What the coverage of American hikers Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal getting released from prison in Iran often leaves out: When they complained of their treatment, how often their guards cited the "comparable conditions" facing detainees in Guantanamo and CIA prisons around the world. Their full statements here.
"In prison, every time we complained about our conditions, the guards would immediately remind us of comparable conditions at Guantanamo Bay. They would remind us of CIA prisons in other parts of the world, and the conditions that Iranians and others experience in prisons in the U.S. We do not believe that such human rights violations on the part of our government justify what has been done to us. Not for a moment. However, we do believe that these actions on the part of the U.S. provide an excuse for other governments, including the government of Iran, to act in kind."