Warmbier had traveled to Pyongyang on a trip organized by Young Pioneer Tours, a China-based travel company. He was arrested on January 2, 2016, as he was about to board a plane to leave the country, on the charge of committing a hostile act against the state.Follow the link above to watch the vid. This guy is a slobbering mess. Can't say that I blame him but ignore that for a minute and think about what this supposedly intelligent person did.
The North Korean government alleged that Warmbier was encouraged to commit the "hostile act" by a purported member of a church in his home state of Ohio, a secretive university organization and even the CIA.
In court Wednesday, North Korean officials presented fingerprints, photos of a political banner and surveillance images -- proof, they said, that Warmbier committed crimes against the regime.
The 21-year-old student pleaded for mercy.
"My brother and my sister need me," he said. "I beg that you see that I am only human, how I have made the worst mistake of my life."
Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years hard labor.
Greg Scarlatoui, executive director for the Committee for Humans Rights in North Korea said he may be forced to work in agriculture, which happened with other American prisoners.
"He may spend his day planting apple trees. It will be fairly grueling forced labor," Scarlatoui said.
He voluntarily flew to the most tyrannical and backwards country on the face of the earth (arguably) and decided to play tourist!
WHY WOULD ANYONE DO THAT!
I consider the idea to be utter lunacy. Its beyond bat shit crazy and my first response is oh well...do stupid shit, expect stupid results. But as a nation (and we've talked about this before) what is our responsibility here? Remember the good samaritans that traveled to Syria to help? They wound up captured and later killed. One young lady comes to mind that was rumored to have been passed around to "service" ISIS fighters before she was killed in a US airstrike (mercy in my opinion).
We've launched rescue mission to save the silly and men have died. We're expending diplomatic capitol to deal with this lunatic in N. Korea to aid this guy.
Is it worth it? Should the idea of personal responsibility for foreign travels play a part in our calculations? Don't get it twisted. I realize that sometimes bad stuff happens but if you're heading to locations with travel advisories then why should the govt expend resources to help?