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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Obama: The Pardon "Watch List" Returns!

It's December! And one out of every two presidential pardons granted over the last four decades have been granted in this month alone. President Obama - the slowest Democratic president in history to exercise the pardon power - has now gone a whopping 680 days without granting a single pardon or commutation of sentence.

Do we think the president will exercise clemency this month? Yes, we do. The only question in our minds is whether or not Mr. Obama will wait more than 19 days, and pass George W. Bush as the slowest president of all time!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Watch List: Pollard's Father Speaks

Today's Washington Post features a lengthy editorial regarding a possible pardon for Jonathan Pollard, who has now spent 25 years in prison. It is written by Pollard's father and a lawyer in Israel.

First, the piece recognizes that Pollard "was arrested for passing to Israel classified U.S. data concerning Iraq, Syria and other Arab states, including evidence of Saddam Hussein's development of chemical weapons." But it claims that "the type of information [he] transmitted was part of an intelligence flow the United States had previously shared with Israel but that was cut off after Israel destroyed Iraq's nuclear reactor in 1981."

Second, it is charged that Pollard was "singled out" and that his subsequent life sentence is the only one ever given to someone for "spying for an American ally or neutral country." We are not aware of any specific data on what we assume must be an extremely narrow class of criminal defendants (the piece says "more than 20"), or the relative degree of criminality among them. But the general point is attributed to Lawrence Korb, a former assistant secretary of defense. Korb also claims former defense secretary Casper Weinberger had an "almost visceral dislike of Israel."

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Watch List: L.A. Times on Pollard

Vita Bekker, a special correspondent to the Los Angeles Times, reports the moves to "free" 56-year old Jonathan Pollard are "picking up." Bekkers says Pollard's case "has been a source of constant friction between Israel and the United States." Much what appears in the story, however, has been covered in previous posts (here, here, and here). See L.A. Times story here.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Watch List: Pollard's Petition

The Jerusalem Post reports that attorneys Eliot Lauer and Jacques Semmelman have filed a new petition for a commutation of sentence on behalf of fifty-six Jonathan Pollard, who is serving a life sentence. The Post says the petition "comes amid a wave of calls for the release of the Israeli agent and following new revelations of apparent government malfeasance made public by senior officials with first-hand involvement in the case." It is also claimed that the US "had violated an oral agreement with Israel to release Pollard after 10 years." Finally, the Post reports that, at the time of Pollard’s sentencing, "secret charges were laid against Pollard blaming him for the crimes of a Russian mole within American intelligence, Aldrich Ames. Pollard was neither informed of these charges nor given a chance to challenge them in a court of law." These actions were said to be the result of Caspar Weinberger’s “visceral dislike” of Israel. See story here.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Watch List: Pollard Petition in Congress

The Jewish Telegraph Agency reports that four Congressional Democrats "are urging President Obama to release Jonathan Pollard as a means of advancing the Israeli-Palestinian peace process." The four members are: Barney Frank (D-Mass.), Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.), Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) and Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.). They are also circulating a letter/petition through the halls of Congress. It says a pardon would be "a strong indication of the goodwill of our nation towards Israel and the Israeli people." See full story here.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Guardian on Pollard

According to Guardian.co.uk:
According to Israel's army radio, the prime minister's office has approached Washington with a deal to continue the moratorium for another three months in return for the release of Jonathan Pollard, a former navy intelligence analyst convicted of spying in 1987. Binyamin Netanyahu, has long pressed for Pollard to be freed, but winning his release would help him sell concessions to rightwing members of his cabinet and the settlers.
See full article here.

Monday, May 18, 2009

The President: Pending Applications. Continuing Problem

The Calgary Herald reminds us that George W. Bush denied the pardon applications of Michael Milken, Randall “Duke” Cunningham, Edwin Edwards, Mario Biaggi, John Walker Lindh and Leonard Peltier before leaving office. But President Bush failed to act on the applications of "corporate felons" Conrad Black and Bernard Ebbers. As a result, their applications are still pending at the Justice Department. Department spokeswoman Laura Sweeney says the applications of former Illinois Republican Governor George Ryan and Jonathan Pollard are also "pending" and thus "alive for consideration by President Barack Obama."

With some irony, Bush is described by the Herald as being "tight-fisted" with pardons without observing that President Obama has yet to grant a single pardon or commutation of sentence. As such, this administration is well on its way to becoming the very slowest to exercise the Article II clemency power. See story here.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Politico: Odds on Pardons

At Politico.com, Josh Gerstein discusses a list of 10 cases President Bush could "review" via the pardon power and even offers "odds" for each. They are as follows:

1. Of course, there are the unprecedented, blanket, preemptive, turbo, double secret self-pardons - 4 to 1
2. I. lewis "Scooter" Libby - 1 to 2
3. Former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales - 1 to 1
4. AIPAC lobbyists (Franklin, Rosen and Weissman) - 20 to 1 and 10 to 1
5. Bradley Schlozman - 4 to 1
6. Junk bond king Michael Milkin - 2 to 1
7. Former border patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean - 3 to 1
8. Former Illinois Governor George Ryan - 4 to 1
9. Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard - 20 to 1
10. Former Representative Randall “Duke” Cunningham - 50 to 1

See Gerstein's summary of each case and explanation for the odds here.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Watch List: Countdown. One Last Look!

The final hours are ticking down on the Bush administration. So that means there is time for just one more look at our Pardon Watch List. When Obama takes office, we erase the slate - or most of it at any rate. New game in town.

Presidential Pardon Watch List - P.S. Ruckman, Jr.

- Clarence Aaron (drug dealing) Denied (12/23/08)
- Willie Mays Aikens (sold drugs to an undercover agent) X - released (6/5/08)
- Claude Allen (theft)
- Weldon Angelos - Application in
- Conrad Black (fraud and obstruction of justice) Application in.
- Duane Chapman (deprivation of liberty) X - won extradition battle (11/6/07)
- Roger Clemens Because we are insane and have too much time on our hands
- Jose Compean (illegal arrest of an alien) Sentence commuted (1/19/09)
- Randy Cunningham Denied
- Edwin Edwards (convicted of racketeering) Denied
- John Forte (cocaine) X - sentence commuted to end December 22, 2008 (11/24/08).
- Florita Bell Griffin (bribery, theft, money laundering)
- Gilmer Hernandez (civil rights violation)
- Lawrence Hutchins (soldier, murder X - sentence commuted to 11 years (5/9/08)
- Ron Isley (tax evasion)
- Jack Johnson (violated the Mann Act) Pardon of Charlie Winters a positive sign
- Marion Jones (steroids) Application in. If not Bush, Obama
- Bernard Kerik (corruption) A sleeper in the pile
- Scooter Libby (perjury, obstruction of justice) To most, "the big one"
- John Walker Lindh
(terrorism) Denied
- David H. McNab (smuggling and money laundering) Released, September 4, 2008
-
Michael Milken
(securities and reporting violations) Denied (Slate said "excellent chance")
- Julius Nasso (conspiracy, extortion)
- Tom Noe (illegal campaign contributions)
- O.Henry (embezzling bank funds) Hey, if we are pardoning dead people!
- Chibueze Okorie (driver for a heroine ring) Application in.
- Lance Persson
(drug dealing)
- Leonard Pielter
(double murder of FBI agents) Denied
- The Pig (tasting so good) X - White House spokesman says "no" (11/18/07)
- Jonathan Pollard (spying on behalf of Israel X - President says "no change" (5/13/08)
- Ignacio Ramos
(illegal arrest of an alien) Sentence commuted (1/19/09)
- George Ryan (corruption) Application in. Maybe he walks, if Edwards walks too
- David Safavian (lying to investigators)
- Richard Scrushy (corruption) less than the snowball's chance, for now
- Don Siegelman
(corruption) less than the snowball's chance, for now
- Jeffrey Skilling (fraud, conspiracy, insider trading)
- Martha Stewart (obstruction of justice) Waiting for Obama
- Ted Stevens (violation of ethics laws) Some are betting on it!
- James Tobin (false statement to FBI) Slate says "good chance"
- Michael Vick (conspiracy to operate interstate dogfighting ring) waiting for Obama
- Robert Steve Vukelic (knowledge of a felony, failing to reporting it to authorities)
- Mark E. Whitacre (wire fraud, tax fraud, and money laundering) Another sleeper.
- Charles T. Winters (violation neutrality laws). Pardoned December 23, 2008.
- Jason Charles Yeager (methamphetamine charges)

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Watch List: Commutation for Pollard?

Probably no individual on our Pardon Watch List has received so much attention as has Jonathan Pollard. Now, Dan Ephron of Newsweek has written a piece which actually has a "news" element about it. As Ephron puts it, Pollard was sentenced to life in prison 23 years ago "for selling to Israel some of America's most guarded secrets." Now, Pollard's lawyers have told Newsweek that an application has been filed for a commutation of sentence (as opposed to a full and unconditional pardon). PardonPower has long been completely baffled as to why this was not the strategy of Pollard's lawyers to begin with, especially since, as Ephron reports, "much of the U.S. intelligence community" opposes any form of clemency on his behalf.

Newsweek also reports that former CIA director James Woolsey "would support Pollard's release on two conditions: that he show contrition and renounce any profits from books or other projects linked to the case." In the past, Woolsey has opposed clemency for Pollard. But, now, he says "a quarter of a century," is typically reserved for "only the hard-line Soviet bloc spies." See Newsweek article here.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Watch List: Update

Presidential Pardon Watch List - P.S. Ruckman, Jr.

- Clarence Aaron (drug dealing)
- Willie Mays Aikens (sold drugs to an undercover agent) X - released (6/5/08)
- Claude Allen (theft)
- Conrad Black (fraud and obstruction of justice) Application in.
- Duane Chapman (deprivation of liberty) X - won extradition battle (11/6/07)
- Roger Clemens
- Jose Compean (illegal arrest of an alien)
- Randy Cunningham Application in.
- Edwin Edwards (convicted of racketeering) Application in.
- John Forte (cocaine) X - sentence commuted to end December 22, 2008 (11/24/08).
- Florita Bell Griffin (bribery, theft, money laundering)
- Gilmer Hernandez (civil rights violation)
- Lawrence Hutchins (soldier, murder X - sentence commuted to 11 years (5/9/08)
- Ron Isley (tax evasion)
- Jack Johnson (violated the Mann Act)
- Marion Jones (steroids) Application in.
- Bernard Kerik (corruption)
- Scooter Libby (perjury, obstruction of justice)
- John Walker Lindh
(terrorism) Application in.
- David H. McNab (smuggling and money laundering) Released, September 4, 2008
-
Michael Milken
(securities and reporting violations) Application in.
- Julius Nasso (conspiracy, extortion)
- Tom Noe (illegal campaign contributions)
- O.Henry (embezzling bank funds)
- Chibueze Okorie (driver for a heroine ring) Application in.
- Lance Persson
(drug dealing)
- Leonard Pielter
(double murder of FBI agents)
- The Pig (tasting so good) X - White House spokesman says "no" (11/18/07)
- Jonathan Pollard (spying on behalf of Israel X - President says "no change" (5/13/08)
- Ignacio Ramos
(illegal arrest of an alien)
- George Ryan (corruption) Application in.
- David Safavian (lying to investigators)
- Richard Scrushy (corruption)
- Don Siegelman
(corruption)
- Jeffrey Skilling (fraud, conspiracy, insider trading)
- Martha Stewart (obstruction of justice)
- Ted Stevens (violation of ethics laws)
- James Tobin (false statement to FBI)
- Michael Vick (conspiracy to operate interstate dogfighting ring)
- Robert Steve Vukelic (knowledge of a felony, failing to reporting it to authorities)
- Mark E. Whitacre (wire fraud, tax fraud, and money laundering)
- Charles T. Winters (violation neutrality laws). Pardoned December 23, 2008.
- Jason Charles Yeager (methamphetamine charges)

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Watch List: Looking for 13 Or More

In a way, 13 is the magic number right now. If President Bush grants at least 13 more pardons and commutations, his second term will look like his first (and most), with the highest number of pardons and commutations falling in the fourth and final year. If it is going to happen, and modern history and Bush's own behavior matter, one would guess that it will happen this month. Bush has generally favored the month of December for clemency decisions, a strategy that has been quite prominent in the last seven administrations. Here are the individuals we are (and have been) watching:

Presidential Pardon Watch List - P.S. Ruckman, Jr.

- Clarence Aaron (drug dealing)
- Willie Mays Aikens (sold drugs to an undercover agent) X - released (6/5/08)
- Claude Allen (theft)
- Conrad Black (fraud and obstruction of justice) Application in.
- Duane Chapman (deprivation of liberty) X - won extradition battle (11/6/07)
- Roger Clemens
- Jose Compean (illegal arrest of an alien)
- Randy Cunningham Application in.
- Edwin Edwards (convicted of racketeering) Application in.
- John Forte (cocaine) X - sentence commuted to end December 22, 2008 (11/24/08).
- Florita Bell Griffin (bribery, theft, money laundering)
- Gilmer Hernandez (civil rights violation)
- Lawrence Hutchins (soldier, murder X - sentence commuted to 11 years (5/9/08)
- Ron Isley (tax evasion)
- Jack Johnson (violated the Mann Act)
- Marion Jones (steroids) Application in.
- Bernard Kerik (corruption)
- Scooter Libby (perjury, obstruction of justice)
- John Walker Lindh
(terrorism) Application in.
- David H. McNab (smuggling and money laundering) Released, September 4, 2008
-
Michael Milken
(securities and reporting violations) Application in.
- Julius Nasso (conspiracy, extortion)
- Tom Noe (illegal campaign contributions)
- O.Henry (embezzling bank funds)
- Chibueze Okorie (driver for a heroine ring) Application in.
- Lance Persson
(drug dealing)
- Leonard Pielter
(double murder of FBI agents)
- The Pig (tasting so good) X - White House spokesman says "no" (11/18/07)
- Jonathan Pollard (spying on behalf of Israel X - President says "no change" (5/13/08)
- Ignacio Ramos
(illegal arrest of an alien)
- George Ryan (corruption) Application in.
- David Safavian (lying to investigators)
- Richard Scrushy (corruption)
- Don Siegelman
(corruption)
- Jeffrey Skilling (fraud, conspiracy, insider trading)
- Martha Stewart (obstruction of justice)
- Ted Stevens (violation of ethics laws)
- James Tobin (false statement to FBI)
- Michael Vick (conspiracy to operate interstate dogfighting ring)
- Robert Steve Vukelic (knowledge of a felony, failing to reporting it to authorities)
- Mark E. Whitacre (wire fraud, tax fraud, and money laundering)
- Charles T. Winters (violation neutrality laws). Application in.
- Jason Charles Yeager (methamphetamine charges)

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Watch List: Ryan In (Finally)

With some modifications.

Presidential Pardon Watch List - P.S. Ruckman, Jr.

- Clarence Aaron (drug dealing)
- Willie Mays Aikens (sold drugs to an undercover agent) X - released (6/5/08)
- Claude Allen (theft)
- Conrad Black (fraud and obstruction of justice) Application in.
- Duane Chapman (deprivation of liberty) X - won extradition battle (11/6/07)
- Roger Clemens
- Jose Compean (illegal arrest of an alien)
- Randy Cunningham Application in.
- Edwin Edwards (convicted of racketeering) Application in.
- John Forte (cocaine) X - sentence commuted to end December 22, 2008 (11/24/08).
- Florita Bell Griffin (bribery, theft, money laundering)
- Gilmer Hernandez (civil rights violation)
- Lawrence Hutchins (soldier, murder X - sentence commuted to 11 years (5/9/08)
- Ron Isley (tax evasion)
- Jack Johnson (violated the Mann Act)
- Marion Jones (steroids) Application in.
- Bernard Kerik (corruption)
- Scooter Libby (perjury, obstruction of justice)
- John Walker Lindh
(terrorism) Application in.
- David H. McNab (smuggling and money laundering) Released, September 4, 2008
-
Michael Milken
(securities and reporting violations) Application in.
- Julius Nasso (conspiracy, extortion)
- Tom Noe (illegal campaign contributions)
- O.Henry (embezzling bank funds)
- Chibueze Okorie (driver for a heroine ring) Application in.
- Lance Persson
(drug dealing)
- Leonard Pielter
(double murder of FBI agents)
- The Pig (tasting so good) X - White House spokesman says "no" (11/18/07)
- Jonathan Pollard (spying on behalf of Israel X - President says "no change" (5/13/08)
- Ignacio Ramos
(illegal arrest of an alien)
- George Ryan (corruption) Application in.
- David Safavian (lying to investigators)
- Richard Scrushy (corruption)
- Don Siegelman
(corruption)
- Jeffrey Skilling (fraud, conspiracy, insider trading)
- Martha Stewart (obstruction of justice)
- Ted Stevens (violation of ethics laws)
- James Tobin (false statement to FBI)
- Michael Vick (conspiracy to operate interstate dogfighting ring)
- Robert Steve Vukelic (knowledge of a felony, failing to reporting it to authorities)
- Mark E. Whitacre (wire fraud, tax fraud, and money laundering)
- Charles T. Winters (violation neutrality laws). Application in.
- Jason Charles Yeager (methamphetamine charges)

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Watch List: Black is In

It's official, Conrad Black has "recently submitted legal bills to Sun-Times Media Group, Inc., some of which referred to work done in pursuit of a clemency plea, according to sources familiar with the matter."

Presidential Pardon Watch List - P.S. Ruckman, Jr.

- Clarence Aaron (drug dealing)
- Willie Mays Aikens (sold drugs to an undercover agent) X - released (6/5/08)
- Claude Allen (theft)
- Conrad Black (fraud and obstruction of justice) Application in.
- Duane Chapman (deprivation of liberty) X - won extradition battle (11/6/07)
- Roger Clemens
- Jose Compean (illegal arrest of an alien)
- Randy Cunningham Application in.
- Edwin Edwards (convicted of racketeering) Application in.
- John Forte (cocaine) X - sentence commuted to end December 22, 2008 (11/24/08).
- Florita Bell Griffin (bribery, theft, money laundering)
- Gilmer Hernandez (civil rights violation)
- Lawrence Hutchins (soldier, murder X - sentence commuted to 11 years (5/9/08)
- Ron Isley (tax evasion)
- Jack Johnson (violated the Mann Act)
- Marion Jones (steroids) Application in.
- Scooter Libby (perjury, obstruction of justice)
- John Walker Lindh
(terrorism) Application in.
- David H. McNab (smuggling and money laundering) Released, September 4, 2008
-
Michael Milken
(securities and reporting violations) Application in.
- Julius Nasso (conspiracy, extortion)
- Tom Noe (illegal campaign contributions)
- O.Henry (embezzling bank funds)
- Chibueze Okorie (driver for a heroine ring) Application in.
- Lance Persson
(drug dealing)
- Leonard Pielter
(double murder of FBI agents)
- The Pig (tasting so good) X - White House spokesman says "no" (11/18/07)
- Jonathan Pollard (spying on behalf of Israel X - President says "no change" (5/13/08)
- Ignacio Ramos
(illegal arrest of an alien)
- George Ryan (corruption)
- David Safavian (lying to investigators)
- Richard Scrushy (corruption)
- Don Siegelman
(corruption)
- Jeffrey Skilling (fraud, conspiracy, insider trading)
- Martha Stewart (obstruction of justice)
- Ted Stevens (violation of ethics laws)
- James Tobin (false statement to FBI)
- Michael Vick (conspiracy to operate interstate dogfighting ring)
- Robert Steve Vukelic (knowledge of a felony, failing to reporting it to authorities)
- Mark E. Whitacre (wire fraud, tax fraud, and money laundering)
- Charles T. Winters (violation neutrality laws). Application in.
- Jason Charles Yeager (methamphetamine charges)

Friday, November 14, 2008

Watch List: 200 Rabbis Support Pollard

It is reported that the Zionist Organization of America and 200 Israeli "chief rabbis" have asked President Bush to grant a pardon Jonathan Pollard, the former U.S. Navy analyst who was sentenced to life in prison in 1987 for spying for Israel. A letter from the ZOA says:
"The on-going imprisonment of Jonathan Pollard is unnecessary, unjust, disproportionate and inexplicable in terms of protecting the national interest. We respectfully appeal to you to put an end to what is now an inequitable term of imprisonment and pardon Jonathan Pollard."
The 200 regional and municipal chief rabbis note:
"Jonathan Pollard is currently serving his 23rd year in prison. He is ill and his condition is serious. We respectfully request that you act mercifully towards him. Please grant him clemency as a humanitarian gesture to the Jewish People and the State of Israel."
See article here.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Watch List: Pollard on the Table?

The Philadephia Bulletin reports that President George W. Bush has invited Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to the White House and "Israeli government officials in Jerusalem" are telling the local media that the meeting "is geared to coordinate the release of the Israeli spy, Jonathan Pollard, from prison." Pollard has now been in prison for 22 years following a conviction for spying on behalf of Israel. But the Bulletin also suggests, the Pollard story might "serve as an appropriate distraction for the Israeli public and not on sensitive negotiations with Israel's Arab neighbors." See article here.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Watch List: Crunch Time Ahead

When Obama steps into the White House, the Watch List may feature some folks at ACORN, Tony Rezko, and Larry Walsh. But, for now, the list is as follows:

Presidential Pardon Watch List - P.S. Ruckman, Jr.

- Clarence Aaron (drug dealing)
- Willie Mays Aikens (sold drugs to an undercover agent) X - released (6/5/08)
- Claude Allen (theft)
- Conrad Black (fraud and obstruction of justice)
- Duane Chapman (deprivation of liberty) X - won extradition battle (11/6/07)
- Roger Clemens
- Jose Compean (illegal arrest of an alien)
- Randy Cunningham Application in.
- Edwin Edwards (convicted of racketeering) Application in.
- John Forte (cocaine)
- Gilmer Hernandez (civil rights violation)
- Lawrence Hutchins (soldier, murder X - sentence commuted to 11 years (5/9/08)
- Ron Isley (tax evasion)
- Jack Johnson (violated the Mann Act)
- Marion Jones (steroids) Application in.
- Scooter Libby (perjury, obstruction of justice)
- John Walker Lindh
(terrorism) Application in.
- David H. McNab (smuggling and money laundering)
-
Michael Milken
(securities and reporting violations) Application in.
- Julius Nasso (conspiracy, extortion)
- Tom Noe (illegal campaign contributions)
- O.Henry (embezzling bank funds)
- Chibueze Okorie (driver for a heroine ring) Application in.
- Lance Persson
(drug dealing)
- Leonard Pielter
(double murder of FBI agents)
- The Pig (tasting so good) X - White House spokesman says "no" (11/18/07)
- Jonathan Pollard (spying on behalf of Israel X - President says "no change" (5/13/08)
- Ignacio Ramos
(illegal arrest of an alien)
- George Ryan (corruption)
- David Safavian (lying to investigators)
- Richard Scrushy (corruption)
- Don Siegelman
(corruption)
- Jeffrey Skilling (fraud, conspiracy, insider trading)
- Martha Stewart (obstruction of justice)
- Ted Stevens (violation of ethics laws)
- Michael Vick (conspiracy to operate interstate dogfighting ring)
- Robert Steve Vukelic (knowledge of a felony, failing to reporting it to authorities)
- Mark E. Whitacre (wire fraud, tax fraud, and money laundering)
- Jason Charles Yeager (methamphetamine charges)

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Gonzales, Deutch, Clinton, Nixon

Carrie Johnson, in today's Washington Post, writes about former U.S. Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales. Along the way, Johnson notes:

Security lapses involving government executives are not unprecedented, but they only rarely result in prosecution. Former CIA director John M. Deutch wrote and stored classified memos on an unprotected computer in his home, agency investigators found. He was discussing a plea bargain on a possible misdemeanor charge when he was pardoned by President Bill Clinton.
In fact, the Belgium born Deutch was indicted by information on January 19, the day before he was pardoned by Clinton. There were also reports that he had actually signed an agreement. Regardless, Deutch was clearly only hours away from having been pardoned before he was even charged with anything (see Richard Nixon).

George J. Tenet, the director of central intelligence, was not consulted by President Clinton. The Times speculated that Mr. Tenet's "strong opposition" to a pardon for Jonathan Pollard "may have made Mr. Clinton reluctant to seek his advice on whether to grant clemency to Mr. Deutch." But, it was also reported that White House officials "had not consulted any Central Intelligence Agency officials about whether to issue the pardon." See story here.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Watch List: Biden No Fan of Pollard

Here are some exceprts from an article at YNet News which highlights a 2007 interview with Joeseph Biden, Barack Obama's vice presidential candidate:

Biden also commented on Jonathan Pollard, sentenced to life in prison for espionage charges. "He has to serve his sentence. There's a rationale, in my view, why Pollard should be given leniency. But there is not a rationale to say, 'What happened did not happen and should be pardoned'," he said.

"My worry is that, if I were president, to go and pardon Pollard would make a lie out of the notion that there are certain rules. You cannot give classified information, period. Even to a friend. If this were Great Britain, it would be the same thing."

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Watch List: Ideas for Pollard

At IsraeliNationalNews.com it is reported that a Rabbi is publicising a list of 12 ideas aimed at securing a presidential pardon for Jonathan Pollard.

1. Talk about Pollard wherever possible - with friends, in the store, in classes, on the radio, in written articles, and wherever possible.
2. Wear a blue Pollard bracelet.
3. Recite prayers, including public prayers in the synagogue during the Torah reading.
4. Mention Pollard in wedding and Bar-Mitzvah invitations and Grace After Meals cards.
5. Post bumper stickers and the like wherever permitted.
6. Give to the cause; helping to redeem captives is the best charity there is.
7. Involve non-religious people.
8. Write to MKs, Prime Minister Olmert, and U.S. President Bush.
9. Write to Pollard himself, though only in English.

See story here.

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