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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-18-11 07:00 PM
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Father of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard dies at 95
Morris Pollard, the father of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard, passed away on Saturday at the age of 95.

The Pollard family has requested that Jonathan Pollard be permitted to attend his father's funeral.

Jonathan Pollard was sentenced to life in prison in 1987 on charges of spying on the U.S. for Israel. He is incarcerated at a federal jail in North Carolina.

Last week, the family had called on U.S. President Barack Obama to allow Pollard to visit his dying father. That request was not granted.

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/father-of-convicted-spy-jonathan-pollard-dies-at-95-1.368443
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oberliner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-18-11 07:05 PM
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1. Do you think he should be allowed to attend the funeral?
And do you think he will be permitted to do so?
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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-18-11 07:08 PM
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2. Seems like a "flight risk" to me. Otherwise I would be OK with it.
I would hazard a guess that the answer will be "F**K NO", and that it will stay that way.
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oberliner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-18-11 07:19 PM
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4. Well he wasn't allowed to go to his mother's funeral
So I think you are right about this one.
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Violet_Crumble Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-18-11 10:57 PM
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8. I think not being allowed to visit his father when he was dying indicates he won't be allowed now...
I suspect he'd be considered to high a flight-risk to be allowed to attend, but if it were up to me, I'd let him attend and just make sure he was well guarded and didn't escape. It's not like he's a risk to the public or a murderer or anything like that...
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leveymg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-18-11 07:18 PM
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3. Would any other federal prisoner convicted of a major felony? If so, sure,
Edited on Sat Jun-18-11 07:18 PM by leveymg
why not, with a squad of Federal Marshals at his side.

He can leave Club Fed permanently when he reveals the identify of Mr. X.
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Dick Dastardly Donating Member (741 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-18-11 10:39 PM
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7. Why should we pay for a squad of feds and everything else it would cost
for this criminal to attend the funeral. He should have thought about this before he commited his crimes.
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customerserviceguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-18-11 10:19 PM
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5. Hmm, has good genes
He might have to spend quite a few years in the pokey. At least until he becomes the final bargaining chip with Israel.
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exboyfil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-18-11 10:34 PM
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6. Leave the traitor where he is
I remember when Clinton was close to pardoning him. I am glad Clinton decided to leave him be.

As far as I am concerned, he should have been executed along with those other traitors Robert Hanssen and Aldrich Ames.
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Ken Burch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-18-11 11:57 PM
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9. He should be allowed to attend, on humanitarian grounds.
And, at the same time, Israel should lift all the restrictions it still has in place against Mordechai Vanunu. Unlike Pollard, Vanunu didn't do any harm.
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oberliner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-20-11 02:26 PM
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10. U.S. denies Jonathan Pollard's request to attend his father's funeral
The White House on Monday spurned requests to allow convicted spy Jonathan Pollard to attend his father's funeral in Indiana.

Pollard's father Morris passed away on Saturday at the age of 95, after complications from an illness. He was buried in South Bend, Indiana, without his son present.

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/u-s-denies-jonathan-pollard-s-request-to-attend-his-father-s-funeral-1.368767
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