismantle movements” including the Communist Party and the civil rights movement. Cullors repeatedly references both “movements: – including the Communist Party – using first-person pronouns:

“I think the state has organized itself to dismantle movements in this country. There was a robust Communist Party. There was a robust human rights and civil rights movement, the Panther Party, and we have been systematically destroyed and decimated.

“So I think it’s important to understand what has happened in this country and the ways in which the state has consciously and purposefully destroyed our movements,” Cullors, a self-declared “trained Marxist,” adds.

The BLM co-founder also explicitly rejects the “civil rights establishment,” insisting she is focused on organizing with “all poor people”:

And so we are literally left with the civil rights establishment, which is not a movement, which is often co-opted by police and elected officials, and many of us are trying to rebuild a human rights movement that is centered around fighting anti-black racism and centered around organizing and building with poor people, all poor people.”

Cullors criticizes the failures of far-left nonprofit work, noting “we get stuck in funder-driven traps, and we get stuck in really liberal narratives, and we don’t actually fight the things that are going to ultimately free us.”


Coming To America? Terrorist Group Builds Muslim Army in Britain - Flaunts Child Jihadi (Video)

Hizb ut-Tahrir calls on Muslim armies to reestablish the Islamic State ruled by Sharia (Islamic Law), and a Caliph (head of state).

This past weekend at anti-Israel rallies in London and Birmingham, Islamic terrorist group Hizb ut-Tahrir called on “Muslim armies” to re-establish the Islamic Caliphate and liberate all of Palestine from Israel. The organization is actually calling on Muslims to march on Israel, kill Jews, and destroy the Jewish state.

At the London rally, Hizb ut-Tahrir used a young Muslim child to wave the “black flag” of Islamic Jihad with the shahada in white. During an interview with the child, he called on Muslims to “develop a new Caliph” to help Palestine. Hizb ut-Tahrir calls on all Muslims to unify under an Islamic state ruled by Islamic law, Sharia, and a Caliph. Like many Muslim terrorist groups, Hizb ut-Tahrir indoctrinates children at a young age to wage jihad against Jews and Israel.

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The adult attendees, many waving Palestinian and ISIS flags, chanted threatening slogans and gave speeches calling for the restoration of the Caliphate. The terrorist members called on Muslim armies to liberate the al-Aqsa Mosque and the rest of Palestine. According to Hizb ut-Tahrir, al-Aqsa Mosque is the future platform on which the world Caliphate will be declared.

Hizb ut-Tahrir’s Central Media Office posted a speech on Facebook by one of their “distinguished sisters” calling on Muslim armies to act now:

Apple’s First Chinese Data Center Gives Government Access To Chinese Users’ iCloud Data

Apple this week opened its first data center in China, which privacy advocates say will allow the Chinese surveillance state to access users' text messages, photos, and emails.

The facility, which Apple built in partnership with state-owned firm Guizhou-Cloud Big Data (GCBD), will house Apple servers in an arrangement that allows the Chinese government easier access to Chinese users' iCloud data. Xinhua News Agency, a state-run media outlet, reported that the facility opened on Tuesday.

The relationship highlights a troubling pattern of American tech and media companies conceding to Chinese government demands in order to continue doing business in the country. Apple relies heavily on China both as a supply source and as a market for its phones and computers. The tech giant makes most of its products in China, which also accounts for around 20 percent of the company's revenue.

The New York Times reported this month that Apple has made a series of compromises with the Chinese government in order to continue doing business there. The GCBD data center is one of the concessions. As part of the arrangement, Chinese authorities seeking iCloud data can request it directly from GCBD, bypassing Apple. Apple has defended the arrangement by citing Chinese laws requiring foreign companies to partner with local data firms.

The Guizhou data center has been a source of controversy since it was announced in 2018.

"By handing over its China iCloud service to a local company without sufficient safeguards, the Chinese authorities now have potentially unfettered access to all Apple's Chinese customers' iCloud data," Nicholas Bequelin, a director at Amnesty International, said in 2018. "Apple's pursuit of profits has left Chinese iCloud users facing huge new privacy...

US moving only China region carrier to Afghanistan and Sen. Inhofe gives big warning – here it is

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, expressed concerns regarding the redeployment of the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier to help with the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, saying it demonstrates the United States military is being asked “to do too much with too little,” and sends a terrible message to China.

“Force protection must always remain our highest priority, and I have complete confidence in the crew of the USS Ronald Reagan. However, the reported redeployment of the Reagan from Indo-Pacific Command to Central Command underscores that we are asking the military to do too much with too little,” Inhofe wrote in a statement provided to American Military News. “There are no other carriers available, and the Ford remains far behind schedule. The Secretary of Defense should not have to choose between providing force protection and keeping an aircraft carrier in the priority theater.”

According to the Wall Street Journal, the USS Ronald Reagan is the only aircraft carrier currently in the Asia-Pacific region, but officials said the ship will leave its post in Yokosuka, Japan, and travel to Afghanistan in early summer, where it will operate for at least four months.

Defense officials added that the Asia-Pacific region will not have a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier for a period of time while the USS Ronald Reagan is in the...

Morning Mistress

The 90 Miles Mystery Video: Nyctophilia Edition #667

Before You Click On The "Read More" Link, 

Please Only Do So If You Are Over 21 Years Old.

If You are Easily Upset, Triggered Or Offended, This Is Not The Place For You.  

Please Leave Silently Into The Night......

The 90 Miles Mystery Box: Episode #1367

You have come across a mystery box. But what is inside? 
It could be literally anything from the serene to the horrific, 
from the beautiful to the repugnant, 
from the mysterious to the familiar.

If you decide to open it, you could be disappointed, 
you could be inspired, you could be appalled. 

This is not for the faint of heart or the easily offended. 
You have been warned.

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Thursday, May 27, 2021

Lockheed Martin’s White Guilt Brainwashing Camp

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Ohio University to Assign ‘Diversity Scores’ to New Faculty Applicants

Bowling Green State University in Ohio is set to hand out “diversity and inclusion” scores to anyone applying to be a new member of the faculty, and could even make its final hiring decisions based solely on race, according to the Washington Free Beacon.

University President Rodney Rogers made the announcement of the new policy in April, confirming that the new policy would begin on May 1st. The new system includes a “diversity and inclusion” question on applications, and that candidates who do not answer the question, or who otherwise do “not address their own positionality,” are far more likely to be rejected.

The applications will then be considered before a faculty hiring committee, which will select five questions with which they can “score” the candidates on a five-point scale of “diversity and inclusion.” Candidates who earn a perfect score must show that they have “clear knowledge of, experience with, and interest in dimensions of diversity that result from different identities.” Applicants who do not “discuss identity” or say that they have “little experience with these issues” will ultimately be rejected.

In his announcement email, Rogers told faculty that they may scrap and rework the new system if it does not yield the diversity they are seeking.

The new system is part of Bowling Green’s broader “Diversity and Belonging Comprehensive Strategy and Plan,” which was first published in May of 2020. The plan allegedly aims to “remedy” the circumstances under which “not all people are afforded the same resources, treatment, and opportunity” at the college. Many other schools across the country have similarly ramped up their efforts to aggressively push more affirmative action-style programs and emphasize “diversity” in the wake of...

Biden Frees Al Qaeda Ally Who Plotted to Smuggle Nukes Into US

Why settle for helping Iran nuke America, when you can also help Al Qaeda nuke America?

With inflation rising almost as fast as gas prices and the cost of a home, Joe Biden ain’t doing much for most Americans. But if you’re an Al Qaeda terrorist, he’s got your back.

Just ask three of Gitmo’s finest who are benefiting from Biden’s generosity.

Saifullah Paracha (pictured above) was a Pakistani businessman and New York travel agent with some big plans. The Gitmo inmate now being set loose by Biden wanted to “do something big against the US.”

9/11 was in Al Qaeda's rearview mirror and its mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, was plotting a sequel. The Gitmo dossier for Paracha first details a plan to use his “textile business to smuggle explosives into the US” and these "ready-made explosives, specifically C4" would go into shipping containers full of "women and children's clothing".

Shipping Al Qaeda’s C4 to America would be more lucrative than dumping sweatshop labor sweatpants because “if al-Qaida used detainee’s textile company for shipping explosives to the US, he would likely be paid additional money beyond the standard shipping fees”. No word on whether there would have been a bonus for every American blown up.

And then things escalated from there with testimony that Paracha allegedly claimed that he, “believed he could obtain unspecified chemicals from Chinese sources”. The fellow he was talking to about the unspecified chemicals, Ammar al-Baluchi, one of the few Gitmo Jihadis whom neither Obama nor Biden had managed to release yet, had helped out the 9/11 hijackers with flight simulators, and manuals, and allegedly chatted with Mohammed Atta.

After 9/11, Al-Baluchi was looking at all sorts of plans for crashing planes into things, like the American consulate in Karachi or London’s Heathrow airport, but there were other options on the table. The nature of the chemicals out of China was never specified, but the KSM lieutenant believed they were” chemical or biological agents” that could be used “as a weapon”.

Paracha reportedly advised Al Qaeda that “one should look for a similar looking chemical and put it in between the good chemicals and it would be very easy to get [through] customs.” With his business experience, he could offer Al Qaeda tips on smuggling such as...

Biden’s ATF Director Refuses To Say If Hunter Biden Should Be Prosecuted For Illegal Gun Purchase

'It severely undermines the confidence in our gun laws as well as the ATF ... if there are not criminal consequences,' Sen. Tom Cotton said.

David Chipman, Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, refused to say during a Senate Judiciary hearing on Wednesday whether Hunter Biden should be prosecuted for an illegal firearms purchase in 2018.

According to a March report by Politico, subsequent reporting by The Federalist, and Hunter Biden’s own memoir, the president’s son appears to have lied about his drug use on an ATF form, a felony that earlier in the hearing Chipman had considered a serious crime. When Sen. Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas, specifically asked the ATF nominee about the Biden son’s gun purchase, however, Chipman evaded the question.

“Mr. Chipman, you testified to Sen. Lee that is it a serious felony to lie on a background check application, and I agree,” Cotton said. “The ATF form 4473 asks, are you an unlawful user of or addicted to any drug or uncontrolled [sic] substance. If an applicant checks yes, they cannot purchase a firearm.”

The senator continued, recounting the events that transpired around the Hunter Biden gun scandal, saying:
On March 25, Politico reported that Hunter Biden, President Biden’s son, applied for a handgun that was later thrown in the trash and had to be recovered by Secret Service agents in 2018. Politico reported that Hunter Biden completed this background check and answered no to the question of whether he was an unlawful user of or addicted to any drug. Hunter Biden has since published a book and gone on a nationwide book tour conducting numerous interviews stating that he was in fact very much addicted to drugs at the same time that he purchased this firearm. This would mean that by his own admission, hunter Biden lied on that form and, by your earlier testimony, committed a serious felony. Should Hunter Biden be prosecuted for breaking this law?”
“If I’m confirmed as ATF director, it will be my responsibility to enforce all federal laws without political favor,” Chipman said without specifically addressing the Biden question. “I do not know any factors in this particular case, but...

Tom Elliott’s latest supercut honors MSM geniuses who mocked Tom Cotton and Donald Trump for pushing ‘debunked’ lab-leak theory [video]

We already told you about Drew Holden’s latest epic thread holding the media accountable for refusing to take accountability for royally botching their coverage of the COVID19 lab-leak theory.

Now, Grabien’s Tom Elliott has put together a supercut that dovetails with Holden’s thread quite nicely.

See for yourselves:

Good times.

We couldn’t script it any better.

Maybe Oliver Darcy can tackle it.

Parting evergreen reminder:

“I Don’t Know of a Bigger Story in the World” Right Now Than Ivermectin: NY Times Best-Selling Author“I Don’t Know of a Bigger Story in the World” Right Now Than Ivermectin: NY Times Best-Selling Author

So why are journalists not covering it?

Michael Capuzzo, a New York Times best-selling author , has just published an article titled “The Drug That Cracked Covid”. The 15-page article chronicles the gargantuan struggle being waged by frontline doctors on all continents to get ivermectin approved as a Covid-19 treatment, as well as the tireless efforts by reporters, media outlets and social media companies to thwart them.

Because of ivermectin, Capuzzo says, there are “hundreds of thousands, actually millions, of people around the world, from Uttar Pradesh in India to Peru to Brazil, who are living and not dying.” Yet media outlets have done all they can to “debunk” the notion that ivermectin may serve as an effective, easily accessible and affordable treatment for Covid-19. They have parroted the arguments laid out by health regulators around the world that there just isn’t enough evidence to justify its use.

For his part, Capuzzo, as a reporter, “saw with [his] own eyes the other side [of the story]” that has gone unreported, of the many patients in the US whose lives have been saved by ivermectin and of five of the doctors that have led the battle to save lives around the world, Paul Marik, Umberto Meduri, José Iglesias, Pierre Kory and Joe Varon. These are all highly decorated doctors. Through their leadership of the Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care (FLCCC) Alliance, they have already enhanced our treatment of Covid-19 by discovering and promoting the use of Corticoid steroids against the virus. But their calls for ivermectin to also be used have met with a wall of resistance from healthcare regulators and a wall of silence from media outlets.

“I really wish the world could see both sides,” Capuzzo laments. But unfortunately most reporters are not interested in telling the other side of the story. Even if they were, their publishers would probably refuse to publish it.

That may explain why Capuzzo, a six-time Pulitzer-nominated journalist best known for his New York Times-bestselling nonfiction books Close to Shore and Murder Room, ended up publishing his article on ivermectin in Mountain Home, a monthly local magazine for the of the Pennsylvania mountains and New York Finger Lakes region, of which Capuzzo’s wife is the editor. It’s also the reason why I decided to dedicate today’s post to Capuzzo’s article. Put simply, as many people as possible –particularly journalists — need to read his story.

As Capuzzo himself says, “I don’t know of a bigger story in the world.”

Total News Blackout

On December 8 2020, FLCCC member Dr Pierre Kory gave nine minutes of impassioned testimony to the US Homeland Security Committee Meeting on the potent anti-viral, anti-inflammatory benefits of ivermectin. A total of 9 million people (myself included) saw the video on YouTube before it was taken down by YouTube’s owner, Google. As Capuzzo exhaustively lays out, both traditional and social media have gone to extraordinary lengths to keep people in the dark about ivermectin. So effective has this been that even in some of the countries that have benefited most from its use (such as Mexico and Argentina) many people are completely unaware of its existence. And this is no surprise given how little information is actually seeping out into the public arena.
A news blackout by the world’s leading media came down on Ivermectin like an iron curtain. Reporters who trumpeted the COVID-19 terror in India and Brazil didn’t report that Ivermectin was crushing the P-1 variant in the Brazilian rain forest and killing COVID-19 and all variants in India. That Ivermectin was saving tens of thousands of lives in South America wasn’t news, but mocking the continent’s peasants for taking horse paste was. Journalists denied the world knowledge of the most effective life-saving therapies in the pandemic, Kory said, especially among the elderly, people of color, and the poor, while wringing their hands at the tragedy of their disparate rates of...

BLM Founder Says “Revolution” Will Not Be Through Ballot Box, Calls U.S. Flag “Symbol Of Hate”.

Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors asserted the American flag is not a symbol she “stands by” in a 2015 video unearthed by The National Pulse. 

Cullors, who recently went a real estate buying binge, also encouraged white supporters of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement to “infiltrate white supremacist groups” and lamented that “no elected official” will bring “revolution.”

The remarks come from a July 2015 interview with the radio program Uprising with Sonali.

Cullors and host Sonali Kolhatkar discuss the burning of the Confederate flag, which the BLM co-founder broadens to attack the American flag:

“I think that’s powerful. I also think it’s important that we talk about the American flag, which is a symbol of lots of hate as well, and I’ve really been appreciative of Black Lives Matter members who’ve said, yes the Confederate Flag is a terrible symbol of a particular historical moment, but the American flag is also a terrible symbol of our particular moment,” she notes.

Cullors also reveals that the American flag is not a symbol she “stands by”:
“I appreciate the Confederate flag burning, I think it’s a power symbol, and it’s really amazing to be alive watching people burn it down, and I want to question, too, are we saying then that the American flag is a symbol that we are standing by? It’s not a symbol I stand by.”
During the interview, Cullors describes how she voted for former President Barack Obama claims her preferred “revolution” will not come through the ballot box:
“I think I was too naive at that moment to really understand, like oh actually, Obama is not going to be the revolution. No elected official is going to be the revolution.”
While discussing BLM tactics, Cullors also encourages “white allies” to “infiltrate white supremacist groups”:

Hunter Biden brought VP Joe to dinner with shady business partners

Joe Biden, as vice president, reportedly met his son’s business partners from Ukraine, Russia, and Kazakhstan in Washington, DC, over dinner in 2015.

The revelation, made by the New York Post Wednesday, further fuels suspicions that the elder Biden likely knew of his son’s business activities overseas, despite the president’s repeated claims of ignorance of his son’s dealings abroad with businesses and government officials.

Critics, including some of his former business partners, have accused Hunter of using his father’s name and political connections for personal gain, particularly when it comes to gaining access to business dealings overseas.

Citing information obtained from the infamous “laptop from hell” allegedly belonging to Hunter Biden, the Post reported Wednesday:
The dinner, on April 16, 2015, was held in the private “Garden Room” at Café Milano, a Georgetown institution whose catchphrase is: “Where the world’s most powerful people go.” The next day, Hunter received an email from Vadym Pozharskyi, an executive of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma, to thank him for introducing him to his father.

“Dear Hunter, thank you for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent [sic] some time together,” Pozharskyi wrote on April 17, 2015. “It’s realty [sic] an honor and pleasure.”

The guest list prepared by Hunter three weeks before the Café Milano dinner included Russian billionaire Yelena Baturina and her husband, corrupt former Moscow mayor Yury Luzhkov, who since has died. Baturina wired $3.5 million on Feb. 14, 2014, to Rosemont Seneca Thornton LLC, a Delaware-based investment firm co-founded by Hunter and Devon Archer, a former adviser to Secretary of State John Kerry.
Treasury Department officials highlighted the wire in suspicious activity reports provided to...

Morning Mistress

The 90 Miles Mystery Video: Nyctophilia Edition #666

Before You Click On The "Read More" Link, 

Please Only Do So If You Are Over 21 Years Old.

If You are Easily Upset, Triggered Or Offended, This Is Not The Place For You.  

Please Leave Silently Into The Night......

The 90 Miles Mystery Box: Episode #1366

You have come across a mystery box. But what is inside? 
It could be literally anything from the serene to the horrific, 
from the beautiful to the repugnant, 
from the mysterious to the familiar.

If you decide to open it, you could be disappointed, 
you could be inspired, you could be appalled. 

This is not for the faint of heart or the easily offended. 
You have been warned.

Hot Pick Of The Late Night

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

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Officials Scared After Sister of North Korean Leader Has Their Colleagues Executed

“Devil woman” Kim Yo Jong orders probes of government agencies and executes officials who “get on her nerves,” they say.
CNN Proclaimed: Kim Jong Un’s sister is stealing the show at the Winter Olympics

Government officials in North Korea are living in fear after a series of executions of their colleagues on the orders of leader Kim Jong Un’s powerful sister, Kim Yo Jong, two officials told RFA.

Since her brother’s rule began in 2011, Kim Yo Jong’s rise to power in her own right culminated in her becoming an alternate member of the Politburo in April 2020. At the time, her brother was rumored to be having health issues and some experts believed she could have been an option to replace him in the event of his death.

But she was demoted during the ruling Korean Workers’ Party’s Eighth Party Congress in January, becoming just a member of the Party’s Central Committee, with her rank reduced from first deputy director to deputy director. Still, she remains one of North Korea’s most powerful people, and sources said she has ordered executions of government officials simply for “getting on her nerves.”

“News that they shot to death a high-ranking official in Pyongyang is spreading among officials in Hyesan right now. We don’t know who the executed official was, but I heard from an official close to me that he was executed on the orders of Kim Yo Jong,” an official of an administrative agency in central northern Ryanggang province told RFA’s Korean Service May 13.

“In November last year, a gold smuggling incident was reported to the Central Party. A total of 10 state security officials and soldiers of the border security command were executed by firing squad in December, while nine residents were imprisoned for life. Dozens of their family members, meanwhile were sent to political prison camps.” said the source, who requested anonymity for security reasons.

RFA reported in November that that two soldiers were caught smuggling some $10 million worth of gold into China near Hyesan, on Nov. 1. One was arrested immediately, while the other, a border security guard, fled into China and was believed to be in the custody of Chinese authorities, according to local government sources.

Sources in the Ryanggang provincial government told RFA that the soldier caught Nov. 1 revealed during the investigation that they had been working with six residents on what had been their fifth trip smuggling gold to China. The six were arrested on Nov. 16, a judicial official told RFA at the time.

One of the Ryanggang sources told RFA in November there was a possibility that smugglers be executed because gold is strictly controlled by the state. Their offenses also included defying a strict border lockdown imposed to combat...