Skip to comments.PICKET: Freed American hikers thank Hugo Chavez, Noam Chomsky, Cindy Sheehan
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 womens 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, "Its 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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Can we send them back?
Only a leftist would be hiking there anyway.
Time to stop wasting time and money rescuing idiots from themselves.
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.
what, no jimmy carter or bill clinton or even the big O himself?
Right on. If they are so stupid to go were they are not supposed to then should not expect any help
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?
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.
The ones who really need the beheading, never get the beheading.
Send them back.
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.
Yeah, in Guantanamo, you run the awful risk of getting fat, and ending up in Michelle Obama's obesity crosshairs.
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.
Why didn’t these douchebags hop a plane to Caracas instead of coming here? Both Venezuela and the USA would be better for it.
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.
Told you they were anti-USA activists.
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.
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!!
That was my first thought. Gah!
Three useless parasites.
Worse than useless: active traitors subverting freedom.
Who paid their ransom?
The ABC news report completely left all this out of their copy. Made these two clowns sound like all American patriots.
What idiot paid their bail?
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?
Well aren’t they special.
They have the courage to criticize both sides. Wow.
Well aren’t they special.
They have the courage to criticize both sides. Wow.
“”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.”
Probably some of the Dept. of Energy grant money. No leftist cause left behind!
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.
leftists are insane. They probably thought Iran was a friendly nation
Send ‘em back with “Mahmoud sucks” and “The Twelfth Imam is a goat lover” tattoos.
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!
Dollars to donuts the Iranians gave them Bibles and communion, too. [snark]
I recommend rendition.
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 @$$.
"We do not believe such human rights violations on the part of our government justify what has been done to us. Not for a moment. However we do believe these actions on the part of the U.S. provide an excuse for other governments, including the government of Iran to act in kind," Bauer explained.
I think a VIP trip to Gitmo would be a good thing for this boy. He can see and make up what passes for his mind himself then.
I think they’re worth keeping as laughingstocks.
Starting to think the whole thing was a set-up start to finish.
Were they really under arrest and in an Iranian prison?
Or were they Ahmadinnerjackets guests .
As if Barack Obama would ever want that. Will they ever perceive that the Iranians were lying to them?
The irony is Sarah Josh and I oppose U.S. policies towards Iran which perpetuate this hostility./
These jerks like Iran so much they can go and stay there with no tears shed by me. Lowlife scumbags.
Hence the spying charge. They might have told the world about the wart on said @$$.
Do we know who paid these punks’ ransom?
And who are they going to report any significant findings to? Nobody.
Why would they even do this? Idiots.
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?
The irony is these morons have viewed the evil that rules Iran first hand and they don't seem to recognize it.
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