The murky and fetid underworld of politics and prejudice is well represented in the ongoing imprisonment by the U.S. of Jonathon Pollard. As described here by Rael Jean Isaac,
“With all the concern expressed by the U.S. administration that Israel’s response to the terrorists of Hamas not be “disproportionate,” the true disproportion is being practiced by that same administration–in keeping Jonathan Pollard in prison for what is now 28 years. This is even more outrageous now that new evidence, as a Jerusalem Post editorial says “puts the lie to American allegations that have been used for over a quarter of a century to justify Pollard’s continued incarceration.”
The most important lie is that Pollard did enormous damage to U.S. national security. The Department of Justice’s Victim Impact Statement (VIS), now a matter of public record, which was submitted to the sentencing judge in 1987, states that Pollard’s “unauthorized disclosures have threatened the US relations with numerous Middle East Arab allies” and “deprived the US of bargaining leverage with the Israel government.”
Translation: the Arabs weren’t happy and the U.S. whip hand over Israel was undermined now that Israel had the intelligence the U.S. could otherwise selectively disclose as a quid pro quo. In other words there was no real damage to U.S. national security.
Making the behavior of a series of U.S. administrations even more deplorable, as the Jerusalem Post notes, is the “remarkable flexibility towards other allies, downgrading charges and dealing leniently with spies from China, the Philippines, Greece and Saudi Arabia among others.” No wonder so many politicians and U.S. officials with knowledge of the case call Pollard’s sentence “grossly disproportionate” and his continued imprisonment “a travesty of justice.”
So Gerard Depardieu has become a Russian citizen Maybe Russia could file a human rights violation against the US for their treatment of Pollard.