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Two Traitors

The circumstances of the Edward Snowden case are not so different from Jonathan Pollard's.

Edward Snowden

How many people are upset by Edward Snowden? I certainly am. He is a traitor. Snowden’s the guy who decided that the government anti terrorist policy monitoring the periphery of cell phone communications of all Americans was a violation of our civil rights. It is the sort of ‘Big Brotherism’ that the public has a right to know about.

This was a legal process approved by the Bush administration that has continued under Obama to much success in preventing terrorist attacks. It was approved by the courts and congress and supported by both political parties. In other words all three equal branches of the government  the Executive, Legislative and Judicial  that were created as a system of checks and balances agreed that this was a legal,constitutional, and perhaps most importantly effective way of protecting its people.

I hope Snowden is brought to justice. But it occurs to me that the circumstances here with respect to divulging American secrets to a foreign nation (or the whole world in this case) are not dissimilar to what Jonathan Pollard did.

Jonathan Pollard

Jonathan Pollard

Those who feel that Pollard got hung out to dry by getting such a severe punishment ought to feel the same way about Snowden – should he be convicted. Altruistic reasons have been attributed to both men. Pollard thought he was acting in the best interests of Israel, one of America’s closest allies . Snowden thinks he is acting in the best interests of all Americans who have a right to know that the government is watching them.

In my view the basic circumstances are the same. Divulging secret information to outsiders – even friendly ones – compromises our ability to protect ourselves from all enemies – foreign and domestic. Both Pollard and Snowden did that. And both deserve to be treated equally.

For me that means that if Snowden gets a life sentence for what he did, then Pollards life sentence was justified.

That said, I still think Pollard has served long enough and ought to be released. And Snowden – if convicted (which he will be if captured) ought to be released after a similar amount of time in prison.
Just sayin…

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About the Author: Harry Maryles runs the blog "Emes Ve-Emunah" which focuses on current events and issues that effect the Jewish world in general and Orthodoxy in particular. It discuses Hashkafa and news events of the day - from a Centrist perspctive and a philosphy of Torah U'Mada. He can be reached at hmaryles@yahoo.com.


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4 Responses to “Two Traitors”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Snowden was trying to harm the US and did so, while Pollard did neither. But the real issues in the Pollard case are not whether he is culpable in violating US law, but whether his sentence is disproportionate to his crime, which it is, and whether he was railroaded into accepting a plea by false representations, which he was. The fact of the matter is that he would not be serving a sentence of more than a few years if he were not Jewish and aiding Israel, rather than another friendly country (or even an unfriendly one).

  2. Anonymous says:

    That Maryles even believes that the cases are similar and defends the antisemitic treatment of Pollard demonstrates his defensiveness at being Jewish and his cravenness. He lives on his knees.

  3. Spying on ALL americans is AGAINST the constitution, It makes no difference if Obama or congress approved it, they can not violate the constitution and bill of rights that they were all sworn to uphold. Snowdown is a true patriotic hero that cares about the American people and the constitution. The Criminals are running the gov, and you for supporting their anti constitutional behavior. Your problem is you don't know what it means to be an American.

    Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. Benjamin Franklin

  4. Spying on ALL americans is AGAINST the constitution, It makes no difference if Obama or congress approved it, they can not violate the constitution and bill of rights that they were all sworn to uphold. Snowdown is a true patriotic hero that cares about the American people and the constitution. The Criminals are running the gov, and you for supporting their anti constitutional behavior. Your problem is you don't know what it means to be an American.

    Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. Benjamin Franklin

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