Condee Rice wanted massive spying on Israel. Should we show such putative spies zero mercy, too? Treason means, per the US Constitution, making common cause with the US’ enemies, taking up arms against the US, or giving aid and comfort to its enemies. It’s undeniable that Pollard sold some secrets to the Soviet Union, which constituted treason. But the Soviet Union is no more, and the damage he did there is now moot. His other acts of espionage were for a friend of the US, and one of them saved the world from the threat of a nuclear Saddam Hussein. The one should cancel the other, imho. Now go ahead and flame me. I’ve got things to do.
POS Pollard was a natural-born citizen of these United States. He accepted a position of trust in the service of these United States, his native land.
He then betrayed his native land to one or more foreign powers.
He's a traitor and a spy. He can rot in his medium security prison for the duration of his sentence.
An intelligence agent is not a spy. An intelligence agent works for his country, to gain information about foreign countries. A spy sells out his own country to foreign countries. The former is honourable and patriotic. The latter dishonest and a traitor. Pollard is a spy; a liar and a traitor.
Folks who have trouble figuring out their allegiance and loyalty should not be granted access to nationally sensitive information, and should stay the hell out of the military, intelligence, and diplomatic communities.
Are you a citizen of Israel?
No, you shouldn't.
This argument makes no sense. Should an American who spied for Hitler have been freed and forgiven because the Third Reich ultimately fell?