They Won't Be Home For Christmas

by Conor Friedersdorf

Although I work in the media, I don't always understand it. For example, this is the first I've heard of Americans being held in Iran:

On July 31, 2009, Sarah Shourd, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattalthree friends from U.C. Berkeleywere hiking in Iraqi Kurdistan. Tehran claims the three knowingly and illegally crossed into Iran that day, and that they were U.S. spies. The hikers, not to mention President Obama, have flatly denied allegations of espionage. And the three have claimed that they were nabbed by Iranian guards who crossed over the Iraqi border to arrest themclaims corroborated by a classified American military field report released in the latest WikiLeaks dump.

Even the man who interrogated Ms. Shourd in prison doesn't seem to believe that the three did anything wrong. During her second month in captivity, Ms. Shourd recalls her interrogator saying: "It may not really matter if you're innocent or not, because this has become political." Ms. Shourd, 32, was released on September 14 on $500,000 bail after 410 days in solitary confinement. But Mr. Fattal and Mr. Bauer, both of whom marked their 28th birthday in the cell they share, remain behind bars.

Here's hoping they're released soon.