22 December 2013

"Snowd-en" Again!

20 Tevet 5774

For a man with a cold name, Edward Snowden sure can heat things up. Supporters of clemency for Jonathan Pollard were disappointed once again by President Barack Obama's failure to include him among the prisoners who received either a presidential pardon or commutation of sentence on the eve of a presidential Hawaiian holiday.

On the heels of that letdown came another release of information from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden concerning US spying on Israel that really stirred up a storm in the Knesset today.

Outrage Continues Over US Spying Allegations

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu opened his weekly cabinet meeting Sunday with comments about the revelations that the US and Britain have been spying on Israeli officials - and its crucial connection to the Jonathan Pollard case.

Shaked to US: Free Jonathan Pollard, End Hypocrisy

MK Ayelet Shaked (Jewish Home), head of Israel's task force to free Jonathan Pollard, called to free the imprisoned Israeli citizen immediately after revelations surfaced that the US and Britain spied on Israeli Prime Ministers Binyamin Netanyahu and Ehud Olmert.

"The recent revelations about the US spying on its ally, Israel, should be a red flag for any intelligent, thinking person," Shaked stated.

"A relationship between allies demands reciprocity," the MK continued. "It is impossible that while Jonathan Pollard rots in prison after several decades over spying allegations [. . .] that Israel should take this exposure of the US's spying activities against Israel quietly."

"I call on the US government to release Pollard immediately, and to assume the correct course of action in light of the current revelations," she continued.

And as if that were not enough, the US is getting slammed yet again by another massive winter storm stretching 2000 miles and wreaking havoc with rain, sleet, ice, snow, wind and tornadoes. Washington seems to be getting "Snowd-en" over and over.  When and where will it stop?  How will it affect Hawaii where President Obama is basking in sunshine while his countrymen duck and cover and shovel more snow.

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