Iran cuts prisoner swap deal freeing Jason Rezaian and three others Fifth prisoner freed

posted at 11:31 am on January 16, 2016 by Jazz Shaw

Yes, the news thus far this weekend is looking more and more like All Iran All The Time. No sooner did we finish talking about the early lifting of sanctions on Tehran by Barack Obama and the wider implementation of the nuclear deal to come, the news wires are buzzing with word that Iran has released four prisoners. The most high profile is the Washington Post reporter, Jason Rezaian, held for more than a year. (The Guardian)

Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post journalist imprisoned in Iran for more than a year, has been released along with three other dual-nationality prisoners as Tehran prepares to implement a historic nuclear agreement with western leaders.

Ahead of senior diplomats announcing the lifting of sanctions on Iran later on Saturday, Tehran’s prosecutor said four dual nationals had been released. The move is believed to be part of a prisoner swap with the US.

The closed-door trial of Rezaian began in May when he appeared before a hardline judge on charges of espionage, collecting confidential information and spreading propaganda against the Islamic republic.

In addition to Rezaian, there are unconfirmed reports that the other three hostages being set free are US Marine Amir Hekmati, pastor Saeed Abedini and a fourth person who was not initially named. There was early speculation that it might be businessman Siamak Namazi, but other names have been floated as well, including Nosratollah Khosrawi. There’s no point trying to lock them down until somebody sees them in person. No matter the circumstances, we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that it’s good to get these folks out of a foreign prison, so there’s at least some bright news reaching us. But we also can’t ignore the obvious question of what this deal wound up costing us.

CNN and a few other outlets are falling all over themselves in a rush to point out how this is a “game changer” and how John Kerry’s diplomatic efforts with Iran must be really bringing them around to a reasonable position. But that rosy outlook ignores the fact that Iran didn’t just decide to let these folks go out of the goodness of their hearts. First and foremost, Iranian news outlets are definitely describing this as a prisoner swap. In other words, Kerry didn’t negotiate this as part of the nuclear deal, sanctions relief or anything else. In order to get these four people cut loose we had to give up something else yet again and the initial reports indicate that we had to free either six or seven of their people. (Any news coming out of Fars, the Iranian news agency, is sketchy on the best of days.) In reality, they should have released them all as part of an apology for taking ten of our sailors captive, but that’s not how Iran rolls.

So who was involved in the swap? Our record on this front isn’t exactly sterling of late. (Bowe Bergdahl anyone?) We’ve got more than a few Iranians on ice over here.Could one of them be Mannsor Arbabsiar? Do you remember the guy who was going to try to assassinate the Saudi ambassador right in Washington, DC?

An Iranian American used-car salesman from Texas at the center of a bizarre plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Manhattan to 25 years in prison.

Mannsor Arbabsiar, 58, had pleaded guilty last October to a charge of murder-for-hire and two counts of conspiracy for his role in attempting to orchestrate the 2011 bombing assassination of Adel al-Jubeir while the ambassador dined at Cafe Milano, an upscale Georgetown restaurant.

Arbabsiar isn’t among this bunch according to Fars, since they’re being described as individuals who violated sanctions agreements. We may not know for a while yet, but the earliest reports from the field indicate that we had to give up six or seven prisoners to get four back.

With the aforementioned caveats about the reliability of reports from Iran’s state sanctioned news outlet, here are the names of the Iranians being released, at least according to Fars:

The 7 Iranian inmates freed by the US have been named as Nader Modanlou, Bahram Mechanic, Khosrow Afqahi, Arash Ghahreman, Touraj Faridi, Nima Golestaneh and Ali Sabounchi.

Nader Modanlou was convicted of money laundering and providing illegal satellite services to Iran. Bahram Mechanic violated the Emergency Economic Powers Act, shipping electronics components to Iran. Afqahi also shipped sensitive electronics to them. Ghahreman, of San Diego, did essentially the same. Faridi is a nepheew of Bahram Mechanic and was caught up in the same net. Ali Saboonchi (alternate spelling) was caught on related charges in Maryland.

But Nima Golestaneh is a different question entirely. He was convicted of attempting to hack into the network of a Vermont aerodynamics company and trying to steal millions of dollars in software. He’s not exactly a sanctions violator. But, again, this is only coming from Fars thus far, so it will need further confirmation.

In addition to the six or seven releases, one unconfirmed report in Iranian media says that we additionally agreed to drop another fourteen Iranians from an INTERPOL watch list. I suppose seven to four (plus more than a dozen others off the hook) is a slightly better deal than the five to one trade cut for Bergdahl, and it certainly sounds in keeping with our awesome negotiating skills. We’re supposed to be the most powerful nation on the planet. How do we keep getting the short end of the stick on these trades?

UPDATE: A fifth prisoner, Matthew Trevithick, has also been released. Details to follow.

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….how much money in offshore accounts…are going to Kerry, JugEars…and their friends?

JugEarsButtHurt on January 16, 2016 at 11:35 AM

It was not a deal.

It was a sell out by the liar king.

“Hands up don’t shoot” from the President of the U S A to two bit thugs of islam.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 16, 2016 at 11:36 AM

Co-Treason with John Kerry in Kerry’s second go at treason.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 16, 2016 at 11:37 AM

What happen to never negotiate with terrorists.Jeesh

djohn669 on January 16, 2016 at 11:38 AM

And it only cost hundreds of billions.

Oil Can on January 16, 2016 at 11:48 AM

Looks to me like we gave up some white collar criminals who were doing the same thing our trade partners are doing with Iran, and some companies right here in the good old USA by funneling goods through foreign third parties. I’d rather not be feeding and housing these low level criminals when we could be using the space for the illegals who actually murder US citizens. We swap seven white collar criminals for four political prisoners. I’d say we got screwed again on the deal. The WAPO reporter was not worth even one white collar criminal. Since we were in such a generous mood to give up money laundering scum, we should have thrown Hillary in as an extra bonus, making the total an even 2 fer.

they lie on January 16, 2016 at 11:48 AM

Trump is responsible for the release. He has been on this case 24/7 and never fails to mention it in debates ot at rallies. Guess the Mullas and Obama got tired of hearing it.

they lie on January 16, 2016 at 11:51 AM

How do ‘infidel s’ survive the caliphate:
Convert to Islam….
PAY A TAX….
Leave ….

Hmmmm funny how that works.

Von Kleist on January 16, 2016 at 11:52 AM

The figurative Persian rug Jazz earlier rolled out is apt. Rug sellers love it when suckers show up at their stalls.

If a guy guides the suckers there he gets a cut. I have to wonder if anybody earns a commission on this deal.

Drained Brain on January 16, 2016 at 11:55 AM

Do they have to stay in Persia or can they come back on a renewed VISA application?

Cleombrotus on January 16, 2016 at 11:58 AM

How do ‘infidel s’ survive the caliphate:
Convert to Islam….
PAY A TAX….
Leave ….

Hmmmm funny how that works.

Von Kleist on January 16, 2016 at 11:52 AM

Fighting back is another option. If we still have the will.

VegasRick on January 16, 2016 at 12:01 PM

Rumor is Obama game them the guys responsible for the terror bombing of the Jewish center in Argentina. (Gatewaypundit)

How is that for a poke in the eye to Israel?

PattyJ on January 16, 2016 at 12:02 PM

RE: vegasrick
Of course fighting back should be the only option on the table …. However when has this President ever done what was difficult but right?

Von Kleist on January 16, 2016 at 12:04 PM

A couple of boats, some navigation equipment, the humiliation of the United States Navy.

Steve Eggleston on January 16, 2016 at 12:05 PM

We may not know for a while yet, but the earliest reports from the field indicate that we had to give up six or seven prisoners to get four back.

Are you limiting yourself to current “prisoners”? or to people now in jail? or to include those who’ll soon be in jail?

Looks to me like the number is actually 21.

According to the swap deal, the US has also freed 7 Iranian-Americans who were held for sanctions-related charges and demanded the Interpol to stop prosecution of 14 other Iranian nationals.

Lolo on January 16, 2016 at 12:06 PM

RE: vegasrick
Of course fighting back should be the only option on the table …. However when has this President ever done what was difficult but right?

Von Kleist on January 16, 2016 at 12:04 PM

The current occupier of the WH never does the right thing. A President Trump or Cruz will.

VegasRick on January 16, 2016 at 12:11 PM

1) this money is Iran’s money that we froze. Yes it’s their money

2) can we stop having wet dreams of countries kissing our a$$es? In what world would Itan apologize that our boats ended up in their waters. They have better borders than we do, and they enforce their laws. We should be doing the same, instead of acting like we own the world. There are other sovereign countries people.

3) when is trump tower going up in Iran?!? Great investment and way to bring the money back ;)

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on January 16, 2016 at 12:16 PM

Released due to TRUMP FEAR

Just like in 1980 when Iran released the hostages for fear of Reagan

BigSven on January 16, 2016 at 12:20 PM

I shudder to hear the rest of the details on this….but my happiness for the release for these guys and their families.

CoffeeLover on January 16, 2016 at 12:22 PM

This is a squirrel.

wifarmboy on January 16, 2016 at 12:27 PM

2) can we stop having wet dreams of countries kissing our a$$es? In what world would Itan apologize that our boats ended up in their waters. They have better borders than we do, and they enforce their laws. We should be doing the same, instead of acting like we own the world. There are other sovereign countries people.

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on January 16, 2016 at 12:16 PM

Can you pull your head out. The only thing bring being in the middle does is get you flattened.

RickB on January 16, 2016 at 12:28 PM

Ughh. Had to switch off the TV – was watching Fox News with the contemptible Shep Smith announcing the prisoner swap. He helpfully explained that the prisoners we are releasing were convicted of shipping electronics to Iran to get around those sanctions that were crippling Iran’s economy . . . it’s not like they’re terrorists.

As NavyDad asked – and what was Iran going to do with those electronics? Build toasters so they can make sandwiches for hungry children?

NavyMom on January 16, 2016 at 12:29 PM

1) this money is Iran’s money that we froze. Yes it’s their money
2) can we stop having wet dreams of countries kissing our a$$es? In what world would Itan apologize that our boats ended up in their waters. They have better borders than we do, and they enforce their laws. We should be doing the same, instead of acting like we own the world. There are other sovereign countries people.
3) when is trump tower going up in Iran?!? Great investment and way to bring the money back ;)
Can.I.be.in.the.middle on January 16, 2016 at 12:16 PM

Since you’re acknowledging that they’re acting, not as allies, but as adversaries, are you comfortable with the sight of our sailors on their knees with their hands on their heads?

Cleombrotus on January 16, 2016 at 12:30 PM

NavyMom on January 16, 2016 at 12:29 PM

I had the same reaction with Fox pulling Shep out of bed to be at the studio today…ugh

CoffeeLover on January 16, 2016 at 12:30 PM

…America’s new name is BOHICA…just the way Odooooshbag likes it…

Pelosi Schmelosi on January 16, 2016 at 12:37 PM

Kind of interesting that the prisoner (hostage) that the media are keying on is the reporter. I care more about the Christian minister and the Marine.

Cindy Munford on January 16, 2016 at 12:41 PM

Cindy Munford on January 16, 2016 at 12:41 PM

I agree Cindy. Shep is making me want to puke. I may have to switch to CNN. His exchange with Rick Grenell was simply awful

CoffeeLover on January 16, 2016 at 12:44 PM

1) this money is Iran’s money that we froze. Yes it’s their money

The survivors of the 1983 Beirut barracks bombing have a $3 billion dollar judgment against Iran. They’ve been trying to get the bank holding Iran’s frozen money to release it for years. Last I saw, the bank lost in court again last year, but no word of funds being released. If the families haven’t received their settlement yet, what are the odds Obama and Kerry made sure they were taken care of in the release deal?

NavyMom on January 16, 2016 at 12:46 PM

CoffeeLover on January 16, 2016 at 12:44 PM

I’m with Navymom, as soon as they woke up Shep I had to bail.

Cindy Munford on January 16, 2016 at 12:50 PM

….values…

Anti-Pedophilia Bill Rejected In Pakistan As ‘Anti-Islamic’

A bid to ban child marriage in Pakistan utterly failed, after the Council of Islamic Ideology declared the legislation “anti-Islamic” and “blasphemous.”

The bill didn’t even move past the first stage in the legislative process, The Express Tribune reports. It was almost immediately pulled Thursday by Pakistan Muslim League party’s Marvi Menon following condemnation from CII, whose job it is to advise the legislature on whether bills are compliant with Sharia law. In this case, the bill clearly violated Islamic law as tradition holds marriage as acceptable when a girl hits puberty.

…Left-Tards will tell you that it’s OUR culture and values which are “insulting” to these creeps…and that we should allow more of them across our borders…

…America and Americans are ALWAYS the problem under this regime…

Pelosi Schmelosi on January 16, 2016 at 12:51 PM

Shep is orgasmic.

esr1951 on January 16, 2016 at 12:54 PM

I am on CNN now…at least I know the propaganda coming from them is expected

CoffeeLover on January 16, 2016 at 12:56 PM

The real deal

1. The Obama hacks called the Iranians when our boats had ‘mechanical problems’, which NO one can prove.

2. Against int’l procedures, the Iranians took our Sailors hostage and put guns on their heads, and a burqa on our female Soldier.

3. Then Obama negotiated the ‘release’

4. Now Obama and the Iranians crow about how ‘hospitable and nice the mullahs are’, when in fact this is extortion, they want their billions back.

This is pure bullchit.

In a different admin. they wouldn’t even think of it and the hostages, the newsman and the 3 others, should have been released, or never taken, but part of the stupid nuke deal.

This is called in news terms “a false flag”, a situation created from hot/thin air, bullsh*t.

It is in reality treason on the part of Obama and his goons, aka Valerie Jarrett, who is the de facto president and is of an Iranian father.

The billions will be released and the obama petulant children and the mullahs will live and dicktate, claiming that the mullahs are not the Iranian regime (same as if the queen of England were the mullahs and the gov’t isn’t).

The media cheer and the sheeple are eaten by wolves.

Hopefully all you stupid PC promoters will bow, first. I wouldn’t safe you if your lives would depend on it.

Schadenfreude on January 16, 2016 at 12:56 PM

safe = save

Schadenfreude on January 16, 2016 at 12:57 PM

I shudder to hear the rest of the details on this….but my happiness for the release for these guys and their families.

CoffeeLover on January 16, 2016 at 12:22 PM

Gulf coast drilling rights, the Yorktown, and a state to be named later.

/

Lolo on January 16, 2016 at 12:58 PM

Obama knows that the media will give him a free pass on the one sided nature of this deal since one of their own will be returned in exchange. For all the info that we have on the Americans, they sure haven’t posted much about what we gave back in exchange.

blammm on January 16, 2016 at 12:59 PM

…WARNING: BEWARE OF SKANK RALLIES (and bring lots of paper towels)…

Beached whales pose risk of explosion

Pelosi Schmelosi on January 16, 2016 at 1:01 PM

Shep is Obama’s butt boy, maybe more ways the one.

idesign on January 16, 2016 at 1:01 PM

Meanwhile

Air Force To Consider Dropping ‘Man’ From ‘Airman’

The Air Force said it will conduct a review to determine whether the use of “airman” is appropriate given the military’s push towards full gender equality.

“Head” is being considered.

And, a the Univ. of Wisconsin they can no longer cheer “USA, USA…” at sports events.

It offends the muzzies and others who pay. GO the fu*k home to study if you’re offended. The Univ. should have all donations withdrawn, the fools. YOU don’t deserve to function freely any more. More PC bowing.

Schadenfreude on January 16, 2016 at 1:05 PM

His exchange with Rick Grenell was simply awful

CoffeeLover on January 16, 2016 at 12:44 PM

Wow, it’s that open now.

Schadenfreude on January 16, 2016 at 1:07 PM

Great news. Good job holding the santions togther, forcing the radicals in Iran to cave and allow inspections, and arresting sanctions breakers and holding them as barganing chips. Unlike Regan, Obama did not trade arms for hostges.

I join Ted Cruz in giving thanks that our fellow countrymen are coming home.

Samsara on January 16, 2016 at 1:14 PM

Gulf coast drilling rights, the Yorktown, and a state to be named later.

/

Lolo on January 16, 2016 at 12:58 PM

Please let it be California…

partsnlabor on January 16, 2016 at 1:14 PM

Schadenfreude on January 16, 2016 at 1:05 PM

I’ll bet they’re still mulling over what to do with “human.”

Lolo on January 16, 2016 at 1:15 PM

ah, diplomacy.

everdiso on January 16, 2016 at 1:22 PM

Trump has been b*tching about this for a while.

Obama finally did something about it.

BuckeyeSam on January 16, 2016 at 1:42 PM

Released due to TRUMP FEAR

Just like in 1980 when Iran released the hostages for fear of Reagan

BigSven on January 16, 2016 at 12:20 PM

Please tell me you don’t really believe this.

Let’s see:

Iran living up to nuclear deal.

Sailors who crossed their border released with minimal fuss (anybody remember the Mayaguez or the Pueblo?).

A successful prisoner swap. Anyone doing the idiot thing of tallying how many of theirs we gave up versus how many or ours they gave up should recall that the Israelis — whom the people on this board think of as the perfect nation, apparently — routinely give up dozens or hundreds of Palestinians for a couple of Israelis.

Bad news: this week, the Administration looks competent the Iranians look kind of moderate, and the only people sad are Republicans and ODS sufferers.

urban elitist on January 16, 2016 at 1:43 PM

Poor Jazz – nothing but good news from Iran.

corona79 on January 16, 2016 at 1:48 PM

Sailors who crossed their border released with minimal fuss (anybody remember the Mayaguez or the Pueblo?).

urban elitist on January 16, 2016 at 1:43 PM

And you’re sure the official WH story on this won’t change? Not even after the sailors eventually talk?

Lolo on January 16, 2016 at 1:49 PM

Conservative media has literally convinced themselves that their job is to spin every piece of news against obama, no matter what.

it’s hilarious.

everdiso on January 16, 2016 at 1:52 PM

urban elitist on January 16, 2016 at 1:43PM

I dunno why but everytime I waste time reading one of your posts they always remind me of this quote:

“If ye love wealth better than liberty,
the tranquility of servitude
better than the animating contest of freedom,
go home from us in peace.
We ask not your counsels or your arms.
Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you.
May your chains set lightly upon you,
and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.”

Samuel Adams

Cleombrotus on January 16, 2016 at 1:55 PM

The guy saying that “no one can prove the boat had a problem”, please prove that you didn’t eat dog for breakfast.

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on January 16, 2016 at 2:01 PM

This deal has been in the works for possibly years. This is why the mullahs arrested these Americans. They wanted someone released from our jail, and we may never know who exactly which one. This is why our regime never tried to negotiate our people during the ‘deal’.

Kissmygrits on January 16, 2016 at 2:10 PM

Thank Valerie Jarrett and obama for this

Iran: ‘American Sailors Started Crying After Arrest’
IRGC Official: ‘I saw the weakness, cowardice, and fear of American soldiers myself’

God damn the entire admin. and all you fools who brought and kept them. I hope you all choke, all the way.

Schadenfreude on January 16, 2016 at 2:11 PM

The guy saying that “no one can prove the boat had a problem”, please prove that you didn’t eat dog for breakfast.

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on January 16, 2016 at 2:01 PM

Prove that you are not a dog.

Schadenfreude on January 16, 2016 at 2:12 PM

ah, diplomacy treason and dhimmy submission.

everdiso on January 16, 2016 at 1:22 PM

Hopefully you’ll bow.

Schadenfreude on January 16, 2016 at 2:14 PM

Shepard Smith takes over the Iran hostage release coverage and for a few moments hault Kelly Right and the other Obama haters from doing their job.

Samsara on January 16, 2016 at 2:15 PM

Please let it be California…

partsnlabor on January 16, 2016 at 1:14 PM

HEY! /sarc

socalcon on January 16, 2016 at 2:16 PM

Iran living up to nuclear deal.

Fugging stupid liar that you are.

Sailors who crossed their border released with minimal fuss (anybody remember the Mayaguez or the Pueblo?).

Why do you lie, you scum? Not at all what happened.

A successful prisoner swap.

You lie, again.

Anyone doing the idiot thing of tallying how many of theirs we gave up versus how many or ours they gave up should recall that the Israelis — whom the people on this board think of as the perfect nation, apparently — routinely give up dozens or hundreds of Palestinians for a couple of Israelis.

This is about obama and Valerie, bowing to the dicktators of Iran, you illiberal thuggish dummy.

Bad news: this week, the Administration looks competent

Only in the minds of those who believe it’s story time in America, see also sotu.

the Iranians look kind of moderate

They sure do, only to fools like you. Bow, and I won’t save you for no prize, you god damned PC morons. I hope you all bow, first, so I can at least laugh at you, for bringing this submission.

, and the only people sad are Republicans and ODS sufferers.

urban elitist on January 16, 2016 at 1:43 PM

Aka, the only Americans left with some decency and pride.

If you’d burn, I wouldn’t even piss on you.

Schadenfreude on January 16, 2016 at 2:18 PM

Conservative media has literally convinced themselves that their job is to spin every piece of news against obama, no matter what.

it’s hilarious.

everdiso on January 16, 2016 at 1:52 PM

One of the Sailors will soon tell what really happened, at all risks. You, once again, will wet your pants, you turkey.

Schadenfreude on January 16, 2016 at 2:19 PM

Poor Jazz – nothing but good news from Iran.

corona79 on January 16, 2016 at 1:48 PM

This is the biggest humiliation of the USA and so many can’t see what happened.

Iran made clear to all its neighbors that they are now the big dog in the vicinity.

They are, because Valerie and obama made them so.

The rest is all propaganda and story time in America and the world.

Hopefully all the fools bow. I will love nothing more than to see the dhimmis on their knees.

Schadenfreude on January 16, 2016 at 2:22 PM

Schadenfreude on January 16, 2016 at 2:18 PM

What’s it like to go through life so bitter and ignorant?

You haven’t a shred of decency, and your “pride” is overcompensation for the weakness you sense within yourself.

Strong people, and strong nations,cut deals and move on. You’re very eager to sacrifice other people’s lives to prove how tough you are.

urban elitist on January 16, 2016 at 2:23 PM

Note to self: never EVER tske zero with me to a flea market…

Newtie and the Beauty on January 16, 2016 at 2:27 PM

Glad they’re free. But the price paid means more will take their place. Travel to Iran should be banned.

ConstantineXI on January 16, 2016 at 2:30 PM

rban elitist on January 16, 2016 at 2:23 PM

What’s it like going through life a coward, having to excuse the infractions of your opponents so you can be free of the responsibility of confronting them?

Cleombrotus on January 16, 2016 at 2:30 PM

I think I’m gonna start calling you turban elitist.

Cleombrotus on January 16, 2016 at 2:31 PM

What’s it like to go through life so bitter and ignorant?

You haven’t a shred of decency, and your “pride” is overcompensation for the weakness you sense within yourself.

Strong people, and strong nations,cut deals and move on. You’re very eager to sacrifice other people’s lives to prove how tough you are.

urban elitist on January 16, 2016 at 2:23 PM

Tell us, genius, how much was paid to Iran to release these guys:

Hostages released January 1981:

Thomas L. Ahern, Jr.—narcotics control officer (later identified as CIA station chief)
Clair Cortland Barnes, 35—communications specialist
William E. Belk, 44—communications and records officer
Robert O. Blucker, 54—economics officer
Donald J. Cooke, 25—vice consul
William J. Daugherty, 33—third secretary of U.S. mission (CIA officer)
Lt. Cmdr. Robert Englemann, 34—Navy attaché
Sgt. William Gallegos, 22—Marine Corps guard
Bruce W. German, 44—budget officer
Duane L. Gillette, 24—Navy communications and intelligence specialist
Alan B. Golacinski, 30—chief of embassy security, regional security officer
John E. Graves, 53—public affairs officer
CWO Joseph M. Hall, 32—Army attaché
Sgt. Kevin J. Hermening, 21—Marine Corps guard
Sgt. 1st Class Donald R. Hohman, 38—Army medic
Col. Leland J. Holland, 53—military attaché
Michael Howland, 34—assistant regional security officer
Charles A. Jones, Jr., 40—communications specialist, teletype operator
Malcolm K. Kalp, 42—commercial officer
Moorhead C. Kennedy, Jr., 50—economic and commercial officer
William F. Keough, Jr., 50—superintendent of the American School in Islamabad (visiting Tehran at time of embassy seizure)
Cpl. Steven W. Kirtley—Marine Corps guard
Kathryn L. Koob, 42—embassy cultural officer (one of two female hostages)
Frederick Lee Kupke, 34— communications officer and electronics specialist
L. Bruce Laingen, 58—chargé d’affaires
Steven Lauterbach, 29—administrative officer
Gary E. Lee, 37—administrative officer
Sgt. Paul Edward Lewis, 23—Marine Corps guard
John W. Limbert, Jr., 37—political officer
Sgt. James M. Lopez, 22—Marine Corps guard
Sgt. John D. McKeel, Jr., 27—Marine Corps guard
Michael J. Metrinko, 34—political officer
Jerry J. Miele, 42—communications officer
Staff Sgt. Michael E. Moeller, 31—head of Marine Corps guard unit
Bert C. Moore, 45—administration counselor
Richard Morefield, 51—consul general
Capt. Paul M. Needham, Jr., 30—Air Force logistics staff officer
Robert C. Ode, 65—retired foreign service officer on temporary duty in Tehran
Sgt. Gregory A. Persinger, 23—Marine Corps guard
Jerry Plotkin, 45—civilian businessman visiting Tehran
MSgt. Regis Ragan, 38—Army soldier, defense attaché’s office
Lt. Col. David M. Roeder, 41—deputy Air Force attaché
Barry M. Rosen, 36—press attaché
William B. Royer, Jr., 49—assistant director of Iran–American Society
Col. Thomas E. Schaefer, 50—Air Force attaché
Col. Charles W. Scott, 48—Army attaché
Cmdr. Donald A. Sharer, 40—Navy attaché
Sgt. Rodney V. (Rocky) Sickmann, 22—Marine Corps guard
Staff Sgt. Joseph Subic, Jr., 23—military police, Army, defense attaché’s office
Elizabeth Ann Swift, 40—deputy head of political section (one of two female hostages)
Victor L. Tomseth, 39—counselor for political affairs
Phillip R. Ward, 40—CIA communications officer

You’re late for Quisling 101–and there’s a pop quiz today…

Newtie and the Beauty on January 16, 2016 at 2:32 PM

The sundial’s ticking, Skippy…

Newtie and the Beauty on January 16, 2016 at 2:34 PM

“If ye love wealth better than liberty,
the tranquility of servitude
better than the animating contest of freedom,
go home from us in peace.

We ask not your counsels or your arms.
Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you.
May your chains set lightly upon you,
and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.”

Samuel Adams

Cleombrotus on January 16, 2016 at 1:55 PMg

Thank you. The lefties NO longer deserve to breathe, freely.

Schadenfreude on January 16, 2016 at 2:40 PM

Thank Valerie Jarrett and obama for this

Iran: ‘American Sailors Started Crying After Arrest’
IRGC Official: ‘I saw the weakness, cowardice, and fear of American soldiers myself’

Well, that’s what you get when even “don’t ask; don’t tell” is too much of a hardship.

Cleombrotus on January 16, 2016 at 2:41 PM

Thank you. The lefties NO longer deserve to breathe, freely.
Schadenfreude on January 16, 2016 at 2:40 PM

Their hatred for all things good and sacred is disgusting. It’s not enough for them to be unhappy, they want all the rest of us to be miserable as well.

Cleombrotus on January 16, 2016 at 2:43 PM

What’s it like to go through life so bitter and ignorant?

Tell me, you weasel, for you know it so well, especially on the latter.

haven’t a shred of decency

NO, you don’t, you never do, you sheep of the world.

, and your “pride” is overcompensation for the weakness you sense within yourself.

You are an even bigger fool than already known around here, you submissive sheeple.

Strong people, and strong nations

America looks wimpy to the world, for your oaf and the de facto president, the Iranian Valerie, made it so. You may spin it all you want.

,cut deals and move on. You’re very eager to sacrifice other people’s lives to prove how tough you are.

urban elitist on January 16, 2016 at 2:23 PM

Only those of submissive risible weasels like you, who make the rest of us look so wimpy.

YOU don’t deserve decency by the way. I can be perfectly decent with those who earn it. You don’t, and today has proven it, beyond a shred of a doubt.

Bow, you fools, bow, for I will just laugh as you go under, you weak dhimmi scum of humanity. You deserve NO less.

Schadenfreude on January 16, 2016 at 2:44 PM

Well, that’s what you get when even “don’t ask; don’t tell” is too much of a hardship.

Cleombrotus on January 16, 2016 at 2:41 PM

Strong people, and strong nations,cut deals and move on. You’re very eager to sacrifice other people’s lives to prove how tough you are.

urban elitist on January 16, 2016 at 2:23 PM

Schadenfreude on January 16, 2016 at 2:45 PM

Schadenfreude on January 16, 2016 at 2:45 PM

These guys like to come in here and spout off as if theirs is a position of principle but the reality is that they’re moral cowards. They have no principles; nothing they’re willing to fight or die for, and they like impugning the motives of those who do.

Cleombrotus on January 16, 2016 at 3:19 PM

…and a fourth person who was not initially named. There was early speculation that it might be businessman Siamak Namazi, but other names have been floated as well, including Nosratollah Khosrawi.

Sheesh! How many American nationals do they have?!

anuts on January 16, 2016 at 3:25 PM

Cleombrotus on January 16, 2016 at 3:19 PM

I used to want to defend their rights to be this weaselly and stupid. I changed my mind.

Schadenfreude on January 16, 2016 at 3:33 PM

This deal has been in the works for possibly years. This is why the mullahs arrested these Americans. They wanted someone released from our jail, and we may never know who exactly which one. This is why our regime never tried to negotiate our people during the ‘deal’.

Kissmygrits on January 16, 2016 at 2:10 PM

Interesting idea; not implausible, although I think I saw that on the late-show sometime.

AesopFan on January 16, 2016 at 3:36 PM

so…Obama’s Art of the Deal goes something like this:


“Ima let Iran humiliate our country and military on the world stage for a few hours with photos and lots of intimidation and apologizing by our guys towards the machine-gun toting normal nations do this all the time Iranians, because lets face it folks America has no business lecturing any country about bad conduct amirite??? And in return for me bowing and scraping at them like a conquered slave, Iran will quietly release a handful of captive Americans they have no international right to take or continue holding anyway. Deal?”

Sacramento on January 16, 2016 at 3:49 PM

OT but Scott Brown c/b VP

Mass and NH, and to fight against the Injun witch, in a Sanders/Warren scenario, and now that Cruz did the pooch.

Schadenfreude on January 16, 2016 at 4:55 PM

“We do not negotiate with terrorist.”

“Psst hey Ayatollah, is $150 billion enough?”

Oxymoron on January 16, 2016 at 4:58 PM

What’s it like to go through life so bitter and ignorant?

urban effetist on January 16, 2016 at 2:23 PM

Says a proud member of the political party that lost the college graduate vote to the Republicans in 2012…

H

Del Dolemonte on January 16, 2016 at 5:22 PM

sufferers.

urban elitist on January 16, 2016

….we’re not suffering!
..all of us are getting two blow jobs

it’s hilarious.

everdiso on January 16, 201

…at once!

JugEarsButtHurt on January 16, 2016 at 7:12 PM

Nader Modanlou was convicted of money laundering and providing illegal satellite services to Iran. Bahram Mechanic violated the Emergency Economic Powers Act, shipping electronics components to Iran. Afqahi also shipped sensitive electronics to them. Ghahreman, of San Diego, did essentially the same. Faridi is a nepheew of Bahram Mechanic and was caught up in the same net. Ali Saboonchi (alternate spelling) was caught on related charges in Maryland.

But Nima Golestaneh is a different question entirely. He was convicted of attempting to hack into the network of a Vermont aerodynamics company and trying to steal millions of dollars in software.

Did the State Department at least strip these criminals of any U.S. citizenship status /Green Cards / Visas and put them on the “No Fly List”, so they can never come back to the United States?

wren on January 16, 2016 at 9:40 PM

Two more Movies, on Irans threats:
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Heritage Foundation upcoming moviie!
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About 33 Minutes
Protecting America in the New Missile Age
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33 Minutes:

Protecting America in the New Missile Age is a one-hour documentary produced by The Heritage Foundation that tells the story of the very real threat foreign enemies pose to every one of us. The truth is brutal – no matter where on Earth a missile is launched from it would take 33 Minutes or less to hit the U.S. target it was programmed to destroy.

http://33-minutes.com/33-minutes/

canopfor on January 23, 2011 at 3:50 AM

Upcoming movie on Iran.

First (50,000) gets an Online viewing,
omly need your e-mail to get in!!
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http://www.iraniumthemovie.com/

canopfor on January 23, 2011 at 3:54 AM

canopfor on January 16, 2016 at 10:07 PM

canopfor on January 16, 2016 at 10:09 PM

Who Are The Seven Iranians Released In Exchange For The U.S. Prisoners?

BallisticBob on January 17, 2016 at 12:45 AM

This dual citizenship concept is turning out to be really expensive for U.S. citizens!

Four U.S.-Iranian dual citizens held by Iran were freed in exchange for seven Iranian nationals held in the U.S. for violating sanctions against Iran.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2016/01/16/who-are-the-seven-iranians-released-in-exchange-for-the-u-s-prisoners/#ixzz3xXEJ4HnS

Thank you for the link Ballistic Bob. Very interesting!

wren on January 17, 2016 at 3:22 PM