Unfortunately, Mr. Zhisheng is one of many people in China exploited by the government. This important hearing received no televised publicity and yet when soldiers burned Qurans in Afghanistan the media was in uproar for weeks. People like Gao are being tortured and unjustly imprisoned in a country with which the United States conducts a large amount of business. Our government has an obligation to defend these prisoners of conscience. It will be interesting to see whether or not anything results from this hearing.