Attackerman worries that Laura Ling and Euna Lee, the American journalists just sentenced to 12 years of forced labor by Kim Jong Il's regime for "spying," might get the Cheney treatment:

Conditions in camps for political prisoners [in North Korea] are even harsher and feature such pleasantries as "prolonged periods of exposure to the elements; humiliations such as public nakedness; confinement for up to several weeks in small 'punishment cells' in which prisoners were unable to stand upright or lie down; being forced to kneel or sit immobilized for long periods; being hung by the wrists; being forced to stand up and sit down to the point of collapse."

Sounds like Bush's America to me. Matt Steinglass relates China's role in facilitating the capture of the two sisters and invokes an inconvenient truth of extraordinary rendition.

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