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Esther Pollard, left, wife of imprisoned Jonathan Pollard, holds a picture of him during a protest in Jerusalem, demanding his release, Monday Jan. 7, 2008Esther Pollard, left, wife of imprisoned Jonathan Pollard, holds a picture of him during a protest in Jerusalem, demanding his release, Monday Jan. 7, 2008

New York - You have to be way over the top with Jewish paranoia to believe that George W. Bush and Bill Clinton are anti-Semites or haters of Israel, that they acted out of such motives in the White House. I think any reasonable person, Jew or gentile, has to agree that neither Bush nor Clinton would have treated any Jew unfairly because he wanted to punish American Jewry or the State of Israel.

If people want to second-guess how Bush and Clinton dealt with any “Jewish issue,” these two ex-presidents deserve at least that much benefit of the doubt. With complete certainty, we can say that for at least the last 16 years, the US was led by presidents who were neither anti-Semitic nor anti-Israel.

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So the question is: Why is Jonathan Pollard still in prison?

The answer is one that neither Israelis nor members of the American Jewish community are willing to accept, at least not publicly: He’s in prison for a good reason. What that reason is, I don’t know. The few people who do know aren’t saying. But there must be some substantive cause - presumably having to do with US national security - that’s kept him in prison since 1985. If there wasn’t, if he really was a victim of injustice who should have served a much, much shorter sentence as his legions of defenders insist, then he would have been free a long time ago. President Bill Clinton would have seen to it, and if Clinton hadn’t, then President George W. Bush would have.

BUT THEY didn’t. Over the course of 16 years, Clinton and Bush refused to pardon Pollard for espionage. If their reason didn’t have to do with national security, then it could only have had to do with anti-Semitism or anti-Israel sentiment, and since you have to be a truly raging Jewish paranoid to believe the latter, the only reasonable conclusion is the former.

Yet the whole campaign for Pollard’s freedom, which is supported by all of Israel and organized American Jewry, is based on the explicit or implicit notion that he’s been kept behind bars this long because of powerful forces in the US that want to punish American Jewry or Israel. Forces so powerful that they could even dictate the decisions of presidents as friendly to Israel as Clinton and Bush.

The campaign for Pollard allows no other conclusion: Since he received a life sentence for spying on behalf of a US ally when spies for America’s enemies have gotten off with a few years or even less, what else could be behind it except anti-Semitism or hostility to Israel?

“It raises concern about why a Jew who spies for Israel is treated far more harshly than those who have spied for other allies, or even enemies, of the US,” wrote Pollard’s wife Esther, in The Jerusalem Post this week. She compared her husband to Dreyfuss - “a Jew serving time for crimes he did not commit.” Esther Pollard doesn’t have to use the term “anti-Semitism;” it’s clear enough what she means.

I’m sorry, this is ridiculous. But this is what Israel and organized American Jewry are saying, explicitly or implicitly, in the campaign for Jonathan Pollard’s release, because there is no other explanation why he’s still in prison except anti-Semitism, unless it’s to protect US national security. But if Israel and organized American Jewry accepted that Pollard was still in prison because of US security concerns, they could not go on calling for his release. The message of their campaign is that to a meaningful extent, the US is controlled by forces hostile to American Jewry and Israel.

MY POINT is not that we shouldn’t feel sorry for Pollard. We should. He’s not a murderer, he’s not a rapist, and I’m fully convinced that he didn’t pass secrets to Israel because he wanted to hurt the US, but rather because he wanted to help Israel. Also, I think, because of the money he was getting and because the Israelis made him feel important, but still, 23 years in prison seems to be more than enough punishment for giving classified information to an American ally. Which is why I’m convinced Pollard is still in prison not for the sake of punishment, but for the sake of prevention - prevention of further harm to US national security that, in Washington’s view, would likely occur if he were released.

I don’t know what potential harm they’re worried about. But it had to have been something serious to cause then-CIA director George Tenet to threaten resignation in 1998 if Clinton gave Pollard clemency. It had to have been serious for seven former US secretaries of defense and 60 US senators - including Joseph Lieberman - to urge Clinton against a pardon. It had to have been serious to keep George W. Bush from freeing Pollard before leaving the White House a month ago.

A dislike for Jews or for Israel wasn’t it.

“There are details of his case that have always made his release problematic, and that’s all I’m going to say about it,” said Elliott Abrams, a very staunchly Jewish, pro-Israel, Republican foreign policy official, in an interview with The Post’s Ruthie Blum Leibowitz last week. Could the problem Abrams was alluding to have been anti-Semitism high up in Washington? I don’t think so. If Elliott Abrams says there’s a problem about letting a convicted spy out of a US prison, I think he means a real problem, a substantive, serious problem for his country.

I think many Israelis and a tremendous number of American Jews who’ve lent their names to the Pollard campaign realize, even if only subconsciously, that the US wouldn’t keep Pollard in jail if it didn’t have a very good reason, one that has nothing to do with anti-Semitism. But they lend their names to this campaign because in the Jewish world, the Pollard issue is like motherhood and apple pie. Demanding his release shows you’re a good Jew, you’re for Jewish solidarity, you have a good Jewish heart. In our world, signing your name on a petition to free Pollard is about as politically correct as you can get.

There are a couple of problems with this campaign, though. One is that it’s kind of dumb - how can you demand somebody’s release when you don’t know the real reason he’s in jail? But worse, the campaign promotes the idea of America, all the way up to the White House, being at least partly controlled by Jew-haters and Israel-haters. This is a message that slanders America and makes lots of Jews even more paranoid than they already are.

If and when Pollard’s release from prison does not endanger US national security, I hope he goes free - and I’m sure he will. Until then, I feel safe in assuming that whatever the precise reason behind his imprisonment, it is not unjust. By now, I’d say the US is entitled to at least that much benefit of the doubt from any Jew anywhere.



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 Feb 20, 2009 at 08:20 AM Anonymous Says:

well written and something we have realized for a long time. wonder what it could be that he is such a danger to pardon.

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 Feb 20, 2009 at 08:27 AM Anonymous Says:

ITS ABOUT TIMe! KOL HAKAVOD FOR SAYING IT LIKE IT IS. BUSH AND CLINTON BOTH HAD ISRAELS BEST INTERESTS AT HEART AND POLLARD IS IN JAIL FOR GOOD REASON

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 Feb 20, 2009 at 08:18 AM Anonymous Says:

Clinton I don't know if he wasn't an anti semite its debatable but Bush definitely wasn't a anti semite

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 Feb 20, 2009 at 08:17 AM Anonymous Says:

Loyal Americans and yiddim with any degree of common sense don't subscribe to any of these conspiracy theories regarding the reason for long-term imprisonment. We've heard all the stories about secret understandings with the judge, how the Sec. of Defense lied to the court in a secret affidavit, etc. All of these stories have been vetted and shown to be untrue. Time to move on.

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 Feb 20, 2009 at 09:00 AM Biggest Fish Says:

About time that someone said this. I just cannot stand the lies that are spread by the Pollard camp. Bottom line, Pollard is in jail for a good reason and there are alot of good theories out there as to why. The Yeshiva World does not need to spam everybody to write to the White House to release pollard. If Bush didn't release him, who would?

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 Feb 20, 2009 at 08:52 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

Clinton I don't know if he wasn't an anti semite its debatable but Bush definitely wasn't a anti semite

why one more than the other? they were both the most pro israel presidents ever

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 Feb 20, 2009 at 09:12 AM knowitall Says:


pollard is being held as a baragaining chip in final peace negotiations.

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 Feb 20, 2009 at 09:32 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #6  
Anonymous Says:

why one more than the other? they were both the most pro israel presidents ever

How can you compare? Clinton was Arafats best friend till the last month when he dissed Clinton he was more times in the white house more than any foreign leader

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 Feb 20, 2009 at 09:41 AM Anonymous Says:

author postulates that if he hasnt been released its because the crime is of such magnitude that he simply belongs where he is.
at the same time he suggests that we stop having feelings of sympathy for him and his cause, since enough is enough and lets move on.

i disagree and there are many reasons for doing so.
one is the amount of work gobne into researching the facts with people who are in the position to know and the revelations made to many( including, schumer, weiner, lieberman, mccain) have all commented that there is no risk in releasing him.
two- the comparitive sentence aspect others like the russian spy who due to him many cia operatives were killed, got a lesser sentence (aldrich).
three- if in fact he deserves what he has gotten why should we not have sympathy and try to help out, have you been perfect your whole life, no one ever helped you after that?
four you talk by ignoring knowledge and facts and attitudes of departments involved like justice and defense security and state among others, do you know that state dislikes the state of israel.
so to say forget about pollard and move on.... i say to you better not to be involved than to be an impediment. find something else to get paid for instead of writing rubbish, and tabloid material.

you have poor moral ethical and humane values, and i pity you for that.

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 Feb 20, 2009 at 09:35 AM Anonymous Says:

fact is he did somethng wrong and ilegal. and he is paying tje price for what he did. both presidents mentioned stood behind israel heliping in any way they can. if they wanted they could have pardonded him but there is a reason why they haven't and its not because of him being jewish. its sad that he is in jail and we don't like seeing a jewish in this postion but nothing can b said because he did commit a crime and was charged for that crime and that crime only.

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 Feb 20, 2009 at 09:43 AM Honestlyfrum Says:

Thank you for having the courage to publically say what so many in our community are afraid to. It is laughable to subscribe to the notion that he is being held due to America’s anti Semitism. I think it was downright embarrassing that the only thing we were calling for in President Bush's last days in office was the release of a convicted spy.

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 Feb 20, 2009 at 10:09 AM Dave Says:

Reply to #9  
Anonymous Says:

author postulates that if he hasnt been released its because the crime is of such magnitude that he simply belongs where he is.
at the same time he suggests that we stop having feelings of sympathy for him and his cause, since enough is enough and lets move on.

i disagree and there are many reasons for doing so.
one is the amount of work gobne into researching the facts with people who are in the position to know and the revelations made to many( including, schumer, weiner, lieberman, mccain) have all commented that there is no risk in releasing him.
two- the comparitive sentence aspect others like the russian spy who due to him many cia operatives were killed, got a lesser sentence (aldrich).
three- if in fact he deserves what he has gotten why should we not have sympathy and try to help out, have you been perfect your whole life, no one ever helped you after that?
four you talk by ignoring knowledge and facts and attitudes of departments involved like justice and defense security and state among others, do you know that state dislikes the state of israel.
so to say forget about pollard and move on.... i say to you better not to be involved than to be an impediment. find something else to get paid for instead of writing rubbish, and tabloid material.

you have poor moral ethical and humane values, and i pity you for that.

Aldrich Ames was sentenced to Life in Prison. How is that a lesser sentence?

If I recall correctly, in all of the espionage cases of the 1980s, the ring leaders drew life terms, and lesser sentences were given to the others involved (including Jonathan Pollard's then wife).

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 Feb 20, 2009 at 10:00 AM Anonymous Says:

Derfner you are a sorry excuse for a human being.

You are so far left and anti-Israel I hate considering you as part of the tribe.

Most readers here have not read your articles in the Jerusalem Post and don't realize your leanings.

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 Feb 20, 2009 at 09:52 AM Kogan Says:

Reply to #6  
Anonymous Says:

why one more than the other? they were both the most pro israel presidents ever

Clinton was never a pro-Israel president. Yaser Arafat yimach shemoi was the most invited foreign guest in the White House. Mrs Clinton was kissing Suha arafat on her trip while Suha was accusing Israel of bio warfare. Clinton presided over bloody oslo accords and pressured Israel into more and more land concessions. He sent his operatives to Israel to assure the left victory in Barak (Ehud not Hussein) vs. Netanyahu elections (not that Netanyahu is any good, but it's the principle).

As far as Polard is concerned. I am not sure that the good reason argument is all that solid. Perhaps he is not being released for the fear of him describing the mistreatments and things not necessary related to the actual security threat, but rather to the embarassment that his release will bring. Clinton didn't do it simply because nobody paid him for it. Bush on the other hand might not have had the desire to add to his legacy pardoning and releasing an Israeli spy. Perhaps under different circumstances he would have done it. After all he did not outright reject the petition, but left it simmering which allows petitioner to still pursue it.

Perhaps B. Hussein Obama will be able to do it because while flirting with arabs and preparing to sell Israel to them he might want to appear impartial and show off his Jewish cabinet members and his good deeds for Israel and the Jews.

It is hard to imagine that Pollard would be a threat for national security 20 some years later. We have a president of the United States who is a threat to national security now with his appeasement of muslims agenda. I also have to remind you that Clinton who engaged in all kinds of scandals is much bigger threat to national security as well.

Conspiracy or not, but there are definetely serious questions about the whole thing.

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 Feb 20, 2009 at 09:50 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #9  
Anonymous Says:

author postulates that if he hasnt been released its because the crime is of such magnitude that he simply belongs where he is.
at the same time he suggests that we stop having feelings of sympathy for him and his cause, since enough is enough and lets move on.

i disagree and there are many reasons for doing so.
one is the amount of work gobne into researching the facts with people who are in the position to know and the revelations made to many( including, schumer, weiner, lieberman, mccain) have all commented that there is no risk in releasing him.
two- the comparitive sentence aspect others like the russian spy who due to him many cia operatives were killed, got a lesser sentence (aldrich).
three- if in fact he deserves what he has gotten why should we not have sympathy and try to help out, have you been perfect your whole life, no one ever helped you after that?
four you talk by ignoring knowledge and facts and attitudes of departments involved like justice and defense security and state among others, do you know that state dislikes the state of israel.
so to say forget about pollard and move on.... i say to you better not to be involved than to be an impediment. find something else to get paid for instead of writing rubbish, and tabloid material.

you have poor moral ethical and humane values, and i pity you for that.

there are much more important places to direct my symptahty, thanks.

this guy has a very solid and valid point.

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 Feb 20, 2009 at 10:20 AM Anonymous Says:

Maybe he's still in there because he wont release to the USA some info they want fro him about Israel!!

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 Feb 20, 2009 at 10:36 AM Anonymous Says:

You must daven and do your best to try to get him released as there is a mitzva of pidyon shevuim. However the comments, the theories, and conspiracies are all based on assumptions so there is no reason ý not to feel sympathy for him.

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 Feb 20, 2009 at 10:38 AM Anonymous Says:

Great article..
I've been trying to knock this point of view into some friends heads, but to no avail...
All they just say is Anti Semitesim, and refuse to hear the facts.

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 Feb 20, 2009 at 11:04 AM The Truth Says:

Reply to #7  
knowitall Says:


pollard is being held as a baragaining chip in final peace negotiations.

Final peace between who???
Between the Israelis & Arabs? - so the USA will Pollard to the Arabs?
Or between USA & Israel, so that when the USA has "final peace negotiations" with Israel, they will give Pollard back?

I don't think you have thought this through!

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 Feb 20, 2009 at 01:26 PM Anonymous Says:

i am sorry to say this but the U.S. would have let him go a while ago. It is Israel that is holding him there. Israel does not want Pollard released for whatever reasons. The U.S. could not possibly care less if he was released or not.

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 Feb 20, 2009 at 01:37 PM Anonymous Says:

We do know why Pollard is still in prison... The guy got on TV and discussed the terms of his plea bargain -- which included not going to the media! He flaunted the plea bargain, and the judiciary did what it always does in such cases, it gave the maximum. That might not be the only reason (recall, his wife was charged with trying to sell secrets to other countries first, including China and South Africa, CBS's Kurt Loehbeck tells of a long relationship of buying secrets from Pollard and on the other hand, he had access to embarassing info about Iran-Conra), but that's enough reason for it not to be a mystery.

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 Feb 20, 2009 at 02:14 PM Askupeh Hanidreses Says:

Reply to #9  
Anonymous Says:

author postulates that if he hasnt been released its because the crime is of such magnitude that he simply belongs where he is.
at the same time he suggests that we stop having feelings of sympathy for him and his cause, since enough is enough and lets move on.

i disagree and there are many reasons for doing so.
one is the amount of work gobne into researching the facts with people who are in the position to know and the revelations made to many( including, schumer, weiner, lieberman, mccain) have all commented that there is no risk in releasing him.
two- the comparitive sentence aspect others like the russian spy who due to him many cia operatives were killed, got a lesser sentence (aldrich).
three- if in fact he deserves what he has gotten why should we not have sympathy and try to help out, have you been perfect your whole life, no one ever helped you after that?
four you talk by ignoring knowledge and facts and attitudes of departments involved like justice and defense security and state among others, do you know that state dislikes the state of israel.
so to say forget about pollard and move on.... i say to you better not to be involved than to be an impediment. find something else to get paid for instead of writing rubbish, and tabloid material.

you have poor moral ethical and humane values, and i pity you for that.

I agree with you totally. To all who think that there are no anti-Semites in the State Department and the CIA, read "The war against the Jews" by John Luftis, a former CIA member. Also, Pollard was going to be released with that peace deal I think in Taba; and the State Department through a tantrum. I think that Pollard did a teriable crime to the United States and to American Jewsl; but to keep keeping him in prison FOR NO GOOD REASON, is not right and fair.

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 Feb 20, 2009 at 04:15 PM Anonymous Says:

Hold him as a deterrent against any other tenacious jew who might want to try this.

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 Feb 21, 2009 at 06:18 PM Anonymous Says:

what could be such a concern for american security at this time? Dont things change in 23 years? Wouldnt the secrets he knew about bow out to newer and bigger secrets?

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 Feb 21, 2009 at 07:31 PM bigwheeel Says:

Reply to #12  
Dave Says:

Aldrich Ames was sentenced to Life in Prison. How is that a lesser sentence?

If I recall correctly, in all of the espionage cases of the 1980s, the ring leaders drew life terms, and lesser sentences were given to the others involved (including Jonathan Pollard's then wife).

Not true! At about the same time (when the Jonathan Pollard affair happened), there was a member of the US Navy who was caught as a Russian spy. He was convicted and sentenced to Seven years, and served four. Then he was released. That's why people were wondering about the harshness and length of Pollard's sentence! btw. Pollard with his actions (beside betraying the trust that the US gave him) did tremendous collateral damage, whereby all other Jews who worked for the Government were looked upon with suspicion, as potential (or actual) spies for Israel!!!

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 Feb 21, 2009 at 07:23 PM bigwheeel Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

Clinton I don't know if he wasn't an anti semite its debatable but Bush definitely wasn't a anti semite

...I (and the majority of reasonable [Jewish] people) agree with the thrust of this article. But there is a problem with the way events transpired at the outset of this [sad] event. Where then-Secretary of Defense caspar weinberger wrote a [secret] letter to the trial Judge, which resulted in the Justice Dep't. reneging on a deal [with the attorneys of Jonathan Pollard] in which he would plead guilty to spying and serve Two years. Cas. Wnbrgr. had a very hostile attitude to anything being Jewish or having to do with Israel. He had a deep-seated fear of being identified as a Jew, which he wasn't. His father was an apostate [Reform] Jew (a geshmadter Yid), who married a non-Jewish woman. Thus, he used every opportunity to bend over backwards in showing his anti-Israel and anti-Jewish bias! When the US Army barracks in Beirut, Lebanon were bombed, Israel offered to open its hospitals to treat the American soldiers, he opted to airlift them to Germany! It didn't help him, anyway.

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 Feb 21, 2009 at 07:17 PM Anonymous Says:

The author of this diatrabe is a self-hating irreligious Jew. It is quite clear that there are many, many people in the government who dislike Jews, and that Jews like Tanenbaum and yes Pollard are subjected to a double standard.

[If you do not believe there are anti-semites out there, then you believe that the late Irv Rubin, HYD, shackled and surrounded by guards, broke free and somehow climbed up on a railing and tossed himself head first in an act of suicide. You also believe that tooth fairies bring dollars to little boys and girls who put their teeth under their pillows.]

Presidents rely on a bureacracy to provide them with the pros and cons of a presidential pardon. Therefore, while neither Clinton nor Bush were necessarily anti-semitic, there may have been those in the middle level of the bureaucracy who stymied his pardon.

In addition, the type of hard-ball that goes on between governments is hard for lay people to understand.

Pollard is a bargaining chip, and b'derech ha'teva will not be released unless and until the U.S. can extract a high price from the next Israeli government.

Finally, our gedolim have urged us to do our best to secure the release of Jonathan Pollard. We are obligated to follow their psak in this regard. Pidyon shevuyim is a mitzvah. Listening to the rants of a self-hating leftist, anti-religious writer like Derfner is not.

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 Feb 21, 2009 at 07:43 PM Dave Says:

Reply to #26  
bigwheeel Says:

Not true! At about the same time (when the Jonathan Pollard affair happened), there was a member of the US Navy who was caught as a Russian spy. He was convicted and sentenced to Seven years, and served four. Then he was released. That's why people were wondering about the harshness and length of Pollard's sentence! btw. Pollard with his actions (beside betraying the trust that the US gave him) did tremendous collateral damage, whereby all other Jews who worked for the Government were looked upon with suspicion, as potential (or actual) spies for Israel!!!

I think you are referring to Michael Walker, who was a relatively minor player in John Walker's spy ring.

John Walker is currently serving life in prison, as is Jerry Whitworth. Michael Walker drew a lesser sentence both because of his testimony, and as part of a deal struck by John Walker, and because of the level of his involvement.

Again, Jonathan Pollard's then wife was released in just a few years; the patterns has pretty reliably been that the ringleaders draw life, lesser players get less, especially if they testify.

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 Feb 21, 2009 at 08:06 PM bigwheeel Says:

Reply to #29  
Dave Says:

I think you are referring to Michael Walker, who was a relatively minor player in John Walker's spy ring.

John Walker is currently serving life in prison, as is Jerry Whitworth. Michael Walker drew a lesser sentence both because of his testimony, and as part of a deal struck by John Walker, and because of the level of his involvement.

Again, Jonathan Pollard's then wife was released in just a few years; the patterns has pretty reliably been that the ringleaders draw life, lesser players get less, especially if they testify.

No. I was referring to John Walker himself! I knew his name had some association with Whisky, but couldn't recall it! to the best of my recollection he was released some time ago!!!

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 Feb 21, 2009 at 08:11 PM Dave Says:

Reply to #30  
bigwheeel Says:

No. I was referring to John Walker himself! I knew his name had some association with Whisky, but couldn't recall it! to the best of my recollection he was released some time ago!!!

John Walker is currently imprisoned and is serving a life term, and will not be eligible for parole until 2015 (after serving 30 years).

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 Feb 21, 2009 at 07:50 PM Rippin Pinchas Says:

Reply to #9  
Anonymous Says:

author postulates that if he hasnt been released its because the crime is of such magnitude that he simply belongs where he is.
at the same time he suggests that we stop having feelings of sympathy for him and his cause, since enough is enough and lets move on.

i disagree and there are many reasons for doing so.
one is the amount of work gobne into researching the facts with people who are in the position to know and the revelations made to many( including, schumer, weiner, lieberman, mccain) have all commented that there is no risk in releasing him.
two- the comparitive sentence aspect others like the russian spy who due to him many cia operatives were killed, got a lesser sentence (aldrich).
three- if in fact he deserves what he has gotten why should we not have sympathy and try to help out, have you been perfect your whole life, no one ever helped you after that?
four you talk by ignoring knowledge and facts and attitudes of departments involved like justice and defense security and state among others, do you know that state dislikes the state of israel.
so to say forget about pollard and move on.... i say to you better not to be involved than to be an impediment. find something else to get paid for instead of writing rubbish, and tabloid material.

you have poor moral ethical and humane values, and i pity you for that.

Well said. The author is another in the long line of self hating jews. Obviously, he cares more about his liberal world view than seeing another jew suffer unfairly. If the author was rotting away in the slammer for because of a disprportinate sentence, he would probably excuse it. His liberalism is more important!

I wonder if the author was inspired by Dan Burros, the former KKK member that was Jewish. When the NY Times put a front page article about Burros's Jewishness, he committed suidice.

Facts- Pollard pled guilty to passing information to a friendly country, not espionage. Aldrich Ames pled guilty to espionage. Robert Hansen pled guilty to espionage. According to American law, the Judge should sentence the defendant based on the crime that he pled to or is found guilty of, not the crime that he thinks he committed. Espionage carries a life sentence, hence Hansen and Ames. Conversely, passing classified information to a friendly country has a 2-4 year sentence. Therefore, there is no comparison.

Fact- Henry Hecht, congressman from Nevada, called all Jewsih organizations right before the Pollard and threatened them that they better not make any noise about Pollard. I smell anti-semitism.

Fact- Aldrich Ames was part of the team that assed the "damage" of Pollard.

Fact- After Aldrich and Hansen, all double agents have been accounted for. We know that Pollard did not give information over to the Russians.

Fact- The US government's theory that Pollard gave information to the Israelis and Shabtai Kalmanovich gave that information over to the Russians is false. FIrst, it is very far fetched. Second, it has been proven that Pollard had no connection to Kalmanovitch.

Fact- Pollard was a low ranking member of Navy intelligence and did not have any access to a blue stripe paper, the instrument needed to gain information that can lead to espionage.

Garbage- this article

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 Feb 21, 2009 at 07:48 PM Dave Says:

Reply to #27  
bigwheeel Says:

...I (and the majority of reasonable [Jewish] people) agree with the thrust of this article. But there is a problem with the way events transpired at the outset of this [sad] event. Where then-Secretary of Defense caspar weinberger wrote a [secret] letter to the trial Judge, which resulted in the Justice Dep't. reneging on a deal [with the attorneys of Jonathan Pollard] in which he would plead guilty to spying and serve Two years. Cas. Wnbrgr. had a very hostile attitude to anything being Jewish or having to do with Israel. He had a deep-seated fear of being identified as a Jew, which he wasn't. His father was an apostate [Reform] Jew (a geshmadter Yid), who married a non-Jewish woman. Thus, he used every opportunity to bend over backwards in showing his anti-Israel and anti-Jewish bias! When the US Army barracks in Beirut, Lebanon were bombed, Israel offered to open its hospitals to treat the American soldiers, he opted to airlift them to Germany! It didn't help him, anyway.

There was no deal for a "two year" sentence. The only restriction on the prosecutors was that they not explicitly ask for a life sentence, and the plea deal did not preclude the judge from delivering such a sentence.

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 Feb 21, 2009 at 08:38 PM Anon Says:

"Finally, our gedolim have urged us to do our best to secure the release of Jonathan Pollard. We are obligated to follow their psak in this regard. Pidyon shevuyim is a mitzvah. Listening to the rants of a self-hating leftist, anti-religious writer like Derfner is not."

Yes. And your gedolim bruach kodshum knew that davka starting this campaign after 20 years in prison was punct the right time and nothing could have been done before. Since they have now revealed this, it is our chiyuv to follow them.

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 Feb 21, 2009 at 08:34 PM Anon Says:

"We do know why Pollard is still in prison... The guy got on TV and discussed the terms of his plea bargain -- which included not going to the media! He flaunted the plea bargain, and the judiciary did what it always does in such cases, it gave the maximum. That might not be the only reason (recall, his wife was charged with trying to sell secrets to other countries first, including China and South Africa, CBS's Kurt Loehbeck tells of a long relationship of buying secrets from Pollard and on the other hand, he had access to embarassing info about Iran-Conra), but that's enough reason for it not to be a mystery."

And on top of all that, the guy has never even filed for parole. He still thinks he can force a presidential pardon. Fits a certain type.

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 Feb 21, 2009 at 08:30 PM Dave Says:

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Rippin Pinchas Says:

Well said. The author is another in the long line of self hating jews. Obviously, he cares more about his liberal world view than seeing another jew suffer unfairly. If the author was rotting away in the slammer for because of a disprportinate sentence, he would probably excuse it. His liberalism is more important!

I wonder if the author was inspired by Dan Burros, the former KKK member that was Jewish. When the NY Times put a front page article about Burros's Jewishness, he committed suidice.

Facts- Pollard pled guilty to passing information to a friendly country, not espionage. Aldrich Ames pled guilty to espionage. Robert Hansen pled guilty to espionage. According to American law, the Judge should sentence the defendant based on the crime that he pled to or is found guilty of, not the crime that he thinks he committed. Espionage carries a life sentence, hence Hansen and Ames. Conversely, passing classified information to a friendly country has a 2-4 year sentence. Therefore, there is no comparison.

Fact- Henry Hecht, congressman from Nevada, called all Jewsih organizations right before the Pollard and threatened them that they better not make any noise about Pollard. I smell anti-semitism.

Fact- Aldrich Ames was part of the team that assed the "damage" of Pollard.

Fact- After Aldrich and Hansen, all double agents have been accounted for. We know that Pollard did not give information over to the Russians.

Fact- The US government's theory that Pollard gave information to the Israelis and Shabtai Kalmanovich gave that information over to the Russians is false. FIrst, it is very far fetched. Second, it has been proven that Pollard had no connection to Kalmanovitch.

Fact- Pollard was a low ranking member of Navy intelligence and did not have any access to a blue stripe paper, the instrument needed to gain information that can lead to espionage.

Garbage- this article

The law does not differentiate in the way you claim it does. The crime that Pollard pled guilty to has a maximum penalty of Life in Prison.

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 Feb 21, 2009 at 08:54 PM Anonymous Says:

While I agree that the reason Clinton and Bush have not pardoned or granted clemency to Pollard is not because of their anti-Semitism, I have no doubt that the people upon whom the two presidents relied in receiving information about whether he should be granted clemency were motivated by anti-Semitism. We just recently learned that a Jewish emplolyee of the Defense Department was wrongly accused of spying for Israel.

The idea that releasing him would endanger national security is absurd. How could his release endanger national security? What could he do to endanger national security if released is released? Spy again? Obviously not since he would not be privy to any national secrets. Are they afraid he will speak out and provide information that will endanger national security? This can't be the case either, because he could reveal any secrets he might have now by simply telling one of his many visitors of giving them a letter to give to newspapers. Many newspapers would be more than happy to get such a scoop.

The fact is that there is no national security issue involved in releasing him.

As for a secret letter to the Judge, there was such a letter written by then Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger. This is an acknowledged fact. Although we do not know what was in that letter, later reports indicate that Weinberger believed that Pollard's secrets got to the Soviet Union (indirectly - it was never believed that he passed secrets to the Soviets). This is becase at the time of the Pollard spying, the identities of US spies in the Soviet Union were "blown" and the Soviets executed them. It was later learned that Ames Aldrich, a CIA agent, revealed to the Soviets the names of the US spies. Significantly, in his book, writen many years after Pollard was convicted and years after Aldrich was uncovered as the spy he was, Weinberger referred to the Pollard spy matter as a minor matter. Similary, George Tenet, former CIA Director has said that Pollard should be released.

Bush and Clinton have been victims of Defense Dept. and CIA anti-Semites who have convinced them that Pollard should not be released. Even presidents do not have the ability to conduct independent investigations when powerful figures in the very agencies which would conduct the investigations have doctored the evidence. There is no other explanation as to why he has served more time than even the worst spies for the Soviet Union.

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 Feb 21, 2009 at 09:23 PM Dave Says:

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Anonymous Says:

While I agree that the reason Clinton and Bush have not pardoned or granted clemency to Pollard is not because of their anti-Semitism, I have no doubt that the people upon whom the two presidents relied in receiving information about whether he should be granted clemency were motivated by anti-Semitism. We just recently learned that a Jewish emplolyee of the Defense Department was wrongly accused of spying for Israel.

The idea that releasing him would endanger national security is absurd. How could his release endanger national security? What could he do to endanger national security if released is released? Spy again? Obviously not since he would not be privy to any national secrets. Are they afraid he will speak out and provide information that will endanger national security? This can't be the case either, because he could reveal any secrets he might have now by simply telling one of his many visitors of giving them a letter to give to newspapers. Many newspapers would be more than happy to get such a scoop.

The fact is that there is no national security issue involved in releasing him.

As for a secret letter to the Judge, there was such a letter written by then Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger. This is an acknowledged fact. Although we do not know what was in that letter, later reports indicate that Weinberger believed that Pollard's secrets got to the Soviet Union (indirectly - it was never believed that he passed secrets to the Soviets). This is becase at the time of the Pollard spying, the identities of US spies in the Soviet Union were "blown" and the Soviets executed them. It was later learned that Ames Aldrich, a CIA agent, revealed to the Soviets the names of the US spies. Significantly, in his book, writen many years after Pollard was convicted and years after Aldrich was uncovered as the spy he was, Weinberger referred to the Pollard spy matter as a minor matter. Similary, George Tenet, former CIA Director has said that Pollard should be released.

Bush and Clinton have been victims of Defense Dept. and CIA anti-Semites who have convinced them that Pollard should not be released. Even presidents do not have the ability to conduct independent investigations when powerful figures in the very agencies which would conduct the investigations have doctored the evidence. There is no other explanation as to why he has served more time than even the worst spies for the Soviet Union.

"There is no other explanation as to why he has served more time than even the worst spies for the Soviet Union."

Other than the simple fact that he hasn't. The ringleaders are all still in prison, serving life terms. In, as far as I can tell, all of the major cases of the 1980s.

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 Feb 21, 2009 at 09:43 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anon Says:

"We do know why Pollard is still in prison... The guy got on TV and discussed the terms of his plea bargain -- which included not going to the media! He flaunted the plea bargain, and the judiciary did what it always does in such cases, it gave the maximum. That might not be the only reason (recall, his wife was charged with trying to sell secrets to other countries first, including China and South Africa, CBS's Kurt Loehbeck tells of a long relationship of buying secrets from Pollard and on the other hand, he had access to embarassing info about Iran-Conra), but that's enough reason for it not to be a mystery."

And on top of all that, the guy has never even filed for parole. He still thinks he can force a presidential pardon. Fits a certain type.


There is no parole in the federal system. Furthermore, he was sentenced to life. You can't get parole when you are sentenced to life even in states that have parole.

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 Feb 21, 2009 at 10:31 PM Dave Says:

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Anonymous Says:


There is no parole in the federal system. Furthermore, he was sentenced to life. You can't get parole when you are sentenced to life even in states that have parole.

There is parole in the Federal System for those who were sentenced, as Pollard was, before the rules were changed. He is in fact eligible for parole.

In addition, those sentenced in State courts to life sentences are eligible for parole. The sentence you are thinking of is "Life Imprisonment without the possibility of Parole". They are two separate sentences.

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 Feb 22, 2009 at 12:21 PM Anonymous Says:

I don't understand how anyone can be convinced he passed secrets to Israel in order to "help" Israel. He also passed secrets to South Africa and tried to pass secrets to Pakistan. Was his goal to help them to?

As others have said, Pollard is elligible for parole, but hasn't applied. He wasnts a pardon for some reason. A pardon means he retroactively no longer committed the crime (so for instance, any benefit he achieved from comitting that crime is available to him). On the othe rhand, if he is paroled or his sentence is commuted, he is still convicted of the crime and any benefits of the crime are forbidden to him.

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 Feb 23, 2009 at 01:02 AM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

ITS ABOUT TIMe! KOL HAKAVOD FOR SAYING IT LIKE IT IS. BUSH AND CLINTON BOTH HAD ISRAELS BEST INTERESTS AT HEART AND POLLARD IS IN JAIL FOR GOOD REASON

Everyone seems to forget he was a double spy, Also we don't know what he knows that America is afraid he will divulge to the universe. Lets just daven for his release and his well being

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