"They told us ... falsely that we would be given due process and access to our lawyer," Fattal said. "The most infuriating, they even told us that our families had stopped writing us."
Then, they were brought a room where they met Salem al-Ismaily, the envoy of Oman's Sultan Qaboos bin Said. The first thing that al-Ismaily said to the two, according to Fatal, was: "Let's go home."
Fattal and Bauer at one point launched a hunger strike "just to receive letters from our loved ones," Fattal told reporters.
They had been held in Iran as accused spies since July 2009.
In their two years in custody, Fattal said he and Bauer spoke to others on the phone for a total of 15 minutes and had a brief visit with their mothers. Besides that and sporadic conversations with their lawyer, they had no communication with the outside world.
Bauer said he and Fattal were detained by Iranian authorities not because they'd crossed an unmarked border between Iran and Iraq, but "because of our nationality."
"We were convicted of espionage because we are American. It's that simple," he said. "No evidence was ever presented against us. That is because there is no evidence and because we are completely innocent."
They appealed their eight-year sentences while serving time in prison.
Bauer said he cannot bring himself to forgive Iran's government for its actions - not just against him and his fellow detained American hikers, but also against "so many other innocent people and prisoners of conscience."
"If the Iranian government wants to change its image in the world, and ease international pressure, it should release all political prisoners and prisoners of conscience immediately," Bauer said.
"The only explanation for our prolonged detention is the 32 years of mutual hostility between America and Iran," Bauer said. "The irony is that (fellow once-detained hikers) Sarah (Shourd), Josh (Fattal) and I oppose U.S. policies towards Iran, which perpetuate this hostility."
He added that he believes that reports of abuses and poor conditions in CIA-run prisons, prisons inside the United States and at the military detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, "provide an excuse for other governments, including the government of Iran, to act in kind."
Fattal and Bauer, both 29, are now back on American soil.
They landed at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport shortly before 11 a.m.
The crew of their U.S.-bound flight moved them to the front of the aircraft before landing, allowing them to get off the plane first. Fattal had a big grin on his face as he moved forward.
Iranian authorities released Fattal and Bauer on Wednesday. They first were flown to Oman, where they enjoyed several days of freedom after their lengthy captivity.
A third American seized with them, Sarah Shourd, was freed on medical grounds almost exactly a year ago. Shourd and Bauer became officially engaged Friday. Freed American Hikers thank Oman American hikers freed from Iran
In statements before leaving Oman's capital Muscat, Bauer and Fattal thanked Omani officials for their hospitality and assistance in securing their release.
"Just hours after we left prison, we were able to swim in the calm waters of the Gulf," Fattal said. "We stayed up all night with our loved ones and watched the most beautiful sunrise we have ever seen. These experiences will be with us for the rest of our lives."
Fattal and Bauer were released a day before Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's address to the United Nations. Shourd's release came a week before Ahmadinejad addressed the United Nations last year.