North Korea Sentences American Reporters to 12 Years Hard Labor
Laura Ling, the sister of former The View co-host Lisa Ling, and fellow Current TV journalist Euna Lee have been sentenced to twelve years in a labor camp by a North Korean court for crossing that country's border.
Calling it a "grave crime they committed against the Korean nation and their illegal border crossing," the Central Court of North Korea convicted and sentenced the two reporters in a trial that began last Thursday. The U.S. State Department said that outside observers were not allowed to witness the trial's proceedings.
Friends and family of Ling and Lee insist that their border crossing was accidental and have been publicly pleading with the North Koreans for mercy in recent days. Reports CNN:
"When the girls left the United States, they never intended to cross into North Korean soil. And if they did at any point, we apologize," Lisa Ling, Laura Ling's sister, said on "Anderson Cooper 360" on Wednesday.
"And we know that they are very, very sorry. And we ask that you show mercy today," added Lisa Ling, a special correspondent for CNN.
Despite the limited communication, the families say they've heard enough to know the women are "terrified" and "extremely scared."
Current TV employees, including company Chairman Al Gore, had been ordered by their legal team to remain quiet about the situation with Ling and Lee, a stance that they held fast to both individually and as a company, despite some public outcry.
Obviously, this whole thing is a situation fraught with horrendous peril, not only for Ling and Lee, but for the United States in general. One can't escape the feeling that the convictions of Ling and Lee are less about North Korean law and more just another example of provocation by a renegade country led by a mad man. What Kim Jong Il and North Korea hope to gain by this situation is anyone's guess, but one can only imagine what sort of horrors take place inside a North Korean labor camp, and we certainly feel that it's time for the former two-term vice president of the United States to break his silence and start throwing his weight around to crack some serious skulls if he has to in order to get Ling and Lee freed. The Current TV strategy of silence has not worked up to this point and will only continue to reflect poorly on them and Gore going forward.
In the meantime, our thoughts are with Laura Ling and Euna Lee and their traumatized families.
Reporters Get 12-Year Terms in N. Korea [CNN]
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David Smith "Let's compare the U.S.A. with some of the dictatorial regimes!
If you cross the North Korean border illegally you will get 12
years of hard labour.If you cross the Iranian border illegally you will be detained
indefinitely and/or declared a spy.If you cross the Afghan border illegally you are shot.
Check out the website ...
IF YOU CROSS THE NORTH KOREAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU GET 12 YEARS HARD LABOR.
IF YOU CROSS THE IRANIAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU ARE DETAINED INDEFINITELY.
IF YOU CROSS THE AFGHAN BORDER ILLEGALLY, YOU GET SHOT.
IF YOU CROSS THE SAUDI ARABIAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU WILL BE JAILED.
IF YOU CROSS THE CHINESE BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU MAY NEVER BE HEARD FROM AGAIN.
IF YOU CROSS THE VENEZUELAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU WILL BE BRANDED A SPY AND YOUR FATE WILL BE SEALED.
IF YOU CROSS THE CUBAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU WILL BE THROWN INTO
POLITICAL PRISON TO ROT.
IF YOU CROSS THE U.S. BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU GET :
* A JOB,
* A DRIVERS LICENSE,
* SOCIAL SECURITY CARD,
* FOOD STAMPS,
* CREDIT CARDS,
* SUBSIDIZED RENT OR A LOAN TO BUY A HOUSE,
* FREE EDUCATION,
* FREE HEALTH CARE,
* A LOBBYIST IN WASHINGTON
* BILLIONS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF PUBLIC DOCUMENTS PRINTED IN YOUR
* THE RIGHT TO CARRY YOUR COUNTRY’S FLAG WHILE YOU PROTEST THAT YOU DON’T GET ENOUGH RESPECT
Calling an illegal alien an undocumented immigrant is like calling a drug dealer an umlicensed pharmacist.
Read more: http://www.city-data.com/forum/illegal-immigration/863263-if-you-cross-border.html#ixzz0n6hlUZOw
Smith For U.S. House of Representatives
Chris Thornton Enter Mexico illegally you get 2 years for first offense. 10 years for the second offense. Should be the same here in America.
Yesterday at 10:21pm
Patrick Darnell (from the LINK) As in USA when you cross the border; one gets --
-a job (pseudo-slavery)
-a drivers license?
-a social security card?
-welfare at the taxpayers expense
-subsidized rent, or even a loan to buy a house
-free education, often in your native tongue
-free health care, again, at the taxpayers expense
-a lobbyist in Washington D.C
-billions of dollars worth of public documents printed in your native language
-the right to carry your own country's flag while you protest --that you do not get enough respect in the country that you are in illegally.
some of this is questionable... to me.. SS Card? for real?
Illegal Immigration is a sick joke, and has very little credence as a "term"... my point is "if it is so commonplace, how then is it such an issue?" Yes, and no one is laughing.
The purpose of being a "Legal Alien" is to be something that can be taxed... nickel and dimes are needed from the millions of "illegal aliens" to pay for their overburdens... eh?
Hey Illegals -- if you want to hang with us Homies in this land of plenty, you have to pay the tolls just like we do. That's all this is about. Lost revenue... I say get the dough, Mr Smith. And I have best wishes for you in your campaign.
Yesterday at 10:26pm ·
David Smith Yes, You do and can get a SSN. The Gov always want them to pay their share. The thing is, they can be here for years and never pay taxes and turn around and draw Social Security. I wish I could do that!
Yesterday at 10:32pm
Jenna Marie Hughes Me, too!
about an hour ago
It is tough to make it in this country even if you are a patriot's son, or daughter. But not one of us was here "first." Not even the American Indians, if the fossil record is telling us the truth these days. We are all immigrants in this land. Shoot, man, if I am accurately reading birth certificates posted all over -- Barry our Prez is an illegal alien...
Welcome to Modern nastiness... the illegal alien in Texas does all the shitty jobs. Small business Owners, city Employers cannot compete without the immigrant filling a spot on chain gangs, sweat shops, or in the field point-repairing sewers, like bonded slaves.
... gravy train, government cheese, a Cadillac in every carport ... why is the sewer all backed up? How come we have to ration water in New Mexico cities?
Hey: today, right now, Make everyone already here "legal" and make everyone pay their taxes. Pay or get a year in Leavenworth for tax evasion.
I sure get weary reading everyday some half-bent slippery slope argument about [wtf] "illegal aliens" -- what is this -- the GAZA strip? All this is about sealing fate of immigrants.
Here's another solution: Extend the American Indian territories to the Mexican-US border and let our Sioux, Comanche, and Apache brothers police the border ...
I hear a lot of complaining, but seldom do I hear any solution... why is that?
David Smith See, I have been offering. Just no one wants to listen. So I'm tired of the bitching and complaining. Feel free to make comments, but I would hope people would start paying attention.
Might I also mention, of all the Candidates and Current congressmen (Water walkers), I seem to be the ONLY one making any offers!
I have read the processes you are suggesting there Dave. Believe me I agree with the process, only it will put a strain on prisons, creating a monster paper trail, for a country -- Mexico, -- who has no way of keeping a paper trail.
And I do understand you have a campaign to run, but this is fBook and in here if something pricks a finger, it is a possible source of viral mandates... the Houston Mayor won her election by being in fBook all during the campaign.
So essentially we are two people who just met on the street... And I don't even know who you are. So good luck with all that testing the waters in here. And I am sure I am not in your district...
And, many will avoid you due to the campaign... and not voice their opinions for what ever reason. But if you are going to be subversive to your opponents' mediocrity, and propose a track for illegals to become legals, remember you have to sell that one to the Mexican senators and police, as well as taxpayers like me..
After two paragraphs I can tell you this is too complicated for the average Mexican laborer trying to work in US.
Mexico has no rule of law, and it looks like in the fifty years I have been neighbors with Mexico, seems that they never intend to improve their system. So, heck no to imprisoning illegal aliens over here, I won't stand for that.
Now for instance:
Mexican Labor: Who do you think had last hand in the blow-out override system in the recent oil spill in the Gulf? Do you think NASA rocket scientists prepared the pipe and valves that go into that blowout preventer? Who do you think drove the Lull to pick up the valve, and who held the spigot that sandblasted the unit, and who powder coated that son of a gun? Who loaded it on the barge? It is done by the lowest bid contractors... who employ illegal aliens, period.
No? it is Mexican labor, legal or illegal... I know this first hand or I wouldn't bring it up. Having been supervisor of illegals, in and around all types of nutty situations... scooped day laborers off the curb in three states... Illinois, MO and Tx... yep
...And I can't get past the first two points of your "what you propose" as this twelve steps to become a legal... ?
So I get to point two: capture illegal using our military base personnel... finger print, photo, and buy them a ticket back to Yucatan, or Guatemala City... that's my tax dollars you are using there. I won't stand for that. My military -- until further notice -- is not a police force.
Why not just treat the border creepers like Loggerhead turtles... collar them, epoxy a GPS trans-ceiver on their backs, let them loose and use the data to empirically set up capture-free zones for staging claims. No more anchor babies? Try to put that one past the Loggerheads...!
I agree, but like all our laws today... the detention and release program is not something I am volunteering my paycheck to cover, Sorry.
That's why you turn it over to a third party, an agency, privatize this game... forggedda'bout using my cherished army folks, or any other Federal thing I pay through the nose for.
You are welcome for my comments.