Anthony LoBaido produces an unusual take on J. Pollard, perhaps the most controversial inelligence agent of the late 20th century.
The more I read the more lethargic I became. It is impossible to take a guy like this seriously.
I didn't make it to the end.
posted on 08/07/2002 1:28:58 PM PDT
In a word, NO.
posted on 08/07/2002 1:30:12 PM PDT
Thank you for posting this article. Lots to think about but no way to verify the points made.
Certainly some very powerful people want this man to die behind bars. That clinton brokered his release and then reneged leaving Netanyahu with nothing but a broken promise is just one more bit of the legacy of the previous President.
posted on 08/07/2002 1:32:27 PM PDT
What a fascinating article (sarcasm) -- all those disconnected thoughts, and not a single one of them makes a compelling argument in favor of releasing Jonathan Pollard. In fact, almost none of those points have anything to do with Jonathan Pollard.
Pollard was a spy for Israel. Anything he stole, the Israelis were free to sell to others and, did so, almost certainly to our enemies (much like the Israeli settlers selling guns and ammo to the Palestinians in a nearby city where terrorists dwell). The Israelis don't care about Pollard, personally. But, they need him to convince the others that are spying for them in America, trying to steal information that can be sold, that, if caught, Isrel will back them and get them released.
Pollard must die in jail!!! That act must convince the other spies that, if they are caught and not executed, they'll die in jail. There is no reason to let him go and every reason to let him die where he is. Israel may be our ally in many regards, but they can be relied on to ALWAYS do what they think is in their own best long term interests, no matter what the effect might be on the US.
posted on 08/07/2002 1:35:38 PM PDT
Jonathan Pollard has confessed his misdeeds and done his hard time.
No, he hasn't. When he serves out his sentence (which is life imprisonment) and his dead body leaves the prison in a wooden coffin, then he will have done his hard time.
posted on 08/07/2002 1:39:14 PM PDT
Hey. Where's the Mossad Squad on this thread?
Another load of sierra from the Sierra Times
posted on 08/07/2002 1:54:38 PM PDT
Jonathan Pollard has confessed his misdeeds and done his hard time. It's time for him to go back to his spiritual home of Israel. Lets put someone else more deserving in his cell.
The reason Pollard hasn't been let out of jail is that he hasn't yet revealed who else in the U.S. intelligence community was feeding him the ID numbers so he'd know what documents to steal. Pollard always says she's so sorry for what he did. If he were really sorry he'd tell us who his associates were.
posted on 08/07/2002 1:59:55 PM PDT
Pollard was an intelligence analyst, a job with which I am personally and intimately familiar. He signed a document detailing specifically what he could not reveal and what would happen to him if he did. He knowingly revealed highly sensitive information to parties not authorized to receive it. He was caught.
All the rest is irrelevant.
Strap the son of a bitch to a cruise missile and send him home to Bibi and the rest of his buddies.
posted on 08/07/2002 2:20:30 PM PDT
As far as Im concerned Pollard can spend at least another fifty years in prison. He's lucky that he wasnt executed years ago. If Cap Weinberger, the FBI, and the CIA all to this day say he did tremendous damage to US security then I believe them, not some lying spy. Just because the Russians say that Pollard or the Israelis didnt trade the data doesnt make it true. We still lie, why shouldnt the Russians.
Maybe Pollard should be caged up with Mike Tyson (Islamist)the next time Mike screws up and goes to Federal Prison. Then Pollard can be Mike's "butt" boy. Maybe the two of them can be fed a daily diet of pork. Yeah, maybe then we can give the guy a punishment suitable to his crime.
posted on 08/07/2002 3:01:15 PM PDT
by Dave S
LoBaido neglects to mention that Pollard accepted money for his betrayal of America and tries to present the story as if Pollard did this all out of ideology. Had Pollard never accepted a dime for his betrayal I could admire his committment to Israel - but I would still want him imprisoned for betraying his nation.
posted on 08/07/2002 3:39:39 PM PDT
maybe we can work out a trade - we give Pollard to Israel, and Israel gives us all the politicians, generals, patrol boat commanders and pilots involved in the deliberate attack on the USS Liberty in 1968. They can serve the balance of Pollard's sentence (life).
Some defenders of Pollard make is seem like Pollard was an Israeli citizen spying for his own country. This is not true. Pollard is an American citizen who betrayed his own country. Pollard is not a "spy" but a traitor.
It also has nothing to do with Pollard being Jewish. Pollard could be a Baptist, or a Jehovah's Witness for crying out loud, and he'd still be sitting in jail today for what he has done. The bastard worked for the U.S. government and smuggled thousands of confidential and secret documents out of his workplace. This is a very grave act of treason and Pollard should consider himself fortunate that he was not executed.
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