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January/February 2011 Postcard

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DEAR PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:

On Nov. 18 Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) and 38 Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter asking you to grant clemency to convicted spy for Israel Jonathan Jay Pollard. Pollard has done incalculable damage to this country.

Representative Frank said he initiated the letter, written in coordination with right-wing Jewish and Christian groups, mostly out of humanitarian concern for the spy, but also as a spur to the peace process. Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has said that releasing Pollard would help secure support for concessions in peace talks with the Palestinians.

Are you actually willing to give $3 billion in military aid and potentially $3 billion more in other “incentives,” veto any anti-Israel U.N. Security Council resolution next year, and trade a convicted spy to temporarily slow down settlement building? This is beyond belief and, as an American, I protest.

DEAR ATTORNEY GENERAL HOLDER:

On Nov. 18 Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) and 38 Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to President Obama asking him to grant clemency to convicted spy for Israel Jonathan Jay Pollard. Pollard has done incalculable damage to this country.

Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) said he initiated the letter, written in coordination with right-wing Jewish and Christian groups, mostly out of humanitarian concern for the spy, but also as a spur in the peace process. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that releasing Pollard would help secure support for concessions in peace talks with the Palestinians.

Is my government actually willing to give $3 billion in military aid and potentially $3 billion more in other “incentives,” veto any anti-Israel UN Security Council resolution next year and trade a convicted spy to temporarily slow down settlement building? This is beyond belief and I protest.

DEAR CONGRESSMAN BARNEY FRANK:

On Nov. 18 you and 38 Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to President Obama asking him to grant clemency to convicted spy for Israel Jonathan Jay Pollard. Pollard has done incalculable damage to this country.

You said you initiated the letter, written in coordination with right-wing Jewish and Christian groups, mostly out of humanitarian concern for the spy, but also as a spur in the peace process. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that releasing Pollard would help secure support for concessions in peace talks with the Palestinians.

Do you think we should give $3 billion in military aid and potentially $3 billion more in other “incentives,” veto any anti-Israel UN Security Council resolution next year and trade a convicted spy to temporarily slow down settlement building? This is beyond belief and I protest.


janfeb 2011Jonathan J. Pollard.Jonathan Jay Pollard, the former civilian Naval intelligence analyst who pleaded guilty to spying for Israel, was sentenced to life in prison in 1987. The severity of Pollard’s sentence was based on secret testimony by then-Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, who is on record as saying that Pollard was lucky—he should have received three life sentences. Pollard provided Israeli intelligence with more than 1,000 classified U.S. documents, some consisting of hundreds of pages, comprising overall some 360 cubic feet of paper.

According to American investigative reporter Seymour Hersh, Pollard sold Israel information on nuclear targets in the Soviet Union. U.S. defense sources suggest that what caused the most bitter anger against Pollard in the Pentagon and throughout the American intelligence community was the fact that the information compromised human agents in the Soviet Union and elsewhere. U.S. intelligence sources have concluded that the Israeli government bartered this information to the Soviet Union. For most of the Pentagon establishment, Pollard is simply and unequivocally a traitor.

For more information, visit http://www.freepollard.net.