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Dershowitz: Spy Jonathan Pollard Must Be Freed

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Spy Jonathan Pollard Must Be Freed

By Alan Dershowitz
There are several reasons why justice demands that Israel’s Jonathan Pollard — given a life sentence for spying on the United States for Israel — be immediately released, with his sentence commuted to time served.
The first is a legal and constitutional argument. Pollard, an NIS intelligence analyst convicted in 1987, waived his right to trial by jury in exchange for a promise by the government that it would not seek life imprisonment. The government broke that promise.
It submitted a perjured affidavit by then Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger demanding life imprisonment and overstating the damage that Pollard had caused. This was a direct breach of the plea bargain.
Unfortunately Pollard’s appeal was argued to a panel that included two Jewish judges, at least one of whom aspired to the Supreme Court. The two of them wrote a scandalously inept opinion affirming the sentence, while the third, non-Jewish, judge declared it to be a gross violation of due process and basic fairness. The non-Jewish judge, who had no fear of being accused of dual loyalty, was correct. The two Jewish judges were dead wrong.
I know of no other case in American jurisprudence in which a plea bargain has been so blatantly violated and the violation approved by an appellate court. The legal remedy is enforce the plea bargain as written and impose the sentence that the government promised it would seek.
If Pollard had served that sentence, he would be free by now.
Even if the law did not require Pollard’s immediate release, principles of fairness and equal justice surely would.
The typical sentence imposed on an American who spies for an ally of the United States is in single digits. Such sentences have been imposed on Americans who spied for Egypt and other countries that are American allies. There is no reason in justice or fairness for Pollard to have received the double-digit sentence for spying for Israel.
The prosecutor in this case tried to justify this sentencing disparity by arguing that since so many Americans support Israel, the need for deterrence is greater. This is an unacceptable double standard.
Finally, there are the humanitarian considerations. Pollard has served longer than any American convicted of spying for an American ally. He is very sick, having undergone several surgeries. He will die in prison unless his sentence is commuted.
Why, it might be asked, is he still in prison?
The answer is that two groups of people have worked hard to keep him in prison. The first is the intelligence community, led by former CIA Director George Tenet. President Bill Clinton apparently was prepared to release Pollard toward the end of his term when Tenet, former head of the CIA, threatened to quit. This threat violated the law, which expressly prohibits a CIA director from making policy. Tenet’s illegal threat made policy and kept Pollard in prison.
The other group that worked hard to keep Pollard in prison consisted of several Jewish senators who wrote to Clinton insisting that Pollard’s sentence not be shortened. Clinton personally told me that this letter from influential Jewish senators affected his decision. Now, even several of these senators are calling for Pollard’s release.
Pollard’s continued imprisonment, in violation of law, equality, justice and compassion, is a stain on America. This stain can be removed if President Barack Obama commutes Pollard’s sentence to time served.
A commutation is different than a pardon. A pardon erases the conviction, whereas a commutation simply reduces the sentence, without in any way suggesting that the defendant was not guilty of a serious crime.
Pollard has admitted his guilt, not once but several times. The first time was when he pleaded and was sentenced. More recently he has apologized, as has the Israeli government. By pleading guilty and cooperating with the investigation, Pollard spared the government the embarrassment and difficulties inherent in a spy trial.
Had he not confessed his guilt, it is unlikely he would have been convicted of the most serious charge of spying, since the only direct evidence outside of his confession was the fact that he had unauthorized possession of classified material.
For helping the government in this way, he was promised that he would not have to spend the rest of his life in prison. But now he is likely to die in prison, a broken and sick man, unless Obama does the right thing.
The time has come — indeed it is long overdue — for Jonathan Pollard to receive proportional justice.
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 Assistant to Colin Powell in the US Army and US State Department Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson referred to Dershowitz as an attack dog for the Israel lobby in the following Dutch documentary about AIPAC:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N294FMDok98

US Army Suicides (as a result of wars for/because of Israel) hit record in July

Army Suicides hit record in July

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/checkpoint-washington/post/army-suicides-hit-record-in-july/2011/08/12/gIQAPWaQBJ_blog.html

US invaded Afghanistan and then Iraq (http://tinyurl.com/cleanbreak and http://tinyurl.com/thetransparentcabal) because of 9/11 and 9/11 tragically happened because of US support for Israel against the Palestinians:

What Motivated the 9/11 Hijackers? See testimony most didn’t!:

http://tinyurl.com/911motivation

See Los Angeles Times article near the top of the following link:

http://tinyurl.com/motivation911

Even General  David Petraeus (now head of the CIA) conveyed to Congress that US support for Israel against the Palestinians was a threat to US troops: http://tinyurl.com/petraeusinnewstatesman

Israel and 9/11 (General Petraeus mentioned as well): http://tinyurl.com/israeland911

US support for Israel against Palestinians motive for worst attack on CIA (General Petraeus validated!):

http://america-hijacked.com/2011/08/05/us-support-for-israel-against-palestinians-motive-for-worst-attack-on-cia/

http://tinyurl.com/IsraelCIAattackmotive

NY Times Iraq bureau chief Tim Arango blames Iran for increased US troop casualties in Iraq

NY Times Iraq bureau chief Tim Arango blames Iran for increased US troop casualties in Iraq as he also mentioned that Chinese companies (and not US companies) got most of the oil deals in Iraq (so the Iraq invasion was for Israel and not oil as the US oil companies were actually against the Iraq invasion in favor of stability in the region as Saddam Hussein was willing to sell the US as much oil as it wanted):

http://www.charlierose.com/view/interview/11851

However, US troops wouldn’t be getting killed/wounded in Iraq if they hadn’t gone into Iraq for Israel to begin with in accordance with the JINSA/PNAC/AEI Neocon ‘Clean Break’ (war for Israel) agenda (http://tinyurl.com/cleanbreak)  which Dr. Stephen Sniegoski discusses as well in his ‘The Transparent Cabal’ book (http://tinyurl.com/thetransparentcabal). Ron Paul foreign policy advisor Phil Giraldi mentions that the same neocons who got US into the Iraq quagmire are now advising Rick Perry (George W. Bush II) as the neocon inspired Iraq ‘Surge’ has hardly been a ‘success’ what with the recent bombings that hit this week as it is only going to get worse!

Rick Perry and the Neocons (by Philip Giraldi):

http://tinyurl.com/rickperryandtheneocons

 PS: Simply click on the pic of Tim Arango to watch the interview as pro-Israel biased US media and neocon/AIPAC influenced US government officials are using such to set the stage for an attack on Iran by the look of it! With either Israel starting such via Lebanon trying to draw in Syria and then Iran or against Iran directly! I saw that US Marines were training with the Israelis as well. What a disgrace after Israel murdered at least one US marine during its treacherous attack on the USS Liberty as I wouldn’t be surprised if Israel does something to the following American sailor as well!:

 Texas man making dangerous voyage to site of 1967 Israeli attack on USS Liberty

http://tinyurl.com/TexasMantoHonorUSSLibertycrew

http://america-hijacked.com/2011/08/16/texas-man-making-dangerous-voyage-to-site-of-1967-israeli-attack-on-the-uss-liberty/

US media reporting that the recent attack on Israelis “shattered the calm” – no mention of Palestinians recently killed, including a disabled youth shot in the head 10 times

Alison Weir (of http://ifamericansknew.org)  wrote: US media reporting that the recent attack on Israelis “shattered the calm” – no mention of Palestinians recently killed, including a disabled youth shot in the head 10 times:

Palestinian youth killed by Israeli forces Tuesday was disabled, not in ‘prohibited’ area, killed by 10 bullets, mostly in head, left to die

http://www.israel-palestinenews.org/2011/08/palestinian-youth-killed-by-israeli.html 

Israeli Video Games in Gaza

http://counterpunch.org/weir08232011.html

Israel’s mole (former AIPAC newsletter editior and reporter for the Jerusalem Post before he joined CNN) Wolf Blitzer and CNN Jerusalem bureau chief Kevin Flower just mentioned on CNN this now how Israel ‘retaliated’ (see links below) without even mentioning the prior Israeli attack on the Palestinians linked above as CNN is nothing but a Zionist propaganda channel covering for Israel anytime it can!:

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer as a member of Israel’s fifth column in US media

http://america-hijacked.com/2011/06/26/cnns-wolf-blitzer-as-a-member-of-israels-fifth-column-in-usa/

Deadly attacks strike Israel near border with Egypt

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44186164/ns/world_news-mideast_n_africa/t/deadly-attacks-strike-israel-near-border-egypt/

Israeli air strike kills chiefs of Gaza’s PRC group

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44190796

Israel pounds Gaza after deadly attacks near Eilat

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-14577593

Israel continues deadly air strikes on Gaza

Fourteen people killed in Gaza over the past two days as fighters launch rockets into Ashdod, injuring three people.

http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/08/201182064926150828.html

Netanyahu: Gaza Strikes ‘Only the Beginning’ of Retaliation

http://news.antiwar.com/2011/08/19/netanyahu-gaza-strikes-only-the-beginning-of-retaliation/

‘Gaza raids seek to hide Israel woes’

http://www.presstv.com/detail/194908.html

Violence between Israel and Palestinians flares up

http://rt.com/news/violence-israel-palestine-conflict-795/

Hostilities snowball as Hamas calls off truce with Israel

http://rt.com/news/hamas-israel-gaza-egypt-675/

‘Israel grabbing any chance to sabotage Palestinian UN vote’

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJxgTCwsMBw

Egyptians protest at Israeli embassy, call for ambassador’s expulsion (no mention of such either in pro-Israel biased US media):

http://www.presstv.com/detail/194763.html

Egypt to withdraw ambassador to Israel over ambush

http://news.yahoo.com/egypt-withdraw-ambassador-israel-over-ambush-040818250.html

Israel Prepares for War in Sinai Desert:

 http://america-hijacked.com/2011/08/20/israel-prepares-for-war-in-sinai-desert/

Israel Attacks Gaza, Silence from Mainstream Media about Israeli Violations of International Law

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1kt8qi0M-M

Even General David Petraeus (now head of the CIA) conveyed to Congress that US support for Israel against the Palestinians was/is a threat to US troops in theater: General Petraeus Leaked Emails about Israel (scroll down to comments at bottom as well):

General Petraeus Leaked Emails about Israel

http://tinyurl.com/petraeusinnewstatesman

Israel and 9/11 (General Petraeus mentioned):

http://tinyurl.com/israeland911

 US support for Israel against Palestinians motive for worst attack on CIA (General Petraeus validated!):

http://america-hijacked.com/2011/08/05/us-support-for-israel-against-palestinians-motive-for-worst-attack-on-cia/

http://tinyurl.com/IsraelCIAattackmotive

What Motivated the 9/11 Hijackers? See testimony most didn’t!:

 http://tinyurl.com/911motivation and see Los Angeles Times article near top of http://tinyurl.com/motivation911

Rick Perry and the Neocons

Rick Perry and the Neocons

Rick Perry and the Neocons

Posted By Philip Giraldi On August 17, 2011 @ 11:00 pm In Uncategorized | 25 Comments

The only change anyone can believe in in Washington is that nothing ever changes. The choice between Republican and Democrat in 2012 will likely boil down to who will be making what kind of cuts in social programs to support continuous warfare overseas. Only Ron Paul stands out from the pack with his commitment to constitutionalism and nonintervention, but sustained efforts by establishment Republicans and the media to make his candidacy go away render him a long shot at best.

The most recent Republican presidential wannabe is Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Having lived in Texas, I know from personal experience that the Texas miracle of employment is based on low wages, no health benefits, and nonexistent protection for the employed, but I will let others who are better qualified than I make that argument. For me the issue is America’s wars and my fading hope that the insanity of multiple overseas conflicts combined with a global war against presumed terrorists everywhere will stop. It will certainly not stop if Perry is elected.

The following, which appeared on the Foreign Policy website, speaks for itself regarding where Rick Perry would take us if he is elected. He would  return to George W. Bush’s foreign policy, complete with “you are with us or against us,” “they hate our freedom,” and 1-percent doctrines, and he would likely staff his administration with many of the same people who brought us disaster the first time around.

Perry, who has no formal campaign policy team because he has not yet announced that he is running, has however held an increasing number of meetings with foreign policy experts of all stripes. These meetings, which have sometimes gone on for hours, have helped Perry brush up on a range of issues, from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to proliferation, from Middle East policy to international trade, according to those familiar with the meetings. The experts that he has reached out to include former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Doug Feith, former NSC strategy guru William Luti, former Assistant U.S. Attorney and National Review columnist Andrew McCarthy, former Pentagon official Charles “Cully” Stimson, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Europe Daniel Fata, former Pentagon China official Dan Blumenthal, the Heritage Foundation’s Asia expert Peter Brookes, and former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad. Politico reported that Donald Rumsfeld helped Perry set up the initial meeting with Feith, Luti, McCarthy, and Fata (Stimson was invited but couldn’t attend), but there have been several more since then and the Perry team is continuing to fly in experts to meet with the governor in Texas. Foreign policy hands with knowledge of the prospective candidate’s identity, which is still taking shape, told The Cable that Perry is planning to stake out political territory as a defense-minded but internationally engaged candidate, contrasting himself with the realism of Jon Huntsman, the ever-changing stance of Mitt Romney, or the tea party budget cutting focus of Michelle Bachmann and Ron Paul. “He will distinguish himself from other Republicans as a hawk internationalist, embracing American exceptionalism and the unique role we must play in confronting the many threats we face,” one foreign policy adviser with knowledge of Perry’s thinking told The Cable. “He has no sympathy for the neo-isolationist impulses emanating from some quarters of the Republican Party.”

The fact is, apart from Paul, all of the Republican candidates, like President Barack Obama, support a strong and assertive U.S. military and intelligence presence worldwide. When you hear the expression “American exceptionalism,” it is time to pull out the atlas and consider which Muslim country will be invaded or bombed next. Perry’s advisers are all hawks and supporters of both the Iraq War and of a continued U.S. presence in Afghanistan. They apparently believe, against the evidence, that military interventions produce good results.

Doug Feith should be particularly noted, as it appears he might be resurfacing in government, a normal recycling that neocons go through as they move through the revolving door from high government office to the private sector and back again. He is also a poster boy for just how corrupt and dishonest the Bush regime was. Perhaps not inappropriately, Gen. Tommy Franks once referred to Feith as the “the f***ing stupidest guy on the face of the earth,” which apparently was not a disqualifier from holding one of the highest offices in the Department of Defense.

Feith and Luti were associated with the Pentagon’s Office of Special Plans, which used fabricated intelligence from Iraqi National Council head Ahmed Chalabi to convince the White House to support an invasion of Iraq. They might even have been involved in the Niger uranium forgeries that convinced the White House that Saddam Hussein was attempting to obtain fuel for a nuclear weapon. All of which led to American Secretary of State Colin Powell’s eventual humiliation after making a speech at the United Nations in which he claimed that Iraq had secret weapons and intentions that it clearly did not have. But he and the White House still managed to get their war, facts be damned. That war and the consequences of the American invasion still continue to bring death and destruction eight years later.

Feith’s activities while holding the number-three position at the Pentagon were eventually examined by Defense Department Inspector General Thomas Gimble in February 2007. Gimble condemned Feith’s attempt to create what he charitably called “an alternative intelligence assessment process,” lacking the checks and balances observed by CIA, DIA, and INR. But no punishment was recommended for anyone involved in the relentless advocacy that enabled the slide to war.

Per Gimble’s careful parsing, Feith’s activities were deemed “inappropriate” but “not illegal or unauthorized.” And his investigation’s scope was curiously limited: the yearlong inquiry only examined one of the many questionable activities carried out by the Office of Special Plans, the purported link between al-Qaeda and Saddam Hussein. The role of Feith’s office in hatching the imaginary meeting between Mohammad Atta and Iraqi intelligence officials in Prague was significant, but it was only a single element in the much broader pattern of deception that provided the “evidence” President Bush used to convince the American people that Saddam’s Iraq was an existential threat akin to Hitler’s Germany.

Feith had also long been advising the Israeli government to pressure Washington to remove Saddam Hussein. So it was unsurprising when he joined Richard Perle, David Wurmser, and others in July 1996 to develop a position paper that had Iraqi regime change as its centerpiece. Intended for incoming Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the document, titled “A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm,” pushed the new government to launch preemptive war against Israel’s Arab neighbors. “Israel has the opportunity to make a clean break,” the paper said, “to engage every possible energy on rebuilding Zionism.” Baghdad was first on the hit list — “Whoever inherits Iraq dominates the entire Levant strategically,” they wrote — followed by Syria and Lebanon. To secure American support for “rolling back” Arab regimes, the group advised developing contrived motives for the invasions — in Syria’s case, counterfeiting, drug running, and WMD development.

During the lead-up to the invasion of Iraq, Israeli military officers and diplomats had free access to Feith’s offices and those of his boss, Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz. Both had been investigated earlier in their careers on suspicion of passing secrets to Israel — Feith in 1982, Wolfowitz in 1978. Analysts working for Feith who were not uncritically supportive of the U.S.-Israel relationship were weeded out. Feith’s sympathies were scarcely secret. In 2003, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice commented after a Feith presentation, “Thanks, Doug, but when we want the Israeli position we’ll invite the ambassador,” while Secretary of State Colin Powell’s Chief of Staff Lawrence Wilkerson described Feith “as a card-carrying member of Likud.”

Then there is the issue — which has never been completely investigated despite a request from former CIA director George Tenet — of how Feith’s presentation of the case for an Iraq-al-Qaeda connection, based on over 50 documents, most of which were classified, was fortuitously leaked to Stephen Hayes at the always receptive Weekly Standard. At that time, several of The Weekly Standard’s regular contributors actually worked in Feith’s Office of Special Plans, a possible conflict of interest that has never been explained or examined. In November 2003, Hayes wrote an article called “Case Closed” based on Feith’s information. The article was subsequently cited by Vice President Dick Cheney as proof positive of the al-Qaeda-Saddam connection.

The Feith report is referred to as circular reporting, where one phony bit of information is used to support another suspect piece, deliberately leading to an incorrect conclusion. Deliberate evasion of the intelligence community’s vetting process and illegal exposure of classified information aside, the Office of Special Plans was scheming in other ways that the IG report didn’t even attempt to address. The OSP refined cherry-picking, permitting the consumer to select information that supported a case while rejecting that which did not. Feith’s office also perfected the stovepipe: if it had a rumor or some tidbit of questionable information that might be dismissed by the limp-wristed defeatists over at State or the CIA, it could be typed up on nice letterhead and sent directly up to friends at the National Security Council or the vice president’s office, where Stephen Hadley or Scooter Libby would ensure that it would be seen by their bosses.

So, Doug, that is quite a record, something to be proud of, and welcome back to the playing field. Another governor of Texas who knows nothing about foreign policy should be the perfect tabula rasa for you and your neoconservative friends to write upon. A badly battered United States has somehow survived eight years since you initiated your last adventure in Iraq, but it is unlikely to survive eight more if Rick Perry takes your advice and resumes the project of remaking the Middle East. “Hawk internationalist,” indeed.

Read more by Philip Giraldi


Rick Perry Abuses Office for Israel (by Philip Giraldi): http://tinyurl.com/rickperryabusesofficeforIsrael

JINSA Neocon Douglas Feith co-authored Clean Break (war for Israel) agenda that got US into Iraq quagmire under George W. Bush:

http://tinyurl.com/cleanbreak

Douglas Feith: Portrait of a Neoconservative

http://original.antiwar.com/tom-barry/2004/09/15/douglas-feith-portrait-of-a-neoconservative/

 PS: Keep in mind that JINSA Neocon Doug Feith (the top foreign policy advisor for neocon policy advocate Rick Perry) co-authored the ‘Clean Break’ war for Israel agenda (http://tinyurl.com/CleanBr​eak) that the Iraq invasion was based on and his Office of Special Plans at the neocon Pentagon helped to cook and manipulate the ‘intel’ used to get US into the Iraq quagmire as well. Air Colonel (Ret)Karen Kwiatkowski (now running for the Congress from her district in Virginia) saw how Feith had Israeli generals walk to his office at the Pentagon without even signing in as she wrote in the following article (James Bamford mentions Karen Kwiatkowski in his ‘A Pretext for War’ book as well): http://www.ifamericansknew​.org/us_ints/nc-kwiatkowsk​i3.html

JINSA Israel first neocon and his war for Israel agenda is also discussed in Dr. Stephen Sniegoski’s ‘The Transparent Cabal’ book (http://tinyurl.com/thetransparentcabal) and in the Mearsheimer/Walt ‘The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy’ book (http://www.israellobbybook.com) as well.

Rick Perry is supported by the Tea Party which was originally founded by Ron Paul supporters but has since been hijacked by neocons! Tea Party Hijacked by Neocons: http://tinyurl.com/TeaPartyHijacked

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Survivor and president of the Liberty Vets Assn, Joe Meadors wrote
open letter to Texas governor Rick Perry on July 3, 2011:

Governor Perry, why are you recommending prosecution of the Amer-
icans trying to deliver humanitarian supplies but not of those who
machine gunned our life rafts in the water or ordered us to be
abandoned while we were under fire?

http://tinyurl.com/3pepl3m

Even General David Petraeus conveyed to Congress that US support for Israel against the Palestinians was  a threat to US troops (scroll down to the comments at the following URL):

General Petraeus Leaked Emails about Israel

http://tinyurl.com/petraeusinnewstatesman

Will Israel Kill Americans Again (by retired CIA analyst Ray McGovern who used to give the daily intel brief to Bush, Sr. when he was VP under Reagan as Ray also mentioned what General Petraeus conveyed to Congress – be sure to scroll down to the comments section as well)?:

http://tinyurl.com/willisraelkillamericansagain

Israel and 9/11 (General Petraeus mentioned): http://tinyurl.com/Israeland911 

What Motivated the 9/11 Hijackers? See testimony most didn’t!:

http://tinyurl.com/911motivation

See Los Angeles Times article referenced near top of following URL:

http://tinyurl.com/motivation911

PS: One has to read former Republican Congressman Paul Findley’s ‘They Dare to Speak Out’ (the third edition) book as well. And ‘The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy’ by John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt (scroll down to the link for the Dutch documentarty at: http://tinyurl.com/mearsheimer)

The High Cost of Subservience to Israel (by Paul Findley):

http://tinyurl.com/subserviencetoIsrael

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Following youtube says it all about Governor Rick Perry just telling CNN’s John King that he would give Israel permission t start WW3 via giving Iran the green light to bomb Iran:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYYtE42bddQ