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2011-09-26 02:41:30 AM
Did they miss the whole Justin Bieber thing?
 
2011-09-26 02:42:47 AM
These three aren't smart enough to understand MySpace.
 
2011-09-26 07:42:04 AM
They are gonna be PISSED about the new facebook changes.
 
2011-09-26 07:57:08 AM
I'm still struggling to understand even for a second how you get to be dumb enough that you go hiking anywhere close to the Iranian border. I mean, are they going to schedule their next trip along the border with North Korea?

I have no doubt they're not spies...they're too stupid for that...but they don't seem to be suffering any diseases or disorders when they're on camera. What's their excuse?
 
2011-09-26 10:12:58 AM
Did they ever wonder if there were other beautiful parts of the world available for hiking, that didn't require possibly meeting up with a hostile military regime?

You'd think they'd put there on the first page of the hiking guide in the "basics" section, right after remembering to bring water.
 
2011-09-26 10:26:24 AM
I think there's a coma missing or something in the headline.
 
2011-09-26 10:28:19 AM
One thing I'm curious about: the articles always mention the $500K "bail" that was paid for each of them, but not who paid it.

Did our government (i.e., us, the taxpayers) pay that, or are their families on the hook for that?
 
2011-09-26 10:28:32 AM
Too soon subby. Too soon.



R.I.P. myspace...
 
2011-09-26 10:28:59 AM
They are gonna have a hard time getting over the changes on Fark.
 
2011-09-26 10:30:48 AM
maq0r
I think there's a coma missing or something in the headline.


subby left it out unconsciously
 
2011-09-26 10:30:52 AM

Rabbit_Abbit: One thing I'm curious about: the articles always mention the $500K "bail" that was paid for each of them, but not who paid it.

Did our government (i.e., us, the taxpayers) pay that, or are their families on the hook for that?


I'm curious about that as well. Maybe the Iranians decided they weren't getting anywhere with them, so they made up the whole bail thing as an excuse to send them home without looking like pansies.
 
2011-09-26 10:30:55 AM
I am kind of curious why the media seems to be hailing them as almost heroic. These are maybe the dumbest or most naive people who no doubt cost this country a boatload of money in diplomatic negotiations. They should be ridiculed to no end.

//oh, I have an idea. Lets go for a hike on the border between the country that we are at war with and the country that appears to be supporting the resistance.
 
2011-09-26 10:31:31 AM

Rabbit_Abbit: One thing I'm curious about: the articles always mention the $500K "bail" that was paid for each of them, but not who paid it.

Did our government (i.e., us, the taxpayers) pay that, or are their families on the hook for that?


http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2011/09/oman-foots-1 - million-bail-to-free-us-hikers/245480/

Google is hard...
 
2011-09-26 10:32:12 AM
What's a Jeff Conoway?
 
2011-09-26 10:33:11 AM

INeedAName: Rabbit_Abbit: One thing I'm curious about: the articles always mention the $500K "bail" that was paid for each of them, but not who paid it.

Did our government (i.e., us, the taxpayers) pay that, or are their families on the hook for that?

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2011/09/oman-foots-1 - million-bail-to-free-us-hikers/245480/

Google is hard...


On a completely unrelated note, guess how much America's foreign aid to Oman increased this year?
 
2011-09-26 10:34:25 AM

mattharvest: I'm still struggling to understand even for a second how you get to be dumb enough that you go hiking anywhere close to the Iranian border. I mean, are they going to schedule their next trip along the border with North Korea?

I have no doubt they're not spies...they're too stupid for that...


It would be a pretty terrible spy who gave the impression of plausibly being a spy.
 
2011-09-26 10:34:40 AM
I'm pretty confident that good spies would do everything that these guys have done. They may have, actually, not been hired as spies but intentional plants. Here's the perfect cover story, just go wander around in the open until you get picked up. Deliver this message to our operatives on the inside. Then, play dumb and smile pretty for the camera. We need all the public support we can get.
 
2011-09-26 10:36:35 AM

olddeegee: Did they miss the whole Justin Bieber thing?


I think they did. Lucky bastards.
 
2011-09-26 10:37:36 AM
Jeff Conoway is a cautionary tale about staying OFF drugs, IN school and FAR away from any VH1 project you may be offered.
 
2011-09-26 10:37:54 AM

Rabbit_Abbit: One thing I'm curious about: the articles always mention the $500K "bail" that was paid for each of them, but not who paid it.

Did our government (i.e., us, the taxpayers) pay that, or are their families on the hook for that?


The Sultan of Oman, man.
 
2011-09-26 10:39:14 AM

mattharvest: I have no doubt they're not spies...they're too stupid for that...but they don't seem to be suffering any diseases or disorders when they're on camera. What's their excuse?


From their pictures, it appears that they have some mental disease that you just wouldn't understand, and had it before it became cool
 
2011-09-26 10:39:26 AM

monoski: These are maybe the dumbest or most naive people who no doubt cost this country a boatload of money in diplomatic negotiations. They should be ridiculed to no end


I'm actually a bit surprised they weren't passing out Bibles. We are not talking about the brightest bulbs in the USA.
 
2011-09-26 10:43:21 AM
fark the casbah
What's a Jeff Conaway?

About 200 pounds before the drugs got him.
 
2011-09-26 10:45:28 AM
The are planning their next vacation to China to hike close to North Korea. Because there is no way that will be a problem.
 
2011-09-26 10:45:40 AM
Next they plan on sight seeing around Angolas diamond mines
 
2011-09-26 10:45:45 AM

tereklusec: I'm pretty confident that good spies would do everything that these guys have done. They may have, actually, not been hired as spies but intentional plants. Here's the perfect cover story, just go wander around in the open until you get picked up. Deliver this message to our operatives on the inside. Then, play dumb and smile pretty for the camera. We need all the public support we can get.


GSG 20's
 
MN8
2011-09-26 10:45:48 AM
What was the published reason for the tards to be there?
 
zez
2011-09-26 10:45:48 AM
bah... already saw the movie

3.bp.blogspot.com

/seriously one of the worst movies ever
//see it, you won't be able to stop laughing
 
2011-09-26 10:51:22 AM

nopokerface: tereklusec: I'm pretty confident that good spies would do everything that these guys have done. They may have, actually, not been hired as spies but intentional plants. Here's the perfect cover story, just go wander around in the open until you get picked up. Deliver this message to our operatives on the inside. Then, play dumb and smile pretty for the camera. We need all the public support we can get.

GSG 20's


Think about it this way: Americans being that stupid is believable on a basic level, and playing the part earns them instant blind patriotism protection by the public.

Not only that, they got an inside view on what interrogation talking points the Iranians have. Knowing what the enemy thinks is happening lets you shift your plan to further mislead them and keep your operatives safe. These guys being intentionally planted there makes more sense than anyone knows. It's also why the government is willing to go out of its way to get them back.

Hell, even if it's an accident their experiences are probably worth the investment in a debrief, blind idiocy aside.
 
2011-09-26 10:51:54 AM
a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net
 
2011-09-26 10:53:31 AM

tereklusec: Think about it this way: Americans being that stupid is believable on a basic level, and playing the part earns them instant blind patriotism protection by the public.

Not only that, they got an inside view on what interrogation talking points the Iranians have. Knowing what the enemy thinks is happening lets you shift your plan to further mislead them and keep your operatives safe. These guys being intentionally planted there makes more sense than anyone knows. It's also why the government is willing to go out of its way to get them back.

Hell, even if it's an accident their experiences are probably worth the investment in a debrief, blind idiocy aside.


I think it is possible, for sure. But, you're comment made me think about Spies Like Us, and I think that's what the spy rank was called in the movie (GSG 20). Anyhow, carry on.
 
2011-09-26 10:54:24 AM
The sad thing is that at least two of them will breed more stupid people.
 
2011-09-26 10:55:14 AM

tereklusec: Hell, even if it's an accident their experiences are probably worth the investment in a debrief, blind idiocy aside.

This.

I don't know if they were spies or not, it's perfectly believable they were.

However, if they were just really dumb tourists, they still saw and heard a lot of potential intelligence value and it's almost certain that certain three-letter-agencies were waiting to talk with them about everything that happened.

Even if the Sultan of Oman didn't foot the bill, it would have been worth it to us for intelligence value alone. For all we know, we DID foot the bill under the table, and the Sultan of Oman acted as a middleman so it would look like we didn't.
 
2011-09-26 10:58:41 AM

mattharvest: I have no doubt they're not spies...they're too stupid for that.


www.truthfromfacts.com
 
2011-09-26 11:02:23 AM

monoski: I am kind of curious why the media seems to be hailing them as almost heroic. These are maybe the dumbest or most naive people who no doubt cost this country a boatload of money in diplomatic negotiations. They should be ridiculed to no end.

//oh, I have an idea. Lets go for a hike on the border between the country that we are at war with and the country that appears to be supporting the resistance.


Reminds me of the book/movie Into the Wild. That kid died because he was a complete idiot...not because he was some outdoorsman hero. I mean, there was a bridge to get across the river from where he thought he was trapped about a mile from where he died in the bus and he never bothered to look for a way out. The whole time I was watching the movie I'm thinking, "The bus had to get there somehow, so a way out has to be VERY close." Darwin won that match...that's for sure.
 
2011-09-26 11:02:40 AM
www.sweetslyrics.com
 
2011-09-26 11:03:24 AM

Silverstaff: tereklusec: Hell, even if it's an accident their experiences are probably worth the investment in a debrief, blind idiocy aside.
This.

I don't know if they were spies or not, it's perfectly believable they were.

However, if they were just really dumb tourists, they still saw and heard a lot of potential intelligence value and it's almost certain that certain three-letter-agencies were waiting to talk with them about everything that happened.

Even if the Sultan of Oman didn't foot the bill, it would have been worth it to us for intelligence value alone. For all we know, we DID foot the bill under the table, and the Sultan of Oman acted as a middleman so it would look like we didn't.


You said certain twice
 
2011-09-26 11:04:47 AM
Idiot fark-tards with heads full of mush
 
2011-09-26 11:05:30 AM
Yesterday's news conference pretty much confirmed my suspicion that they were a group of overprivileged douchebags who didn't have enough white people problems so they went off to find more drama for their lives. I consider myself pretty liberal, but they strike me as a bunch of insufferably smug Portlandia-type liberals that are hipster level annoying.

There is a time and place to lecture people about Guantanamo Bay. The time and place is not the news conference when you come home to the US after causing diplomatic drama the State Department REALLY didn't need to deal with because you didn't have enough common sense to stay out of a potentially messy situation. It really made them look like pretentious, entitled douchebags, and it just made me cringe. It just makes the rest of us that are concerned with those issues look bad.
 
2011-09-26 11:07:59 AM
Hey, go hiking somewhere else and spare us the drama OK?
 
2011-09-26 11:10:51 AM
Gee, it sure is nice to see people insulting people who spent years in hellish conditions because of political differences between two nations. I'm sure none of you would last a day in an Iranian prison. They don't serve cheeto's and mountain dew there.

Yeah, being anonymous on the internet really has ruined society.
 
2011-09-26 11:12:32 AM
Still want to know- who the hell goes hiking in IRAQ??
 
2011-09-26 11:12:34 AM
I say we send them back.
 
2011-09-26 11:13:13 AM

zez: bah... already saw the movie

[3.bp.blogspot.com image 258x397]

/seriously one of the worst movies ever
//see it, you won't be able to stop laughing


AHHHH HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

CHUCK NORRIS' SON!!!

BWAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!
 
2011-09-26 11:13:40 AM

LaserShark: Gee, it sure is nice to see people insulting people who spent years in hellish conditions because of political differences between two nations. I'm sure none of you would last a day in an Iranian prison. They don't serve cheeto's and mountain dew there.

Yeah, being anonymous on the internet really has ruined society.


Very little to do with being anonymous and a bit more to do with knowing where you are and where you should be.

If you went walking through Detroit and ended up getting shot you would get a collective "duh" as well.
 
2011-09-26 11:13:49 AM

Nasty_McFilth: Reminds me of the book/movie Into the Wild. That kid died because he was a complete idiot...not because he was some outdoorsman hero. I mean, there was a bridge to get across the river from where he thought he was trapped about a mile from where he died in the bus and he never bothered to look for a way out. The whole time I was watching the movie I'm thinking, "The bus had to get there somehow, so a way out has to be VERY close." Darwin won that match...that's for sure.


That's exactly who I thought of, too. Typical bored white kid that needed more drama in his life, someone who had been so privileged in his life that he couldn't really conceive of anything bad happening, even though the wilderness is an unforgiving place even for experienced outdoorsmen. To me it just smacks of an inflated sense of entitlement, a sense that God or the universe is going to take care of you even if you take stupid chances and put yourself at risk.
 
2011-09-26 11:16:37 AM

Mad_Radhu: There is a time and place to lecture people about Guantanamo Bay. The time and place is not the news conference when you come home to the US after causing diplomatic drama the State Department REALLY didn't need to deal with because you didn't have enough common sense to stay out of a potentially messy situation. It really made them look like pretentious, entitled douchebags, and it just made me cringe. It just makes the rest of us that are concerned with those issues look bad.


Or it could be that they're pissed off that they were pawns in the global hegemony game. Righteous indignation sounds a lot like hipster douchebaggism which is, I think, the major problem facing activism these days.

// also, when would the time for such a display of "diplomatic drama" be?
// after a few months, when everyone's moved on to Snooki's torrid lesbian affair with what later turns out to be Farmer Jim's prize-winning pumpkin?
 
2011-09-26 11:17:05 AM

generallyso: mattharvest: I'm still struggling to understand even for a second how you get to be dumb enough that you go hiking anywhere close to the Iranian border. I mean, are they going to schedule their next trip along the border with North Korea?

I have no doubt they're not spies...they're too stupid for that...

It would be a pretty terrible spy who gave the impression of plausibly being a spy.


I can't believe they are anything but spies. "Hikers" lol.
 
2011-09-26 11:20:36 AM

Mr.Hawk: Silverstaff: tereklusec: Hell, even if it's an accident their experiences are probably worth the investment in a debrief, blind idiocy aside.
This.

I don't know if they were spies or not, it's perfectly believable they were.

However, if they were just really dumb tourists, they still saw and heard a lot of potential intelligence value and it's almost certain that certain three-letter-agencies were waiting to talk with them about everything that happened.

Even if the Sultan of Oman didn't foot the bill, it would have been worth it to us for intelligence value alone. For all we know, we DID foot the bill under the table, and the Sultan of Oman acted as a middleman so it would look like we didn't.

You said certain twice


He likes certainty.
 
2011-09-26 11:23:27 AM

Confabulat: These three aren't smart enough to understand MySpace.


So farking much this. Hipster douchebag wanna-be "reporters" need to stay home and learn how to read a farking map.
 
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