Pollard loses challenge to US parole conditions

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August 11, 2016
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"Jonathan Pollard, a former U.S. Navy intelligence officer convicted of spying for Israel, on Thursday lost a bid to overturn restrictive probation conditions imposed when he was released in November after serving 30 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan denied a challenge by Pollard to requirements imposed by the U.S. Parole Commission that he wear an electronic tracking device and submit his work computer to monitoring. ... Forrest ruled that the commission had a rational basis for imposing both conditions, such as Pollard's expressed desire to leave the United States for Israel, where his wife lives and where he was granted citizenship while in prison." (08/11/16)

http://www.todayonline.com/world/convicted-spy-pollard-loses-challenge-us-parole-conditions  

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  • dL

    I don’t understand why they don’t simply deport him to Israel. That’s obviously where he would prefer to be. 30 years is not enough for a political crime?

    • Should they deport him to Israel? Yes.

      Will they deport him to Israel? Probably not, at least not without dragging it out.

      Why? Mostly a variant of “tough on crime,” “tough on spies.”

      They’ll assert that if Pollard gets to go to Israel, other would-be spies will assume that if caught they’ll do some time and then be allowed to go to whatever country they spied for.

      In fact, if he had spied for any country other than Israel, he’d almost certainly have never seen the outside of a prison again instead of being out, about, and putting on a public passion play after 30 years.

      • dL

        “They’ll assert that if Pollard gets to go to Israel, other would-be spies will assume that if caught they’ll do some time and then be allowed to go to whatever country they spied for.”

        Wouldn’t mere deportation be the appropriate “Christian” punishment in the case of spies? Give unto Caesar what is Caesar’s?

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