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The normally reclusive Kim Jong-un, leader of The Democratic Republic of Korea, slipped into the USA for a personal visit

It has only leaked out today, some weeks after the event, that what must certainly be counted as a major embarrassment to the US Government has occurred. The leader of a foreign government and his entire entourage have slipped into the USA with no advance notice and bypassing US Customs and Immigration at Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI), to visit a friend. The White House has yet to comment. Calls to the United States Department of State were referred to spokeswoman Victoria Nuland who at first was unavailable for comment, but whose assistant suggested this was a domestic matter and referred this reporter to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. It was there that Gillian Christensen, Deputy Press Secretary at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), attributed the oversight to manpower shortages resulting from the sequester of funds that has adversely impacted manpower levels. Reporters have been trying to contact Stephen Dearborn, the Port Director of Customs and Border Protection Field Operations Office Baltimore for corroboration, but he has been unavailable for comment reportedly having been recalled to Washington, D.C. for discussions with members of Congress that have oversight responsibilities.

In a story that is still developing, it appears that on Sunday 2 March 2013 a chartered Airbus A330 commercial passenger jet landed at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, then taxied to a parking pad nearby the General Aviation Terminal. There a group of passengers disembarked onto a charter bus, that then simply drove past a routine checkpoint gate and off the tarmac. As incredible as this may sound, the jet apparently carried none other than Kim Jong-un and much of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea leadership, apparently in for a personal visit and some sight-seeing.

An amateur photographer who contributes images to publications and happened to observe the arrival of the aircraft, and positioned himself at an area near the cargo terminals to capture the images below. The photographer, who prefers to remain anonymous for reasons of personal safety, explained "I saw the airplane come to a stop, and a stairway was rolled up to to the aircraft. There did not seem to be any unusual activity, I thought is was a routine charter brining back American soldiers from overseas. I observed a pilot, maybe it was a pilot, walk down apparently looking for the bus or someone to meet him. While that was going on some people came out onto the top platform of the stairway, one of them was in a long black overcoat; when he saw me in the distance he stopped as he reached the first step then tuned to smile and wave at me. That's when I took the second photo (below). But as I was trying to change lenses to get a closer view a Maryland Transportation Authority Police car pulled up behind me, when the man in the black overcoat saw the police car he disappeared back into the airplane."

KJ-u arrival at BWI (51,099 bytes) KJ-u deplaning at BWI  (67,328 bytes)

Above: photo images taken by a amateur airplane photographer at the tarmac fence line show the chartered A330 parked at a remote area of BWI (51,099 and 67,328 bytes).
It appears to be Kim Jong-un waving to the photographer in the photo at right. Moments after the second photo was taken, the MTA Police arrived and evicted the photographer!

Apparently the Maryland Transportation Authority Police let slip an opportunity to actually apprehend Kim Jong-un and his entire leadership entourage. But this was not to be since just moments after these photos were taken, and before the chartered bus arrived, Maryland Transportation Authority Police officers arrived and ordered the photographer away. When the photographer explained he thought it was Kim Jong-un on the aircraft, the MTA Police subjected the photographer to a sobriety and breathalyzer tests, then sent him on his way with a stern warning. This led some to speculate the Maryland Transportation Authority Police may have actually been complicit in aiding and abetting the illegal entry of Jong-un and his entourage.

When interviewed by the agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation looking into the matter, MTA Police Chief Michael Kundrat explained "We had nothing to do with Mr. Un's visit. Furthermore, it is not our job to do Immigration's work. But if some civilian exceeds a speed limit, or parks illegally or gets too close to my fence line then they're in a heap a trouble".

"passengers disembarked from the aircraft to board a waiting bus, with many of them wearing bemedaled military uniforms,
nobody thought to ask if they spoke English."

As explained by a watchman at a nearby gate between the tarmac and the public roadways, it is a common occurrence to have such large charter flights arriving from war zones brining home US troops. As he explained to this reporter "so when the passengers disembarked from the aircraft to board a waiting bus, with many of them wearing bemedaled military uniforms, nobody thought to ask if they spoke English. I just waved their bus through".

KJ-u at Company Seven (145,370 bytes) The Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un apparently met the reclusive M. Cohen, the Field Marshal General for Life and Beneficent Dictator of Company Seven, through their secret social networking site ( It seems that at least M. Cohen has some ownership stake in Kadoo, and may have been funneling funds from the Kim family to that, as well as to help other startups (Facebook, Google, etc.) over the recent two decades. This could make these two men among the wealthiest in the world.

As Cohen explained, "it was Kim's idea to meet, but since I could not attend the annual Kim family get-together in Geneva (Switzerland), I consulted the famous and imaginitve author Tom Clancy, a customer and acquaintance for some years, for ideas about how Kim and I might be able to meet. So I suppose you can say the idea to fly Kim Jong-un into BWI on a charter jet in broad daylight on a Sunday is something right out of a Tom Clancy novel".

Upon arrival in Laurel, Maryland Kim and his entourage were treated to a private tour of Company Seven. Unfortunately none of the "regular" customers were told in advance and they missed the opportunity to meet Kim; this necessitated by the need to maintain security during the visit. They arrived at the Laurel, Maryland showroom of Company Seven that houses a selection of fascinating astronomical telescopes. Kim explained he was impressed most by the large Astro-Physics 206mm EDF Apo telescope, commenting "that is much more impressive than meeting Dennis Rodman!"

Right: Kim and his higher level entourage pose at Company Seven's showroom just in front of the Astro-Physics 206mm Apo telescope (145,370 bytes).

"that is much more impressive than meeting Dennis Rodman!"
Kim Jong-un

Kim Jong-un and his entourage spent several hours at the showroom, stocking themselves with: Astro-Physics and TeleVue telescopes, TeleVue eyepieces, Lunt and Solarscope hydrogen-alpha (solar) telescopes, books and star charts, and numerous Zeiss and Leica binoculars. Showroom surveillance video confiscated by the FBI appears to show these items being paid for by Golden Eagle Coins still sealed in U.S. Mint tubes; M. Cohen is overheard on the video teasing Kim that Company Seven no longer wanted to be paid in those stacks of freshly printed U.S. one hundred-dollar ($100) bills from North Korea.

After filling the baggage compartment of their chartered bus Kim and his entourage were treated to a tour of the 'MCCM Astronomical Observatory And Telescope". Unfortunately, the telescope is on loan to the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. A past customer of Company Seven's was the former President of Hopkins, and had given Mr. Cohen a key to the facility - supposedly in exchange for being allowed to buy an Astro-Physics telescope; telescopes that have a waiting list extending to beyond twelve years!

UV Lamps for detection of fluorescing tabs (51,236 bytes) As explained by Mr. Cohen, "it was a beautiful but chilly Sunday, and when I could not reach any of my friends at the JHU/APL on short notice (again security constraints), I simply let ourselves in by unlocking the back gate near the observatory tower. Amazingly enough, the visitors were able to go pretty much anywhere they wanted within the Applied Physics Laboratory."

Kim mentioned his interest in space technology, so M. Cohen treated him and some of his entourage to a tour of Building 30, the $30-million facility that was recently completed. The 47,500-square-foot building includes optics laboratories, mechanical assembly areas and a high-bay clean room area capable of supporting either classified or unclassified integration and test operations. But when they entered the sixty (60) foot high-bay clean room area to see a spacecraft undergoing integration and testing, nobody could find the power cabinet that controlled the lighting. Being a Sunday, there was no employee there to ask about the light switches, so the party made do with some hand-held ultraviolet lamps, apparently left there for inspections by the laboratory technicians.

Left: M. Cohen (standing to the right) providing Kim Jong-un (at center) a guided tour of a spacecraft undergoing integration and testing at the JHU/APL clean room (51,236 bytes).

Kim Jong-un and his leadership team were very impressed at the sophistication of the JHU/APL facilities. Their tour of the clean rooms where spacecraft were being prepared for launch, was particularly interesting. M. Cohen commented "how funny it was to see all of them taking photos of each other in front of and around the spacecraft".

the MCCM Observatory (23,924 bytes) KJ-u at the MCCM Observatory (108,888 bytes) Then it was up three stories to the top platform to visit the telescope. The top platform that houses the dome provides excellent views to all the horizons surrounding the Laurel, Maryland landmark. In addition to bringing numerous film and video cameras, Kim's team accommodated The Supreme Leader by acquiring a set of large aperture binoculars at Company Seven. These binoculars were carried up to the top platform for some addition sightseeing of the JHU/APL and surrounding areas while his associated took numerous photos of the group and surrounds. As overheard by Mr. Phil Whitebloom, a friend of M. Cohen who was the only invited American there, Kim mentioned how he hoped to see the US Capitol building from there; Mr. Whitebloom mentioned to this reporter "that's pretty funny. He thought he could see the Capitol from there. Yea right!"

Right: Company Seven's telescope observatory (23,924 bytes).

Left: Kim and some of his entourage pose (M.Cohen standing just behind Kim) outside Company Seven's telescope observatory with his new binocular (108,888 bytes).

M. Cohen treated the entourage to some of America's finer fare, skipping McDonalds in favor of a ordering in from a local Wendy's. The Manager of the Wendy's thought some group of actors were dressed for a show; he overheard M. Cohen and Kim bragging about which of them has the more impressive titles.

After dinner, the team returned shortly after sunset to spend a little observing time on the MCCMO telescope. Kim commented on how much better the dark night skies are in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea than in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. corridor, and Kim invited Mr. Cohen to return the favor of a visit to North Korea.

KJ-u autograph at Company Seven (38,076 bytes) It was very early on the Monday morning when the chartered bus returned Kim Jong-un to BWI airport for their return to North Korea. And it was only some hours after the aircraft, by then over Canadian airspace and heading west, was discovered to be carrying officials from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Apparently the ground crew cleaning out the aircraft came across bundles of 'Tour the New North Korea' brochures with a smiling Kim Jong-un on the cover, and it was only after the day shift came on later that Monday morning that the story of the visit started to unravel.

When the FBI agents visited Company Seven this week, the only proof of Kim's visit found was his autograph on a bathroom wall.

Right: Kim Jong-un left his autograph at Company Seven (38,076 bytes).

In an effort to avoid embarrassment the US Government has ordered all employees to remain tight-lipped about this. However, we are certain someone will have to explain this to Congress - no doubt in secret meetings closed to the public and news media.

1 April 2013


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