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      Cheshvan 23, 5772, 11/20/2011

      Call to Action for Pollard


      Jonathan Poallard has been incarcerated more than long enough!

      The pardon/clemency season is here. Pollard needs your help.

      Jonathan Pollard's health has been deteriorating. He is beginning his 27th year of incarceration. Pollard's sentence of life without parole (LWOP) is the harshest sentence in U.S. history for passing information to an ally. The Normal sentence for such a crime is around 3-4 years.

      Call President Barack Obama, send him a fax, or send him a letter (not e-mail). Let the White House know you demand Pollard's immediate release.

      Justice for Jonathan Pollard (www.jonathanpollard.org) has a sample letter you can send:


      Send a FREE FAX to President Obama from faxzero.com

      White House Fax number: 202-456-2461

      Mailing Address:
      President Barack Obama
      The White House
      1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
      Washington, D.C. 20500

      SAMPLE TEXT

      The text below can be copied and adjusted from singular to plural to allow for more than one person to sign. Remember to add the date and signature information.



      President Barack Obama
      The White House
      1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
      Washington, D.C. 20500

      Dear Mr. President:

      As a President who has expressed his strong determination to restore honor to American democracy, I would like to call your attention to the case of Jonathan Pollard and to request that you exercise your power of executive clemency to commute Jonathan Pollard's sentence to time-served.

      Jonathan Pollard is currently serving his 26th year of a life sentence even though the median sentence for the offense he was indicted for is 2 to 4 years.

      Jonathan Pollard never had a trial. He entered into a plea agreement, which spared both the U.S. and Israeli governments a long, difficult, expensive and potentially embarrassing trial. Jonathan Pollard fulfilled his end of the plea agreement, cooperating fully with the prosecution.

      Jonathan Pollard was indicted on only one charge: one count of passing classified information to an ally without intent to harm the United States. There were no additional charges dropped by the plea agreement.

      In spite of his plea agreement and in spite of his cooperation, Pollard received an unprecedented, grossly disproportionate life sentence.

      It is unjust that Pollard has been punished much more severely than all others who committed similar offenses on behalf of other US allies. It raises concern about why a Jew who spies for Israel is treated far more harshly than those who have spied for other allies, or even enemies of the US.

      After more than two decades in the harshest of prison conditions, Jonathan Pollard is ill and his health is rapidly deteriorating. Furthermore, it should be noted that Jonathan Pollard has expressed remorse for his actions.

      I, therefore, strongly urge you commute Jonathan Pollard's sentence to time-served. This request is supported by former CIA Director James Woolsey and former head of the Senate Intelligence Committee U.S. Senator (ret.) Dennis DeConcini, as well as a cross section of other notable Americans, and the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations.

      Thank you for your prompt consideration of this urgent matter.

      Yours truly,

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