Open Letter to Mrs. Bush: Pollard Must be Freed! (INN-ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) 05/22/05)
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An open letter from Arutz-7 to U.S. First Lady Laura Bush, who is
visiting Israel on a humanitarian mission:
Dear Mrs. Bush,
Jonathan Pollard, an Israeli agent who was convicted of passing
classified information to a U.S. ally, has served twenty years in
prison. For the past 12 years, he has been incarcerated in Butner
Federal Prison in North Carolina. He was transferred to Butner from
Marion Federal Prison in Illinois, where he was held in an
underground cell in solitary confinement for seven years.
Pollard´s life sentence and subsequent treatment is a cruel and
unusual punishment and is unprecedented in the history of similar
cases in which punishments have ranged between 4-7 years in jail.
Never has an agent working for a friendly country received such a
Pollard never stood trial for his crime. Rather, he received his life
sentence after entering into a plea-bargain agreement in which the
government promised not to seek a life sentence. Pollard cooperated
with US government investigators and pleaded guilty with the
expectation that some leniency would be shown - but the legal system
sorely let him down.
Your husband´s predecessor, Bill Clinton, promised then-Prime
Minister Netanyahu to release Pollard during the Wye talks of late
1998 as part of an overall Israeli-Palestinian Authority agreement.
Though Clinton later claimed he never made such a promise, Wye
participant Natan Sharansky later said: "Clinton promised him - I was
there." Citing a threat by CIA head George Tenet to resign, Clinton
reneged on his promise - and Pollard remained in prison.
Mrs. First Lady, as you embark on your human rights mission to the
Middle East, we ask that you first look to this terrible miscarriage
of justice that is happening in the US. Please remember your pledge
to help end human suffering, and recall the commitment of the United
States to protect life and liberty. Please, hear the cries of a man
who has amply paid the price for his actions.
It´s been 20 years. Jonathan Pollard should be set free.
The Arutz-7 Editorial Staff
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