WHY WON'T CLINTON RELEASE POLLARD?
WINSTON MIDEAST ANALYSIS & COMMENTARY
December 9, 1998
by Emanuel A. Winston, Middle East analyst & commentator
The probability of Bill Clinton releasing Jonathan Pollard now as he
14th year in prison
is very low. The strongest indicator of this was when CIA Director
George Tenet almost became
hysterical, threatening to resign if Pollard were released. Tenet is
relatively new to the job of
shepherding the CIA as it continues through its many years of errors and
embarrassments. So why
should a CIA Director go ballistic, when he was not even around during
the Pollard sentencing - he never had a trial).
Others in the intelligence community, along with the State Department,
moved with speed and amazing zeal each time there was a mention of
Pollard's commutation. Do you believe the old saying: "Where there's
smoke, there's fire."? Why have all Washington-based institutions
experienced such adamant determination and hostility, when they have
never done so before with spies from other nations?
For example, the State Department stepped in as advocates for high
ranking Egyptian spy,
Abdelkader Helmy, who was caught smuggling out classified missile nose
cone material (carbon). The State Department worked with or on the
Justice Department who takes their marching orders from the President
and "Poof!" the charges were reduced and the spy went home. That missile
nose cone technology was used by Saddam for his SCUDs. Does that make
State and Justice culpable for the deaths and damage Saddam's SCUDs
caused during the Gulf War - including the 28 Marines killed on the last
day of the war?
The hysteria that surrounds the case of Pollard leads one to suspect
that our Intelligence Agencies, acting on orders from the State
Department and President engaged in covert activities against Israel
which, if exposed, would shock the nation. But, how is it possible that
the leading democracy in the world conducted a secret war against the
security of the only democracy in the Middle East?
Well, when we look at the Bush/Baker years, we find their fingerprints
all over weapons' shipments to Iraq, their illegal transfer of
technology and their involvement, along with the European nations, in
weapons' sales to Saddam Hussein. During the Gulf War a strange transfer
of combat aircraft took place. Saddam sent over 100 Soviet-built
aircraft to Iran (his most committed enemy). Iran accepted them as
partial payment for the losses they suffered during the Iran/Iraq war
which Saddam started.
But, Iran had no maintenance infrastructure for
Soviet aircraft. There's a strong belief that President Bush brokered
the deal wherein the Soviet-built aircraft would then be transferred to
Syria who had the maintenance infrastructure for the Soviet planes.
Here, as in the past, neither Congress nor the Justice Department made
any effort to open up hearings on America's Syrian connection or our
secret Middle East foreign policy.
Saudi Arabia and Kuwait furnished the money to pay off both Iran and
Iraq. Recall how Saudi Arabia and Kuwait gave Syria close to $4 Billion
dollars after the Gulf War for their virtual non-participation? Syria
used those funds to immediately buy weapons including those planes
supposedly shipped to Iran by Iraq.
After the Gulf War, our weapons, including tanks and helicopters, were
supposed to be returned to U.S. stores. But, we were told, that this
very short term war (4 days) with Saddam had turned most of our
equipment into non-refurbishible junk. Helicopters stacked on the decks
of returning aircraft carriers were just kicked overboard (they said)
because they were not worth returning for maintenance and parts.
more likely explanation is as follows: Here was an opportunity to
transfer large quantities of weapons to nations out of the view of the
Congressional Oversight Committees. I wonder if Syria, Egypt and Saudi
Arabia were recipients of our generosity, a covert transfer which likely
was kept recorded only in our secret computer files.
It is highly probable that Pollard is thought to have picked up this
kind of information of earlier
malfeasance and will spill the beans when released. None of this
information has any value today. It is stale and 14 years out of date.
There were, of course, some Israelis such as Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon
Peres, among others, who received and utilized this information. They,
too, did not wish to be identified. President Clinton is stuck with the
advice of his intelligence people who are frantically counseling the
President to not let Pollard go.
Just as we are now finding out how leaders of European nations worked
with their enemies (the
Germans) to confiscate the wealth of their Jewish citizens, so, too, may
there be an astonishing
exposé that various Presidents, the ubiquitous, insidious State
Department and our Intelligence Agencies have been closely tied to
Israel's Arab enemies.
Imagine the political impact if the dozens of spies America operating in Israel were exposed, denials notwithstanding. Imagine the
outcry if it were told that information gleaned from our on-ground
intelligence (Humint) and satellite photos of Israel's military were
routinely passed on to Saudi Arabia, Syria and Egypt. Imagine if, like
the case of Kalmanovitch (the highly placed Russian spy) there were
Israelis high up in government who were in the pocket of US
When Gen. Alexander Haig, Reagan's first Secretary of State1 was
asked on national television, if we were spying on NATO, he replied: "I
certainly hope so!" He went on to say that "friendly countries spy on
other friendly countries. That espionage is basically illegal, and when
your spy is caught it's bad; if not, it's fine."
I think that George Tenet's hysteria has a solid base and he has good
reasons to ensure Pollard does not make it out of prison. Tenet thinks
Pollard would be a living symbol of what happens to a man who is feared
could compromise a CIA which now, as then, worked so diligently against
the Jewish State on orders from superiors deeply invested in Arab oil
interests. And, of course, more recently Prime Minister Netanyahu
accepted - or rather - had to accept the CIA as the monitor of
Palestinian commitments to cease terrorism. It's like the foxes have
been put to guarding the hen house.
Tenet admits the CIA has been monitoring the PLO compliance for the five
years since Oslo.2 If
so, how can the CIA approve of Arafat's control of terror activity when
300 Israelis (and 11 Americans) have been murdered by PLO terror;
thousands wounded, some maimed for life? Former head of the CIA's ME
Operations, Frank Anderson says the CIA had intelligence links with the
PLO since 1974.3
The American people have been saturated with disinformation from the PR
(Propaganda) mechanism at State, Intelligence and the White House. The
idea was to make Pollard's name so odious that, when their mechanisms
went to work to keep him in prison, the people wouldn't cry out that it
was unfair. For example, Aldrich Ames was not pursued in the papers and
TV news with the same emotionally charged viciousness. Aldrich Ames (the
CIA spy had provided the names of US agents to the Soviets who executed
them) was dealt with in the press in a matter-of-fact way with no
Caspar Weinberger, then Secretary of Defense, and CIA Intelligence who
blamed Pollard for this
blood-bath, only later learned that the Russian agent Ames cleverly
arranged to frame Pollard in
order to shield himself.. However, Weinberger, the CIA, Naval
Intelligence, among others, had committed themselves deeply to the
persecution of Pollard.
Even after learning that it was Ames and not
Pollard who betrayed our agents and got them killed - even then - they
could not let go of Pollard. Not only was this an embarrassment of poor
control over our own agencies but, worse yet, to expose an American
operation dedicated to the elimination of a fellow democracy, Israel,
would be unthinkable.
Jonathan Pollard did, indeed, have access to US Intelligence gathered
about Saddam Hussein's
weapons' programs. The data on Saddam's poison gas allowed Israel to
prepare for civil defense by providing everyone in Israel with a gas
mask, including the development of the baby gas tent. Israelis called
their gas masks "Pollies". They knew who to thank. Pollard could access
readily available information which spoke of prior knowledge and even
assistance of the Europeans, Americans and Soviets to Saddam in the
making of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. Computers too can
As a relevant example, Joseph Di Genova, was the State Department's
Pollard and the key character responsible for breaking the government's
agreement with him. He was also involve in a related computer matter.
After Di Genova left the
Justice Department, James Baker brought him back, presumably to
investigate the minor charge that Baker had used State Department
records to get something nasty on Bill Clinton before the
After Bush lost to Clinton, with Baker's authority, Di Genova
stripped every computer in the White House of its disks and hard drives.
Air Force One, the President's plane
was also stripped of its electronic memory. To this day, these disks and
hard drives remain
hidden and possibly destroyed. Clearly, the information in that
electronic memory could speak
about President Bush and Jim Baker's role in Iran/Contra weapons' sales
to Iraq and Iran
as well as the betrayal of a fellow democracy and ally: Israel.
Jonathan Pollard was NOT a computer hacker. He didn't need to be. He
knew how to take information that was readily available and to piece it
together in order to understand the big picture. He understood the
Within the systems of the Intelligence Agencies are black programs
conducted against friends and allies along with the names of those
responsible. Betrayal - double cross - plans to kill off another nation
... hardly things those involved would want exposed. But Pollard readily
saw and read open information on these programs. US Intelligence knew
and assisted the Europeans to provide catastrophic weapons to Saddam
Hussein but, on Weinberger's orders, kept information from Saddam's
intended first victim, Israel.
Yes, I think George Tenet's hysteria is well founded. His job is to
protect the CIA and connected Intelligence Agencies. He must also
protect agents plugged into Israel's political and military system.
Therefore, to see Tenet, joined by Albright, Cohen, et al in a great,
mutual chest pounding, telling the American people how risky it would be
to release Pollard will not be surprising.
Pollard was a miracle for Caspar Weinberger. Now, he could start the
familiar witch hunt for Jews in research, the military and other areas
of government. He thought that, without Jews to watch and expose the
covert transfer and sale of technology to such evil regimes as Iraq,
Syria, sometimes through and to Egypt, Saudi Arabia, things would run
Yes, Pollard did notify Israel, our friend and ally, about the buildup
of Arab arsenals with their poison gas missiles. During the first night
of Saddam's SCUDs bombing Israel, while sitting in sealed rooms in gas
masks at 3:59 am, we heard Caspar Weinberger being interviewed on the
radio. He said: "It's a shame that Saddam is using poison gas." How did
he know? And why didn't he see to it that Israel knew? All of this vital
intelligence was supposed to be transferred to Israel according to
pledges of a series of American Presidents, the Congress and unfulfilled
"Memorandums of Understanding".
Think of how many important individuals were involved in the covert
transfer of weapons of mass
destruction who now fear being exposed. They think keeping Pollard in
prison is their only safety
guarantee unless he was to be killed ...by accident, of course! (G-d
Here again, as in the past, our Congress refused substantive hearings on
our foreign policy
intrigue in the Middle East to include questioning our various CIA
Directors and all those involved in a massive cover-up of what we were
doing and planning for Israel.
Strange, isn't it? Jonathan Pollard did exactly what the
American-dominated court made law at the Nuremberg Tribunal in 1946.
Namely Pollard refused orders of his superiors to keep Saddam's poison
gas secrets which could have lead to Genocide. Helping Saddam acquire
catastrophic weapons with which he promised: "...to burn half of Israel"
is most certainly co-conspiracy in planned Genocide.4 Under
International Law any American, European, Japanese is required to follow
the Nuremberg laws and refuse to follow orders when their governments
turn to Genocide. And they must warn the intended victim.
Does our Government work with dangerous hostile nations to transfer
technology? In a word: Yes! We already know that they assisted Saddam in
his acquisition of weapons of mass destruction. We again see a report on
the CIA covering up the transfer to China of missile technology by the
American manufacturers who supplied the parts and the technicians.5 & 6 Apparently, this is indicative of a long standing policy to arm our
enemies and betray our friends. Surely, Jonathan Pollard was a great
danger to the giants of industry, high level politicians and our
Intelligence Agencies tasked to keep it all under wraps.
Yes, indeed! America desperately needs dozens of such whistle blowers if
Big Business and
government conspire to run a shadow government. The American people
deserve better. If asking for an honest President, State Department, CIA
is an oxymoron ...so be it. Clearly, it is the obligation of every
American citizen to expose an intended crime by government officials.
Pollard broke an agreement to hold confidential the arming of a nation
on the Congressional Watch list of Terror Nations. Pollard warned the
intended victim nation and, for that, he was railroaded into silence.
This surely is not the American way.
On November 25, 1985, the day Jonathan was arrested, I wrote: "The
Pollard matter speaks of
embarrassing an ally for some purpose yet to emerge. Will Israel be
willing to remain silent on
the arms package to Jordan recently rejected by Congress? Will Israel be
silent on a forthcoming
arms package to Saudi Arabia? Will Israel be embarrassed sufficiently to
talk to a PLO/Palestinian delegation and thereby allowing the US to also
speak directly to the PLO? [Which we now know they were doing - despite
In essence, was Israel sufficiently humiliated in the press to force
acceptance of things not
previously acceptable? Was Congress to be made sufficiently angry for a
short time so certain
Arab programs could be pushed through? Based on previous anti-Israel PR
just before an attempt to push through a dangerous Arab arms package,
one must be suspicious of the circumstances
surrounding the "great" spy catch.7
- "Jonathan Pollard - He Broke the Law, But Did He Betray his Country?"
by E. A. Winston JEWISH HERALD March 27, 1987
- "CIA Too Involved in Palestinian Peace Accord?" by Greg Seigle
JANE'S DEFENSE WEEKLY November 4, 1998
- "CIA meets PLO ...back to the late 1960s" by David Makovsky HA'ARETZ
- "Israel's Spy was Right about Saddam" by Angelo M. Codevilla WALL
ST. JOURNAL 8/6/98
- "CIA Admits Telling Hughes Electronics of Impending Senate Probe" AP
CHICAGO TRIBUNE 12/6/98
- "Pentagon Inquiry Faults Missile Aid to China by Hughes" by Jeff
Gerth NEW YORK TIMES 12/9/98
- "Spying on Allies a Laughing Matter - Or Is It?" By Emanuel A.
Winston CHICAGO SUN-TIMES 12/10/85
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