Why Obama Will Free Jonathan Pollard

President accepts Israel infallibility doctrine 

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 request may be nearing a conclusion within the Obama administration.  June 18 could mark the culmination of a massive lobbying campaign for release.  Obama’s dismal record on Israeli accountability suggests Pollard will soon walk free.

Released documents reveal that the Rabbinical Assembly — claiming to represent “1.5 million Jews worldwide” — passed a formal resolution asking Obama to commute Pollard’s sentence.    Rabbi David Zwiebel of Agudath Israel of America and Moshe Kantor of the European Jewish Congress also urged Pollard’s release. Letters demanding release also continue to flood in from former and current members of the US Congress. Steve Symms, Matt Salmon, Alan Simpson, Robert Wexler, Barney Frank, and Gary Ackerman joined the ranks of fellow representatives already demanding release.  Moshe Kahalon, Israel’s Minister of Communications, gushed to Obama “I have no doubt that your decision to release Jonathan Pollard now as a humanitarian expression of justice and compassion will bring great relief to many, and will remove this impediment to the friendship between our nations.” Former New York City Mayor David Dinkins is also now rooting for Pollard’s release. Upping the ante, Israeli President Shimon Peres has explicitly linked his receipt of a US Presidential Medal of Freedom during a special June 18 White House dinner to Pollard’s freedom gambit — channeling even more intense pressure on Obama to take action in a specific context, place and time.

The linkage to Obama’s reelection bid is obvious. Israel’s Chief Rabbi Yonah Metzger brashly stated that releasing Pollard would be good for Obama’s reelection campaign. But what makes Pollard worth expending such formidable lobbying and political capital?  Why have Israel and its Western lobbying organizations made Pollard a key issue, almost on the same footing as massive US taxpayer-funded aid packages and confronting Iran?  The Israel lobby effort is trying to achieve much more than simply putting Congress and a sitting president through their paces. 

Pollard’s ongoing imprisonment has uniquely and singularly defied Israel’s doctrine of accountability.  Israel’s history is replete with demands that it should never be held accountable for any act committed anywhere — including in the US — that is perpetrated in the name of Israel’s national security.   Most public figures lobbying for Pollard’s release grudgingly admit that he committed heinous acts against the US.  But like the enforcers of other doctrines of infallibility, Pollard clemency lobbyists insist that acts to enhance Israeli security — as determined by Israel and Israel alone — are infallible. Clemency will serve this infallibility doctrine.  Pollard’s imprisonment has placed a damper on Israel’s widespread and constant recruitment of others to act audaciously — and often illegally — on the pretext of advancing its national security.  Freeing Pollard would unfetter Israel and its supporters during increasingly tense international times.

With the exception of releasing Pollard, the Obama administration has signaled agreement with Israel’s infallibility doctrine via proclamation and deed.  After the 2009 inauguration and shortly before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual Washington meeting, the administration short-circuited due process by tossing out the Rosen and Weissman espionage prosecution before it could be heard by an impartial jury.  The pair purloined national defense secrets they believed could be used to foment US military action against Iran.

Less widely known is that Israeli front company Telogy was caught in the summer of 2010 illegally shipping nuclear weapons components out of California to Israel.  When such crimes occurred in the past — such as in the case of MILCO smuggling nuclear triggers out of California to Israel — the US at least criminally investigated Israel’s US operatives even while carefully steering around the true masterminds such as Arnon Milchan and high Israeli intelligence officials.  In the case of Telogy, the Obama administration simply leaked tidbits of the export violations to friendly press, helpfully allowing Telogy to quickly roll up its illegal US operations.  Rather than raids, arrests, publicity and prosecutions, Israel’s only punishment for Telogy was a mild admonishment (PDF) issued by former weapons inspector David Albright from his perch at a think tank almost singularly devoted to analyzing Iran’s — but not Israel’s — nuclear program in the establishment news media.

The Obama Justice Department was presented with a golden opportunity to penetrate Israeli Aerospace Industries spying activities in the United States by flipping Stewart Nozette.  Nozette had quietly received $225,000 in “consulting fees” from IAI to vacuum up secrets from various US government agencies.  Instead of being doubled back on IAI, Nozette was brought down by an FBI employee posing as a Mossad agent in an elaborate FBI sting operation that hermetically sealed off Israel and Nozette’s Israeli handlers.  Although court documents clearly document Nozette admitting to passing US secrets to Israel, US Attorney Ron Machen issued public statements denying that any US secrets had been transferred to Israel, even as AIPAC ramped up its lobbying for more US taxpayer funding for IAI missile development.

Attorney General Eric Holder, ultimately responsible for such massive prosecutorial failures, long ago revealed his approval for releasing another top figure committing crimes in the name of Israel.  In the case of fugitive financier and likely Israeli intelligence asset Marc Rich, Holder signaled he was “neutral, leaning toward favorable” for a Rich pardon after being lobbied by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak while working under President Bill Clinton.

Fear of mass resignations in the intelligence community (and allegedly CIA Director George Tenant’s threats) and popular protests were the only obstacles thwarting President Bill Clinton pardoning Pollard alongside Rich. But that was before 9/11 turned America into a national security state. Today — inside and outside of government — Americans have grown accustomed to outrageous legal, ethical and moral crimes perpetrated by government in the name of national security. Outrageous public acts of government hypocrisy and deceit toward rule of law are now no longer reviled, but grudgingly expected. There will likely be little public outcry if Obama frees Israel’s top spy while simultaneously pinning a medal on the chest of the Middle East’s biggest (and so far only) nuclear arms proliferator.

  1. #1 by joe on 06/09/2012 - 9:34

    anyone Requesting Jonathan pollard’s release is a traitor to this country and deserves the death penalty

  2. #2 by Matthew/Boston on 06/09/2012 - 9:34

    Say it ain’t so! How much bad news can we take, Mark?

    The Pollard case annoys me in particular. Although it has next to nothing to do with the day-to-day life of the ordinary American, the release of this high-level traitor to America would have huge symbolic meaning and effect. It would say there is a limited amount of value and regard placed on America’s security and long-term survival by US leadership. It would would say the rule of law — by nullifying the the original decision — does not stand, particularly for a dual-citizen of Israel. It would show level of corrupt clout the Jewish/Israeli lobby has in American politics. It would show weakness of Washington, DC leadership in buckling to a special interest.

    “…passing more than a million highly classified documents to Israel…”

    Let every American see in observing the size and wide spectrum of Jewish and Israeli lobbying for Pollard’s release that the Jews put one of their own — convicted of serious crimes against America — ahead of their country of birth and/or residency. The nation of America takes a back seat to one of their own.

    One more very good article from TUT.

  3. #3 by Mazdy on 06/09/2012 - 9:34

    If this fraken piece of scum is released i will physically walk or swim to the next closest nation which is not under Jew control. See you soon Iran, Russia or China.

  4. #4 by ruby22-kate on 06/09/2012 - 9:34

    Obama would be a fool to give the Israeli rogues Pollard before the election. Do not allow him to be released & given the israeli star treatment.

    So what if Pollard is ill, what does he expect at his age?
    I think Obama is a fool to even consider a pardon, commutation or whatever legal skulduggery they employ to circumvent the law.

    Oh yeah, Pres Obama should revoke the offer of a medal to Shimon Peres. What nerve to put strings on an honorific. If Obama goes through with this juvenile farce about an unwanted medal by freeing Pollard his intelligence would have to be examined.

    Just for the pressure I’d add a few more years to his ‘life sentence.’

  5. #5 by Amy Aremia on 06/09/2012 - 9:34

    Pollard should serve out his sentence…He DID commit a most serious crime against his country by giving valuable information to Israel, a supposedly friendly nation…who has secret agents spying on the United States…

  6. #6 by Gary on 06/09/2012 - 9:34

    The more I read on TYT, the more depressed I become. The complete enslavement of America by the jews is more or less complete and there’s no good news anywhere. Maybe someone will take care of the traitor before it’s too late.

  7. #7 by NAeem on 06/09/2012 - 9:34

    Didn’t pollard releasing secrets that led to the deaths of 1500 agents in the field. Wow if he is released it’ll clearly show that israel is the pimp and america the whore for the whole world.

  8. #8 by SazzyLilSmartAzz on 06/09/2012 - 9:34

    Pollard got off easy. He should have been sentenced to death for what he did. A country that spies on us and steals sensitive secrets to sell to another country is not our friend. This unholy alliance between Israel and the US must be stopped!

  9. #9 by SazzyLilSmartAzz on 06/09/2012 - 9:34

    US Ambassador: US was merciful to Pollard by not executing him
    May 21, 2007
    In a conference on US-Israel relations at Bar Ilan University on Monday, US Ambassador to Israel Richard Jones referred to the contentious issue of Jonathan Pollard, the US Naval officer convicted of spying for Israel. Ambassador Jones stressed that Pollard had committed treason, and the US had shown mercy by not executing him.

  10. #10 by equalizer on 06/09/2012 - 9:34

    President Obama might reply to the rabbis……”Gentlemen, there is no doubt in my mind that Mr. Pollard’s “safety” would be greatly compromised if he were released. Therefore, in all good consciousness I must insist on Mr. Pollard remaining in our custody.”………………..

    Grant, are you from Utah?

  11. #11 by bajajoes on 06/09/2012 - 9:34

    I hope this SOB never leaves the US alive!

  12. #12 by TruthOutJournal on 06/09/2012 - 9:34

    Because of his crimes against the United State of America and resulting deaths of intelligence personnel and military, one may call the act of a spousing for his release, “treason”. Pure and simple. It’s treason! Was his espionage and divulgence of top secret information not treason in the first degree? What American would say let him go? Where are the comrades of the fallen directly because of Pollys treasonous acts? Are many in America beginning to become crew members on the USS Liberty after it happened, and just keep on keep’n shutti’n up?
    We as a group and family have been drinking from the poison well for far too long. The skin is thick with the seemingly bottomless well of lies. Even the “chosen” have been deceived from birth and understanding to their true heritage and the celebration of “all life”, not its destruction. Their education is as false as the public school systems around the world. The game of life has been rigged folks. Swallow that pill.

    In only first grade I learned and I cried thinking of the little children and moms and dads that were torn apart to be gassed to death by this evil man named hitler. Wow, you got me good mr. lying jew. You got us all really good. Look at Germany. Why can’t we question things? I hear that some places still teach that questions and truth are paramount to being a better person, and it never has to end. What playbook are you using in order to stop humans from asking questions if the subject and information provided doesn’t sound quite right? What’s the problem? Is what we’re not suppose to question false? False to the inner cells of marrow in your bones? If not, why not talk about it calmly and rationally? Like 911 too? If there’s nothing to hide, then you should be saying “bring it on”! You have nothing to fear, do you?
    People really can’t accept 100% of the truth (yet). It’s so heavy to the heart and quite frankly, Unbelievable! As unbelievable as, “evil people behind the curtains and bank desks could never do 911… it was them moooslums”. No, it was not the Muslims brothers and sisters. Not by a long shot. They are not the terrorists, Polly is from the family of the real terrorists.
    So, I have to ask why. Why in this day and age of terrorism would anyone ask for the release of a very dangerous and convicted terrorist spy? Especially by a duly sworn public official. It’s not going to look so good if they let Polly fly. I can say that much.

    The simplistic mindset of baseball, hotdogs, apple pie, chevrolet, and jmsm needs to be quickly expanded. Americans are smarter than this, but the daily dose of deception is very strong. The exposure of the devil needs to occur, but too few people believe in the devil to begin with. Maybe they don’t have to believe in the devil, but can be educated to understand that those that are oppressing the world and promoting war and destruction do believe in the devil, deep in their hearts and to the core of their poisoned souls. They are out to please the devil that “they believe in”, and kill you and your family after they rape your wife and children. They don’t care if you believe in jack squat shit, because they sure do. Wake up sleepy heads. Please wake up. It’s time to wake up.

  13. #13 by Jim on 06/09/2012 - 9:34

    If this doesn’t make you wanna puke, nothing will. Pollard was a first class traitor; he should’ve been SHOT! End of story. Israel and the Jews are shamelessy trying to get him released; he’ll go to Israel to a hero’s welcome. I wonder if the Jew York Times will cover that party? Even if Obama didn’t release him, Mordecai Romney would. Romney will become president, wait and see, and stupid, clueless America will get exactly what they deserve.

    I’m moving to Acklins Island in the Bahamas; it’ll be a good place to watch the ICBMs criss-crossing the sky.

  14. #14 by Gene on 06/09/2012 - 9:34

    Jonathan Pollard and all other traitors who steal US secret documents for a foreign government and their accomplices should be hanged. That includes Richard Perle,Nancy Pelosi, and Jane Harman.

    I really don’t believe Obama is foolish enough to pardon Pollard. Not even Bill Clinton who pardoned fugitives on the run, would pardon Pollard. Clinton pardoned everyone who could pay- except Pollard.

    There will be a huge outcry and Israeli spying will be in the spotlight if Pollard is ever released . AIPAC should be forced to register as a foreign entity and no longer allowed to pick our candidates and buy our politicians.

  15. #15 by bostonblah on 06/10/2012 - 9:34

    davis dinkins now joins corey booker, barry soetero, govenor duval patrick and many others ,in the long list of unkle tom, shwartzas, or i should say unkle tombergs

  16. #16 by sog on 06/10/2012 - 9:34

    all these clones of satanik cabala talmud are traitors ..pol lard is just one who got caught ..
    yes he should have been shot and still should..this includes the sedition and treasonous jewish federal reserve..congress as likened to a ship with a hole in it ,dead engine and no moral rudder in a gale force storm ..hence congress as cowards and pedophiles and drunks and drug addicts dont make for moral leadership and adherance to our beloved conmstitution …
    benjamin franklin wanted sanctions on the usary jews during forefathers time and lincoln had some things to say about illegal fed res usary debt currency …
    storm clouds are a comin

  17. #17 by Martin on 06/10/2012 - 9:34

    Obama is being played for a sucker.

    “If you don’t free Pollard, then you can forget about big Jewish campaign contributions toward your re-election.”

    Obama frees Pollard.

    “OK, I freed Pollard. Now why is all of the big Jewish money going to Romney’s campaign?”

    “You stupid schwartza! (Yiddish for nigger.) We didn’t say that you’d get our money for freeing Pollard — we said that you wouldn’t get it, if you didn’t free Pollard. Go back to school and take a course in logic.”

    Romney becomes President, and, as a bonus, he doesn’t have to deal with backlash from freeing Pollard himself.

  18. #18 by Ingrid B on 06/10/2012 - 9:34

    I think it`s time to change the rules in US politics.. Contenders for the top jobs should be judged on their loyalty to the US, and campaign contributions should be banned..

  19. #19 by Ponders70 on 06/11/2012 - 9:34

    Release his body.

  20. #20 by michael valerio on 06/13/2012 - 9:34

    Pollard is a traitor and all who ask for his release.

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