Pollard Letters To Senator, White House
Arutz 7 - March 28, 1999
The leaders of the National Council of Young Israel are urging Sen.
Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) to remove his name from a letter to President
Clinton opposing Jonathan Pollard's release. Lieberman and 59 other
wrote to Clinton in January urging him to "deny clemency in the interest
justice and in the interest of national security."
In a letter to
the NCYI - representing more than 150 Orthodox synagogues
across North America - wrote that "all the Torah leaders of our
generation have signed a document calling for the release of Jonathan
Pollard on the grounds of the Torah imperative of Pidyon Sh'vuyim,
'Redemption of a Captive.' The Senators' letter, predictable in content
and recommendation, stands in angry contrast to the Rabbis'
compassionate entreaty." The NCYI letter disputed the claims in the
Senatorial letter, and wrote that they were "at best inaccurate, at
worst - wrong."
The most surprising element of the Senators' letter,
they wrote to Sen. Lieberman, "is that you, a dedicated friend of
Israel, would attach your name to the claim that clemency would appear
to be an 'acquiescence to external political
pressures.' ... [This claim] deserves condemnation, not your
signature...Your speech delivered on the Senate floor this past September has
the corpus of American thought, framing the discourse of our nation's
numerous moral contracts, specifically the moral obligation the
has to our country, and the analogous contract between the government
its citizens... It is unconscionable that the government, in apparent
coordination between its branches, should perpetuate this travesty of
justice against Jonathan Pollard and deny requests that would safeguard
his rights and the integrity of this process."
Lieberman's press secretary Dan Gerstein told an Arutz-7 reporter today
that although the Senator's reply had been held up, it would likely be
Pollard's attorney Larry Dub has written a scathing letter to President
Clinton's legal counsel, after he was invited by the White House "to
provide his [Dub's] views for [Clinton's] consideration." Dub wrote
that as long as Pollard is not permitted to access his complete file in
order to defend himself and challenge the false accusations against him,
"the review process is a sham." Dub questioned the White House's role
in failing to stem the executive agencies' illegal leakage of classified
information about Pollard to the media.
He also castigated CIA Chief
George Tenet, "who has publicly insisted on Pollard's continued
incarceration [so as not to lower CIA morale], but has nothing to say
about Chinese American spy Peter Lee who was recently sentenced to one
year in a halfway house, with no prison time at all, for giving the
Chinese classified US laser technology [that will enable them] to design
and test nuclear warheads