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Wednesday, December 5, 2012
EDITORIAL: Time To Let Jonathan Pollard Go

EDITORIAL: Time To Let Jonathan Pollard Go
By: Editorial Board - The Jewish Press [NY] - December 5, 2012
http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/editorial/time-to-let-jonathan-pollard-go/2012/12/05/?src=ataglance

Jonathan Pollard’s long incarceration has taken its toll and he is now
seriously ill. While he is not the first inmate to suffer in this manner,
most are given consideration for compassionate early release. It in no way
diminishes the severity of his crimes to suggest he should be sent home. His
sentence was Draconian, as attested to by a growing number of former senior
federal officials, including several from Congress and the intelligence
community.

In this connection, we were disappointed that retiring Connecticut Sen.
Joseph Lieberman, who in the past pointedly refused to get involved with the
issue, still does not seem interested – this despite his call for Congress
to have “mercy” on United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice, who has been
heavily criticized for her statements after the Benghazi attack. The
circumstances are obviously very different but we were struck, nevertheless,
by his compassion for Ms. Rice, which stands in such stark contrast to his
disinterest in Mr. Pollard’s plight.

Several years ago his Senate colleague, New York’s Charles Schumer, said in
an interview after being asked about his reported review of the classified
Pollard case file:

Pollard should have been punished, he spied on the United States. But the
sentence he received is disproportionate. When I got the top-secret briefing
you alluded to, it didn’t teach me anything that I didn’t know from open
sources.

Sen. Lieberman once told an interviewer that he had had “a classified
briefing” in the matter and noted that “Pollard did some terrible things” –
though he also acknowledged that “he’s been in a long time…but if you’re
asking if I’m going to get involved, no.” When pressed further he said,

He’s been in a very long time. Our system of justice unfortunately sometimes
produces results like this. Two people, even in the same state, can both be
charged with murder and convicted of murder. One gets a life sentence for
some reason and maybe that is commuted to 25 years; the other gets executed.
I mean, that’s just the way it is.”

Mr. Lieberman’s words speak for themselves.

SEE ALSO:

The Senator Joseph Lieberman Page Articles
http://www.jonathanpollard.org/lieberman.htm

JUSTICE FOR JONATHAN POLLARD
Website: http://www.JonathanPollard.org
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