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U.S. hiker on proposing to girlfriend in Iranian prison


YOU REALIZE YOU WERE DRIVING TOWARDS TEHRAN. AND THEN YOU GET TO PRISON. DID THEY TORTURE YOU?>>WE WERE BLINDFOLDED, SITTING IN A CHAIR WITH PEOPLE WALKING CIRCLES AROUND US ASKING US TO WRITE OUR LIFE STORY ON A PIECE OF PAPER. IT TOOK ABOUT TWO MONTHS FOR THE INTERROGATION TO END. BUT WITHIN A FEW WEEKS, THEY COULD TELL THAT WE HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT OR INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES OR ANYTHING ESPIONAGE RELATED. AND THEY SAID IT IS OBVIOUS YOU’RE INNOCENT. THIS IS JUST POLITICAL. >>REALLY? THEY ADMITTED THAT. THEY FOUND A PICTURE OF A TRIP YOU TOOK TO ISRAEL ON YOUR CAMERA. AND OH BOY, THIS IS BAD NEWS, THESE ARE SPIES. >>AT SOME POINT, FIRST COUPLE OF DAYS THEY WERE NOT SURE WHAT WE WERE DOING. AND THEN IT STARTED TO SHIFT, TO FEEL LIKE THEY WANTED TO PROVE THAT WE WERE SPIES, EVEN THOUGH THEY DIDN’T KNOW WE WERE. SO ANY KIND OF PIECE OF EVIDENCE THEY FOUND THEY WRAPPED INTO THAT STORY. BUT ULTIMATELY THEY TOLD US THEY KNEW WE WERE NOT SPIES. BUT EVERYBODY IN THE PRISON, THE GUARDS TOLD US WE WERE NOT SPIES. BUT THAT WAS NOT WHAT IT WAS ABOUT. WE WERE STUCK IN THIS POLITICAL THING. >>SO YOU WERE HIGH VALUE PRISONERS. SO THERE WERE NOT BEATINGS THAT WE MIGHT IMAGINE OR DREAD. BUT THERE IS A CERTAIN KIND OF TORTURE THAT COMES WITH SOLITARY CONFINEMENT, RIGHT? SO THE TWO OF YOU WERE PUT TOGETHER, WHICH CREATED ENORMOUS JEALOUSY AND FRUSTRATION. BUT DESCRIBE, SARAH, WHAT HAPPENS TO THE HUMAN MIND AND BODY. WHAT WERE THE STAGES?>>WELL, IN THE BEGINNING, TOTAL PANIC, I TRIED TO CALM MYSELF DOING MATH IN MY HEAD, SO TO GET TO MY RATIONAL BRAIN, THAT WOULD REDUCE MY EMOTIONAL STRESS. AFTER MONTHS YOU’RE REDUCED TO AN ANIMAL-LIKE STATE. I WOULD WALK IN MY CELL BACK AND FORTH, BACK AND FORTH, CROUCH DOWN IN THE SLOT IN THE DOOR TO LISTEN FOR SOUNDS TO ORIENT MYSELF. I COMPLETELY LOST CONTROL AND AWARENESS OF MYSELF AND SCREAMED AND BEAT AT THE WALLS OF MY CELL. >>YOU DESCRIBED FORCING YOURSELF NOT TO LOOK AT A WALL TO SEE THE BEAM OF LIGHT THAT WOULD COME INTO THE WINDOW BECAUSE THAT WAS ALL THE SIMULATION YOU HAD TO LOOK FORWARD TO IN THE DAY. >>YEAH, IT WAS KIND OF THE WAY WE MARKED TIME. THE LIGHT WOULD COME THROUGH, IN THE PARTICULAR CELL I WAS IN, I KNEW WHEN IT REACHED A CERTAIN CORNER, THE INTERROGATORS MIGHT COME. AND BEING ALONE, DESPITE HOW MUCH I HATED BEING INTERROGATED, I HOPED THAT THEY WOULD COME EVERY DAY BECAUSE I NEEDED INTERACTION THAT BADLY. I WAS JUST TRAPPED INSIDE OF MYSELF. >>YOU WERE GIVEN TIME TO GATHER IN AN EXERCISE YARD, I GUESS, PRETTY REGULARLY. AND YOU DECIDED I’M GOING TO PROPOSE TO THIS WOMAN. >>YEAH, YEAH. >>YOU MADE A RING OUT OF WHAT? A THREADS OF A SHIRT?>>IT WAS TOWEL AND UNDERWEAR. >>HOW ROMANTIC. >>I DECIDED IT FIRST WHEN I WAS IN SOLITARY, I THOUGHT WHEN IT WAS OVER, WHEN I GET OUT, I’LL PROPOSE. I DIDN’T WANT TO DO IT IN PRISON. WE GOT HINTS THAT SHE WOULD BE RELEASED. I THOUGHT I WANTED HER TO KNOW THIS, FOR US TO BE ABLE TO LOOK FORWARD TO THAT, NOT JUST THE TERRIBLE THING ENDING BUT TO HAVE KIND OF A NEW BEGINNING. >>AND THAT IS NOT WHAT EVERY GIRL DREAMS ABOUT BEING PROPOSED TO IN AN IRANIAN PRISON. BUT DID THAT CARRY YOU? YOU TALKED ABOUT THE SHIELD OF LOVE. >>WELL, THE FIRST THING THAT I THOUGHT, HE BEAT ME TO IT.

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10 thoughts on “U.S. hiker on proposing to girlfriend in Iranian prison

  1. You should say "American Jewish spies".
    Zionists have exploited American nationalities and media to protect Israel and their interests around the world like Simon Ostrovsky and those assuming hikers. 

  2. Sounds like the U.S. spies were treated much humanely than inmates held at the CIA black sites & U.S. torture gulags in Guantanamo bay.

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