Hikers freed. What do they have to say for themselves?
The hikers’ detention, Bauer said, was “never about crossing the unmarked border between Iran and Iraq. We were held because of our nationality.”
The irony of it all, he said, “is that Sarah, Josh and I oppose U.S. policies towards Iran which perpetuate this hostility.”
Yea, that’s ironic. Like rain on your wedding day.
But when they complained about their treatment, they said, the Iranian guards cited how U.S. authorities at the military base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, dealt with suspected terrorists there.
Wel, I guess the Iranians got us there. I just hope these folks didn’t receive the horrible treatment the detainees get in Gitmo. Just look how horribly their nutritional needs are met:
Food preparation and service at Guantanamo is exemplary. A Las Vegas based contractor prepares food in the same facility for detainees as for US personnel. Detainees receive a 4,500 calorie daily diet of three hot meals. 
Menus change weekly and special food orders – either by detainee choice, or by medical personnel direction – are usual. Menus for US personnel rotate on a bi-weekly basis.
Food is served in Styrofoam shells, each labeled with the detainee’s number and marked according to special requirements (e.g., vegetarian, extra portions, no peanut products, calcium added, low sodium). Food is inspected at the preparation site and again at the delivery point for appropriate temperature. If found unsatisfactory food is returned and replaced.
All food is prepared to Halal standards and there are special festival meals for Eid, celebrating the end of Ramadan, and other important Islamic holidays. 
The HORROR. Of course, there are cases of PTSD at gitmo. Among the guards.
Incidents of PTSD and work stress are far too common among service members. The stress of daily life on the blocks, pulling 12-hours shifts while subject to threats and abuse from the detainees has an adverse affect on the men and women who serve there. The author has received several personal reports of acute PTSD from former facility personnel, including a suicide of a young black male Navy officer, who had endured vicious racial harassment from detainees.
Sayeth the hikers:
“Two years in prison is too long,” Bauer said, and hoped their release from prison will also bring “freedom for political prisoners in America and Iran.”
Political prisoners in America? Who is he talking about?
I went trolling at huffpoo, to see what the left was saying (many were more than happy to pay the one-and-a-half million to get the three back), but I found a funny over there. Huffpoo WIN.
The only question I have is where do they go hiking next? I hear Mogadishu, Somalia is nice this time of year. There is always Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, gorgeous seasonal colors. Of course Helmand, Afghanistan is not to be missed. The Appalachian trail is for pansies.
Ba haa haaaaaaaa
I liked this one too:
Hiking in a war zone, crossing borders to a country run by a radical Islamic leader, thrown in jail for espionage with an 8 year sentence, having your home country footing the bill for bail, returning home and not thanking the people who paid their bill; The true definition of Jackasses.
Huffpoo folks are not being too kind to these hikers. Will wonders never cease.