Jonathan Jay Pollard ( born August 7, 1954 ) is a former United States government agent who pleaded guilty in 1987 to spying for Israel. Pollard provided top secret classified information to Israel. He was sentenced to life in prison.
Israeli officials, American-Israeli activists, and even some American politicians have lobbied for a reduction of his sentence. The Israeli government issued a formal apology for its role in Pollard’s espionage in 1987. However, Israel did not admit to paying Pollard until 1998.
Many past and present U.S. officials oppose any form of clemency for Pollard. These include Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, former CIA Director George Tenet, multiple former Secretaries of State and Defense, a bipartisan group of U.S. congressmen, and past and present members of the U.S. Intelligence community. These opponents maintained that the damage done to U.S. security as a result of Pollard’s spying was much more severe than publically acknowledged.
Pollard passed the most sensitive secrets to Israel. Pollard passed the NSA’s ten volume manual on how the U.S. gathers signal intelligence around the world. Also, Pollard disclosed the names of thousands of individuals associated with U.S. Intelligence.
Americans will never find a complete analysis of Pollard’s treason revealed by the biased media in the U.S. Many sources in the U.S. Intelligence community state that Pollard’s treasonous information after it was sold to Israel did not remain in Israel. There is strong and compelling evidence that Israel traded some of the intelligence to third parties and foreign governments that could have used it to seriously damage or even destroy the U.S. The exact number of American agents that were eventually murdered by Pollard’s treason remains in dispute.
Sanityandsense.com believes that federal cases involving terrorism and treason against the U.S. should be prosecuted with the intent of seeking the death penalty. Sanityandsense.com believes that Pollard should have been executed for his treason against the U.S. and the American People. Pollard is scheduled for release from prison on November 20, 2015. Sanityandsense.com believes that Pollard should remain in prison for life and that his sentence should never be commuted !
The U.S. government encourages both terrorism and treason by failing to employ the death penalty when facts demand the most extreme punishment. The failure of the U.S. government to employ the death penalty when needed presents a clear and present danger to our Republic !
R. Van Conoley