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Reader comment on item: Pollard Pardon? Not Now

Submitted by Dean M. (United States), Feb 25, 2014 at 11:02

The Pollard advocates have done more to harm Pollard than help. Also, he himself, had he not made such a big issue of himself, trying to portray himself as "loyal to Israel," he would probably be out of prison by now. But to me he appears to be a fame freak. And he did what he did for the money.

Where I disagree with Mr. Pipes is his assertion that the punishment was disproportionate or a travesty of justice. Given the circumstances, a hard example had to be set. That is why Pollard should have kept a low profile and gone quietly about working for a lesser sentence. The more attention he and his supporters brought to themselves, the worse they have made it. National security trumps just about everything in the security business. To violate the oath and be pardoned in a fame freak kind of way would have set the worse possible kind of precedence.

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Daniel Pipes replies:

Look at others who engaged in similar actions and you will see that Pollard received a disproportionate sentence; further, he was double-crossed by the prosecutors.

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