Maybe I'm old fashioned - but I thought passing defense secrets to a foreign country was serious enough to deserve the death penalty. After all - traitorous spies stab us all in the back since they undermine our national security in ways that no one else can.
I have good news for spies intent on the betrayal of the United States - our own elected officials may be your best friends if you get caught! The following snippet is from the article this blog post borrows it's title from:
"Titled "Why is Jonathan Pollard in Prison?" the letter presents a case for clemency for the 56-year-old junior Pollard, a South Bend native sentenced to life in prison in 1987 for passing defense secrets to Israel as a civilian intelligence analyst for the Navy.
According to the elder Pollard, a cancer researcher and director of the Lobund Laboratory at the University of Notre Dame, Weinberger's sealed testimony regarding the extent to which Jonathan damaged the United States contributed to the harsh sentence Judge Aubrey Robinson Jr. imposed in the case.
Sen. Charles Schumer, a Democrat from New York, later viewed the testimony under the condition he not disclose its contents, the elder Pollard says. He concluded the document contained no evidence to justify Jonathan's life sentence." (Read more here)
Hmmmm.... How unbiased is Senator Chuck "gun-grabber" Shumer when it comes to putting America first when he offers his analysis of a case involving the release of a spy for Israel? Take a look at the video below and listen for yourself what is important to Chuck Shumer:
"It's one of the most important things I do - to watch - be the guardian of Israel."
I believe Senator Shumer.
There are others petitioning for the release of Jonathan Pollard:
"On Thursday, Democratic lawmakers, joined by Jewish communal leaders, held a Capitol Hill press conference presenting a letter to President Obama that called for Pollard’s release. The letter, signed by 39 House Democrats, argued that Pollard had received a disproportionate punishment for his actions and that after 25 years in prison, it is time to set him free.