Ex-hostages seek damages from Iran decades later
Former hostage Rocky Sickmann speaks out
- Duration 5:46
- Date Apr 20, 2012
Former hostage Rocky Sickmann speaks out
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Right we have special story for you today Iraqi sick man was -- marine guard protecting the US embassy in Tehran.
Back in 1979.
When it was seized by Islamic militants some say students others say.
Militants he's a bad guys to this day Iran has not been forced to pay a price for the suffering of the hostages and now work.
And now they these hostages are suing a rhyme.
For 101000 dollars per day of captivity.
Totaling four point four million dollars each is not unusual by the way for hostages to do this.
This case is an ongoing for years now -- this really caught our attention.
In a recent story and that's why we invited Iraqi statement on he's one of the 52 Americans held hostage in Iran for 440.
For days and he joins us now.
Live -- nice to have you today.
Thank you -- and they've we've told the story many times over the years but for those of us who haven't heard it yet he tells a little bit about.
What those 444.
Days from -- -- agenda and you're actually right BA you know the first day of November 4 when we were first taken and I have my finger on the sawed off shot can indeed broken through the basement of the embassy.
And they brought -- Iranian women in black should doors and use them as shields and that a -- I I'd.
-- regret thinking back 33 years ago that ever pulling that trigger because my orders -- don't don't fire.
And because we did not show force to war and terrorism started November 4.
And we are still paying the price.
This day it's just like and Janet if somebody had -- -- And they got away with -- I mean would you now what does she.
Then be held accountable Iran -- -- of our freedom and then after we paid them to releases they've continued.
Do you share -- -- radical belief around the real world and the people they took this.
That -- jab was one of our captors and is now that the president -- so it hurts a lot.
The C that this is still going on and they've never been held accountable.
It's hard to make any sort of -- comparison did it to being held hostage for that long -- obviously this is still something that.
But this is something that happens in one's -- that effects -- -- you for the rest of your life rocky and I'm curious about.
I again getting back to the point you see you wish you pulled the trigger and that might -- percent of us hard to -- If there is innocent people being held and used as shields but why do you think a show of force at that moment.
Would it change the way that -- interacted with Iran for the last several decades.
You gotta give Iran credit they know -- in the negotiate and really manipulate the situation.
You know Jenin the first thirty days -- we were taken hostage we were not allowed to speak I was tied at times in beds.
With my other former hostages I was at -- -- -- Head of the bed they -- at the foot of the bed.
My -- was retired and there ain't closed my income for -- there.
And I mean we lived in the in that quiet area we were locked in a room for 400 days and we were able to go outside seven times.
Out of that entire time and so that whole situation.
Finally negotiated that event.
That -- led into the Iran Contra affair after we paid them eight billion dollars.
Iran said this is a pretty good deal we just took these hostages now we needed weapons to fight the Iraqis.
That -- Iran Contra affair.
So that's situation that started November 4 of nineteen civilian.
Those are things that I will never forget -- I'm sitting here telling you this story.
And I can still remember this knowledge of how we had -- urinate -- herself as we were being in.
Escorted around the country of Iran.
Not nor were going so there are things that you just you never forget I'm telling you a story but only Billy -- goes to get it was in a room with me for foreigner days.
Will he and I will ever know -- -- life of that story.
We're looking at some photos of you when you finally were able to return home and I'm curious what goes through your mind when you hear that.
There -- negotiations happening right now with Iran when it comes to their nuclear program what do you think about that.
Well Jetta and again and then a politician but I can tell you Iran has had sanctions against them.
For 33 years to get a -- you think they're really working.
And then -- you know that there are countries are companies.
Within the US another bomb parts of the world.
That are -- around those sanctions so again.
I can -- laugh at those sanctions the the only thing I truly believe.
Is what could've worked.
-- had I pulled that trigger that morning -- on the force showing them that you don't mess with the United States of America but we didn't.
And again we negotiated with them and you know what they have continued to negotiate for the past 33 years and know what has been held accountable why are you are with -- measured against it.
-- -- happy take it on your shoulders rocky as as one man I can appreciate -- -- I appreciate you sharing this story it's.
I understand the -- I can only understand a little bit of the weight that you feel that you carry.
As you take a look at at the last thirty years what do you want now -- this legal case and and Weis is still going on.
Either way I -- Iran.
I wonder roar and -- any other country that deals with terrorism like what they did.
Age if you do this we will catch you and we will fine you if it takes 33 years we -- eventually get justice and then make sure that.
We alert the rest of the world that -- this is Nat.
Gonna happen on our our turf track and we look for having back.
Thank you -- -- thank you very much taken -- sheriff's.