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US Rented Apartment to Spy on Ehud Barak

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013
Ehud Barak's apartment in the exclusive Akirov Towers. It's an expensive neighborhood to rent in for a simple Marine.

Ehud Barak’s apartment in the exclusive Akirov Towers. It’s an expensive neighborhood to rent in for a simple Marine guard.

The US spy scandal goes from bad to worse according to a Yediot Achronot report that says the US rented an apartment across the street from then Defense Minister Barak, apparently to spy on him.

The apartment housed a single US Marine, whom Israeli Intelligence noted in 2007 had brought in an unusually large amount of electronic equipment into his apartment. The US claims the marine was simply an embassy guard.

In light of all the spying the US has been doing on Israel, Israeli officials have been calling for the release of Jonathan Pollard.

Two Traitors

Monday, June 24th, 2013

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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