Fred Warmbier Details Son’s Torture At Hands Of North Koreans

“International organizations have assessed that human rights violations in North Korea have no parallel in the contemporary world.”


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“Now we see North Korea claiming to be a victim and that the world is picking on them,” Fred Warmbier said. “And we’re here to tell you North Korea is not a victim. They’re terrorists. They kidnapped Otto. They tortured him.”

The Warmbiers also opened up about seeing their son for the first time after his release from North Korean custody, offering new ― and, at times, disturbing ― details about his condition.

Fred Warmbier described a “howling, involuntary, inhuman sound” as he and his family walked up the steps of the plane that transported their son back to the U.S. from North Korea.

“Otto was on the stretcher … and he was jerking violently, making these inhuman sounds,” Warmbier said. “Otto had a shaved head. He had a feeding tube coming out of his nose. He was starting blankly into space … He was blind. He was deaf. … It looked like someone had taken a pair of pliers and rearranged his bottom teeth.”




  1. Berenice Kavanagh says:

    The Tragedy of King Lear is a marvellous, apocalyptic play. It confronts, and allows us to empathetically experience torture, and also what what might follow it, though the Earl of Gloucester and his son, Edgar [Mad Tom] embedded in a context large, deep, and high enough – a context evoking for us ‘the bosom of Abraham’, a ‘Psalmic’ scale surrounding and imbuing human affairs, Earth’s sacred path…in which storm and human transfiguration also gives out its voice – for the utter cruelty perpetrated by some human beings, on others, in the lust for domination and in the ferocious refusal of new, emergent, nascent’ ways, whose first modelling [by Cordelia] is rarely recognised in harsh, judgemental times.
    In this case, Celia, you place a particular torture on stage in a way which it behoves us to live with. Until things become particular, we rarely really FEEL. In our time, there is the tendency – understandable – to protect from feeling such severities of human life. Edgar, dispossessed of his own ordinary destiny as the son of a noble man, goes to other lengths of feeling, and is one of a handful characters in the play who truly emerges existentially, who GROWS in the wake of great tragedy. He comes to a different consciousness.
    Personally, I am thankful for your article drawing attention to something we can feel. It also has served as a litmus test, in that many responses showed the defensiveness which come up when we are afraid of what we feel and immediately move to blame, as a kind of defensive practice.
    Our times give rise to the urgent need to transcend from reaction to responsiveness. When we hear of this event, do we stand at the gate of the fortress, and apply, as two anonymous servants do [ in King Lear ] as Gloucester stumbles out from his trial, bling, like Oedipus, into the storm, ‘egg white’, bandages, woven of the ever deepening longing for Mercy, ‘gauze bandages’ in human conduct, lest we become a great deal crueler than animals are..? Or do we blame and react and defend?
    I appreciate that you are, like a singing reed, ‘standing in the torrent’ of blood..and just what ‘nationality’ of blood ..- if we FEEL- is hardly the issue here!
    Until we come to an inclusive consciousness, as blades of grass, or reeds, in the context of powers so vast that one needs a great psalmic or ‘biblical’ awareness to even partially embrace them with one’s is SO beyond “politics” ! we swing this way in futile, this-or-that we watch this truly AWE-ful “play”.
    “For the struggle is not against of flesh and blood, but of the principalities, the rulers of this world..” [Paul]

  2. Gary Ogden says:

    An unspeakable tragedy for the Warmbier family. On the other hand, what john powell writes is all true, too, and it is also true that between 1950 and 1953 we essentially bombed North Korea back to the Stone Age, wounding and killing many civilians, and tortured and murdered many political dissidents in the south, so their wrath and paranoia is based upon historical fact. Without question Trump knows none of this history.

    • Celia Farber says:


      Mouth Manaz Maybe because some of us can remember, there were such misinformation and lies for Syria, Iran, Libya, Venezuela, Irak, Afghanistan, Soviets, China, Cuba, Vietnam and the korean war, that now, why should we trust the same redundant source of misinforma…See More
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      Cal Crilly
      Cal Crilly In context, the Japanese put 6 million Koreans into labour camps and no one knows how many survived. Then when the war finished Koreans declared independence so America put the Japanese back in and they killed another 1 to 2 million before the Korean w…See More

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      Celia Ingrid Farber
      Celia Ingrid Farber Please stop de-contextualizing. The quote is the quote–is what it says it is. “Fred Warmbier Details Son’s Torture At Hands of North Koreans.”

      Hope that clears up any confusion.
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      Cal Crilly
      Cal Crilly Americans need to stop killing other people and start apologising, if there is a regime in Korea it’s because you put the country under siege for 70 years, take responsibility for your crimes…. that post is just distraction from your own guilt… “Ho…See More

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      Celia Ingrid Farber
      Celia Ingrid Farber Who is “you?” “I “did? I don’t take marching orders from you or anybody else when or how to report anything I choose to report.
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      Metin Gözek
      Metin Gözek stop killing people celia.. lol . to be fair he didn’t mean it that way. miscommunication, don’t get mad at each other. better when you work together. torture is uncool almost everybody knows. the nature of this story is sickening, hence the sickness.. careful with words cal!
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      Metin Gözek
      Metin Gözek give australia back to aboriginals cal it was wrong what you did!
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      Celia Ingrid Farber
      Celia Ingrid Farber Thank you Metin Gözek. I appreciate clarifying diplomacy. The fact of the matter is that boy was tortured to death and when I quoted his father, I was giving THAT boy, a tiny fragment of whatever “airspace” I could carve out, and BAM (here, and on The Truth Barrier) LIKE CLOCKWORK, the big mansplain broom comes out. Like I need to be re-educated that America has killed people, lots of people, no lots and lots of people. NO s^#t!

      And the same broom would erase the murders of Stalin, Lenin, Pol Pot, Kim Jon Il, Kim Jong Un…and would make a flea out of Otto Warmbier because he doesn’t fit their narrative. So how DARE I quote the murdered man’s grieving father on the day he gave this interview?! How dare I show girl or empathy for ONE of the countless victims of communist massacres. That makes it SO obvious that I stand blind and deaf in the rushing river of the blood of the BY US murdered millions, right?

      Good point about the Australian aboriginals. I watched Pilger’s film about that and was shocked and horrified. But I don’t bludgeon my Australian friends with it every time they express empathy for a victim of one of Australia’s enemies. Maybe I SHOULD, in the future.
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      Metin Gözek
      Metin Gözek maybe this is getting too far away from the original topic but I found this pretty interesting.. I wonder what would’ve happened if he kept living there, sounds like he wanted to

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      Cal Crilly
      Cal Crilly no one believes anything from American media anymore…/media-goes-quiet-as-russia…/

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      Celia Ingrid Farber
      Celia Ingrid Farber Nor do I have any need to be lectured by YOU about the lies of American media.
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      Jerry Guern
      Jerry Guern There is no single place I’ve learned more about alternative media sources than Celia’s FB threads.
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      Celia Ingrid Farber
      Celia Ingrid Farber Dammit to hell, I have no adrenal function, am basically (on paper) dead. I was only posting something on TTB and now because it appeared on FB I am back in the mudslide, losing even more adrenal function.
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      Celia Ingrid Farber
      Celia Ingrid Farber And now I sound like an angry man, to boot.

  3. john powell says:

    The horrific criminality of the Otto Warmbier tragedy ought to be so emotionally moving to Americans that they will contemplate and call for yet-undelivered justice owed to victims’ families, for what the U.S. government’s CIA torture dungeons did to hundreds of innocent Muslims in the years following 911.

    Hundreds of innocent Muslims were barbarically tortured to death, or starved, frozen and beaten into bloodied, hypothermic, mutilated, brain-damaged vegetative comas, by Americans, and by the notorious torturing regimes (Egypt, Libya, Poland, etc.) contracted to do the torturing for the CIA.

    Eight countries were contracted to do the torturing for the CIA (“for America”).

    Sixty countries cooperated with the logistics of transporting the captives for torture, and for a fate WORSE than Otto Warmbier.

    The bodies of many of the innocent Muslims tortured to death by Americans, or by U.S.-contracted countries, were NEVER released to the families of those innocent men AND innocent boys.

    In America, there’s been absolutely NO collective emotional or prosecutorial outrage about the Muslim Otto Warmbiers; the innocent Muslim victims of the USA’s immoral and unaccountable utilization of criminal barbarisms which at least equal, if not surpass North Korea’s barbarisms against Otto Warmbier.

    Numerous very excellent documentaries about the Otto Warmbier-type consequences of America’s post-911 torture dungeons are available. I recommend starting with the documentary titled “Taxi To The Dark Side”.

    Those consequences are ongoing, today, right now.

    Justice is being denied to families of the innocent Muslims who were either killed, maimed, or tortured into becoming the mentally-incapacitated and dysfuctional tragedies that they are today.

    That ongoing mental suffering has already driven many of them to take their own lives. That will continue, due in large part to America’s total abandonment of its obligation to take its torture victims under its wings, and make them whole again.

    Otto Warmbier’s very saddening fate ought to be a wake-up call to Americans: A wake-up call about their own unpaid obligations to all the tortured-to-death Muslim Otto Warmbiers, made in America.

    Double standards are Evil’s stock in trade.

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