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  • Jimmy Carter: Free Jonathan Pollard for peace deal

    04/05/2014 9:33:14 AM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 34 replies
    Politico ^ | 04-04-2014 | Patrick Gavin
    Jimmy Carter weighed in on Friday on whether Jonathan Pollard should be released from prison as part of current Middle East peace talks, saying he would support freedom for the spy if the Israelis were to fully accept the deal from Secretary of State John Kerry. Carter said in an interview that he would agree to the release of Pollard, the U.S. naval intelligence analyst currently serving a life prison sentence after a 1987 conviction for providing classified information to Israel, only if certain conditions were met. “If the Israelis would agree to accept John Kerry’s proposal, if Pollard was...
  • Abbas dumps another US-led peace effort, Kerry gives up on shuttle, Pollard release recedes

    04/01/2014 1:40:39 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 13 replies
    Debka file ^ | April 1, 2014, 11:05 PM (IST)
    Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas did not announce his walkout from the negotiations with Israel or directly turn down the package of far-reaching Israeli concessions which US Secretary of State John Kerry assembled with Binyamin Netanyahu early Wednesday, April 1. He simply turned his back on the commitment he made ahead of the talks to refrain from unilateral applications to UN bodies while they were in progress. As soon as the US Secretary flew off to Brussels, he sent out applications for “the independent Palestinian state” to join 12 UN agencies as members. This was after the Palestinian leader upped his...
  • US to release Pollard in exchange for 'talks' continuing (hostage negotiations)

    03/23/2014 11:20:40 AM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 3/23/14 | Carl In Jerusalem
    If any of you had any doubt that Jonathan Pollard is anything other than a hostage being held by the United States, this should dispel them: The US is reportedly considering releasing Pollard as an incentive for Israel to go through with the release of 'Israeli Arab' terrorists at the end of this week in order to keep the 'peace talks' going. The talks, which began last summer, were supposed to have concluded at the beginning of April with a framework for negotiations, to be written by Secretary of State John Kerry. But PA chief Mahmoud Abbas has made it...
  • CIA Director: Jonathan Pollard Is In Prison Because He's Jewish

    02/08/2014 11:23:21 PM PST · by IsraelBeach · 35 replies
    Israel News Agency ^ | February 9, 2014 | Karen Levy
    CIA Director: Jonathan Pollard Is In Prison Because He's JewishBy Karen Levy Israel News AgencyJerusalem — February 9, 2014 ... There have been many senior US officials who have called for Israeli Jonathan Pollard to be released, but none ever came from this highest of security institutions. Former CIA Director James Woolsey has reiterated his call for the immediate release of Jonathan Pollard, now in his 29th year behind American bars over charges of spying for Israel. Speaking to the Israel News Agency, Woolsey stated: "It's enough. After a quarter century the time has come to free Pollard. That doesn't...
  • 'There Are More Snowden Documents on Israel' -Glenn Greenwald, publisher of the Snowden documents,

    01/06/2014 10:50:42 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    inn ^ | 1/6/14 | Elad Benari
    The journalist from the British Guardian who published some of the documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden said on Monday that there are additional leaked documents, unpublished as of yet, relating to Israel. Speaking to Israel’s Channel 10 News, Glenn Greenwald also said that Israel had done the right thing by linking the revelations about American spying on Israeli targets to the continued imprisonment of Jonathan Pollard. Greenwald’s interview comes weeks after leaked documents showed that American spies monitored the email traffic of former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and former Defense Minister Ehud Barak. Greenwald said he had found...
  • Why Pollard Will Die in Prison

    01/05/2014 9:39:03 PM PST · by tedbel · 53 replies
    ISRAPUNDIT ^ | Jan 6/14 | David Turner
    I have chosen a provocative title for this article because nearing his fourth decade in prison for a crime all others similarly charged see freedom within four years, Jonathan Pollard is no more likely to be freed under Barak Obama than under George W. Bush before him or Bill Clinton before him. From today it seems no exaggeration that, barring a miracle, a young and idealistic American Jew who chose to spy for Israel will be forced to pay the ultimate price for his decision. Jonathan Pollard had serious medical conditions at the time of his arrest in his twenties....
  • Netanyahu 'to demand release of spy in return for peace talks concessions'

    12/30/2013 8:55:31 PM PST · by Star Traveler · 36 replies
    The Guardian ^ | December 24, 2013 | Matthew Kalman
    Israeli PM will demand release of Jonathan Pollard, convicted of spying for Israel against US in 1987, reports say. The Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu will link the release of former US naval intelligence analyst Jonathan Pollard, convicted of spying against the US for Israel, to progress in the US-sponsored peace talks with the Palestinians, Israeli media reported on Tuesday. The reports said Netanyahu would either demand Pollard's release when Israel signed a framework agreement, or as part of a prisoner exchange involving Arab citizens of Israel held for terrorist offences, who have always been excluded from previous agreements. Netanyahu's...
  • Netanyahu gets tickled by a backbone

    12/30/2013 6:21:03 PM PST · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 12/30/13 | Karl in Jerusalem
    It's taken a long time - too long for my tastes - but it seems that Israel's Prime Minister might just be starting to discover that he has a backbone and that he can use it after all. Israel's Channel 2 is reporting that the Prime Minister has informed the United States that Israel will not release 'Israeli Arab' terrorists as a gesture to the 'Palestinians,' but that it will release them in exchange for Jonathan Pollard. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told US Secretary of State John Kerry that Israel would not release any Israeli-Arab prisoners in the fourth...
  • Kerry reportedly says he will consider freeing Jonathan Pollard as part of prisoner swap

    12/29/2013 11:17:16 AM PST · by ColdOne · 41 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 12/29/13 | foxnews/ap
    Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to the Middle East in the first week of the new year amid a flurry of reports in the Israeli press that he has said he would consider freeing convicted spy Jonathan Pollard. Israel's Channel 10 TV station first reported Friday that Kerry offered to free Pollard as part of an exchange for the release of a fourth group of Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails as peace talks resume between the two sides. The third of four groups is scheduled to be released Monday, the Jerusalem Post reported.
  • Report: Kerry Offers Pollard's Release to Israel

    12/27/2013 11:47:49 AM PST · by cll · 241 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/27/2013
    United States Secretary of State John Kerry has offered Israel the release of Jonathan Pollard, Channel 10 News reported on Friday. According to the report, Kerry’s offer was made as part of the discussions surrounding the upcoming planned release of 26 terrorists from Israeli jails as a “gesture” to Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas. Kol Yisrael radio, which also reported about Kerry’s offer, said it relates to the fourth stage of the terrorist release and is conditional upon Israel agreeing to release Israeli Arabs who have committed acts of terrorism. Israeli officials were quoted by both outlets as having said...
  • Gilad Shalit Joins Calls to Release Jonathan Pollard

    12/24/2013 8:44:06 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 15 replies
    Virtual Jerusalem ^ | 12/24/2013
    Gilad Shalit, the IDF soldier who was kidnapped by Hamas and imprisoned for 5 years, called on the US to release Jonathan Pollard on Tuesday. "I heard the request tonight, like everyone else, from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to release Jonathan Pollard, who has sat for 29 years in prison," Shalit wrote to Yediot Aharonot. "After Israel has released terrorist prisoners back to the Palestinian Authority as a gesture [for negotiations], we ask for a mutual gesture." "I am sure that like me, the entire nation of Israel agrees that to demand such a simple gesture as Pollard's release is...
  • Ch. 10: Obama sees no connection between Pollard and NSA spying...

    12/23/2013 8:14:56 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 23/12/13 | Jason Reed
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will ask US President Barack Obama to commute the life sentence of convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard at a critical stage of the diplomatic talks with the Palestinian Authority, Channel 2 diplomatic correspondent Udi Segal reported Monday night. Netanyahu had tied Pollard’s release to talks with the Palestinians in the past. He reached a deal with former US president Bill Clinton to commute Pollard’s sentence in 1998 as part of the Wye River Accord, but Clinton reneged on the deal after then-CIA director George Tenet threatened to quit. The prime minister reportedly asked the US for...
  • Report: Prime Minister to Demand Pollard's Release

    12/23/2013 11:16:56 AM PST · by Nachum · 30 replies
    inn ^ | 12/23/2013 | Staff
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will officially demand the release of Jonathan Pollard from the US, Channel 2 reported Monday. The unconfirmed report claims that Netanyahu will reportedly ask for Pollard's release in one of two frameworks: either for another exchange of more Arab terrorist prisoners, or as part of agreeing to the interim deal between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. The agreement would follow the US's guidelines set for Israel and the PA for a peace agreement, the full outline of which is due to be presented in January 2014. On Sunday, the Prime Minister joined in the criticism from...
  • United States Presses Israel to Release Murderers But Won’t Release Pollard

    07/30/2013 3:22:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    The Algemeiner ^ | 7/29/13 | staff
    The Israeli cabinet took a courageous and politically unpopular step by approving the release of 104 Palestinian prisoners, including many terrorists who had murdered Israeli babies, women, the elderly and other civilians. According to Israeli intelligence some of these released murderers are likely to rejoin terrorist organizations and may kill again. Relatives and friends of the victims have protested the decision to release these killers. Yet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his cabinet withstood these pressures and ordered their release. The United States government had pressured the Israeli government to release these prisoners because the Palestinian Authority had made...
  • CIA Study: Pollard didn't Seek Info on U.S. A 1987 study now made public shows Pollard's

    12/15/2012 10:53:46 PM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    INN ^ | 12/15/12 | Gil Ronen
    A 1987 study ordered by the CIA found that Jonathan Pollard, convicted in the U.S. of spying for Israel, never sought to obtain information about U.S. activities. Rather, he was instructed by his Israeli handlers to obtain information about Israel's enemies. The 1987 study by the Foreign Denial and Deception Analysis Committee was ordered by the CIA. It is now being made public, 25 years later, with heavy CIA redaction. It said Pollard's handlers were Rafi Eitan, advisor on counterterrorism to Prime Minister Shamir, as well as IAF Col. Aviem Sella and Joseph Yagur, Counselor for Scientific Affairs at the...
  • Marc Rich, Pollard, Holder

    08/16/2012 5:25:06 PM PDT · by idov · 3 replies
    The Times Of Israel ^ | Aug. 17, 2012 | Dov Ivry
    Twelve years ago Eric Holder enabled the pardon of Marc Rich, the biggest tax thief in history, at Israel's request, instead of Jonathan Pollard, the Israeli spy now in his 27th year in prison. Now Israel is pushing for Pollard. It's again Holder's turn to call the shot. Don't think Pollard will get thumbs up from Holder as Rich did. Holder only does favors for four groups now as I explain below in my blog entry. (Only partly tongue in cheek.) Then there’s Eric (“the Unconscionable”) Holder, the guy who’s supposed to make the call. To get Holder to recommend...
  • US sees Israel, tight Mideast ally, as spy threat

    07/28/2012 3:50:06 PM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 42 replies
    http://hosted.ap.org ^ | July 28, 2012 | ADAM GOLDMAN and MATT APUZZO
    <p>The CIA station chief opened the locked box containing the sensitive equipment he used from his home in Tel Aviv, Israel, to communicate with CIA headquarters in Virginia, only to find that someone had tampered with it. He sent word to his superiors about the break-in.</p>
  • Why Obama Will Free Jonathan Pollard

    06/10/2012 5:20:28 AM PDT · by pavlova · 48 replies
    War in Context ^ | June 9, 2012 | Grant Smith
    The US Department of Justice has released new files about convicted spy Jonathan Pollard’s bid for presidential clemency. Pollard was sentenced to life in prison in 1987 after passing more than a million highly classified documents to Israel while working as an intelligence analyst for the US Navy. Documents in the Freedom of Information Act response (PDF) reference 32 pages of government agency deliberative communications and 37 pages of new communications between Pardon Attorney Ronald Rogers and Pollard’s legal team — all produced since July of 2011. While the contents have been withheld, their existence signals that the Pollard commutation...
  • Former US Official: Pollard May Yet be Released- Former US undersecretary of defense Lawrence Korb

    04/10/2012 12:55:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    inn ^ | 4/9/12 | Gabe Kahn
    Former undersecretary of defense Lawrence Korb said Tuesday that convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard may be released soon. "Given Jonathan's deteriorating health they may consider clemency," Korb said in remarks that contradicted reports that Pollard's release was were baseless. "There is a chance." Korb also rejected that US President Barack Obama's silence on an emergency plea for Pollard's release from Israeli President Shimon Peres on humanitarian grounds was a definite "no" on clemency for Pollard. "Obama didn't respond to a letter sent by Prime Minister Netanyahu over a year ago, either, to my knowledge," Korb said. "He may be waiting...
  • Israel Again Seeks Release of Spy Pollard

    04/10/2012 5:56:55 AM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 16 replies
    Military.com ^ | 4-10-2012 | Pete Yost, AP
    WASHINGTON -- The government of Israel is again asking the United States to release convicted spy Jonathan Pollard, a former Navy analyst serving a life sentence for espionage. But the White House said Monday its position has not changed, and President Barack Obama has no intention of releasing Pollard. Pollard was arrested in 1985 and convicted in 1987. Democratic and Republican administrations alike have repeatedly refused Israeli appeals to release Pollard. The latest request was made Monday in a letter to Obama from Israeli President Shimon Peres, who asked that Pollard be released on humanitarian grounds because his health has...
  • The Appalling Crusade to Free Jonathan Pollard; Unhappiness in Jordan; and More

    03/07/2012 6:22:33 AM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 9 replies · 1+ views
    The New Republic ^ | 3-6-2012 | Martin Peretz
    It is not the business of Israel, although it seems to be the business of the politicians of Israel, to hector and harass President Obama about the release of Jonathan Pollard, who served as a certified espionage agent of the Jewish state in and against its one truly reliable ally, the United States of America. Maybe Pollard’s sentence was a bit harsher than it should have been. But I don’t even concede that. In any case, there are probably hundreds of thousands of convicts now in jail who can argue that their prison sentence was not equable or even just...
  • Yesterday Peres Asked, Today Netanyahu To Ask For Pollard Release From Obama

    03/05/2012 8:51:42 PM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 11 replies
    The Yeshiva World News ^ | 3-5-2012 | YWN World Headquarters – NYC
    Officials in the Prime Ministers office have relayed to journalists that it is the intention of the Prime Minister to raise with the President, the issue of Jonathan Pollard’s release. As will be remembered, 14 months ago Prime Minister Netanyahu made an unprecedented official request for Pollard’s release. His request has not received the courtesy of a response to date. At this time hopes are mounting that during the upcoming meeting between the PM and the President, a positive response to Netanyahu’s request will be forthcoming. Even more so, in light of the dozens of appeals by high-ranking senior officials...
  • Newt Gingrich: U.S. should consider clemency for Jonathan Pollard

    12/08/2011 3:17:43 PM PST · by wvcon · 79 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Dec. 8, 2011 | Natasha Mozgovaya
    "Leading Republican White House hopeful Newt Gingrich discusses Jonathan Pollard in an Interview with Wolf Blitzer on CNN Wednesday. Gingrich says he is leaning towards clemency in the case of Jonathan Pollard, but hasn’t all the information needed to make up his mind. . . ."
  • Justice for Jonathan Pollard

    10/08/2011 5:20:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 7, 2011 | Caroline Glick
    Next month, convicted Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard will begin his 27th year in prison, and the Obama administration is displaying stunning insensitivity to what this means for the American Jewish community. Pollard was arrested in 1985 for transferring classified documents to Israel during his service at US Naval Intelligence. In 1987, he was sentenced to life imprisonment for his crime. Pollard's sentence contradicted his plea bargain agreement. It was based, among other things, on an impact assessment report of his crimes that was authored by CIA officer Aldrich Ames. At the time of Pollard's arrest, Ames had been spying for...
  • Biden to US Jews: Israel is our dearest ally

    10/05/2011 9:07:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 25 replies · 1+ views
    Ynet News ^ | 10/11/11 | Yitzhak Benhorin
    US vice president hosts Jewish leaders, political rivals for Rosh Hashana toast, says 'Israel is America's closest, dearest, most morally-based friend' WASHINGTON – At an annual event held at the US Vice President's residence in honor of the Jewish New Year, US Vice President Joe Biden said that "Israel is America's closest, dearest, and most morally-based friend". Biden added that there is no alternative to America's commitment to Israel. Among the guests present at the event were Biden's political rivals from the Republican Party, such as House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor, as well as leaders of the American Jewish...
  • Report: Obama Wanted to Release Pollard, Biden Refused

    10/01/2011 5:51:43 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 59 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/10/11 | Elad Benari
    U.S. President Barack Obama was set to release Jonathan Pollard but his vice president thwarted the move, The New York Times has reported. According to the report, Vice President Joe Biden met last week with 15 rabbis in Boca Raton, Florida, when he was asked by one of them why Pollard, who was convicted in 1986, was still in prison. In response to the question Biden said, “President Obama was considering clemency, but I told him, ‘Over my dead body are we going to let him out before his time.’” He added, “If it were up to me, he would...
  • Israeli Republican Leader Does Not Support Pollard's Release

    06/24/2011 2:04:03 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 15 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/6/11 | Elad Benari
    In the wake of the recent growing calls to release Jonathan Pollard, Attorney Marc Zell, co-chairman of the Republican Jewish Coalition chapter in Israel, claimed surprisingly on Thursday that there are other American Jews who do not support Pollard’s release. He did not claim his views are the policy of the Republican party. “As an Israeli Jew I’m obviously sorry he’s still in prison, but as an American Republican and an American citizen I do not support Pollard’s release,” Zell told Arutz Sheva’s Hebrew-language news service. “Knowing the issues inside out and knowing the background, what he did was very...
  • Jonathan Pollard Denied Attendance at Father's Graveside

    06/20/2011 2:49:19 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 52 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/6/11 | Chana Yaar
    Professor Morris Pollard was laid to rest Monday, denied the privilege of having his son Jonathan present to recite the Kaddish – the traditional Jewish prayer for the dead – over his grave. Jonathan Pollard sat grieving for his father in his jail cell instead, his mother already having died -- also without his presence to comfort her in her final hours. Despite thousands of phone calls that flooded the White House switchboard, an appeal to the U.S. State Department by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren and pleas by dozens of Israeli lawmakers, the Obama administration refused to allow Pollard to...
  • Pollard's Family Pleads to Allow Him to Attend Father's Funeral

    06/18/2011 10:29:06 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 196 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/6/11 | INN Staff
    Morris Pollard, the father of Jonathan Pollard, has died at age 95. HIs family has sent an urgent plea to President Obama, asking him to show mercy and allow Jonathan Pollard compassionate leave to attend his father's funeral. Jonathan Pollard was convicted for passing classified information to a foreign country and has been incarcerated for 26 years Pollard's father had been hospitalized for the last several months. During this period, activists on Pollard's behalf and various well-known Israelis, attempted to no avail to obtain permission for Jonathan to visit his father on a 24 hour leave. The refusal prompted MK...
  • Pollard Asks to Visit 'Dying' Father

    06/11/2011 10:42:34 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 52 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/6/11 | Gil Ronen
    Jonathan Pollard’s father is in serious condition, according to Pollard’s wife Esther. “Emergency phone call from Jonathan today,” Esther Pollard in an email message Saturday night. “He was crying. He was crying so much it was hard to understand. Now I am crying too.” “He told me he got an emergency phone call from his brother Harvey to tell him that his Dad is dying... they do not know if he will even make it through the day. “This was totally unexpected and a great shock. “Dad was in fairly good health. He is old but in very good shape....
  • Sen. McCain calls for release of Israeli spy

    03/10/2011 5:20:02 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 21 replies
    AP ^ | 2011-03-10
    JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Republican Sen. John McCain is joining his call urging the release of an American convicted of spying for Israel more than two decades ago.
  • Henry Kissinger Calls On President Obama To Free Jonathan Pollard

    03/07/2011 2:40:06 PM PST · by Nachum · 66 replies
    Yeshiva World ^ | 3/7/11 | staff
    As the calls for clemency for Jonathan Pollard continue to intensify, Henry A. Kissinger, an elder statesman, well-respected diplomat, and experienced member of the United States intelligence community, has become the latest American governmental leader to issue a public call for Pollard’s release. Pollard has spent more than 25 years languishing in a federal prison for passing classified information to Israel, an ally of the United States. Kissinger, who served as United States Secretary of State and National Security Advisor under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, sent a letter to President Obama requesting that he commute Pollard’s sentence to...
  • 'Reform' missed 'friends of Angelo'

    07/27/2010 2:35:29 AM PDT · by Scanian · 4 replies · 1+ views
    NY Post ^ | July 27, 2010 | STEPHEN B. MEISTER
    Democrats claim their sweeping financial-sector reforms will guard against the kind of problems that triggered the recent economic meltdown. But if they really wanted to do that, they would've focused on how so many US officials were simply . . . bought. Fat chance. Nonetheless, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Governmental Reform, is demanding just such a review -- and, for the sake of the nation, he should get one. Last week, Issa wrote to Alfred Pollard, general counsel to the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac,...
  • George Schultz urges Obama to free Pollard

    01/26/2011 11:02:01 PM PST · by dervish · 55 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 1/12/11 | Gil Hoffmn
    Former US Secretary of State who served under Ronald Reagan joins list of senior security officials calling for Pollard's release. Former US secretary of state George Shultz has joined a long list of former senior American and Israeli security officials calling upon US President Barack Obama to release Jonathan Pollard. In a letter obtained by The Jerusalem Post Tuesday night, Shultz wrote that he was impressed that the people who are best informed about the classified material Pollard passed to Israel now favor his release. He cited former CIA director James Woolsey, former chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee Dennis...
  • Is It Not Torture When the Prisoner is a Jew?

    12/23/2010 10:29:03 AM PST · by Sioux-san · 42 replies
    NewsRealBlog ^ | 12/21/2010 | Phyllis Chesler
    Why is this man still in jail? Why was this man forced to spend seven years in solitary? Why is he still confined, languishing, festering in jail for a total of twenty five years? Solitary confinement is the most barbaric of punishments. Few people can withstand this form of torture without becoming very ill, both physically and mentally. Am I talking about the Soviet Gulag? Or about some hell-hole in Afghanistan or Iran? Last year, The New Yorker ran a piece about solitary confinement. The article concludes that this punishment amounts to torture, that it can even induce “acute psychosis...
  • Is Pollard Caspar Weinberger's Revenge on the Jews?

    12/23/2010 8:33:25 AM PST · by TPOOH · 95 replies · 2+ views
    IsraeliNationalNews Arutz Sheva ^ | Dec 23, 2010 | Prof. Phyllis Chesler
    Why is this man still in jail? Why was this man forced to spend seven years in solitary? Why is still confined, languishing, festering in jail for a total of twenty five years? Solitary confinement is the most barbaric of punishments. Few people can withstand this form of torture without becoming very ill, both physically and mentally. Am I talking about the Soviet Gulag? Or about some hell-hole in Afghanistan or Iran? Last year, The New Yorker ran a piece about solitary confinement. The article concludes that this punishment amounts to torture, that it can even induce “acute psychosis with...
  • Israeli PM weighs public plea for spy's release

    12/21/2010 8:18:26 AM PST · by wideawake · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Agence France Presse ^ | 12/21/2010 | NA
    JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is considering a public plea to the White House for the release of Jonathan Pollard, an Israeli spy jailed 25 years ago, an official said Tuesday. Pollard's wife Esther at a meeting with Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Monday passed on a message from her husband urging Israel to move on from the quiet diplomacy of the past quarter-century and to make a formal and public request for his release.
  • I've miscarried Bin Laden twins: British surrogate loses Al Qaeda leader's grandchildren

    09/12/2010 3:57:28 PM PDT · by Stoat · 36 replies · 2+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | September 12, 2010 | LUKE SALKELD
    The British surrogate mother who was carrying Osama Bin Laden's twin grandchildren has suffered a miscarriage. Louise Pollard was ten weeks into her pregnancy when she lost the children conceived by IVF using the sperm of Bin Laden's son Omar and the eggs of his 54-year-old British wife, Zaina, who was previously known as Jane Felix-Browne.  Miss Pollard was travelling in Syria with Mrs Bin Laden when she was attacked by two men as she walked alone from a cafe to her accommodation late at night.    (edit)   There was no heart beat,' said Miss Pollard, who has...
  • 'I'm carrying Osama bin Laden's grandchild'

    07/11/2010 10:07:12 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 18 replies · 1+ views
    New York Post ^ | July 11, 2010 | KATHIANNE BONIELLO
    The baby she's carrying will face a lifetime of hate, and the woman who is pregnant with Osama bin Laden's British grandchild is terrified. Louise Pollard, 24, agreed to be a surrogate mom for Omar bin Laden, 29, one of bin Laden's many children, and his wife, Zaina, 54.
  • Russia: Former Israeli double agent shot dead near Putin's office (Kamanovich, Pollard, Yaponchik)

    11/03/2009 11:14:29 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies · 1,081+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 11/03/09 | Andrew Osborn and Adrian Blomfield
    Former Israeli double agent shot dead near Putin's office Shabtai Kalmanovich, a former Israeli double agent who penetrated Golda Meir's government on behalf of the KGB, has been shot dead in Moscow. By Andrew Osborn in Moscow and Adrian Blomfield in Jerusalem Published: 7:00AM GMT 03 Nov 2009 Kalmanovich, who later became a prominent businessman and allegedly had links with the Russian mafia, died after an unidentified gunman fired at least 20 shots into his chauffeur-driven Mercedes Benz. Mr Kalmanovich's driver was seriously wounded in the incident. /snip After becoming an Israeli citizen, he joined the Israeli Labour Party, was...
  • Rafi Eitan Admits Failure, Regrets on Pollard

    10/29/2009 12:25:07 PM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies · 943+ views
    INN ^ | 10/29/09 | Gil Ronen
    (IsraelNN.com) Former minister Rafi Eitan, who recruited Jonathan Pollard as a spy for Israel in the US, expressed regret over the espionage debacle in an interview on Channel 2. "I admit the failure and I regret it,” he said. In an interview to Maariv in 2008, Eitan said that the US intelligence services made a joint decision not to permit Pollard ever to be released until the end of his life. “The reason isn't Pollard. It's Israel... It's connected to the relationship system between the American intelligence services and the state of Israel.” Eitan went on to confirm that the...
  • Esther Pollard Appeals to Obama for Her Husband’s Release

    06/04/2009 9:39:21 AM PDT · by Avi Kane · 70 replies · 1,663+ views
    Israel National News ^ | 6/4/09 | Avraham Zuroff
    The wife of Jonathan Pollard read a letter to American President Barack Obama appealing for her husband's release during a protest rally opposite the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem Wednesday night. The demonstration was aimed at Obama’s “cold shoulder” towards Israel. Pollard is serving a life sentence in a U.S. prison for spying for Israel. “Mr. Obama, my husband Jonathan Pollard has now served more than six times the usual sentence for the offense he committed," Esther Pollard said. "After more than two decades of the harshest afflictions in prison, including seven years in solitary confinement, it is time to release...
  • Obama [the Kenyan] and the Espionage Act

    12/22/2008 7:35:37 PM PST · by solfour · 31 replies · 1,553+ views
    12/22/08 | Lame Cherry
    In a World Net Daily article by Richard Cummings, concerning Jonathan Pollard who was convicted under the Espionage Acts in passing information along to a foreign government, namely the Israeli state, WND has stumbled upon something they have not put together in Barack Obama is guilty in two espionage acts equal to Jonathan Pollard who now sits in federal prison. Mr. Obama has been noted in WND articles of negotiating and assisting the "Palestinians" before the election. Articles online report that the Colombians were being dealt with by Obama operatives in negotiating policy before he was elected. Mr. Obama though...
  • New Jersey Man Allegedly Spied for Israel

    04/23/2008 1:16:45 PM PDT · by genefromjersey · 11 replies · 201+ views
    ABC News,AP ^ | 04/23/08 | vanity
    Ben Ami Kadish,an engineer formerly employed by the US Army has been charged with spying for Israel in the 1980s. The government had long suspected the existence of someone besides Pollard,and had (possibly) used NSA to tap the phone of Pollard's alleged Israeli contact. There is a report (NY Sun) indicating Mr. Kadish has made a full confession.
  • American Arrested as Nuclear Spy for Israel

    04/22/2008 12:07:37 PM PDT · by anymouse · 66 replies · 217+ views
    Reuters ^ | 4/22/08 | Randall Mikkelsen
    U.S. authorities arrested an American engineer on Tuesday on suspicion of giving secrets on nuclear weapons, fighter jets and air defense missiles to Israel during the 1980s, the Justice Department said. Ben-Ami Kadish, 84, acknowledged his spying in FBI interviews and said he acted out of a belief that he was helping Israel, court papers said. He was accused of reporting to an Israeli government handler who also dealt with Jonathan Jay Pollard, an American citizen serving a life term on a 1985 charge of spying for Israel. Kadish's arrest is a sign the Pollard scandal, which remains an irritant...
  • Jerusalem square to be named after Pollard

    01/09/2008 2:36:39 AM PST · by forkinsocket · 21 replies · 138+ views
    Jewish Telegraph Agency ^ | 12/31/2007 | Staff
    A Jerusalem square will be symbolically dedicated to Jonathan Pollard ahead of President Bush's visit to Israel. Mina Fenton, a Jerusalem city councilwoman, announced this week that the capital's Paris Square will be symbolically renamed "Pollard Square" in a ceremony on Jan. 7, two days before George W. Bush begins his first visit as U.S. president to Israel and the Palestinian Authority. The move is meant to help lobby Bush to pardon Pollard, a former U.S. Navy analyst who is serving a life prison sentence for spying for Israel. Bush leaves office in 2009. Paris Square is located between the...
  • U.S. ambassador apologizes for remarks on convicted spy Pollard

    05/22/2007 3:44:39 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 12 replies · 498+ views
    Haaretz.com (Excerpt) ^ | May 22, 2007 | Barak Ravid
    Excerpt - Israel Radio reported Tuesday that U.S. Ambassador to Israel Richard Jones has apologized for remarks on convicted spy Jonathan Pollard, and said that they did not reflect his personal views, nor those of the Bush administration. Jones called the comments "misinformed and misleading." Jones told a university conference earlier in the day that the United States had been lenient with Pollard as it did not execute him for spying for Israel. Pollard, a civilian intelligence analyst for the U.S. Navy, was convicted of selling military secrets to Israel while working at the Pentagon. He was arrested in 1985...
  • US Ambassador Jones: 'Be Happy We Didn't Execute Pollard'

    05/21/2007 4:13:41 PM PDT · by Nachum · 62 replies · 1,272+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | May 22, '07 | Hillel Fendel
    (IsraelNN.com) Pollard supporters are enraged at US Ambassador to Israel Richard Jones for his remarks Monday morning, implying that Jonathan Pollard committed treason or sold US secrets to Israel. Speaking at a conference at Bar Ilan University on Israeli-American relations, Jones said, "Pollard took money and sold out his country... The fact that he wasn't executed shows that he was treated mercifully." "Malicious incitement against both Jonathan and Israel" is how an infuriated Esther Pollard, Jonathan's wife, described it. "For one thing," she told Arutz-7, "the U.S. has no death penalty for the charge on which Jonathan was accused or...
  • GIULIANI URGES CLINTON TO RELEASE ISRAELI SPY (1999, Jonathan Pollard)

    05/06/2007 11:57:38 AM PDT · by calcowgirl · 201 replies · 2,346+ views
    Times Union | Sep 29, 1999 | Stewart M. Powell
    WASHINGTON -- New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani urged President Clinton Tuesday to free convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard, a move that could boost Jewish support for the Republican's prospective Senate campaign -- and complicate a possible run in 2000 by First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. ... Regarding Pollard, Giuliani said the Israeli deserves presidential clemency because the life sentence for espionage given him in 1987 goes "way beyond" sentences given in the past to American citizens convicted of spying for a U.S. ally. Pollard, a former civilian U.S. Navy intelligence analyst, has already served a longer prison term than enemy...
  • Why Pollard Should Never Be Released (The Traitor)

    11/22/2001 7:32:44 PM PST · by blackbag · 61 replies · 68,329+ views
    The New Yorker Magazine | :January 18, 1999, pp. 26-33 | SEYMOUR M. HERSH
    The Case Against Johnathon Pollard In the last decade, Jonathan Pollard, the American Navy employee who spied for Israel in the mid-nineteen-eighties and is now serving a life sentence, has become a cause celebre in Israel and among Jewish groups in the United States. The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, a consortium of fifty-five groups, has publicly called for Pollard's release, arguing, in essence, that his crimes did not amount to high treason against the United States, because Israel was then and remains a close ally. Many of the leading religious organizations have also called for an ...