Released By Iran, Cal Hikers Arrive In U.S.

NEW YORK (CBS/AP) — Two University of California at Berkeley graduates, released from an Iranian prison, landed in New York Sunday after being held for more than two years on accusations of spying.

Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer arrived in the U.S. on Sunday at Kennedy Airport.

KCBS’ Bob Melrose Reports:

The two were released from prison last week. They arrived Wednesday in Oman under a $1 million bail deal and were embraced by relatives. Also on hand was Sarah Shourd, their fellow hiker who was freed last year.

Shourd said a “huge burden” has been lifted now that the two men held with her in Iran have returned to the U.S.

She said at a news conference Sunday that she had felt “it was very wrong” that she was alone when she first came home. Now that the men are back, Shourd said she’s never felt as free.

The three were detained in July 2009 along the Iran-Iraq border. They said they were only hiking in Iraq’s relatively peaceful
Kurdish region.

Since her release last year, Shourd has lived in Oakland, Calif. Bauer, a freelance journalist, grew up in Onamia, Minn., and Fattal, an environmental activist, is from a Philadelphia suburb.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved)

  • j

    The FBI and DEA fabricate evidence, steal from suspects and use murder to close those bad cases.
    How is it that 12 of the 9/11 terrorists could live for 2 weeks just 2 miles from NSA head quarters in Maryland.
    This after several of them had taken flight simulator lessons on Jumbo jet trainers and several of them where on State department terror watch lists.
    There is evidence that employees from DoD, CIA and DOJ accepted bribes from Al Quida.
    If DoJ and DoD employees where more concerned with doing their jobs than enriching themselves by stealing from suspects and taking bribes, then there might have been more a chance that 9/11 had never happened.

    • Bob

      What an Enormuuuuuuuuuuuuusss load of poop!

    • PLW

      “j'” , you should really stop using nose candy… It damages your sinus and your brain……………

  • Bob

    $1M bond? Wonder who posted that money?

    I also wonder where these folks heads are at, to start making public comments and denouncing Iran might not be the smarts thing to do. Next bunch of chuckleheads that get caught up in this sort of situation, and you know there will be someone who will, may get a much worse deal.

    • JoMama

      The money was posted by the government of Oman. Now that these idiots are free they will be making TV appearances and their story will be published in magazines and probably a book too. They will make a ton of money and how much do you want to bet they will never pay back Oman. What we have here are spoiled ungrateful educated idiots that are soon gonna be rich and have absolutely no purpose in life except to be complets morons. Thank goodness our taxes didn’t pay the money.

  • pete

    So, hey Josh. Where do you want to go hiking?
    I dunno Shane. How about traversing between a war zone and a country that hates our guts?
    Cool! Let’s do it.

  • Chris Wingbert

    Agreed.. Wish those two served the entire sentence. Obviously nobody here wants them back.

  • Zack Debarco

    These idiots deserved everything they got. They were of the opinion that thier
    idea of what the world should be trumped the laws of the countries they were in and going into. Don’t get me wrong, IRAN is a monster and I am no fan.
    However these naive UCB grads obviously have no street smarts and
    fail to see the big picture. How patronizing to think you can go into a region and try to get them to change their way of doing things. Yes, the US thinks it has the corner on democracy and yes most of these countries are oppresive,
    but where do we get off trying to interfere?

  • notfromberkeley

    Hopefully these two idiots go hiking in Somalia next.

  • Me

    Berkeley grads and don’t have enough sense to wipe their own butts…….what morons……….NOW, can we STOP seeing pics or these losers???????????

  • Donald Sandri

    Lots of speculation and judgement in this thread. A. We don’t know what their story is regarding the hike. I will hold off judgement until I get the complete story. B. who paid their bail? And finally C. Media folks please don’t do a softball interview. They deserve an in depth round of questioning on this matter…

    • Dawg

      I will make a judgment based on what I know, and that is they are complete idiots. So don’t tell me not to judge, because I will weather you like it or not.
      Also if you were following the story you would know Oman paid their bail, so evidently you don’t squat about it.

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