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In this midst of all last week’s horror, a bit of good news: Jonathan Pollard, the convicted American spy accused of passing secret information to Israel, was finally released this past Friday after thirty years in jail. But his troubles are far from over. He has to stay in the United States for the next five years and check in regularly with his parole officer. Furthermore, just to make sure he does not attempt to escape from  America, he is required to wear an electronic bracelet at all times.

Originally, he was not allowed to have any internet access (in today’s world that’s an information blackout), but his pro bono lawyers managed to allow him access if his computer usage is monitored at all times. This would include any computer he uses during the course of his employment. Needless to say, no employer would agree to have its computers monitored. He was offered a job as an analyst in a financial firm, but obviously he will not be able to accept the job offer if his work computer is monitored.

His lawyers have appealed these conditions and a hearing is expected to be held this coming week in a New York court. HIs lawyers, Eliot Lauer and Jacques Semmelman have called these conditions unreasonable, vindictive and unlawful. They say there is no reason to monitor Pollard because, after thirty years, he has no information that would be valuable to anyone. Furthermore, his disclosure of this stale information would result in a quick return to jail to serve out the rest of his life sentence.  This type of monitoring is generally used only for pedophiles, stalkers and those who are a danger to others. Pollard certainly does not fall into this category.

Two New York Congressmen, Eliot Engel and Jerrold Nadler asked US Attorney- General Loretta Lynch to allow Pollard to move to Israel if he renounces his American citizenship, like the Cuban spy who was allowed to return to Cuba after he renounced his American citizenship. No word yet on her response.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu asked President Obama to intervene to allow Pollard to go to Israel, but the President said he will not intervene.

One day all the facts in this strange case will come to light. Starting with the judge’s decision to hand down a life sentence for a crime which is usually punished with two to four years jail time, to the government’s failure to live up to its promises on the plea deal, to his Lebanese attorney’s failure to file a timely appeal to the life sentence, to the failure to obtain parole much earlier, the book on this case will be a runaway best seller. However, the likelihood it will be written and published anytime soon is quite remote.

At least Pollard is out of jail and can live relatively freely now.

Update: Pollard is under a house curfew from 7AM to 7PM every day. This means he cannot leave the house to go to synagogue before 7AM and after 7PM. Furthermore, he cannot accept dinner invitations on weekdays or the Sabbath that will entail his return to the house after 7PM.

As if this were not bad enough, even when he is allowed out- between 7AM and 7PM he is only permitted to go to a small area within New York City. This despite the fact that he is obligated to wear his GPS bracelet 24/7.

Since not only will his home computer be monitored, but his business computer as well, his prospective employer has withdrawn the job offer since that business, and any other business as well, does not want the government constantly monitoring its communications and actions.

This is freedom?

 

 

 

 

 

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Pardon Pollard Now

Shalom Y’All:

It’s been a while since my last post and I’ve been doing some thinking. I know most people are not really interested in reading just about new Jewish t shirt designs. So I’ve decided to turn this blog into a forum for discussing issues,  especially those of interest to Jews, and for showcasing interesting Jewish stories, books, pictures and personalities. Of course, if I create a design relating to a post, I’ll feature it. But that will just be the icing on the cake.

Today’s topic is a serious one- the continued incarceration of Jonathan Pollard  (he’s currently in his 29th year of imprisonment) for passing classified information to an ally a crime for which most people serve 2-4 years. He was NOT convicted of treason-which is passing classified information to an ENEMY!

Let me put this another way. Jonathan Pollard, despite his  plea deal with the government, is the only person ever to have received the maximum punishment for his crime- life imprisonment

The United States recently asked Israel to release over 100 prisoners in its jails, many of whom are guilty of having murdered Jews, as a sign of good will towards the Palestinians. These criminals murdered people, but they are being set free and receiving a hero’s welcome when they return to their homes. Obviously, family members of their victims, as well as other Israeli citizens, are very upset at the release, since not only have these men committed murder, but they will try to kill additional Jews if they can. It’s like releasing those convicted in taking part in the 9/11 massacre as a good will gesture towards Saudi Arabia or Iran, except of course neither of these countries have sworn to destroy the United States.

However, Pollard, whose crime did not kill a single person, is still being held in prison.

Recent disclosures show a pattern of US spying on Israel, including surveillance of former Israeli Prime Ministers. Of course countries spy on each other. That ‘s part of the international game of intelligence. However, usually those caught spying for an ally are given short sentences of 2-4 years and then released.  Pollard is the only one ever to have received a sentence of life imprisonment for spying for an ally. The sentence for this crime is currently capped at ten years, showing that the government does not think this crime deserves life imprisonment.

Pollard agreed to plead guilty to one count of passing information to an ally to avoid life imprisonment. However, the judge, in violation of the plea agreement, sentenced Pollard to life imprisonment. Totally unbelievably, Pollard’s lawyer never appealed the sentence, thus sealing Pollard’s fate.

The list of those recommending Pollard be freed include: former CIA Director James Woolsey, Angelo Codevilla- a senior staffer on the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee at the time of  Pollard’s arrest in 1985,  former Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger and George Shultz, former CIA Director James Woolsey, William Webster, who headed the FBI at the time of Pollard’s arrest, etc.

Let’s summarize. Obama pressured Israel to free prisoners convicted of killing Israelis and Obama had the US spy on Israel, an ally. Pollard has expressed regret for his actions, which did not kill a single American,  and has been in jail about seven times longer than those convicted of spying for allies and longer than others convicted of spying for such countries as Saudi Arabia, home of the 9/11 hijackers, and China.

The continued incarceration of Jonathan Pollard is not only wasting taxpayers money, but is a blight on the American justice system. Enough is enough.  Pollard’s more than done his time. Now’s the time to set him free.  Free Pollard now! 

If you agree, please call the White House at: 202-456-1111, or 202-456-1414, or write a letter toPresident Obama at:

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20500

You can email if you want, but emails are not very effective.

Thanks.

UPDATE: An Iranian engineer who worked for a U. S. defense contractor was recently given a 10 year sentence for spying for  Iran, an ENEMY. Yet Pollard is serving his 29th year in prison for spying for an ALLY. Is this just?

Free Pollard now!

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