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PICKET: Freed American hikers thank Hugo Chavez, Noam Chomsky, Cindy Sheehan
Washington Times Water Cooler ^ | 9/25/11 | Kerry Picket

Posted on 09/25/2011 4:47:05 PM PDT by paltz

Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, the now freed American hikers who were held in an Iranian prison after being convicted for espionage, appeared before cameras and reporters in New York on Sunday and gave prepared statements about their detentions in Iran.

Bauer, a freelance journalist, along with Sarah Shourd, a teacher and women’s rights activist, and Fattal, an environmentalist, were arrested July 31, 2009 while hiking in Iraqi Kurdistan. Shourd was released last year. Bauer's and Fattal's remarks were critical of American foreign policy towards Iran as well as the Iranian government's treatment of it's own people.

"The only explanation for our prolonged detention is the 32 years of mutual hostility between American and Iran. The irony is Sarah Josh and I oppose U.S. policies towards Iran which perpetuate this hostility. We were convicted of espionage, because we are American," said Bauer. He continued, "It’s that simple. No evidence was ever presented against us. That it because there is no evidence and because we are completely innocent."

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KEYWORDS: blameamericafirst; hateamericaleft; hikers; iran; joshfattal; leftchosis; leftuniverse; sarahshourd; shanebauer
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1 posted on 09/25/2011 4:47:09 PM PDT by paltz
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To: paltz

Can we send them back?


2 posted on 09/25/2011 4:48:34 PM PDT by cableguymn
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To: paltz

Pathetic.


3 posted on 09/25/2011 4:48:53 PM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: paltz

Only a leftist would be hiking there anyway.

Time to stop wasting time and money rescuing idiots from themselves.


4 posted on 09/25/2011 4:48:58 PM PDT by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a permanent Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: paltz

I knew we should have left them over there. Or maybe we could give them free tickets to Venezuela, as long as they take Cindy and Noam with them.


5 posted on 09/25/2011 4:49:59 PM PDT by Clock King (Ellisworth Toohey was right: My head's gonna explode.)
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To: paltz

what, no jimmy carter or bill clinton or even the big O himself?


6 posted on 09/25/2011 4:50:42 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: cripplecreek

Right on. If they are so stupid to go were they are not supposed to then should not expect any help


7 posted on 09/25/2011 4:51:25 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: paltz

So they oppose of how Jimmy Carter handled the hostage crisis and did nothing? Iran turned on the United States and attacked us. We did nothing but stop dealing with Iran. We never attacked them. So I would like to know what we did specifically to which they object.

Perhaps the objection is that we exist as a nation?


8 posted on 09/25/2011 4:51:53 PM PDT by plain talk
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To: cripplecreek

still wondering where the money came from and before someone says Oman then what was their deal for doing that?

They’re lefty idiots who will still not wake up , hell look at them for crying out loud.

The so called men are little girlie men which is the usual look of a left wing kook male.
They then go hiking on the Iran border or near it and then wonder why they are caught and then thank the left wing leaders .

This just shows how dumb the left are.


9 posted on 09/25/2011 4:51:53 PM PDT by manc (Hannity the fraud he admitted he's socially liberal he's no conservative marriage=1man+ 1 woman)
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To: paltz

The ones who really need the beheading, never get the beheading.


10 posted on 09/25/2011 4:52:11 PM PDT by Newtoidaho (Fight organized crime. Vote out all incumbent Democrats!)
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To: paltz

Send them back.


11 posted on 09/25/2011 4:52:10 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: paltz

frigging idiots, should have left them to rot there.

shady dealings to free them and then they come back here and complain about this country.

THE LEFT WING KOOKS OF THIS COUNTRY ARE REALLY STUPID AND DUMB.


12 posted on 09/25/2011 4:54:14 PM PDT by manc (Hannity the fraud he admitted he's socially liberal he's no conservative marriage=1man+ 1 woman)
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To: paltz
Bauer : "In prison, every time we complained about our conditions, the guards would immediately remind us of comparable conditions at Guantanamo bay."

Yeah, in Guantanamo, you run the awful risk of getting fat, and ending up in Michelle Obama's obesity crosshairs.

13 posted on 09/25/2011 4:54:29 PM PDT by Clock King (Ellisworth Toohey was right: My head's gonna explode.)
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To: Clock King

Who posted the $1 million bail? Why?

I’m with Iran on this one. I never believed these three were just hiking and lost their way.


14 posted on 09/25/2011 4:55:27 PM PDT by July4 (Remember the price paid for your freedom.)
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To: paltz
These leftist scumbags went to Iran on purpose to express solidarity with the terrorist regime, and were surprised to find themselves arrested. Naturally, being leftists, they blame Amerika.
15 posted on 09/25/2011 4:55:30 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: paltz

Why didn’t these douchebags hop a plane to Caracas instead of coming here? Both Venezuela and the USA would be better for it.


16 posted on 09/25/2011 4:55:37 PM PDT by NohSpinZone (First thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers)
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To: paltz

Now I will have to see them all over selling their book and criticizing America. Is there any chance they won’t all get a million dollar book deal? Didn’t think so. Maddow and everyone on MSNBC can’t wait to interview these three for some America bashing.


17 posted on 09/25/2011 4:55:54 PM PDT by motherof 3
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To: paltz

Told you they were anti-USA activists.


18 posted on 09/25/2011 4:57:00 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: manc

Even reality doesn’t wake them from their dilussional leftist fantasies. Sad, really. They still believe in that “can’t we all just get along” philosophy despite the manaces we face out there.


19 posted on 09/25/2011 4:57:00 PM PDT by LibFreeUSA (Sarah Palin and whomever.)
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To: paltz
We were convicted of espionage, because we are American," said Bauer. He continued, "It’s that simple. No evidence was ever presented against us. That it because there is no evidence and because we are completely innocent."

AAAAaaaaaandddd you went hiking in Iran because why? Maybe the Iranians really couldn't believe anyone with half a brain would hike the Iranian border unless THEY WERE SPIES!!

20 posted on 09/25/2011 4:57:49 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici ("Si, se gimme!")
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To: cableguymn

That was my first thought. Gah!


21 posted on 09/25/2011 4:58:37 PM PDT by MestaMachine (Wanna confuse obama? Ask him his REAL name.)
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To: paltz
Bauer, a freelance journalist, along with Sarah Shourd, a teacher and women’s rights activist, and Fattal, an environmentalist

Three useless parasites.

Worse than useless: active traitors subverting freedom.

Who paid their ransom?

22 posted on 09/25/2011 4:59:51 PM PDT by Trailerpark Badass
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To: paltz

The ABC news report completely left all this out of their copy. Made these two clowns sound like all American patriots.


23 posted on 09/25/2011 4:59:59 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: paltz

Traitors
24 posted on 09/25/2011 5:00:20 PM PDT by ari-freedom (Cain all the way)
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To: cableguymn

What idiot paid their bail?


25 posted on 09/25/2011 5:00:36 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie
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To: VeniVidiVici

Oddly enough, they received far better treatment than a female Canadian journalist who died in Iranian custody a few years back.

Wonder why that is?


26 posted on 09/25/2011 5:00:48 PM PDT by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a permanent Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: cableguymn
Can we send them back?

Amen.
27 posted on 09/25/2011 5:01:37 PM PDT by rockvillem
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To: paltz

Well aren’t they special.

They have the courage to criticize both sides. Wow.

Regular Bonhoffers.


28 posted on 09/25/2011 5:02:00 PM PDT by barstoolblues (Neither teabagger nor tyrant)
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To: paltz

Well aren’t they special.

They have the courage to criticize both sides. Wow.

Regular Bonhoffers.


29 posted on 09/25/2011 5:02:11 PM PDT by barstoolblues (Neither teabagger nor tyrant)
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To: paltz

“”The only explanation for our prolonged detention is the 32 years of mutual hostility between American and Iran. The irony is Sarah Josh and I oppose U.S. policies towards Iran which perpetuate this hostility.”

Ron Paul???


30 posted on 09/25/2011 5:02:19 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (I love how the FR spellchecker doesn't recognize the word "Obama")
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To: July4
"Who posted the $1 million bail? Why?"

Probably some of the Dept. of Energy grant money. No leftist cause left behind!

31 posted on 09/25/2011 5:02:33 PM PDT by liberateUS
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To: paltz
Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, the now freed American hikers
Don't know which one it was, but when they stepped off the plane, one of them starting b*tching about the plight of political prisoners in Iran ...... and the US!
Had I been there, he would have wished he was back in Iran. Ungrateful commie-scumbags.
32 posted on 09/25/2011 5:02:33 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: motherof 3

I could see a $50,000 book deal, not a million. It would perforce be pretty lame. Maybe Hugo Chavez might write a foreword for the book and autograph collectors’ copies.

I have no idea why Iran should be so snippy at America. Jimmy Carter toppled the clerics’ arch enemy, the Shah. There shouldn’t have even been a hostage crisis, they should have sent the hostages back with a “thank you Jimmy, now leave us alone.” These are not reasoning people, these are irrational haters.


33 posted on 09/25/2011 5:02:33 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: paltz

leftists are insane. They probably thought Iran was a friendly nation


34 posted on 09/25/2011 5:02:33 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: paltz

Send ‘em back with “Mahmoud sucks” and “The Twelfth Imam is a goat lover” tattoos.


35 posted on 09/25/2011 5:04:16 PM PDT by windsorknot
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To: paltz

Seems to me that it’s quite possible they intentionally got “caught” hiking in dangerous territory, so that ultimately, they could make a big “splash” across the pages of the international media...so as to make some sort of “statement.” Such fools! Utter fools! As someone else has said...SEND-THEM-BACK!


36 posted on 09/25/2011 5:04:41 PM PDT by nfldgirl
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To: Clock King
Bauer : "In prison, every time we complained about our conditions, the guards would immediately remind us of comparable conditions at Guantanamo bay."

Dollars to donuts the Iranians gave them Bibles and communion, too. [snark]

37 posted on 09/25/2011 5:05:15 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: paltz

I recommend rendition.


38 posted on 09/25/2011 5:05:37 PM PDT by Rocky (REPEAL IT!)
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Shane Bauer: "We do not believe such human rights violations on the part of our government justify what has been done to us. Not for a moment. However we do believe these actions on the part of the U.S. provide an excuse for other governments, including the government of Iran to act in kind," Bauer explained.

"In kind"?

If his treatment was comparable to Guantanamo, then he had gourmet, balanced meals and was given every accomodation for his religious needs. And visitors, and recreation time outside, and lawyers...

You just know this little $#!^ is going to be out there with the hairy-armpit Code Pinko womyn in a few weeks protesting the wars in...oh, wait. A democrat is president. Never mind.
39 posted on 09/25/2011 5:06:30 PM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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I knew they were a bunch of lowlife, commie ‘RATS. They didn’t go to Iran to go “hiking”. They went over there hoping to get a shot at kissing Ahmadinejad’s @$$.


40 posted on 09/25/2011 5:06:40 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Barry gives them $535 million and they take "the fifth" when asked where it went.)
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Bauer also said, "In prison, every time we complained about our conditions, the guards would immediately remind us of comparable conditions at Guantanamo bay. They would remind us in other parts of the world and the conditions that Iranians and others experience in prisons in the U.S."

"We do not believe such human rights violations on the part of our government justify what has been done to us. Not for a moment. However we do believe these actions on the part of the U.S. provide an excuse for other governments, including the government of Iran to act in kind," Bauer explained.

I think a VIP trip to Gitmo would be a good thing for this boy. He can see and make up what passes for his mind himself then.

41 posted on 09/25/2011 5:06:42 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I like both Perry and Palin, and will vote for whichever of them wins.)
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To: Mean Maryjean

I think they’re worth keeping as laughingstocks.


42 posted on 09/25/2011 5:06:42 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: paltz

Starting to think the whole thing was a set-up start to finish.

Were they really under arrest and in an Iranian prison?

Or were they Ahmadinnerjackets guests .


43 posted on 09/25/2011 5:07:38 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Cyber Liberty

As if Barack Obama would ever want that. Will they ever perceive that the Iranians were lying to them?


44 posted on 09/25/2011 5:08:01 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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The irony is Sarah Josh and I oppose U.S. policies towards Iran which perpetuate this hostility./

These jerks like Iran so much they can go and stay there with no tears shed by me. Lowlife scumbags.


45 posted on 09/25/2011 5:08:57 PM PDT by mardi59 (Time to turn off the tv so I don't break it..)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Hence the spying charge. They might have told the world about the wart on said @$$.


46 posted on 09/25/2011 5:09:14 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: paltz

Do we know who paid these punks’ ransom?


47 posted on 09/25/2011 5:09:44 PM PDT by DManA
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To: VeniVidiVici
"anyone with half a brain would hike the Iranian border unless THEY WERE SPIES!!"

And who are they going to report any significant findings to? Nobody.

Why would they even do this? Idiots.

48 posted on 09/25/2011 5:09:58 PM PDT by AGreatPer (Obama has NEVER given a speech where he did not lie!!!)
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To: mardi59

Hell, if not even Jimmy Carter could make sufficiently nice to them (the no nonsense Ronald Reagan broadly hinted that an @$$ whooping would shortly come) then what kind of policy would they want the US to show? Would they want the US to set up a new shah, a religiously liberal strongman that would allow the average Iranian to go and come in peace, while rabid clerics languish in jail?


49 posted on 09/25/2011 5:11:53 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: paltz
The irony is Sarah Josh and I oppose U.S. policies towards Iran which perpetuate this hostility.

The irony is these morons have viewed the evil that rules Iran first hand and they don't seem to recognize it.

50 posted on 09/25/2011 5:12:12 PM PDT by DManA
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