by Keith Johnson @Revolt of the Plebs
The Israeli Council of Progressive (Reform) Rabbis are urging President Barack Obama to release convicted Israeli spy and American traitor Jonathan Pollard. According to a letter obtained by the Jerusalem Post:
“We Jewish leaders primarily base our request to you on the humanitarian compassion that unites us all,” the rabbis wrote. “Mr. President, Pollard entered prison at age 30 and now he is close to 60.
The price that he paid for his actions was harsh, difficult and irreversible. His life has already been destroyed and his medical condition is bad and getting worse.” The rabbis noted that Pollard had expressed complete remorse for his actions personally and publicly many times.
“He and his wife already will not be able to bring children into this world as they had dreamed,” the rabbis wrote. “All they have left to ask for is to enable him to live the remainder of his life as a free man.”
Cry me a river! Doesn’t that just move you to tears? If so, then please wipe your eyes long enough to read why this scumbag landed in the big house.
In 1986, Pollard pled guilty to US Title 18 Section 794. This section of the espionage code is restricted to offences of a particularly serious nature that include disclosures which “directly concerned nuclear weaponry, military spacecraft or satellites, early warning systems, or other means of defense or retaliation against large-scale attack; war plans; communications intelligence or cryptographic information.”
Those convicted of this offense either fetch a life sentence or — as in the case of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg — death!
The espionage codes make no distinction between spying for allies or enemies, but rather within the nature of the information itself. Pollard estimates that the documents he stole could create a stack 6 feet wide, 6 feet long, and 10 feet high. This amounts to over 800,000 pages of US intelligence information, some designated with the highest classification of secrecy. A portion of those documents contained information that revealed how the U.S. analyzes Soviet weaponry, completely undermining America’s nuclear defense capabilities.
Though Pollard now claims that he was only providing information to the benefit of Israel’s national security, even one of his staunchest supporters — ex-CIA Chief James Woolsey —admits that, “the material was broad-ranging and included information that did not relate solely to Israel’s immediate security needs. Part of it, if it had found its way into the hands of a hostile country, would have presented a danger to the U.S. ability to collect intelligence.”
And if that doesn’t convince you that he got what he deserved, consider that other convicted spies — like Robert Hanssen and Aldrich Ames — are serving their life sentences in maximum lockdown, high security hell holes. Meanwhile, Pollard is living the sweet life in North Carolina at the Butner Correctional Facility, which some inmates have dubbed “Camp Fluffy.”
“Medium I, population 758, is filled with ‘soft’ prisoners, those who might not survive other institutions, including pedophiles and cooperators (‘rats’). The facility had been planned during a brief period of penal optimism and was designed to humanize the prison experience. The physical space resembles a campus, with landscaped yards and hedges shaped by inmates into giant globes. ‘There’s flowers and trees; you can lay out on the grass and tan,’ an ex-inmate told me with a laugh. ‘There’s no bars. There are windows.’ There’s a gym, a library, pool tables, a chapel, a volleyball court, and an Indian sweat lodge.”
Life in prison for pollard is not what others suffer. Israel and Pollard supporters have undermined any hope of rehabilitation by sending him rivers of fan mail and visits from high Israeli officials like PM Benyamin Netanyahu. Psychologically, Pollard considers himself a martyr who has always had exuberant optimism that Israel will lobby for his release.
If released, he will return to a heroes welcome. Israel already has a holiday and street named after him. He will not have to fear “Son of Sam” laws that prohibit him from profiting from his crimes, enabling him to make vast sums of money from endless TV appearances, book deals and other celebrity perks.