On January 23, 1968, the USSPueblo, a Navy intelligence vessel, is engaged in a routine surveillance of the when it is intercepted by North Korean patrol boats. According to U.S. reports, thePueblowas in international waters almost 16 miles from shore, but the North Koreans turned their guns on the lightly armed vessel and demanded its surrender. The Americans attempted to escape, and the North Koreans opened fire, wounding the commander and two others. With capture inevitable, the Americans stalled for time, destroying the classified information aboard while taking further fire. Several more crew members were wounded.Finally, thePueblowas boarded and taken to Wonson. There, the 83-man crew was bound and blindfolded and transported to Pyongyang, where they were charged with spying within North Koreas 12-mile territorial limit and imprisoned. It was the biggest crisis in two years of increased tension and minor skirmishes between the United States and North Korea. The United States maintained that thePueblohad been in international waters and demanded the release of the captive sailors. With the Tet Offensive raging 2,000 miles to the south in Vietnam, President Lyndon Johnson ordered no direct retaliation, but the United States began a military buildup in the area. , meanwhile, coerced a confession and apology out ofPueblocommander Bucher, in which he stated, I will never again be a party to any disgraceful act of aggression of this type. The rest of the crew also signed a confession under threat of torture. The prisoners were then taken to a second compound in the countryside near Pyongyang, where they were forced to study propaganda materials and beaten for straying from the compounds strict rules. In August, the North Koreans staged a phony news conference in which the prisoners were to praise their humane treatment, but the Americans thwarted the Koreans by inserting innuendoes and sarcastic language into their statements. Some prisoners also rebelled in photo shoots by casually sticking out their middle finger; a gesture that their captors didnt understand. Later, the North Koreans caught on and beat the Americans for a week. On December 23, 1968, exactly 11 months after thePueblos capture, U.S. and North Korean negotiators reached a settlement to resolve the crisis. Under the settlements terms, the United States admitted the ships intrusion into , apologized for the action, and pledged to cease any future such action. That day, the surviving 82 crewmen walked one by one across the Bridge of No Return at Panmunjon to freedom in South Korea. They were hailed as heroes and returned home to the United States in time for Christmas.Incidents between North Korea and the United States continued in 1969, and in April 1969 a North Korean MiG fighter shot down a U.S. Navy intelligence aircraft, killing all 31 men aboard. In 1970, quiet returned to the demilitarized zone.
It was definitelynot ethical for North Korea to spy on the ship during peacetime. The tactics were unethical. Is there any reason that they had to disguise the mission? Seems to me that they had a plan along to spy and overtake the ship
2. M3D2 Brandon,
A disguised United StatesU-2 plane wasgunned down when it flew overthe Soviet Union in 1960. It was used by the United States to gainintelon the Soviets. The mission wasconducted when there was no war going on and it was disguised as aweather plane to trick the Soviets.This was extremely unethical and could have had very deadly repercussions. Withthe Pueblo situation, the planewrecked but the pilot was not beaten or mistreated.With the U2- Gary Powers mission, it seemed to be a mission that was very meticulously planned and thought out compared to thePueblo incident. This plane hadfeatures that would make it hard for the enemy to gain any infofrom it if it was captured or caught. It had a built in self destruct feature that destroyed the plane. The NSA should only be allowed to disclose information if it is illegal or poses a threat to national security. If any other tapping of peoples info is breached, they should be punished to the full extent of the law. Privacy is a serious issue and people take it very seriously.
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