US Traitor to be Released from Prison Tomorrow; Israelis Ordered Not to Celebrate

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[ Ed. note – US traitor and spy for Israel Jonathan Pollard will walk away from prison tomorrow. He is being released on parole, and supposedly he will not be allowed to leave the country for five years. But honestly–I really don’t see what’s going to stop him from putting on his skates and rollerblading his way off into the sunset. Pollard has so many fans and supporters in Israel, there is, as the story below notes, even a “pro-Pollard caucus in the Knessett.”All he has to do is find a way to get across America’s porous border, and then he’s home free to his Jewish state.

Let’s be clear. Pollard’s activities compromised US security to a considerable degree.According to Seymour Hersh:

THE documents that Pollard turned over to Israel were not focussed exclusively on the product of American intelligence — its analytical reports and estimates. They also revealed how America was able to learn what it did — a most sensitive area of intelligence defined as “sources and methods.” Pollard gave the Israelis vast amounts of data dealing with specific American intelligence systems and how they worked. For example, he betrayed details of an exotic capability that American satellites have of taking off-axis photographs from high in space. While orbiting the earth in one direction, the satellites could photograph areas that were seemingly far out of range. Israeli nuclear-missile sites and the like, which would normally be shielded from American satellites, would thus be left exposed, and could be photographed. “We monitor the Israelis,” one intelligence expert told me, “and there’s no doubt the Israelis want to prevent us from being able to surveil their country.” The data passed along by Pollard included detailed information on the various platforms — in the air, on land, and at sea — used by military components of the National Security Agency to intercept Israeli military, commercial, and diplomatic communications. At the time of Pollard’s spying, select groups of American sailors and soldiers trained in Hebrew were stationed at an N.S.A. listening post near Harrogate, England, and at a specially constructed facility inside the American Embassy in Tel Aviv, where they intercepted and translated Israeli signals. Other interceptions came from an unmanned N.S.A. listening post in Cyprus. Pollard’s handing over of the data had a clear impact, the expert told me, for “we could see the whole process” — of intelligence collection — “slowing down.” It also hindered the United States’ ability to recruit foreign agents. Another senior official commented, with bitterness, “The level of penetration would convince any self-respecting human source to look for other kinds of work.”

A number of officials strongly suspect that the Israelis repackaged much of Pollard’s material and provided it to the Soviet Union in exchange for continued Soviet permission for Jews to emigrate to Israel. Other officials go further, and say there was reason to believe that secret information was exchanged for Jews working in highly sensitive positions in the Soviet Union. A significant percentage of Pollard’s documents, including some that described the techniques the American Navy used to track Soviet submarines around the world, was of practical importance only to the Soviet Union. One longtime C.I.A. officer who worked as a station chief in the Middle East said he understood that “certain elements in the Israeli military had used it” — Pollard’s material — “to trade for people they wanted to get out,” including Jewish scientists working in missile technology and on nuclear issues. Pollard’s spying came at a time when the Israeli government was publicly committed to the free flow of Jewish emigres from the Soviet Union. The officials stressed the fact that they had no hard evidence — no “smoking gun,” in the form of a document from an Israeli or a Soviet archive — to demonstrate the link between Pollard, Israel, and the Soviet Union, but they also said that the documents that Pollard had been directed by his Israeli handlers to betray led them to no other conclusion.

High-level suspicions about Israeli-Soviet collusion were expressed as early as December, 1985, a month after Pollard’s arrest, when William J. Casey, the late C.I.A. director, who was known for his close ties to the Israeli leadership, stunned one of his station chiefs by suddenly complaining about the Israelis breaking the “ground rules.” The issue arose when Casey urged increased monitoring of the Israelis during an otherwise routine visit, I was told by the station chief, who is now retired. “He asked if I knew anything about the Pollard case,” the station chief recalled, and he said that Casey had added, “For your information, the Israelis used Pollard to obtain our attack plan against the U.S.S.R. all of it. The coordinates, the firing locations, the sequences. And for guess who? The Soviets.” Casey had then explained that the Israelis had traded the Pollard data for Soviet emigres. “How’s that for cheating?” he had asked.

Hersh also notes that in return for handing over all of this top-secret information, Pollard was paid a salary of $2,500 a month–good money, certainly, in the 1980s–plus “tens of thousands of dollars in cash disbursements for hotels, meals, and even jewelry” additionally. And as you’ll note in one of the articles below, there are Israelis now who are lobbying to have his living expenses paid, presumably for the rest of his life.

If the example of Jonathan Pollard doesn’t convince Americans of the dire necessity of weeding dual-loyalists out of our government, then about all I can say is we deserve the collapse that seems to be headed our way. ]

Source: Pollard to be Barred from Internet on Parole

Jerusalem Post

Among other limitations, Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard will be prevented from using the Internet following his expected release from prison on Friday, a source familiar with the conditions of his parole told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday.

Those conditions, which have not been released to the press, are also expected to bar him from leaving the United States for five years. The official campaign to bring about Pollard’s release and his lawyer Eliot Lauer declined to respond to the report about the Internet ban.

“We are not commenting on anything until after the release, but we will have a detailed statement after the release on Friday and happy to talk then,” Lauer said.

Pollard will have served 30 years of a life sentence for passing classified information to an ally as of Saturday.

He will be released Friday, not because he keeps the Sabbath, but because prisoners are not released on weekends.

The head of the pro-Pollard caucus in the Knesset, Zionist Union MK Nachman Shai, said Wednesday that he would continue the caucus’s efforts even after Pollard leaves the Butner, North Carolina, prison where he was incarcerated. He vowed that his caucus would continue to fight for Pollard until he is allowed to come to Israel.

“It ain’t over till it’s over,” Shai said, quoting legendary baseball manager the late Yogi Berra.

“We are happy that the US is letting him out one day early, but if they are releasing him, they should really set him free. He is being left chained in a limited release. They are harming his civil rights by limiting his movement and communication. That doesn’t sound like parole to me.”

Shai said he is concerned about Pollard’s economic well-being and that the Prime Minister’s Office should support him.

He said he has not seen a bill proposed by Likud MK David Amsalem that would require Israel to fund Pollard after his release but that he opposes personal legislation.

“Israel is obligated to support him,” Shai said. “We don’t have funding for prisoners like the Palestinian Authority does. But I hope the Prime Minister’s Office does the right thing.”

The heads of the official Free Pollard campaign released a statement Wednesday asking the public not to take any public steps that could interfere with his release. But they said those concerned about him could send letters of encouragement to letters4pollard@gmail.com.

The letters, which can include pictures of pro-Pollard activity around the world, will be printed out for him so he could see them.

“You can directly send a hug that will help him and his wife Esther deal with the challenges ahead that will not be simple,” a campaign spokesman said. “Send anything that is in your heart. Tell him about your prayers and your efforts over the years.”


Israelis Protesting in Support of Pollard


Netanyahu Orders Israeli Officials Not to Celebrate Pollard’s Release

The Forward

rime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has instructed Israeli officials to keep low-key about Friday’s scheduled release by the United States of Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard, a cabinet minister said.

The former U.S. Navy analyst’s espionage for Israel in the 1980s remains a strain on ties with Washington and his parole terms dictate that he stay in the United States for five years.

Pollard, sentenced to life in prison after being convicted in 1987 of passing reams of classified information to Israel, has been behind bars since his arrest in 1985.

Now 60, he has said he wants to immigrate to Israel where his second wife lives and where he can expect to receive substantial Israeli government back-pay. He was granted Israeli citizenship while in prison.

Israeli officials are concerned that too warm a celebration over his release might hurt efforts to persuade the U.S. government to let him leave for Israel sooner.

Asked whether Netanyahu had issued his ministers with instructions regarding public statements on Pollard, Education Minister Naftali Bennett told Israel’s Army Radio on Thursday: “We were asked not to speak expansively.”

Bennett, who heads a far-right party, described Pollard as “an emissary of the State of Israel, for better or worse.”

Successive U.S. administrations had resisted Israeli calls to show the unrepentant Pollard clemency, though Washington did, at times, consider early release as part of its efforts to revive talks on Palestinian statehood.

Pollard’s legal team has called on U.S. President Barack Obama to allow him to go to Israel immediately after release from federal prison in North Carolina, but have noted that he has a job and a place to live in the United States.

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