Two US citizens sentenced by a Tehran court to eight years in prison for espionage will be freed on bail in two days, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told US television network NBC. The men's lawyer says bail has been set at $500,000 each.
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Bail is conditional. If the hikers were officially charged with illegal immigration the monies paid were certainly bail. If the charge is spying the monies are RANSOM and nothing else. Since the prince of Iran does not need 1.5 mil it would follow that calling the payment "bail" was a calculated attempt to agree that they were guilty as charged. That would be incredibly stupid and short sighted. We have become weak in our compromising of our morals and principles.
how much has it cost us taxpayers to free these idoits. the very government they are protesting has to bail them out.
Who paid the one million dollars bail for these two hikers? Did the American taxpayers get hosed again?
It used to be the "cover" for a spy was a reporter. If the 3 hikers are innocent (bumbling idiots) who strayed across the border of IRAQ and into Iran, they deserve to be jailed for stupidity at least for some time. The question remains, who DOES pay the bail, now at 1.5 million... through Oman, our ally? Does it come from private sources, secret CIA funds, State Department slush funds, or straight out of our taxes? The trio should get a bill from US. Glad to be home?
What has happened in Italy and Iranin seems to tell me to be very careful traveling outside the US its to much of a risk. The likers get accused of something they did not do and so did the college students.
Hikers or Spykers,lucky they will go home,had they been Iranians
entering US torture and never heard of again would have been the outcome.
Ahmadinejad's demand for $1 million in "bail" is, as in the previous instance, is nothing more--or less--than the ransoming of a captive infidel. As Thomas Jefferson, for one, can attest, this was a centuries-long practice among Islamic potentates of one kind or another. Indeed, the taking (through piracy) and subsequent enslavement of American sailors by North African Islamic states had a great deal to do with the "shores of Tripoli" portion of the marine anthem. Perhaps we should redeem our own captives in the same time-proven way!
who pays the bail?
A righteous man regards the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel. Proverbs 12:10
Why has no one asked why they didn't have a GPS receiver?
Thanks, Mach. You're a super guy! Hey? What did one Iranian say to the other Iranian? 'Ich blach bleccchh bakkkkccch!' Get it?
I strongly suggest they skip bail. Let Achmed the Bounty Hunter try to collect that bond.
Take donations from all the liberal stooges and they should get these Berkley eduated morons home by the end of the week!
the arrogance of these three young people to think they know more than the US government and common sense to travel in a combat zone near a hostile country is beyond belief. These people put them selves intentionally in harms way without any concern for the consequences. This draws the US into a diplomatic mess and makes everyone look bad. They need to make a major apology to the USA and then spend 5 years in the peace corps.
No doubt this administration will pony up the cash to free them...at our expense.
write a check from a bank account with 5 dollars in it, when it eventually bounces the hikers will be long gone
Tell WackmendenAjad - that he can release the Hikers or EAT a Missle
These two mush brain Democrat metrosexuals should be left to stew a while longer before this Muslim whackjob is paid the ransom he is demanding.
They shouldn't be "hiking" in that area of the world. Especially with everything thats going on. I'm glad they're safe, but they are foolish. They are lucky to be getting out. I'm sure they will cash in on their adventure, they should use that money to pay back the US govenment for the time and effort that was put into their release. They will be welcomed as heros, they are in reality fools.
Leave it to the libbys at NBC to pander to this Hitler wannabe. He is the Devil on Earth and I wish Israel would drop a 3 kiloton bomb on his house. He is a human rat, pure vermin.
This guy is such a weasel pos, its time he gets to hang out with Bin Laden
Call it what you will but whether you call it Sharia law or ransom, false inprisonment or kidnapping,
in the modern world it is criminal state conduct.
The next time they want to take a nature hike, they should choose somewhere that isn't a war zone. The next time they're hired to do espionage, they should be more careful about getting caught.
Sweet Iranian justice... Isn't it beautiful?
Just imagine the positive publicity if some rich liberal like Soros or Michael Moore donated the money!
I'll let the hikers go for............One million dollars.
Does he think he's Dr Evil? What a clown.
It's this akin to kidnapping and ransome? A warranst should be sworn out in New York against Ahmadinejad for his immediate arres on kidnapping charges when he next sets foot in the US which should be next month when he comes to the annual opening of the UN to give his anti-America popaganda speech to the United Nations General Assembly. We can let the various presidents and lawyers work out the politicalimmunity bit after he spends a night on and in Rikers. They can put him in the general population to see how he likes the "boys."
So he is now showing that he is in the same league as the Somali Pirates. And he advocates that the accused hikers skip the bail he imposes to return home. It all about money, not honor for him. He has no honor. The bottom of my feet to you, so called, President Mahmud Ahmadinejad. The hairs rising on the back of your neck are there because someone is looking at you, close enough to call out, far enough to be hidden from your sight. The desert dogs will find you. You are a despicable example showing the lack of following the true teachings of Islam, and lack honesty and piety. To persecute innocent hikers for political gain, then to show money is the motive. Shame falls on you. People should look aside as you pass.
"It is a unilateral pardon" of the hikers, he added.
Pardons don't require bail.
I would like to know who is going to pay the bail?
How about $1M worth of cruise missiles right up Ahmadinejad's a$$? Sorry, that's the only hard currency we have left.
This only proves this extortionist is no different than the Colombian or Mexican drug cartels. The Iranian government should not be recognized by civilized nations.
Why does this bring up visions of Dr. Evil with his pinky extended to the corner of his mouth... Maybe we should send Austin Powers...
Doofuses had no business hiking in that area in the first place. Let them rot in jail.
What a waste of money. These two are morons just like Amahdijenad/.
One missing element: who actually pays this bail, given there is no prospect of it ever being returned. It better not be US Government; these were stupid, juvenile morons to be "hiking" in a war zone.
pay them in counterfeit bills, they'll never know the difference!
Why don't we lodge a $million Cruise missle on that guy....that is what he deserves...leading Iran to an upcoming war that the people do not want.
After having been dragged INTO Iran and then held for years without trial, these two are now being held hostage for $1M. THAT says a lot about the morals and ethics of the leaders of Iran.
We already have more than enough UCLA-Berkeley morons here, so we should make Iran pay us to take them back! I don’t want any more of my taxpayer dollars spent on ‘rescuing’ idiots who supposedly blunder into terrorist countries so they can make an easy fortune duping gullible leaders and writing about their reckless misadventures.
The assertion that they were merely innocent 'hikers' is simply not credible. Who in their right mind would choose to vacation in a war zone like Iraq - along a border with a terrorist nation like Iran?
Most likely they wanted to get caught so they could write books – inspired by Bill Clinton’s unconvincing "private humanitarian mission," of those two idiots from North Korea that cost taxpayers a fortune in man-years of State Department back channel negotiations and was a huge publicity coup for terrorist-dictator Kim Jong Il. Why didn’t our treasury get reimbursed from their book proceeds?
If these ‘hikers’ write a copycat book, the State Department must seize their profits on behalf of the taxpayers or we’ll just be encouraging more irresponsible behavior at taxpayer expense.
I have no problem with sending Mr. A one million dollars to return these two young men safely. However, the stipulation should be that once they are safely on our shores the money is used for a labotomy on Mr. A. from Iran.
The one Million dollars would be well spent to hire someone to put a bullet through this crazy mans (President Mahmud Ahmadinejad) head.
Can someone tell me the difference between bail and ransom?
I want to donate .....where do I send the money? If we all threw in a couple of bucks these guys would be heading home to a wedding!
Ahmadinejad is starting to sound like Dr. Evil from Austin Powers...."For one milllllion dollars."
So, this is the nut that NBC is glorifying now? Calling a million-dollar extortion a pardon? Denies the Holocaust, wants peace all over the world, wants to annihilate Israel? What a piece of dog crap. And Columbia U. is going to welcome him again? 1984.
Lets give Ahmadinejad not just 1 million dollars, but let give him 2 million dollars. 1 Million to get the boys released and ANOTHER MILLION DOLLARS IN BOMBS!!!! Its about damn time these nutbags learn that when you piss off the American people you will pay severely. But then again, the CandyAss in Chief is part of the same brotherhood as the nutbags so we may have to wait til 2012 to teach'em a proper lesson in international etiquette.
Anyone who pays that ransom should be executed for treason.
Not one cent of US Taxpayer money should be spent to bring those two dopes home!
I was unaware that gestures of the Humanitarian type came with a price tag. This sounds more like a $1 million extortion of American families... po-ta-toe/pah-tah-toe?
How could this be a unilateral pardon if he's charging ransom? Calling it bail is ridiculous since he says they can go home. Its ransom.
Guess these two will try swimming with the sharks next time.
OK,fair enough.A million dollars will buy pardons for these hikers.Pay the million dollars,let them come home and then seize a million dollars worth of Iran's cash or property here in the US.Problem solved...everybody's happy!
It is about the same ransom being asked by the drug cartels of Central and South America whenever they kidnap someone...not surprised this goofus asked the same.
You mean RANSOM!!!!
For ONE. MILLION. DOLLARS!
These three are a classic example of liberals being educated beyond their intelligence. What three bone-heads would go hiking in a damn war zone?!! The topper was these clowns actually sat down, took out a map, and planned a hike where people carry AK-47's to take a dump. Incredible ANYONE other than a liberal would actually be this stupid. I wouldn't pay the money. Let them sit in jail a couple more months. In the words of Bugs Bunny..."what a couple of maroons!"
Let them sit! Of all the places in the world WHY did they HAVE to go hiking there? They were stupid, let them learn a lesson.
Muslims suddenly have no principles once you start flashing some cash around. Their God has a price tag.
Time to send in the troops and take this little gargoyle out.
So, Ahmadinejad is a pirate just like the Somalis who kidnap ship crews for ransom. I guess Iran is in financial trouble just like the rest of the world. Once a terrorist, always a terrorist.
Leave them there: it's cheaper!
Send the nut a one million dollar cruise missle.
Arrest him and come up with an exchange.
How about the USA not NUKE IRAN for 1 trillion dollars?
seems fair, considering $500,000 per person value they put on folks lives.
Acyually, I believe he said "one MEEEELLION dollars"...
Their story should be worth millions. Media outlets will be clamouring and the movie will be titled "Dumb and Dumbers Latest Adventure." What next? Perhaps a hike through the jungles of Columbia seeking enlightenment.
Um, they want us to pay them off to get these hikers released. That would be a hostage situation, send in the navy seals!!!
Mahmud Ahmadinejad is scheduled to visit the US next week. He should be arrested as a terrorist for war crimes and extortion, but instead he will be meeting with some useful idiot students from Columbia University. Obama gave this thug legitimacy during and after he stole that Nation's Election, so we can expect little from the clueless speech-giver in chief.
Wouldnt it be awesome if when they returned home, they confessed to working with the CIA, and that there hiking trip waw a total spy mission after all?
Israel-firsters are bloodthirsty ... Iran is not
Ok ...look....cant you find any other place to friggin hike?? What in Gods name would motivate you to go hiking in that region of the world with all that is going on?? Why would you put our country in this position.Have you hiked in in America??? Our country has enough places to hike that I'm sure could satisfy your needs. Unless of course you are spies.
No comment. Just would like to know who paid the young ladies bail, and who will pay the two mens?
Bomb Iran back to the stone age.
It is atrocious that these young people were jailed for such a minor offense. It is partially their own foolishness that got themselves in this predicament though, as there are plenty of other places in the world that are much safer to hike in than such a volatile area. Whether it's in Iran OR Iraq..
This makes him a kidnapper. Arrest him immediately when he gets here.
It always comes down to money.
Bail is the judicial tool to allow a person of interest to leave jail while waiting to return to court for trial.
It sounds like this is simply 'RANSOM'. Or are these two men going to be returning for trial?
After all, they have already been sentenced by a kangaroo (guilty before trial) court.
Is this just government sponsored KIDNAPPING?
And the U.S. is allowing it to happen.
Only dollars away from freedom, eh? This is starting to look exactly like what it is, kidnapping for ransom, and President Mahmud Ahmanutjob is suspect number one.
If "It is a unilateral pardon" then why should they have to pay a dime? Their only offense is one of stupidity. Iran should apologize immediately and release them.
If it's a "unilateral pardon" then why do they need bail?
Can you say "RANSOM"? I bet you can!
Maybe it is time for the Seals or the Foreign Legion to paint a target on his back so a JDAM can find his scrawny butt.
This is ransom by a thug government, nothing more. There is no hint of a humanitarian gesture as the new Hitler does not have any idea of what it is to be human.
OK Dr. Evil, you can have your one million dollars.
I say pay it... and then take it out on Irans ^$$.....
That's all Iran wanted was some cash. I do think they made their point, "stay out of our country unless invited!"
I wish the US was that way!
We need to turn most of these countries into glass and call it done...
Who paid Sarah’s $500K ransom? Hopefully, the US taxpayer didn’t. If we did, we have set the precedent and now we are on the hook for these two knuckleheads’ ransom.
At least they can do once they are freed is to get vasectomies, so we won’t have another generation of these morons going hiking in war zones.
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1. Who is stupid enough to go hiking in that area and not expect trouble? Hard to sympathize with them
2. I bet since thier arrest several hundred thousand illegals have poured across the Southern border of the USA. I only wish we were as strict at Iran on this issue.
These guys look military, sorry. Who would hike there?
Irans demand for 1 million dollars to release the hikers is an act of war detaining US citizens. The US government under Obama is a cowardly group that should be defending US citizens and their interests abroad. Blow up Irans gas manufacturing on the coast immediately.
that ain't bail IT's RANSOM
Who's free speech are we protecting here. You have control over everyone's comments and will only post after some idiot decides it's appropriate. Well just BITE ME!
How about, YOU give us $500 mil so we don't turn your country into a parking lot; we could melt all that sand into glass and turn your opium fields into a wasteland.
Did he raise his pinky to the side of his mouth when he said 1 million dollars ?
" IF" these bikers are Not CIA why should the U.S. government be involved ? What numb nut goes for a vacation in such a place? Let the Iranians clean up the gene pool ! These people need a brain modification program ...
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