Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A Simple Act of Justice

Very well, Mr. President, you did it.  Like your predecessor, with whom you have so much in common, you managed to be re-elected.  Now that you've gotten that out of the way, and as you approach your second term, unencumbered by concerns over re-election, perhaps you could find time for a simple act of decency, charity, and simple justice.  It would only take the stroke of a pen: you know, rather like one of the Executive Orders you so enjoy.
Jonathan Pollard
It was reported, many months ago, that you were "considering" clemency in the case of Jonathan Pollard, the former civilian intelligence analyst who was convicted of spying on behalf of Israel in 1987.  (In case you've forgotten the particulars, the facts in the case can be found here.) Despite the fact that Israel was legally entitled to the information Pollard provided, according to a 1983 Memorandum of Understanding between the two countries; and despite the fact that Pollard is the only person in the history of the United States to receive more than two to four years for passing classified information to a friendly nation; and despite the fact that Pollard had cooperated with the prosecution and reached a plea agreement, he received a life sentence.  He has currently been in a federal prison for 27 years. 
Jonathan Pollard
Jonathan Pollard travesty
You and your predecessors have been petitioned by many impeccably responsible parties to commute Pollard's sentence; some of their words can be heard in the following video.  President Clinton promised then-Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin that he would release Pollard, but, when the Lewinsky scandal blew up, Clinton's attentions were diverted from his promise.  Alas, the man you refer to as the greatest Vice-President in history, Mr. Biden, has angrily stated that Pollard would be released "over my dead body."  I understand and appreciate your loyalty to your Vice-President, but you, not he, has been elected President, and decisions of clemency are yours to make, not his.
Jonathan Pollard travesty

As you know, there are two times when a President customarily grants pardons or commutes sentences: at the end of his term of office, or during the Thanksgiving - New Year's holiday season.  At a time when most of the world is celebrating the virtues of mercy, compassion, and generosity, Presidents frequently extend these virtues to deserving inmates.  
Jonathan Pollard travesty
The Pollard case was and is a travesty.  With a stroke of your pen, you can correct this injustice.  The time to release Pollard is now.

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2 comments:

  1. Did this get sent to the current POTUS?

    It would be a generous and compassionate act to release Mr. Pollard, but unfortunately there is so much unwillingness to forgive in our world.

    "But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses." Mark 11:26

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  2. No, Lor, this wasn't really addressed to the President, who I suspect is not a reader of this blog. If you want to make your voice heard, however, scroll down and click on the "Free Jonathan Pollard" button in the margin. That will take you to his supporters' website, which contains abundant information and suggestions about getting involved. Thanks for your interest!

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