Sunday, October 02, 2011

What is the Obama Administration's deal with Pollard?

NY Times, this past weekend:
WASHINGTON — In the middle of a meeting with 15 rabbis in Boca Raton, Fla., last week, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. took a punch meant for his boss.

One of the rabbis asked why Jonathan Pollard, the Israeli spy convicted in 1986, was still in prison. Mr. Biden, on a mission to shore up support for President Obama, replied forcefully, according to several people at the meeting.

“President Obama was considering clemency, but I told him, ‘Over my dead body are we going to let him out before his time,’ ” Mr. Biden said. “If it were up to me, he would stay in jail for life.”
Yet, who is really speaking? Is Biden really against the release of Pollard?

In a press release circulated by the Justice For Jonathan organization, it is stated that the vice president gave "absolutely no clue as to the reason for his flip-flop," which contradicts a video interview he gave in 2007 in which he expressed support for Pollard's release via commutation of his sentence to time served:

By flip-flopping back and forth, and contradicting each other's position, its hard to know what the real story is, and what the US Administration's real position is on Pollard.

Regardless, he he more than served his time, and should be allowed to come home to Israel. Not one "spy" against the USA has ever served such a harsh prison term...and this is from a friendly country.

This year, grant clemency for Pollard!

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yoni r. said...

And no spy, even one working for an enemy country, did the sort of damage to the US espionage enterprise as Pollard did. That's not to say that I wouldn't be thrilled were he to be released, but he was not your run-of-the-mill spy.

Really? said...

The problem is that he didn't just spy for Israel.
There is also:
South Africa
and an attempt at the USSR and Austrailia(the latter is what lead to his arrest)...

He would spy for anyone who would pay him.

Anonymous said...

Really: What total BS!

Anonymous said...

He likely killed someone and thus a life sentence.

Anonymous said...

While none of us know the full details, and nor would most of us desire to, the point here is the flip flop on the part of Biden.

Biden was very clear that he did not want a pardon, but was all for fairness. Over my dead bod, is not fairness.

Lurker said...

yoni r.: And no spy, even one working for an enemy country, did the sort of damage to the US espionage enterprise as Pollard did.

Oh, really? Not John Anthony Walker? Not Aldrich Ames?? Not Robert Hanssen???

You haven't the slightest idea what you're talking about.

Nachum said...

"He likely killed someone and thus a life sentence."

Then he should have been charged with that. He was not. The crime he was charged with was relatively minor.

What you're suggesting is done in police states.

Mork said...

I still think Pollard should have been shot.

Really, with all due respect, I cannot understand why everyone seems to have a fly up their tuchus about that man.
Does the name 'Pollard' induce insanity?
How about the term 'spy'?

Anonymous said...

Great article.

Yesha Fighter said...

Hey Jameel! Long time no contact. Check out my new(est) blog when you get a chance. G'mar chatima tova and hope Pollard is released ASAP--even if he's guilty of what the above bloggers are accusing him of...

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