Traveling to PRNK is nothing like the USA, you will be free to take pictures in most locations, we won't have "minders" with you 24/7 making sure you don't drift off the authorized path... We don't kill you for crossing the border illegally..
I don't consider all the stories BS, but I do consider the reporting of them to be over blown. (your complaint is a case study in that actually, comparing the USA to North Korea is a way into hysteria you know.)
Consider the security situation from the USA's perspective and you might just figure out WHY border searches are being done with more frequency and to more depth, but we are not even close to North Korea. Truly, Laptop passwords shouldn't be an issue if you do international security precautions like you should anyway (i.e. have nothing on your laptop to start with), same with smartphone. When I travel abroad, I figure that the host country is entitled to inspect me and my stuff as they see fit, put what ever restrictions they desire upon my travel within their country and it's not my place to complain. It's their country, so it's their rules, and IF I cannot see my way clear to live within those rules, I don't go. If I choose to go, I don't complain about complying with the local rules.
I suggest two things.. 1. You are making more out of this than their really is.. 2. IF you don't like the rules, you don't need to come here.. And don't give me some sob story about it being your job because what that is saying to me is you are being PAID to endure all this pain you claim, which makes it doubly shallow if you ask me.