If you think our witnesses today are uncomfortable sitting in this climate controlled room and accounting for their company's spineless and irresponsible actions
1)What is "uncomfortable sitting" ? What does "sitting" mean here ? If this is the present continuous tense, then it must be "uncomfortably" ? What is "climate controlled room" ? Is this a figurative phrase ? I don't understand it ? And what does the speaker mean by "spineless"
"climate controlled room" = air-conditioned room.
This is the report of a congressional hearing, and the witnesses are sitting in the room. It is a rhetorical question asking if the witnesses feel uncomfortable [psychologically] sitting in this nice cool room while people affected by their company's actions are in really uncomfortable [physically] conditions.
"spineless" = showing no strength of character, or in this case doing nothing.
Why do you insist on repeating the phrase lawful orders? These were demands by a police state to make of an American company a co-conspirator in having a freedom-lobbying Chinese journalist put in prison.
What does "police state" mean ?
A country in which the people are not free to do what they want because the government controls them in every possible way.
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