MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken say they’re disappointed about the reported convictions of two U.S. hikers in Iran, and they’re asking the Iranian government to reconsider.

Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal have been sentenced to eight years in prison after their conviction on charges of espionage and illegal entry. Bauer’s mother is from Pine City.

The Democratic Klobuchar says the news is continuing evidence of Iran’s “callous” treatment of the hikers. She says the prison sentences, like the original charges, are “simply unwarranted.”

She asks Iran to release them as a demonstration of goodwill.

Franken says his thoughts and prayers are with the hikers’ families. The Democrat says he’ll continue to do “everything possible” to see the hikers released and reunited with their families.

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Comments (32)
  1. Guy says:

    Klobuchar, Frankin …. BUTT OUT!

    1. mnsoldier says:

      I agree completely, both have no idea as to how the world works, I saw franken several times while deployed, he is a sexist pig that the females that had to deal with him hated and dreaded. He is even less intelligent than he looks. Hard to believe isnt it.

      1. Jeff says:

        Saw him stumbling around the state fair last year and I said to myself gosh his name should be HUGH JASS! Talk about a big old butt.

    2. Sick of this BS says:

      I agree let them rot in jail and send Sarah back also

      1. Rep. Bachmann, please make sure we don't spend any more $$ on this Idiots. says:

        Yeah, that way we can get our $500k back. We should get Rep. Bachmann to fight against Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken on this issue. Let those three morons rot in jail for all we care.The three must have been democrats to be stupid enough to go hiking on the Iran border.

  2. mnsoldier says:

    I guess a lesson is learned, if you dont want to go to jail in 3rd world prison, do not go near 3rd world areas. It defies logic that stupid people go to places like this, get in trouble and then want the United States Government to bail them out. I say no, they should just start writing their books about what happend to them and sell it when released. It may be a lesson learned for many others who feel they can do what they want because they want to. The world does not work like that.

    1. Ruth says:

      Well said. Only complete morons would go hiking in a third world country. Sarah should serve the same amount of time instead of “crying sick” and getting out on a sympathy ploy.

  3. Proud American says:

    Yeah, it’s never a good idea to go “hiking” near the border of a country we are not exactly friends with, is it? What did they think would happen, they would be scolded and then let go?
    There’s a lot more to this story than we’re being told. And Al Franken is an idiot.

    1. StraycatStrut says:

      Agreed with all. Our Senators like to give good sound bites to let the Public know they are concerned, working and get in the public eye with a positive note while effort on their part is useless. How dumb can one be hiking in that area. Possibly more to the story.

  4. Jason says:

    I love how people want to play the conspiracy theory game…….what we have was moronic college students that thought they could do whatever they wish. They disregarded state department warnings to American travelers, they CHOSE to hike along the border. Therefore they are ultimately responsible for the consequences of their own stupid decisions. American politicians need to stay out of it and address matters regarding real problems. Absolutely no more taxpayer money should be spent on this issue. In fact send Sarah Shourd back over there to stand trial, because right now she is a fugitive from justice who skipped bail in Iran.

  5. oNiSaC says:

    At some point the United States can’t help that you are a damn fool.
    Our legislators have no clue about Islam and its ideology toward kafirs (non-Muslims). Franklen and Klobuchar both put together don’t know the first thing about Islams history and ideology.

    My advise is stay away from Arabic countries and if you live in one of them move out ASAP. In general Islam hates non-Muslims.

    1. Sara says:

      @oNiSaC. they do not. it is the leaders of Iran that are crazy and hate non Muslims… most Muslims don’t care. just like if you are christian it doesn’t mean that you hate non Christians… your religion should not define you and people should not think that just because someone is Muslim that they are terrorists or that they hate non Muslims i am tired of stereo types and these hikers do not deserve this! this was a scenic part of Iraq that has had an increase of tourism and has been relatively untouched by terrorism… they were not in Iran and therefore do not deserve to be held there on treason charges.!

      1. oNiSaC says:

        Then why have they said they will dominate the world.. Christians have no such motivation or ideology. Every Muslims is not a terrorist. But every terrorist is a Muslim. Christians and Jews punish those whom commit muder and terrorism. Muslims dance and sing when a Muslim terrorist kills Christians and Jews. Muslims burn churches. Christians and Jews don’t burn Mosques. I could go on and on but something tells me you don’t care what I say you’ve already made up your mind.
        The day will come when you will wish you would have done a little research on this subject. You’ll also wish you would have heard my warning.

        1. Tom says:

          Timothy McVeigh was a Muslim? I don’t think so. But surely a terrorist. I’m not a personal supporter by any means. In fact, far from it. However, one cannot make such sweeping generalizations…

          1. Sara says:

            @oNiSaC. so the IRA weren’t terrorists? they were Christians who bombed innocent people. that is terrorism and they are not Muslim. What about the guy that murdered all those innocent people in Norway? he bombed the parliament building and shot children as they ran for their lives. if you don’t think he’s a terrorist then you are the one who doesn’t care about facts. Islam gets blamed for Muslim terrorist so why doesn’t Christianity get blamed for christian terrorists? and all the examples i have given have been motivated by religion. there are Christian terrorist and Jewish terrorists and Muslim terrorist. but the religion should not be blamed for individuals actions.

  6. Pundit says:

    The impotent duo.

  7. r rush says:

    Wonder if they would trade we could send klobucher and frankin over to take the other idiots places after a couple days they would probably send klobucher and frankin back and offer to not do any more work on their nuclear program has long has we promis not to let klobucher and franklin near their continent

  8. Ed says:

    If they can end this, then more power to them. I think e1 has learned their lesson.
    Stupid is as stupid does.

  9. X says:

    How about an even exchange, the hikers for these two politicians.

  10. State Senators says:

    Are these hikers even from MN?

  11. Only in MN says:

    Let’s see, the economy is getting worse, people here and around the world are dying from starvation, No plans have been laid for a long term fix to our budget woes, the US debt rating was just downgraded severly, and what are these two leaders doing about it?


    “Free the prisoners” and a hand in hand walk across the Stillwater bridge (with no resolution in sight to that dilemna).

    Thanks senators! The best!

    1. StraycatStrut says:

      Hopefully both Senators are then leaving the State finally by walking across the Stillwater bridge. Franken is probably wearing a life jacket and Daytons concussion helmet looking for the Wi Zombies to hang with. Democrats are clueless as you see our reps here in action.

  12. mike says:

    leave it to the idiots Franken and Klobachar to take on something like this. if the hikers are released, they’ll take all the credit. if they’re not released, they’ll say they’re still “disappointed” with Iran. Disappointed?!?! Such strong language. They are too liberal to use the word “outraged” unless they’re talking about Republicans who want to cut spending.

  13. Dumb and dumber all right ... the kids AND the politicians. says:

    Maybe if Sarah Shourd had gone back to face the music, as she “promised” she’d do when she got some sucker (the US taxpayers?) to put up her bail, the Iranian court would have let all the brats go “for time served.” We’ll never know because she left her two buddies high and dry with no intention of ever honoring her promise.

    The other two ignoramuses should consider themselves lucky they only got sentenced to 8 years instead of being led immediately to the gallows.

  14. Kevin says:

    Wow….they have been in custody for how long??? Those dem moron liberals are right on top of things…..maybe they should now condem Bin Laden for 911…way to go liberal morons…..

  15. Hang them high says:

    Send the parent of these idiot over to serve time with there useless kids

  16. John Nova says:

    You can say whatever you want, but if it was you then who are you gonna ask for help. maybe the hiker did a little or big mistaken but who would expected that to happen. Maybe they think it was fun but too late by the time they it was wrong. (NOP) No One Perfect.

    1. Sue says:

      What? Go join them fool

  17. oNiSaC says:

    Where have you been these last 6 decades? Iran is the trouble maker in the middleast. Those young adults are lucky they still have their heads on their shoulders. How ignorant can a person be? Iran has been saying they want all Americans dead and America dominated by Islam. John haven’t you ever heard the word “jihad”? Do you think they are kidding around?

    Americans better wake-up pretty soon or Islam will dominate us all for real. Just like they keep saying they will. This is the real thing and is no joke.

    1. hey Zeus! says:

      I don’t think so, onesac…the Chinese have first dibs on kicking our butts.

  18. oNiSac says:

    Good arguement, however Islam has been planning this jihad since 750 A.D.. They have a plan, the commitment, motivation, and funding (crude oil). China has none of those things yet. Islam has bases in every country in the world China doesn’t. Islam has been fighting this jihad for decades. China has no such ideology. Islam has at least three training and combat instructional books The Koran, the Hadith, and Sura. China has no such books. Islam has instructions in their Sharia Law in print. China has no such instructions in print. Islam’s goal is to dominate the world. China has no such inncentive in place.

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