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Originally posted by Peruvianmonk
You do not to be a member of the CIA to work this one out. Are you aware of the history of the CIA? They are one of the biggest group of mass liars, manipulaters of the media, and murderers in the World.
Originally posted by airspoon
The thing about it, even if they were that stupid to go on vacation in Iraq, they would have a very tough time getting into the country. For instance, if you would have showed up at the airport outside of Baghdad, you would have most likely been turned away unless you had some official business in the country. Going on vacation is not a good enough excuse, at least back then though I suspect even now. So, something or someone had to have given them the clearance to get into the country. Who did and what was it for.
Originally posted by LadySkadi
I realize this won't change your mind - but just for fun, Google search "backpacking Kurdistan" or "adventure travel Kurdistan" and see what pops up...
Originally posted by airspoon
I didn't hear about a hunger strike, do you have a source for this? I personally can't understand why anyone would do a hunger strike because this only hurts yourself and calls for the "tube".
Two of three American hikers jailed in Iran for nearly nine months are in poor health and told Swiss diplomats — their first outside visitors since October — that they were considering a hunger strike, their mothers said late Thursday.
Originally posted by brill
If these people were free toting hipsters then it would be likely that they would have had some form of communication with them. Afterall isn't it all the rage for the youth of today to "tweet" everything from bowel movements to foods consumed? If so then then they would most likely have had GPS as well since it is included in so many personal communication devices. I don't buy their story one bit, too many holes.
Originally posted by jerico65
Of course they were spies.
Do you honestly think that Iran would say, "Opps, sorry. My bad."
Originally posted by Xtrozero
I guess you assume incorrectly that cel phones work all over the place. They would need a satellite phone in that area, or maybe at best a simple phone with a sim card of the region. In many of those countries even in 5 star hotel the internet is expensive…30 bucks per day and much is blocked like skype etc. My IPhone become a simple local app device very quickly, and I even bought a local phone only to find out it worked in a very small area…wasted 100 bucks on that..hehe
They might of had a real GPS if local maps were available for it, but once again many places do not have good maps and they would just have lat long. Think rugged and very primitive…
This issue has been repeatedly raised in Washington, with little to show for it. In 1976, a Senate committee headed by Frank Church found that more than fifty American journalists had worked clandestinely as CIA agents during the Cold War. Their final report called on the CIA to declare that this would never happen again. During the Clinton administration, the Senate held hearings on the use of journalists as spies and an array of prominent journalists asked the CIA to confirm that it would never involve journalists in spying. The CIA refused to do so. In 1996, the head of the Committee to Protect Journalists said in a report that the CIA's stance "may have led some foreign leaders to believe that the CIA and leading US policy-makers are actively urging an end to official constraints on the use of journalist for espionage." In 2001 the Washington Post ran a story about a "high-level" defector from the Taliban who said that he had been visited two or three times by American intelligence agents posing as journalists . . .
Originally from Sacramento, he is currently working as an English as a Second Language instructor in Seattle, according to his author biography. Friends said he's also pursuing a Ph.D at the University of Washington in Language and Rhetoric.
Friend Nour Chida, who met Meckfessel at UW, described him as a Palestinian sympathizer.
"He had this way of talking. Very gentle and quiet in a nice way to explain things because I am more passionate and aggressive when it comes to Palestine. But he was very good," she said.