October 29, 2010
Clemency for Jonathan Pollard Part III
From the Right - but true for all Americans:
From the Left - but true for all Americans:
Fair Sentencing for Jonathan Pollard is a matter of American Justice
Clemency for Jonathan Pollard is not an issue just affecting Jews or for the pro-Israel community; rather, it is a matter for all who care about American justice and civil rights. Pollard, who has been in prison for 25 years, is serving an unprecedented sentence, way out of proportion to the normal sentencing, for his single indictment, that of transferring information to a foreign country, with the intent that that information would be used by that country (Israel). Some have said that there are secret papers – known only to Casper Weinberger and to the judge who sentenced Pollard – that show how serious his crime was. Others say that Pollard is getting his “just deserts” and he deserves to rot in jail forever. Neither of these statements bode well for a system of justice that is supposed to be transparent and unbiased. In fact, this attitude of letting those in the security services determine how long people are sent to jail for, without any accountability even to lawyers who defend the accused, will lead us down a road where civil, legal and human rights are denied to anyone whom the security services don’t like – Muslim, Jew, radical or reactionary. We have already seen issues in the Patriot Act that verge on this usurpation of American justice; let us not allow our love for America, over any other nation, friendly – such as Israel – or unfriendly, destroy the fair and open justice system that we have fought to defend for centuries. Whether it is a mosque that you don’t like or a spy for Israel that you don’t like, let us make sure that blind justice is done and that American law is followed. Let us not let “secret information”, known only to those in power, to destroy “liberty and justice for all”.
Rabbi Asher Lopatin