Congressman Anthony D. Weiner's Birthday Appeal to Free Jonathan Pollard

Congress of the United States
House of Representatives
Washington DC 20515-3209

August 7, 2001

President George W. Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

I write to request that you grant clemency to Jonathan Pollard.

Today is Mr. Pollard's 47th birthday. He has been in jail for 16 years. No other person convicted of espionage on behalf of a United States ally has ever been imprisoned for so long. Mr. Pollard has admitted he broke U.S. laws. He has expressed sorrow for what he did. Israel has recognized its role in the affair. Mr. Pollard cooperated fully with the investigation into his activities and he waived his right to a jury trial. He has served more than enough time for the crime of passing information to an ally.

The facts of the case show that none of the information provided by Mr. Pollard resulted in the loss of lives or the utility of any agents, the need to replace or relocate intelligence equipment, the loss of sources of information, or the compromising of technology. And while sentences in espionage cases are traditionally proportional to the damage caused, Mr. Pollard's sentence is in gross violation of this principle. Having reviewed many of the documents in the case myself and received numerous briefings on the subject, I believe that if anyone were to conduct an original review of Mr. Pollard's case, they would come to the same conclusion that I have: Mr. Pollard's sentence does not fit his crime.

Mr. President, the time has come to free Jonathan Pollard. As he celebrates his 47th birthday in jail, I respectfully urge you to grant him clemency and send him home to Israel. Thank you for your consideration of this matter.

Member of Congress

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