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Iran Charges Three US Hikers With Spying

From Iran’s Press TV:

Iran charges 3 US hikers with espionage

Mon, 09 Nov 2009

The Iranian Judiciary says the three young Americans arrested in late July while hiking near the country’s border with Iraq have been charged with espionage.

Shane Michael Bauer, Joshua Felix Fattal, and Sarah Emily Shourd were arrested in the western Iranian district of Marivan, at Malakh-Khur border point on July 31.

The three were traveling on Syrian and Iraqi visas and according to Iranian officials, crossed the border illegally.

Meanwhile the families of the detainees maintain that they accidentally crossed the border into Iran while hiking in a scenic area of northern Iraq.

Tehran Prosecutor-General Abbas Jafari-Dolatabadi said the three entered the country to carry out acts of espionage.

"They are charged with espionage. Investigations into the case of the three are underway," IRNA quoted Jafari-Dolatabadi as saying.

He went on to add that the final decision about the detained US citizens would soon be announced.

What a shock, huh?

This is just one more benefit from our new, friendlier relationship with the Islamic Republic Of Iran.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, November 9th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Iran Charges Three US Hikers With Spying”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Kinda takes all the fun out of the Iraqi Vacation Plan during a war, now don’t it?

  2. VMAN says:

    This is just a shot across idiot sticks bow and he’s too stupid to realize it or just doesn’t care. The next thing will be the announcement of their planned execution and I’m sure the idiot in chief will ignore that also.

  3. Right of the People says:

    I can’t say I have too much sympathy for these cretins. What in the Hades were they doing there to begin with?

    Don’t they realize that:
    1) They are in what still is classified as a war zone?
    2) That the area they were in was that close to a demonic regime who hates the US?
    3) That the wimp we have in the White House would never do anything to help them because he wouldn’t want to harm relations with above mentioned demonic regime?

    This is similar to when the state dept warned everyone back int he ’80s that they couldn’t protect them them in Lebanon and that professor was kidnapped then slammed the government for not doing more to rescue him. And everyone fawned over this ahole once he finally was released calling him brave and a hero. Hero my butt!

    It’s about time America’s ‘utes learn about the REAL world and that there are lots of countries out there that just plain don’t like us no matter who is in Casa Blanca.

    • U NO HOO says:

      “I can’t say I have too much sympathy for these cretins. What in the Hades were they doing there to begin with?”

      They are fumduckers, as Larry Holmes says, “What the heck were they thinking?”

      Yeah, yeah, they were on the correct side of the border, the border is unmarked, blah, blah, blah, as the nuns used to say, avoid temptation.

  4. Chuckk says:

    I hope they were able to gather a lot of valuable info along the all but uninhabited border area. And I hope they were able to transmit it to the CIA before being arrested.

  5. catie says:

    Really, who the hell visits Iraq on a vacation? Well I hope that they get some sense into their heads although I doubt they will. They’ll probably come out okay though.

  6. PraC says:

    Fox news reported that they are recent graduates of UC Berkeley. If that’s any consolation….

    • ptat says:

      Actually, that explains everything. If they get back to the States, there might be some czar openings for them. Hiking czar? Tourism czar?


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