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    • A Real American
    • 01.04.14 | 23:27 (IDT)

    There is no proof that Pollard or Israel gave any information to the USSR. This is an old lie perpetrated by those who want to use Pollard for political purposes. When the United States government breaks its own law to illegally hold a man in prison for 29 years on a single charge of passing classified information to a friendly nation, then my loyalty is to the US constitution which holds you cannot hold a man in prison without charge and you cannot impose cruel punishment for a crime rather than to a particular abusive governmental decision. In this case Pollard was accused and convicted of one crime, but held illegally beyond an acceptable period of punishment (2 - 4 years for the crime he was convicted). It serves absolutely no purpose to keep Pollard locked up. As an American it is my right and duty as a citizen to question my government when my government is clearly wrong (see internment of Japanese Americans and slavery for my details) and is guilty of abusing the rights of one of its citizens--even one who broke the law. The lie you perpetrated has no basis in reality. According to most versions of this lie, Israel allegedly traded the information given to them by Pollard for release of Soviet Jews. However the facts do not coincide with this claim. As of 1987, only a handful of Soviet Jews were allowed to emigrate (approximately 800 of an estimated 2 million). Pollard was arrested in 1984, so any trade with the USSR would have taken place around that time. But Soviet Jews were not allowed to emigrate en-mass until the fall of the USSR in 1991 proving that the claim has absolutely no basis in reality.

    from the article: Pollard's actions 'exceeded only by Snowden,' ex-U.S. official says
    First published 11:20 01.04.14 | Last updated 11:20 01.04.14
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