Execute him and investigate his family.
The last post about Pollard brought out a lot of closet haters who really showed their true colors.
Geez, I dunno. I thought prison meant that you lose the freedom to do things like go to your father’s funeral. As far as I am concerned, Pollard can go to hell. Israel or no Israel.
Jonathan Pollard saved the West from Iranian nuclear attacks. The U.S. saw what was going on with Iran and was asleep at the wheel. Here we are decades later and the U.S. again is asleep at the wheel with Iran’s just about completed and ready nuclear bombs. History will praise Jonathan Pollard for choosing to protect humankind at the risk of his own incarceration.
As badly as Obama has treated Israel, I think any American president over the past 26 years would have done the same thing. The guy was a spy. Missing family funerals goes along with a prison term. Prisons no longer give much leeway to the incarcerated to leave, even for family funerals.
Espionage is espionage, no matter what the level. It is the MOST DESPICABLE crime that there is - betraying your country.
You serve the sentence that you receive - that DOES NOT include perks such as attending your father’s funeral. I am sure that prison officials will arrange an appropriate memorial service, if Pollard so wishes ...
Pollard’s plea discussions with the Government sought both to minimize his chances of receiving a life sentence and to enable Anne Pollard to plead as well, which the Government was otherwise unwilling to let her do. In late May 1986, the Government offered him a plea agreement, which he accepted.
By the terms of that agreement, Pollard was bound to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to deliver national defense information to a foreign government,which carried a maximum prison term of life, and to cooperate fully with the Government’s ongoing investigation. In return for Pollard’s plea, the Government promised not to charge him with additional crimes.
On June 4, 1986 Jonathan Pollard pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to deliver national defense information to a foreign government. Pollard was sentenced to life in prison on one count of espionage on March 4, 1987. The prosecutor complied with the plea agreement and asked for “only a substantial number of years in prison”; Judge Aubrey Robinson, Jr., not being obligated to follow the recommendation of the prosecutor, and after hearing a “damage-assessment memorandum” from the Secretary of Defense, imposed a life sentence. In 1987, Pollard began his life sentence, which he is still serving.
Pollard’s wife, Anne, was sentenced to five years in prison but was paroled after three and a half years because of health problems. Following the end of Anne’s parole, she emigrated to Israel. Jonathan divorced Anne, citing that he believed he was going to be jailed for the remainder of his life and did not want Anne to be bound to him.
Pollard was eligible to apply for parole after eight years and six months, though he has never done so. At the time of Pollard’s sentencing there was a rule that mandated parole at thirty years for prisoners like him if they had maintained a clean record in prison. His projected release date is November 21, 2015.
This whole saga simply divides people who might otherwise agree on much more important issues; Pollard’s defenders will use it as an excuse to accuse people of anti-Semitism (regardless of the merits of the case), while those who feel he should serve out his sentence will accuse his defenders of being “Israel-firsters” (regardless of the meris of the case). It is nothing but division, and serves no one in the end (including Pollard). If he is pardoned, it will almost assuredly be at the hands of a Dem president (as his defenders have pointed out here, with BJ Clinton).
I simply ignore it, and focus on more important things (and to both sides of the debate: there are more important things).
Bury him with his father. Both positions solved.
Get a rope/
What sentence did American Taliban member John Walker Lindh receive?
Execute the traitor!
I have no sympathy for him.
We all know that he would not return after the funeral. If the family is so concerned about the son attending the funeral, then hold the funeral in the prison courtyard.
Send his dead body.
AND, Israel would likely have executed him ...