Abandoning Pollard: 21 years in prison while other spies walk free
By Nissan GanOR November 21, 2006
On November 21, 2006 Jonathan Pollard will enter his 22nd year of a life
sentence for providing classified information to Israel relating to vital
threats to the Jewish State's existence.
Ever since Jonathan Pollard was able to obtain the unclassified titles of the
documents that were used as evidence against him, and these titles were
published in a petition to Israel's Supreme Court, there can be no doubt that
the information Pollard passed to Israel concerned Syrian, Iraqi, Libyan and
Iranian nuclear, chemical, and biological warfare capabilities -- all being
developed for use against Israel. It also included information on
ballistic missile development by these countries and information on planned
terrorist attacks against Israeli civilian targets. The United States was
deliberately withholding this vital information, despite a legal commitment to
share this data with her ally, Israel.
Even a glimpse at the record shows that Pollard who spied for Israel, an ally of
the United States, was sentenced far more severely than the most notorious spies
for enemy states -- all of whom are FREE today! Just a few examples include:
MICHAEL WALKER, part of the infamous WALKER SPY RING, was arrested in 1985, the
same year as Jonathan Pollard. The spy ring he belonged to operated for 17
years, selling sensitive US military secrets to the Soviet Union, causing what
authorities described as extensive damage to national security. He was sentenced
to 25 years. WALKER IS A FREE MAN TODAY.
CLAYTON LONETREE, a marine sergeant guarding the US Embassy in Moscow, spied for
the KGB and was sentenced in 1987 to 30 years. He gave the Russians the floor
plans of the US Embassies in Moscow and Vienna, endangering the lives of all who
worked there. His sentence was reduced 3 times. LONETREE IS A FREE MAN TODAY.
RICHARD MILLER is the first FBI agent ever tried for espionage. He turned over
secrets, including a counter-intelligence manual, to the Soviets. He was
sentenced to 20 years. MILLER IS A FREE MAN TODAY.
ABDELKADER HELMY, a missile researcher, was sentenced in 1989 for selling
technology related to the Condor Missile project to Egypt which found its way to
Iraq. He got 48 months and served considerably less. HELMY IS A FREE MAN TODAY.
SAMUEL MORISON, a Navy analyst, removed scores of confidential material,
including photos he sold that were printed in Jane's Defense Weekly. The photos
were classified SCI; exposing such sensitive material carries a mandatory life
sentence. The grandson of an illustrious Navy Historian, his family ties are the
only way to explain why in 1985 he was sentenced to only
2 years, and served only 3 months. What is more, in spite of extreme opposition
by the CIA to clemency, Morison received a full pardon from former President
Clinton in January 2001. MORISON IS A FREE MAN TODAY.
RONALD MONTAPERTO For over a decade, Ronald Montaperto, a former pentagon
analyst gave highly classified information to the Chinese which seriously
damaged US National Security by hampering US efforts to track China's covert
arms sales to nation sponsors of terrorism such as Iran, Syria and Pakistan.
Montaperto was recently sentenced to 3 months in prison! Montaperto's.miniscule
sentence is nearly completed and by the time you read this you can be sure that
MONTAPERTO IS A FREE MAN TODAY.
Unlike the above-mentioned, Jonathan Pollard was never accused, indicted or
convicted of treason. Nor was he ever accused of damage to the United States in
a formal indictment -- only in the media, where he could not respond to his
accusers. The only offense Pollard was ever indicted for was one count of
passing classified information to an ally.
The sentencing judge recognized Pollard as an ideologue, not a mercenary, and
declined to fine him. In 1998, ending years of lies and denial, the Israeli
Government admitted that Jonathan Pollard was an Israeli agent, and granted him
formal recognition. By definition, an agent works out of commitment to a
country, not for profit or gain. Once he was recognized as a bona fide Israeli
agent any speculation about Pollard's motive was put to
Pollard never had a trial. He was coerced into a plea agreement, which he
honored and the US abrogated. In spite of the fact that he pled guilty and
cooperated fully with the prosecution, at the last minute the sentencing judge
ignored the plea deal and sentenced Pollard to life. His attorney, paid by the
Government of Israel, neglected to file a notice of intent to appeal and thereby
deprived Jonathan forever of the right to appeal his life
No one in the history of the US has ever gotten a life sentence for spying for
an ally - only Jonathan Pollard. This is a sentence reserved for those who spy
for enemies of the US. But as the examples above demonstrate, by and large even
those who have spied for enemies of the US have received far lighter sentences
There has been no vitriol poured out on these spies, nor has there been any
stigmatization of the countries they served. Quite the opposite. Every
consideration was extended to spare the offending spies and their sponsor
nations any undue embarrassment. When each of these traitors was released, there
was little media coverage and not a peep of protest from any
government official or news commentator.
Not so in the case of Jonathan Pollard. Twenty-two years into a life sentence,
Jonathan Pollard continues to be publicly pilloried and excoriated at every
possible opportunity by the American intelligence community and their willing
henchmen in the media. Why is the vitriol poured out on the Jewish spy so
intense and ceaseless? What possible reason can there be to continue to heap
new, unsubstantiated charges on Israel's spy?
There is an old adage that says when you blacken a spy, you blacken the country
he serves. It is obvious that the invective and false charges against Pollard
have more to do with Israel, the country he served, than with Pollard himself.
What is more, the hatred directed against Pollard personally is simply too big
to be credible. The latest charges against Pollard - that he spied for up to 10
countries, was an arms dealer, and a drug user, and a hundred and one other
things are absurd! Even superman could not have served so many countries, pulled
off dazzling weapons deals, and done it all when he was stoned, and mentally
incapacitated. How gullible does the US intelligence community think the public
is? How foolish is the media that repeats these lies without question!
More to the point, if any of these accusations were true, why was Pollard never
formally accused, indicted and tried for these crimes? No one even asks.
And that is the point. The US intelligence community has neither fear nor limits
in bashing Jonathan Pollard endlessly and beyond any credulity because there is
not a single voice in Israeli officialdom, in the American Jewish leadership, or
in the media protesting the savaging of Jonathan Pollard. On the contrary, even
the Israeli media has joined the fray, heaping invective upon Pollard and
rewriting history to make him some sort of super-spy boogey man in the minds of
Where is the Prime Minister of Israel, who claims to care so much about Jonathan
Pollard and to be seeking his release? Why is there no statement from Olmert's
office defending Israel's longest-held captive and expressing unequivocal
Where are the Members of Knesset who routinely exploit Jonathan's name to get
elected or to gain publicity? Where are they now that Jonathan is being raked
over the coals publicly?
Where are the voices of Eli Wiesel, Abe Foxman, Charles Krauthammer, Cal Thomas,
Mort Zukerman, Jeff Jacoby, Shimon Shifer, Ben Caspit, Uri Avineri, Bibi
Netanyahu, Yair Lapid, Caroline Glick, Avigdor Lieberman, Morton Klein, Naomi
Ragen, Yossi Klein Halevy, Amir Peretz, Tzipi Livni, Natan Sharansky, Ronald
Lauder, Charles Bronfman, and Zev Bielski, just to name a few.
Where are the American Jewish leaders? Too busy congratulating themselves at the
General Assembly in Los Angeles to even notice? Or still ducking for fear of
becoming another casualty of the war-in-the-shadows against Israel, like AIPAC?
Bottom line: where are you? Jewish silence does not behoove us in the face of
such outright anti-Semitic targeting of one of our members. It is incumbent upon
all honest persons of every faith to stand up and be counted now. Your prayers
are not enough. Your voice is needed in calling our leaders both here in Israel
and the US, to take them to task and force them to take responsibility. Three
months in prison is enough for China's spy, but 21 years in prison is not enough
for Israel's spy?!
The feeding frenzy that now engulfs the case of Jonathan Pollard must be
stopped. Pollard must go free. Israel's honor as a nation and our integrity as
individuals depends upon it.
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