White House Comment Lines Jammed with Calls for George W. Bush to Release Jonathan Pollard Now Before Leaving Office

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White House phone lines have been jammed with requests for a presidential pardon for American spy Jonathan Pollard before George W. Bush leaves office. It is widely believed that Pollard received an usually harsh sentence for his crime of spying for an American ally. Five years after Pollard's conviction, Aldrich Ames was charged and convicted of the crimes that had been blamed on Pollard. In fact, while a CIA officer and analyst, Ames wrote the report that convinced Pollard's judge to sentence Pollard to life in prison. Yet 22 years later, Pollard remains in Federal prison.

The White House has been flooded with calls from around the world asking for the release of Jonathan Pollard. Joseph Lerner, co-founder of Independent Media Review and Analysis (IMRA) reported his experience calling the White House phone lines...."I just called the White House and couldn't get through to the comments line. It has been busy for days. But I did get through to a general operator who told me that for the past 2 weeks the majority of calls they have been receiving have been on behalf of Jonathan Pollard; and the President is very aware of the fact that thousands of people around the world care about seeing him pardoned and freed. So I said to her tell him to act on it!"

"Be Blessed" says one of Israel's Chief Rabbis, if George W. Bush pardons Jonathan Pollard.

As quoted in Jerusalem Post, January 10, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, former Chief Rabbi of Israel, encouraged US President George W. Bush to free imprisoned Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard. In a letter to the US president, Yosef wrote: "One of the most important mitzvoth (commandments) in Judaism is redeeming captives. At this opportune time, I offer my humble request on behalf of the Jews of Zion that Your Excellency release our brother, the prisoner Jonathan Pollard, who is serving a sentence for spying on behalf of the State of Israel. His health is deteriorating. Please answer my request affirmatively and you will be blessed from the heavens," continued the letter. "The creator of the world who has accompanied you in your struggle to achieve world peace will grant you mercy and grace for many days and years of long life."

Rabbi Mendel Katz, who has specialized in work with Jewish prisoners though out the United States stated, "Pollard is being treated differently than another person in the judicial system accused of a similar crime." When asked about the possibility of a presidential pardon, Katz said, "One must stand up for what is right regardless of how politically correct it is. We have to be able to sleep at night."

22 Legislators Throughout NYC Appeal To President Bush For Pollard Pardon

In the waning hours of George W. Bush's presidency, Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn), in conjunction with 21 of his legislative colleagues throughout New York City, today affixed their signatures to a letter sent to President Bush beseeching him for a pardon for Jonathan Pollard. The legislators' letter states in part, "As elected officials representing diverse constituencies throughout New York City, we write to you concerning a grave injustice which can only be made right by you. With the end of your presidency drawing near, we ask for your clemency on behalf of Mr. Jonathan Pollard in the form of a presidential pardon. While we in no way condone his acts of espionage, nor underestimate the gravity of Mr. Pollard's crime, the lifetime sentence imposed on Mr. Pollard is unduly severe and inconsistent with the sentences awarded to other Americans convicted of similar offenses. We believe after more than two decades, any knowledge Mr. Pollard possessed no longer poses a danger to national security, and considering the exceptional circumstances surrounding his case, he has long since paid his debt to society."

Pollard was seemingly blamed in 1986 for damage to American Intelligence agents later found to be the work of convicted spy Aldrich Ames in 1991.

Pollard was sentenced to life in prison on one count of espionage on March 4, 1987. The prosecutor complied with the plea agreement and asked for "only a substantial number of years in prison". However, Judge Aubrey Robinson, Jr. imposed the life sentence after hearing the statements of then Secretary of Defense Casper Weinberger and the Director of Central Intelligence. Before sentencing, Secretary Weinberger delivered a 46-page classified memorandum to the sentencing judge. Many speculate that the Weinberger memorandum outlined treasonous activities by Pollard, due to the overwhelming assertion by U.S. defense and intelligence officials that Pollard should stay imprisoned for life. Pollard never faced treason charges however. Ames blamed Pollard for the execution of at least 10 American agents in the Soviet government. Only the most reliable information emanating from a highly-placed mole in American intelligence could have induced the Soviets to eliminate these people.Yet It was actually Ames, according to the FBI, who was responsible for all these deaths.

According to The Jerusalem Post in September 28, 1994 "With Soviet help, Ames managed to divert attention from his own betrayal by pointing a finger at Pollard as the source of information which fell into Soviet hands. According to this disinformation, the secrets Pollard gave Israel were transferred to the KGB by Soviet spies in the Israeli government. It was thus that senior administration officials were persuaded the damage Pollard did to the US was of monstrous proportions. And it was for this reason they strenuously opposed a presidential pardon for a man who was sentenced to life in prison though he never betrayed US secrets to America's enemies".

More evidence Master Spy Aldrich Ames, years before his capture, pointed the finger at Pollard to avoid his own capture

As reported in the FORWARD, Washington - December 11, 1998 by Seth Gitell "'With the White House engaged in a review of whether Jonathan Pollard should be released, a former staff member of the Senate Intelligence Committee is blaming convicted spy Aldrich Ames for giving Pollard a bad rap. The former staffer, Angelo Codevilla, is joining a former chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Dennis DeConcini, in calling for Pollard's release. The men are challenging the bulk of the intelligence establishment, which favors keeping Pollard in prison. Mr. Codevilla's call for the release of Pollard comes amid a flurry of intelligence activity around the case. These people don't know anything about the intelligence business." Central to Mr. Codevilla's thesis is that Pollard is being wrongly blamed for the deaths of American operatives in the former Soviet Union. "Some of the accusations involve the lost of agents in Russia. Those losses were later attributed, and rightly so, to Aldrich Ames," Mr. Codevilla said. "It is significant that the man who wrote the damage report on Jonathan Pollard was none other than Aldrich Ames himself."

Even Weinberger, before his death agreed Pollard's done his time.

According to David Twersky as published in The Forward (NY), January 29, 1993," President Reagan's former defense secretary, Caspar Weinberger, had quietly removed his objections to executive commutation for the American Jew who is serving a life sentence for spying for Israel. Mr. Weinberger's word that he would not object to commutation was passed during a last-ditch effort to win clemency from President H.W. Bush. The clemency plea was made by Leonard Garment, the former Nixon White House counsel, who met with the White House counsel, C. Boyden Gray during the waning days of the Bush administration. Years earlier, a letter from Weinberger, then-Defense Secretary to President Reagan to the sentencing judge in the case, Aubrey Robinson, is widely thought to have brought down a life sentence in the Pollard case, even though the United States had agreed not to seek one. Mr. Weinberger was himself recently pardoned by Mr. Bush for his alleged perjury in the Iran - Contra affair."

Jonathan Jay Pollard is a convicted Israeli spy and a former United States Naval civilian intelligence analyst. Pollard waived the right to trial as part of a plea deal for himself and pleaded guilty and was convicted on one count of spying for Israel. He received a life sentence in 1987 with a recommendation against parole. He was incarcerated at the federal penitentiary in Marion, Illinois in solitary confinement for seven years, then transferred to Bunter Federal Correctional Institution in North Carolina. Israel granted Pollard citizenship in 1995 but publicly denied that he was an Israeli spy until 1998. The sentence was appealed because Pollard's cooperation had been encouraged with a promise of leniency which was not granted by the court. (Judges are not obligated to follow recommendations of prosecutors.) But in 1992, the U.S. Court of Appeals (on a 2-1 vote) upheld the sentence. At the time of Pollard's sentencing there was a rule that mandated parole at thirty years for prisoners like him if they had maintained a clean record in prison. That parole date would be November 21, 2015.

To communicate with President George W. Bush before he leaves office January 20, 2009,

White House phones are no longer taking messages.
Fax the White House at: 202-456-2461
Send email to comments(at)whitehouse.gov

Links for more information on organizations that support Pollard's release::

Contact: Michael Rose
Center for Release and Pardon
1000 Colubine Drive
Frederick, MD 21701
309-420-1107 (fax)
Email: rosefouryou (at) cs.com


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